Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Budget Chart & Weekly Budget Updates!

Happy Good Friday! April is just around the corner! We’ve got almost three weeks left before the end of Session, and still so much to complete. It doesn’t seem like there’s enough time in the day to get things done, but for the most part, our office is working hard to make changes.

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NEWS: House Resources Committee Misses Opportunity to Help Close $4 Billion Budget Gap

Juneau – Much of the savings associated with Governor Bill Walker’s proposed reform to Alaska’s flawed and overly expensive oil and gas tax credit system has been lost because of the actions of the House Resources Committee. House Bill 247 was passed out of the committee tonight. The original bill was significantly altered by members of the House Majority to remove $450 million in savings and new revenue.

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REMINDER: 2nd Annual Alaska Food Security Awareness Week is Underway

Juneau – Alaska is food insecure, with only 3-5 days of food supply in grocery stores. Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) is continuing her work to address food security by hosting the Second Annual Alaska Food Security Awareness Week, which will run through March 25th with events in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Sitka. Representative Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) has joined Rep. Tarr in co-sponsoring events this week.

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NEWS: Alaskans Encouraged to Take Part in Food Waste Challenge

Juneau – Alaska is food insecure, with only 3-5 days of food supply in grocery stores. Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) is continuing her work to address food security by hosting the Second Annual Alaska Food Security Awareness Week, which will run March 21-25 with events in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, and Sitka. Representative Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) has joined Rep. Tarr in co-sponsoring events next week.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: CONSTITUENT MEETING RESCHEDULE AND OIL AND GAS TAX CREDIT REFORM

I want to send my sincerest apologies for not being there in person for the Neighborhood Meeting Pizza Party last Saturday. Unfortunately, there were mechanical issues that led to delays on Alaska Airlines flights from Juneau to Anchorage.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Update on Budget & Legislative Bills

It’s been a busy week! House Resource Committee meetings have been almost every day of the week, sometimes twice a day, and occasionally three times if more time is needed. This week, we’re considering Governor Walker’s oil and gas tax credits bill. Governor Walker proposed this review of our current policies because the cost to the state has skyrocketed, and this year could cost more than a billion dollars. The current program is simply not sustainable.

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NEWS: Democrats in the Alaska House of Representatives Will Quickly Consider Governor Walker’s Choice for House District 16 State Representative

Juneau – The Democrats in the Alaska House of Representatives will meet as soon as possible to deliberate on Governor Walker’s choice of Ivy Spohnholz to replace the late Representative Max Gruenberg as the Representative for House District 16.

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NEWS: Life-Saving Legislation Passed to Help Respond to Epidemic of Heroin Use in Alaska

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 23 by a vote of 36-0. The bill, sponsored by Senator Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage), passed the Alaska Senate last year by a vote of 19-1.

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