NEWS: Alaska’s National Award Recipients Push Major Success Initiative for Neglected and Abused Children

Juneau – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Amanda Metivier, the co-founder of Alaska’s main foster youth advocacy and peer support non-profit, have a new thing in common besides being former foster youth. As of January, they have now each been recognized with awards for their work advocating for foster youth by Casey Family Programs, the nation’s leading foster youth advocacy foundation.

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EVENT: Anchorage Area Residents Invited to Attend Saturday’s Anchorage Caucus Meeting

Juneau – Members of the Alaska Legislature who represent the Anchorage area encourage public participation Saturday during the Anchorage Caucus meeting. The meeting, which is traditionally held during the legislative session, gives Anchorage area residents the ability to express their views on issues being considered by the Alaska State Legislature.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Share Your Views With Your Anchorage-Area Legislators

I and other legislators will be in Anchorage Saturday for a public meeting, so we can hear from you and share ideas, on Saturday. The meeting will be held at the Anchorage LIO (1500 W Benson Blvd.) from 10:00am to 12:00pm. This meeting will be “open house” style, meaning that after brief opening remarks, legislators will break out to tables assigned by legislative districts. This format will allow for more one-on-one conversations.

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EVENT: Tuesday’s Press Availability Will Include Reps. Tuck, Gara, Wool, and Ortiz

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday morning to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Participants will include Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage), Rep. Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan), and Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks).

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OPINION: Here’s some real math to ponder in Alaska budget debate

Political soundbites that propose easy fixes to Alaska’s massive budget deficit get votes. They’ll also get you one of the worst recessions in Alaska history, and a state where your children can’t find a job. You deserve real information instead of soundbites, so you can tell your legislators the path you prefer. Politicians who seek to get votes while the economy sinks are tempting to listen to, but they are doing you a disservice. We lost 9,000 jobs last year. Letting that continue isn’t a future.

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