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mmf
02-26-2016, 03:19 PM
This team will probably perform even below dismal pre-season expectations. You would expect more success of a team where everyone is over 21 years old….
Just trying to keep our State financial woes and impacts on athletics out of the other threads.

Jimjamesak
02-26-2016, 03:38 PM
Echoing Squarebanks, if Governor Walker POs the Legislature so much he's obviously doing something right.

Squarebanks
02-26-2016, 03:51 PM
You can't even make up some of the shenanigans they are doing right now. We may be broke, but by God students better be able carry on campus.

(Never mind that no single student testified in favor of allowing concealed carry on campus).

Squarebanks
02-26-2016, 06:12 PM
Since we are talking legislature and budget here, something I found interesting is the democrats raised more funds than the republicans in Alaska in 2015 (http://midnightsunak.com/2016/02/22/1798/). To me, that is very interesting going into the big 2016 election year. Granted there is still a lot of time before November elections, but it would seem to correlate with increasing dis-satisfaction among many Alaska voters over our current elected officials.

Squarebanks
02-26-2016, 07:21 PM
If you want to read through the House budget documents for the University, they are here: http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Meeting/Detail?Meeting=HUA%202016-02-24%2019:00:00#tab4_4

Senate close out for the UA Subcommitee is next Wednesday morning. Pete Kelly and Johnny Ellis are both on the Senate UA committee and are both much friendlier to UA historically. The other Senate committee members are Gary Stevens and Anna MacKinnon.

mmf
02-26-2016, 07:53 PM
Sen Stevens is a very reasonable person, thinks before he speaks, and does not try to be cute with off the cuff comments that usually fail (like many USCHO posters, including myself). I respect his opinion and effort regardless if I agree or not. Friendly or not, Kelly is an arrogant, self righteous twit (IMHO). I'm neutral on Ellis and MacKinnon.

manurespreader
02-26-2016, 08:50 PM
The thing is that Alaska has historically been feast or famine financially. So you gotta think at some point the oil revenue will re appear.
You would think the financial solution would lay with things that can be turned off or on easily rather than not.

mmf
02-26-2016, 10:46 PM
Over the last 35 years, the big financial variable was price of oil. Now it’s price and volume. Both have tanked. Volume through the pipeline has diminished dramatically, and between federal environmental regulations and current low profit margins, there is not much hope for increased throughput in the near future. We have other resources that could be developed, but most are locked up tight. The Feds have somewhat a strangle hold on this state, with over 60% of Alaska under federal ownership.

Squarebanks
02-27-2016, 10:01 AM
The thing is that Alaska has historically been feast or famine financially. So you gotta think at some point the oil revenue will re appear.
You would think the financial solution would lay with things that can be turned off or on easily rather than not.

You would think, but a good chunk of our majority brand themselves as fiscal conservatives. A budget crisis like this is a wet dream for some of them.

Squarebanks
02-27-2016, 10:05 AM
Sen Stevens is a very reasonable person, thinks before he speaks, and does not try to be cute with off the cuff comments that usually fail (like many USCHO posters, including myself). I respect his opinion and effort regardless if I agree or not. Friendly or not, Kelly is an arrogant, self righteous twit (IMHO). I'm neutral on Ellis and MacKinnon.

I don't know much about Stevens, so that's good to hear.

Johnny Ellis is an Anchorage democrat who has always been friendly to UA.

Anna MacKinnon is the Eagle River republican who keeps trying to repeal daylight savings (if, like me, you work for a large company headquartered somewhere else in the country chances are you hate that bill). I wouldn't expect much from her.

Pete Kelly may be all of the things you described, but he used to work for UA (as a lobbyist, no less) so that should help. Or one would think.

AKSWF
04-18-2016, 04:52 PM
So last I read; the republicans wanna wait until 2019 to implement the income tax, do they know something we don't or are they really that incompetent?

Squarebanks
04-18-2016, 05:26 PM
So last I read; the republicans wanna wait until 2019 to implement the income tax, do they know something we don't or are they really that incompetent?

Kick the can down the road and pray oil comes back up before then so they can forget about that terrible T word. Alaska politics defined.

manurespreader
04-19-2016, 08:17 AM
In case you missed what's happening in Kansas, where even republicans are abandoning the vote they made two years ago. big cuts to universities.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/kansas-lawmakers-lose-patience-governors-tax-cuts-055057812.html

Seawolf Fan
04-19-2016, 07:48 PM
I don't know much about Stevens, so that's good to hear.

Johnny Ellis is an Anchorage democrat who has always been friendly to UA.

