Reps. Gara and Drummond to Push Needed Increase in School Support

Juneau – Today, Representatives Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) introduced legislation to increase the Base Student Allocation (BSA) in Alaska by $100. The BSA is the amount provided to school districts each year for each student enrolled. Funding for public education in Alaska is roughly $25 million less today than compared to 2015, according to the non-partisan Legislative Finance Division. The loss is even greater, $90 million if you consider the effects of inflation.

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The Alaska House Majority Coalition is taking the lead on common sense protection of baseline education funding.

The Alaska House Majority Coalition is taking the lead on common sense protection of baseline education funding. This video is a call for Alaskans to help our Coalition pass legislation that will promote stability and end the yearly uncertainty facing school districts, parents, teachers and students.

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Tuesday’s Press Availability Will Include Reps. Tuck, Tarr, Josephson, and Spohnholz

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Participants will include House Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), House Resources Committee Co-Chairs Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) and Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage), and House Health and Social Services Committee Chair Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage).

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Net Neutrality Letter

Along with Senator Begich and Senator Wielechowski, I have introduced a package of legislation that would protect net neutrality in Alaska and urge Congress to overturn the unfortunate Federal Communications Commission order reversing net neutrality protections across the United States. Our legislation, HJR 31, HB 277, SJR 12, and SB 160 would ensure the internet remains an free and open place for unrestricted communication and commerce.

If you like, you may add your name to the list of net neutrality supporters in Alaska by signing this letter to the Alaska State Legislature. Your message will be entered as public testimony so that your voice is heard by every Representative and Senator in the Alaska State Legislature. Please contact me office if you have any questions about net neutrality, HB277, or HJR31. Thank you.

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