News: Rep. Gara’s Public Comments Detail Potentially Excessive Tax Breaks for a Company Seeking “Royalty Relief”

Anchorage – On Monday, Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) filed detailed public comments showing the Nuna oilfield will receive significant, and possibly excessive, tax breaks under little-known provisions in S.B. 21. The Parnell Administration, in its waning two weeks, proposed a roughly $40 million reduction in the royalties Nuna’s current owner, Caelus Energy, would owe Alaskans. The Parnell Administration proposed to change the field’s existing lease terms to include additional revenue reductions at a time Alaska is facing a $3 billion budget deficit.

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NEWS: House Democratic Caucus Celebrates New Administration of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott

Anchorage – Earlier today Bill Walker was sworn in as the Governor of Alaska during a ceremony in Juneau. During that same ceremony Byron Mallott was sworn in as Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor. The 13 members of the House Democratic Caucus send congratulations to the new Governor and Lt. Governor and pledge to work with the Administration to solve the pressing problems facing Alaska.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Thanksgiving Donation Needs; $20,000 Donated for Foster Youth Laptops & Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving

I and other legislators were not allowed to send out newsletters in the month before the November election. That’s why you haven’t received a newsletter in a while. But, well, that season of loud ads is thankfully over.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Near Zero Value Nuna Oilfield Deal Challenged

Anchorage – Thursday Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) asked the Parnell Administration to hold off on a controversial proposal for tens of millions of dollars in additional tax reductions on a North Slope oilfield. Last week Governor Parnell’s Commissioner of Natural Resources announced his proposal to reduce the 12.5% royalty on the Nuna oilfield by over 50%.

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NEWS: Near Zero Value Nuna Oilfield Deal Challenged by Rep. Gara

Anchorage – Thursday, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) asked the Parnell Administration to hold off on a controversial proposal for tens of millions of dollars in additional tax reductions on a North Slope oilfield. Last week Governor Parnell’s Commissioner of Natural Resources announced his proposal to reduce the 12.5% royalty on the Nuna oilfield by over 50%.

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NEWS: Independent State Representative Dan Ortiz Joins the House Democratic Caucus

Anchorage- Newly elected District 36 State Representative Dan Ortiz (I-Ketchikan) was welcomed Wednesday as the newest member of the House Democratic Caucus. Ortiz ran as an independent candidate without party affiliation but he chose to join the House Democratic Caucus in part because of the freedom the caucus gives its members to vote their conscience.

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NEWS: House Democrats Announce Leadership for 29th Alaska Legislature

Anchorage – Today, Alaska’s House Democratic Caucus announced its leadership for the 29th Alaska Legislature and its commitment to honor the voice of the Alaska people in the recent General Election.

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