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Rep. Tarr’s April 18th Newsletter: Historic Action Taken by the House: We’ve Passed a Comprehensive, Sustainable Fiscal Plan

Over the weekend the House Majority made true on the commitment we made on November 9th when we came together to form a new coalition. We came together as Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to put our state back on track for a prosperous future by passing a fiscal plan. At the beginning of the session we said our plan had four pillars: reform of our overly generous oil and gas subsidies, strategic budget cuts, protection of the PFD and restructuring, and new revenue from a broad based tax. We took the enormity of the situation and with a laser focus worked diligently to get every measure passed. This is a lengthy enews and I hope you’ll have time to read all of it and will get in touch with questions. I love hearing from you!

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: TOMORROW is constituent meeting & budget update

Mahatma Gandhi’s words have resonated strongly with me this past week while defending the budgets of Alaska’s education and public welfare systems. Now is not the time to reduce the level of services we offer students, or lose teachers due to pink slips as the result of delayed school budgets. Nor is it the time to require an ever-shrinking police force to handle ever-increasing cases with diminished resources.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: 8 Budget Meetings, 1 Budget Survey, and Working Towards a Fiscal Plan

I just want to take a moment to review where we’ve been and where we are now regarding the budget and a fiscal plan. The conversation about the budget and how to get our fiscal house in order is not new. I held my first community meeting in the Fall of 2015 because I knew then we needed to take action. I was pleased with the large crowd in attendance because that told me you all cared and knew we had to take action too. We had Bob Loeffler of ISER bring the Budget Balancing Game and we spent time trying to figure out how to balance the budget ourselves. Options ranged from just using the Permanent Fund to statewide taxes like sales and income taxes or more cuts. The game demonstrated the challenge of finding the right solution.

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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. GERAN TARR

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Capitol: January-April

Address: Room 126 Capitol Bldg.
                 Juneau, AK, 99801
Phone: +1 (907) 465-3424
FAX: +1 (907) 465-3793
Email: rep.geran.tarr@akleg.gov

Anchorage: May-December

Address: 1500 W Benson Blvd, Rm 229
                 Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: +1 907 269-4049
FAX: +1 907 269-0148
Email: rep.geran.tarr@akleg.gov