State Relations

30th Alaska Legislature - Fiscal Year 2018


Session & Budget Documents:

University of Alaska Board of Regents FY18 Operating and Capital Budget Requests PDF

For information on budget reduction impacts please view this briefing paper. PDF

House Finance Committee
House Finance University Subcommittee
Senate Finance Committee
Senate Finance University Subcommittee
Additional Committee Presentations
University FY18 Budget Overview presentation  1-31-17 PDF Investing in Alaska's Future presentation 1-31-17 PDF University FY18 Operating Budget 2-16-17 PDF University FY18 Operating Budget 2-23-17 PDF University of Alaska Overview presentation to Senate Education Committee 2-8-17 PDF
  Education Imperative presentation 2-9-17 PDF     UA Land presentation to House Education 2-20-17 PDF
  Alaska Education Tax Credit, athletics, indirect expenditures 2-16-17 PDF     UA Land presentation to Senate Resources 2-20-17 PDF
        "Economic Innovation" to Labor & Commerce Committee 2-16-17 PDF

UA Advocacy

Tips For Advocates

What should you say?
Talk about the impacts of the budget reductions. Tell them why UA is important to you and why it is important to the state. Talk about personal experiences that demonstrate the value of a program. Tell them what your future plans are and how the university will help you accomplish them. Let them know why you think the governor’s/House’s number is in the best interest of the state. You will only have a few minutes to state your case.

  • Identify yourself by giving your name and affiliation and where you live.
  • State why you are testifying.
  • Pick two or three bullet points about the importance of the project/funding/impact.
  • Then tell your own story!
  • At the end of your testimony, be sure to thank the legislators for their time and ask for their continued support for the university.

We suggest that when contacting legislators regarding issues such as the budget you avoid using university email or other resources, and that you do so on your own time, such as lunch time or after work. The university's budget is not a partisan political issue or a ballot measure -- those issues are subject to very strict prohibitions or restrictions on use of state resources. However, your advocacy will have the greatest effect if it does not raise use of resource issues.

Additional UA Budget documents can be found on the Statewide budget office page: www.alaska.edu/swbir/budget/

Briefing Sheets

UA 10-Year Framework PDF

FY2018 BOR Operating Budget PDF

FY2018 BOR Capital Budget PDF

FY2018 Strategic Pathways PDF

FY2018 TVEP - Workforce Development PDF

Helpful Links:

Legislators by district: PDF

Legislators e-mail addresses PDF

Committee assignments for the 30th legislature: PDF

BASIS – A great reference tool to locate specific legislation, bill sponsors, legislative actions, and a host of other reference materials:
http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Home/BillsandLaws

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SupportUA Listserve

SupportUA-L is designed to keep UA advocates informed about the University's budget and other legislative matters. Regular legislative update will be sent out during the session. To subscribe to this listserve, please click here!

How to follow Legislative Meetings

The State Capitol is equipped to stream committee meetings from all standing committee rooms. In addition, 360 North’s Gavel to Gavel service covers most major hearings held in the capital.

Live streams can be accessed directly from the legislature http://akl.tv or from Gavel to Gavel http://www.360north.org/watch/.

Committee documentation and minutes are accessible from the Committee Proceedings page of the legislature’s website (http://akleg.gov/#tab4). You will need to know the date of your hearing to locate it on the Committee Proceedings page.

Archived streams of prior meetings can be accessed from the Committee Proceedings page of the legislature’s website (http://akleg.gov/#tab4) or from 360 North’s Gavel Alaska archives (http://www.360north.org/gavel-archives/).

House and Senate floor sessions are available live and are archived at Gavel Alaska (http://www.360north.org/gavel-archives/).

For more detailed research and information about bills, fiscal notes, sponsors and other background information, I recommend the classic BASIS interface http://www.legis.state.ak.us/basis/start.asp

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