Listen To The Alaska Legislature Hearing Testimony On TABOR

Penn Pfiffner, who is probably the foremost authority on TABOR in the state, a former Colorado legislator, and member of the TABOR Committee Board of Directors, will testify about this

Dear Mr. Pfiffner,

Thank you for speaking with me about logistics. Here are some of the things to keep in mind for remote testimony:

Time Allotted

We are anticipating 10-15 minutes for your testimony followed by an opportunity for committee members to ask questions. I anticipate that the Q&A segment will last anywhere from 10-15 minutes.

Committee Edict

At the beginning of the hearing Senator Dunleavy will introduce you. He will then ask you to state your name for the record and begin your testimony. Upon completing your prepared testimony we will allow time for questions. When a senator asks you a question you are able to respond to that individual “through the chair.” For example:

Senator Egan: Mr. Pfiffner, what are some of the things that you would suggest Alaska avoid when considering an appropriation limit?

Mr. Pfiffner: Through the chair, Senator Egan that is an excellent question….

Call-In Information

A few minutes before the committee meeting begins you will call the teleconference line at (844) 586-9085. One of the Legislative Information Office moderators will connect you to the State Affairs Committee. They will keep the line muted until Senator Dunleavy introduces you. If you experience any issues you can reach me by text or call on my cellphone at (907) 315-5407.

Live Streaming

You may also view the committee online at this link:

Senator Dunleavy will be calling you today at 11:30pm (AKST). I believe that that is 1:30pm in Colorado. He looks forward to discussing his legislation with you.

Best Regards,

Christa McDonald

Office of Sen. Mike Dunleavy
direct |907.465.6308
Alaska State Capitol
Juneau, AK 99801


From: Christa McDonald

Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2017 12:24 PM

To: Penn Pfiffner

Subject: RE: Alaska’s Appropriation Limit


Dear Mr. Pfiffner:

Thank you for taking my call. We are very much looking forward to your testimony on Thursday, March 2nd at 3:30pm (AKST). Senator Dunleavy will be in touch with you early next week to go over what he hopes to see in the committee and to answer any questions that you may have.

Attached you will find our proposed appropriation limit. In addition, here is the link to the documents that have been provided to go along with the legislation:

As chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee, Senator Dunleavy would like to invite you to testify on Senate Joint Resolution 2, Constitutional Amendment: Appropriation Limit. The meeting will be held on February 28th at 3:30pm (AKST) in Juneau, Alaska. We welcome you to participate through our telephonic testimony system.

Your expertise and experience in this field will be an excellent addition to the committee discussion. I believe the committee would like to hear the experiences in Colorado with TABOR and ask questions on what has worked and what to avoid as we craft our own spending limit.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. We hope that this date will work for you.

Best Regards,

Christa McDonald

Office of Sen. Mike Dunleavy
direct |907.465.6308
Alaska State Capitol
Juneau, AK 99801

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