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The Alaska Senate Finance Committee is accepting public comment on the FY19 operating budget on Friday April 6. We are asking all early childhood advocates to participate. The Senate Education and Early Development Sub-committee has proposed a $600,000 cut to early learning program support in the FY19 budget. Let our legislators know that early childhood resources are important to Alaska and encourage them to to restore the funding and support early childhood resources in FY19 with the same amount proposed by both the Governor and House Finance Committee. .  

You can testify in any of the following ways:

  1. Testify in-person. Go to the State Capitol or at your local Legislative Information Office at the designated time and share your story. If testifying in person, you are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes early for the sign-in process.   
  2. Call-in your testimony. If it is a hardship to appear in person at an LIO, you may call either during your own community’s time, or during the Offnet Sites time, using the numbers below:
  • From Anchorage: (907) 563-9085
  • From Juneau: (907) 586-9085
  • All others: (844) 586-9085
  1. Sign in (or call in) 15 minutes prior to the end time scheduled for your area. Ask to be connected to the Senate Finance Committee.
  2. Give your name, affiliation (self, or representing an organization), and where you live.
  3. Wait for your name to be called, and speak only for 2 minutes. Do not speak over this time.
  4. Hang up after you've spoken and listen to the rest of the hearing via Internet at:


9:00-9:30am – Juneau

9:30-10:00am - Barrow, Tok, Delta Junction

10:00-10:30am – Kenai, Kodiak, Dillingham

10:30-11:00am – Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg


1:30-2:00pm - Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue, Unalaska

2:00-2:30pm – Sitka, Cordova, Valdez

2:30-3:00pm – Fairbanks, Mat-Su

3:30-4:00pm – Glennallen, Seward, Homer

4:00-5:00pm – Offnet Sites*

5:00-6:00pm - Anchorage

* Offnet Site opportunities for testimony are for people who do not live near a Legislative Information Office (LIO), or for whom it is a hardship to get to an LIO. 


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