NEWS: 8th Annual Mountain View Street Fair will be Held June 11 in Conjunction with World Refugee Day

Juneau – Now in its 8th year, the Mountain View Street Fair in Anchorage brings together residents, artists, performers, and service providers to celebrate Mountain View’s character and draw attention to the amazing work taking place throughout neighborhood. New this year is a partnership with Catholic Social Services to host World Refugee Day in conjunction with the street fair on Saturday, June 11th. 

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NEWS: Legislative Session Ends Without a Budget as Special Session Looms

Juneau – Tonight, the Second Session of the 29th Alaska Legislature came to a close without any significant action to address the ongoing fiscal crisis brought on by the sudden drop in oil prices and the broken promises of increased oil production. The House and Senate Majorities both failed to pass the FY 2017 Operating Budget.

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NEWS: Last Minute Assault on Public Education Hits School Children

Juneau – As the Second Session of the 29th Alaska Legislature reaches the constitutionally mandated end of session, lawmakers and advocates for a healthy K-12 public education system are reeling from a surprise cut to public education. On Tuesday night, the House and Senate Operating Budget Conference Committee slipped a $50 cut to the Base Student Allocation (BSA) into the proposed FY 2017 budget in violation of funding promised by state law.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Anti-Sex Ed Measure Passes, Wednesday Testimony on Oil and Gas Subsidies & Criminal Justice Reform

I’m still in Juneau, and we are working almost exclusively on the budget. I say almost because Representative Keller was able to bring up House Bill 156, that aims to end sex education, in a last minute procedural maneuver and get the one vote he needed for it to pass. This controversial bill received strong opposition statewide and hundreds wrote or testified to ask for a no vote. Most opposition discussed how critical this information is if we ever want to address our chronically high rates of sexual assault. Our rate of rape in Alaska far exceeds the national average.

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EVENT: Work of University of Alaska Student Researchers to be Unveiled Today at Anchorage Legislative Information Office

Anchorage – Undergraduate students from the University of Alaska Anchorage will be displaying the results of their ongoing research projects today in the Anchorage Legislative Information Office.  Students and faculty will be available to answer questions about the research projects today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The University of Alaska Anchorage Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium is free and open to the public.  The symposium is being sponsored by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage). 

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NEWS: Display of Student Research Highlights the Need to Adequately Fund the University of Alaska System

Anchorage – Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) is highlighting some of the valuable research being undertaken by students and faculty at the University of Alaska by sponsoring the University of Alaska Anchorage Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium today in Anchorage. This comes as the Alaska Legislature is deliberating over the proposed FY 2017 budget, which includes a $50 million cut in funding for the University of Alaska. Such a cut will result in the loss of hundreds of jobs and diminish the ability of the University to conduct needed academic research.

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NEWS: Work of University of Alaska Student Researchers to be Unveiled Thursday at Anchorage Legislative Information Office

Anchorage – Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Alaska Anchorage will be displaying the results of their ongoing research projects Thursday in the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. Students and faculty will be available to answer questions about the research projects Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. The University of Alaska Research and Discovery Symposium is free and open to the public. The symposium is being sponsored by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage). 

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: BUDGET SURVEYS

Thank you for taking the time to complete and submit the fiscal survey we mailed earlier this session. Of those who completed the survey, 89% are concerned about the budget shortfall. An overwhelming 71% of the survey respondents said we should make efficiency cuts to the budget and figure out new ways to generate revenues. We are listening and have advocated this position during the session. Our neighbors also said we should cut funding for mega-projects. We have repeatedly offered and voted in favor of budget amendments to cut funding for these unaffordable projects.

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