Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Child Abuse Prevention Efforts & Budget Update

I hope you wore blue yesterday. In the Capitol, and across the state, wearing blue meant that you support raising awareness and preventing child abuse in your community. We hosted a rally on the Capitol steps with Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Val Davidson as our speaker. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we are taking steps to raise awareness and enact policies that will prevent child abuse. Last year our focus was Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law, that passed last June, and is now being implemented.

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NEWS: Alaskans Encouraged to Wear Blue Today to Raise Awareness of Child Abuse

Juneau – Today, members of the Alaska Legislature will join the effort to raise awareness of child abuse by participating in Go Blue Friday. Representatives Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) and Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage) are asking lawmakers and staff to show support for efforts to stop child abuse in Alaska by wearing the color blue today.

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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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