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The 24th Alaska State Legislature
Alaska State Senator Fred Dyson District I - Eagle River (more)

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Juneau, AK 99801-1182
Phone: (907) 465-2199
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Eagle River, AK 99577
Phone: (907) 694-6683
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Sen. Fred Dyson Budget Surplus Questionnaire
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  1. Please indicate by numbering 1 (highest) through 9 (lowest), or leave blank or 0 (for not at all) on the below listed options for your priority of how any surplus should be spent. In the parentheses, indicate what percentage should be allocated to your selection:

    • Rank: 9.75 - All 100.00% of Surplus:
      Apply all of it to replenish a Budget Reserve-Rainy Day account.

    • Rank: 8.65 - Avg. 31.23% of Surplus:
      Apply a portion of it to replenish a Budget Reserve.

    • Rank: 9.72 - All 100.00% of Surplus:
      Apply all of it to cover the unfunded retirement liability of Public Employees & Teachers (PERS/TRS).

    • Rank: 8.35 - Avg. 25.76% of Surplus:
      Apply a portion of it to cover PERS/TRS.

    • Rank: 9.10 - Avg. 14.22% of Surplus:
      Pay down other state debt.

    • Rank: 9.19 - Avg. 9.15% of Surplus:
      Take care of deferred maintenance of state facilities.

    • Rank: 9.90 - Avg. 5.50% of Surplus:
      Help victims of the hurricanes in the southwest United States.

    • Rank: 9.42 - Avg. 9.19% of Surplus:
      Share funds with rural villages that are economically distressed.

    • Rank: 9.55 - Avg. 10.11% of Surplus:
      Property tax relief.

    • Rank: 9.66 - Avg. 5.63% of Surplus:
      Build more schools.

    • Rank: 9.08 - Avg. 11.33% of Surplus:
      Increased funding of education.

    • Rank: 9.57 - Avg. 7.00% of Surplus:
      Increase the pay of state employees.

    • Rank: 9.81 - Avg. 5.00% of Surplus:
      Undertake additional capital projects and improvements.

    • Rank: 9.74 - Avg. 22.39% of Surplus:
      Initiate a capitol move.

    • Rank: 9.72 - Avg. 4.30% of Surplus:
      More state-funded crisis shelters.

    • Rank: 9.69 - Avg. 5.30% of Surplus:
      Build more prisons so prisoners can be kept in state.

    • Rank: 9.56 - Avg. 4.38% of Surplus:
      Create more facilities and/or programs to keep foster children in Alaska.

    • Rank: 9.27 - Avg. 14.85% of Surplus:
      Fund the state's portion of the natural gas pipeline.

    • Rank: 9.58 - Avg. 10.17% of Surplus:
      Set aside funds to build, operate, and maintain the Knik Arm Bridge.

    • Rank: 9.38 - Avg. 6.84% of Surplus:
      Fund increased Public Safety such as additional police, fire, child abuse investigations, etc.

    • Rank: 9.58 - Avg. 4.71% of Surplus:
      Build infrastructure to enhance the state's economic expansion.

    • Rank: 9.62 - Avg. 5.46% of Surplus:
      Fund programs to attract new industries to Alaska.

    • Rank: 9.63 - Avg. 18.70% of Surplus:
      Other:
    • Rank: 9.97 - Avg. 5.00% of Surplus:
      Other:
    • Rank: 9.99 - Avg. 0.00% of Surplus:
      Other:
    • Total Votes: 236


  2. If you said either ''all'' or a ''portion'' of the surplus should be used to repay a Budget Reserve, should the reserve be:

    • 6 - 14.63%
      Avg. $3,000,000.00 Fixed Amount
      Of the surplus to repay the Budget Reserve

    • 35 - 85.37%
      Other:
    • Total Votes: 41


  3. Should the state adopt the same standards for measuring indebtedness and economic well being as used by commercial bond raters?

    • 32 - 53.33%
      Yes

    • 1 - 1.67%
      No

    • 25 - 41.67%
      I don't know

    • 2 - 3.33%
      Other:
    • Total Votes: 60


  4. How important is it to immediately fund the unfunded liabilities for the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) and the Teachers Retirement System (TRS)?

    • 14 - 23.33%
      Crucial

    • 23 - 38.33%
      Very important

    • 14 - 23.33%
      Somewhat important

    • 4 - 6.67%
      Not very important

    • 2 - 3.33%
      Not important at all

    • 3 - 5.00%
      Don't worry about it; It will take care of itself

    • 0 - 0.00%
      Other:
    • Total Votes: 60


  5. When should future PERS/TRS liabilities be funded?

    • 13 - 21.31%
      This is an emergency and should be funded immediately by whatever means possible.

    • 28 - 45.90%
      This is important and should be funded when possible, but no extraordinary measures need to be taken.

    • 14 - 22.95%
      Fund the liability over time through additional withholding and employer contributions.

    • 6 - 9.84%
      Other:
    • Total Votes: 61


  6. When should legislators turn down Federal dollars that require significant local funds match?

    • 5 - 8.62%
      Never

    • 9 - 15.52%
      Avg. 37.27% State Matches
      Before Legislators get involved

    • 28 - 48.28%
      The state should not accept any Federal dollars if there is no established plan for maintenance and operations of the facilities/projects.

    • 16 - 27.59%
      Other:
    • Total Votes: 58



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