Anna MacKinnon is the Eagle River republican who keeps trying to repeal daylight savings (if, like me, you work for a large company headquartered somewhere else in the country chances are you hate that bill). I wouldn't expect much from her.

Pete Kelly may be all of the things you described, but he used to work for UA (as a lobbyist, no less) so that should help. Or one would think.
Ellis is a standup guy. He pushed real hard to get the engineering programs going at both campuses.
MacKinnon is a far, far right wingnut. It appears to me she is trying to make a name for herself with the prevo's and neo-conservatives. She's an enemy to anything moderate or middle of the road.
Unfortunately for us you got the wrong read on Kelly. He sold us down the river.
This blind allegiance to the party is sinking not just the University but the entire Alaska middle class.
Pushing the income tax to the future was simply trying to avoid putting the final nail in their political future coffin.
But we should pay some of the wealthiest companies in the world to take "our" oil.
The saddest part of the whole deal is they will be re-elected.
The general public has a very short memory and the majority don't vote.
Anyone want to know how I really feel?

Squarebanks
04-20-2016, 06:49 PM
Ellis is a standup guy. He pushed real hard to get the engineering programs going at both campuses.
MacKinnon is a far, far right wingnut. It appears to me she is trying to make a name for herself with the prevo's and neo-conservatives. She's an enemy to anything moderate or middle of the road.
Unfortunately for us you got the wrong read on Kelly. He sold us down the river.
This blind allegiance to the party is sinking not just the University but the entire Alaska middle class.
Pushing the income tax to the future was simply trying to avoid putting the final nail in their political future coffin.
But we should pay some of the wealthiest companies in the world to take "our" oil.
The saddest part of the whole deal is they will be re-elected.
The general public has a very short memory and the majority don't vote.
Anyone want to know how I really feel?

I think that's pretty well said. It'll be interesting to see what happens in November. I don't foresee a wholesale changing of the guard, but I do think we will see the legislature get a bit more moderate.

I've also heard there's a republican candidate lined up to run against North Pole's Wingnut Wilson. If she loses re-election just cross your fingers Reinbold doesn't get to chair the UA committee...she might be even worse.

If Chenault really does retire then change is in the wind.

AKSWF
04-20-2016, 09:55 PM
UAA told KTUU they have some savings to make up for the budget cut, but the way it was worded sounded like they wouldn't cover the whole budget cut. Seems like a wise decision.

AKSWF
05-08-2016, 03:43 PM
UAA AD Keith Hackett is considering horizontal cuts to all our sports, to avoid vertical cuts (or getting rid of any teams). The article also explains the team sports (# of women's sports vs. men's sports), learned a few new things.

http://www.adn.com/article/20160507/shootout-entire-teams-uaa-looks-all-options-budget-cuts-loom

Squarebanks
05-08-2016, 03:52 PM
UAA AD Keith Hackett is considering horizontal cuts to all our sports, to avoid vertical cuts (or getting rid of any teams). The article also explains the team sports (# of women's sports vs. men's sports), learned a few new things.

http://www.adn.com/article/20160507/shootout-entire-teams-uaa-looks-all-options-budget-cuts-loom

Going to be hard to get $1.7m horizontally. That sounds to me more like a "we're getting rid of some non-revenue sports" cut.

mmf
05-08-2016, 06:09 PM
$1.7m or 16% is a lot and realistically will probably require the elimination of a couple of sports and across the board cuts. Understandably Hackett does not want to show his cards just yet. I’m sure they are still looking at private donations and creative accounting.

It sounds like UAA’s initial position is that BBall, Volleyball, and Hockey are somewhat safe from elimination for now, which makes since even if subject to interpretation. UAA losing hockey would also be terrible for UAF. Aside from beneficial cost sharing arrangements, college hockey in Alaska just wouldn’t be the same. Hang in there Seawolf fans.

Look on the bright side, at least the remaining athletes at both UAA and UAF will be much safer now since everybody will be packing.

Squarebanks
05-09-2016, 12:55 AM
$1.7m or 16% is a lot and realistically will probably require the elimination of a couple of sports and across the board cuts. Understandably Hackett does not want to show his cards just yet. I’m sure they are still looking at private donations and creative accounting.

It sounds like UAA’s initial position is that BBall, Volleyball, and Hockey are somewhat safe from elimination for now, which makes since even if subject to interpretation. UAA losing hockey would also be terrible for UAF. Aside from beneficial cost sharing arrangements, college hockey in Alaska just wouldn’t be the same. Hang in there Seawolf fans.

Look on the bright side, at least the remaining athletes at both UAA and UAF will be much safer now since everybody will be packing.

UAF and UAA need each other probably more than either would publicly admit, especially with hockey.