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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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: End of Session & Update on the Budget

A lot has happened over the last 7 days! While I wish I was writing you to say that we’ve completed our 90-day Session and will be heading home tomorrow, that is sadly not this case. As 5:00 p.m. rolls around there’s still a long list of bills to hear and vote for on the Floor, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be packing up and heading north tomorrow. Fortunately, several great things have happened during the unfinished Session:

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NEWS: Alaska House Votes to Oppose the Sale of Frankenfish

Juneau – The Alaska House of Representatives voted unanimously Friday night in favor of House Joint Resolution 28 sponsored by House Resources Committee member Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage). HJR 28 puts the Alaska House on record opposing the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of a genetically engineered salmon being sold for human consumption. Additionally, the resolution urges Congress to enact legislation requiring genetically engineered products be labeled.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Tonight: PFD, Income Tax Public Testimony & Constituent Teleconference Meeting

I am hosting one more teleconference, tonight April 15th at 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. This is the last teleconference meeting scheduled right now, but that could change if the Session is extended. If you have any questions about the budget or any other legislation, call in at 1-844-586-9085.

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Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Press Availability Scheduled for Wednesday Morning

Juneau – The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC) will hold a press availability Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Participants will include AIDC Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), House Finance Committee member Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks), and House Resources Committee member Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage).

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