Category - Rep. Geran Tarr

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Carrying Alaska North to the Future

Right now, the oil industry is required to pay a minimum tax rate of 4% for every barrel they pump out of Alaska, and this 4% is not a fixed rate. Corporations can apply subsidies and concessions to reduce the cost of doing business in Alaska, and that minimum 4% tax rate? It’s flexible. In addition to this flexible minimum tax, our current oil and gas tax system has overly generous subsidies that have become unsustainable. The intention was to offer economic incentives to small oil companies as a way to encourage oil production because the Big Three aren’t doing as much exploration and development work and production is down.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Rep. Tarr Helps Develop National Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Tool Kit

As the purse strings of Alaska become ever tighter, the heart strings of our community- and compassion for others- need to strengthen. There are Alaskans who struggle within themselves in ways we cannot fully understand. Sometimes their struggle is apparent. For others, it’s unseen. But how we can fully relate is as a neighbor, and as someone who cares about the wellbeing of all Alaskans.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Embracing the Obligations and Opportunities

We’re into the second full week of the 30th Alaska Legislature and boy have we been busy! Big changes are happening. As you know, we have a $3 billion dollar deficit, but a Governor who is committed to cooperating with the Legislature to find a mutually-beneficial solution. We have numerous public safety issues to tackle, but an Alaska House Majority Coalition comprised of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents led by the first Democratic speaker with Native ancestry, all committed to making our communities safer. We are making progress, and in the words of our 44th President Barack Obama:

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: SEPTEMBER IS SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Did you know that 1 in 4 people experience a mental illness at any given time? This is something that touches all of us, having lost a family member to suicide I know how devastating it can be to families in our community. As a member of the Suicide Prevention Council, I’m hoping to reduce the rates of suicide in Alaska. Here’s a list of resources in our community that you or a loved one can go to if you need information: NAMI, StopSuicideAlaska, Suicide.org,Alaska Suicide Prevention Council, and Alaska Suicide Prevention Resource. These issues are so important as Alaska has some of the highest rates of suicide. Please read the proclamation below or click on the link to read the official proclamation.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: RUSSIAN JACK COMMUNITY PICNIC, SKATE PARK RIBBON-CUTTING & CC MEETINGS

This Sunday, August 28th, I hope to see you at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new skate park located at the Polar Bear Park! In 2012, the Anchorage Park Foundation received a $250,000 State Legislative Grant for the project and began working closely with northeast residents to identify an appropriate site for the new skate park. Construction began this June and concluded at the beginning of August. The new skate park has quickly become the popular new skateboarding hub. I am proud to say that the Russian Jack Community Council was a strong champion for the new skateboarding facility. They are excited that North Russian Jack Springs Park will continue to promote healthy lifestyles and activities, as well as serve as a venue to encourage youth to safely pursue their interests. I hope you can make it, and don’t forget your skateboards!

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: WEEKEND COMMUNITY EVENTS

Hope everyone is doing great and enjoying the last week before school starts! Two of our schools, Airport Heights and Mountain View, are undergoing much needed renovations, and I'm excited that our students will benefit from these upgrades. For Mountain View, the big improvement is sound proofing! With all the military planes flying overhead there are times a teacher has to stop class because the noise is too much. Once completed, this shouldn't happen anymore. Airport Heights will benefit from a little more space as well as improved areas for some programs. Stop by and take a look!

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Legislative Special Session #5

On Wednesday, the House sent a letter to the Senate inviting them to join us in a joint session on Friday to review the Governor’s budget vetoes – Friday being the last day for the Legislature to vote to override any of the Governor’s decisions. If you were following the special session on Monday, you may have seen that Senator Bill Wielechowski made a motion in the Senate for a joint session for veto overrides. At the time his motion was ruled out of order because the presiding officer said that typically the House invites the Senate. So, by sending a letter we followed the tradition of the House inviting the Senate. Turns out, that may have just been a stall tactic because upon receiving the letter from the House the Senate declined the invitation, effectively allowing the vetoes to stand.

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Rep. GERAN TARR

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Capitol: January-April

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                 Juneau, AK, 99801
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Anchorage: May-December

Address: 1500 W Benson Blvd, Rm 229
                 Anchorage, AK 99503
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Email: rep.geran.tarr@akleg.gov