News: $20,000 Donated To Get Laptops To Help Alaska’s Growing Foster Youth Population

Anchorage-Today Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) announced a major donation to the “Laptops for Foster Youth” effort. The goal is to get needed laptop computers to Alaska’s growing number of foster youth. A few years ago there were roughly 1,700 foster youth in Alaska. Today there are approximately 2,200 foster youth in the state.

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NEWS: GARA: Parnell, GOP “Education Year”: 3 Years of Anchorage Educator Cuts; Property Tax Hike

ANCHORAGE – Today Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) said legislators could have avoided the major staff cuts the Anchorage School District is facing according to their recently released tentative “3 year” forecast. That forecast shows a loss of over 500 teachers and staff over the next three years.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Hearing on GCI Cell Tower Delayed; Best Wishes to Rose, Toby and now, Joe!

The delayed-again City Planning and Zoning Commission Public Meeting on GCI’s proposed cell tower in South Addition has been, well, delayed. It’s now been moved to October 6 so there is time for a meeting in September at the South Addition Community Council.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Some ABCs on Volunteering To Help Alaska’s Students

I wasn’t thrilled that the Legislature continued three years of educator cuts for yet another three years. In Anchorage we’ll lose roughly 400, or more, staff over the next three years, on top of over 600 staff lost statewide since 2011. While I voted to reverse these party-line cuts, it doesn’t mean we can’t work as individuals to help increase student opportunity, even if a majority of your elected leaders won’t.

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NEWS: Parnell “Chooses Silence” On Zero Worth Oil Provision

Governor Parnell has had three weeks to defend a special interest provision in SB 21 that gets Alaskans either a near zero, or even negative long term Production Tax Worth under his controversial oil revenue rollback, SB 21. Rep. Les Gara wrote Governor Parnell on July 24 to ask for his defense of a zero or negative value oil tax provision. Parnell has refused to defend a provision that gets Alaskans little, or possibly a negative worth for fields that went into production under ACES, fields committed to go into production during ACES, and all post-2003 and future oil fields.

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NEWS: Zero Value Oil Tax Provision Hidden From Legislature In 2013

Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) said today the public should know the Parnell Administration never revealed a special interest provision in Senate Bill 21 that nets Alaskans nearly no production tax value, or even a negative worth for Alaska’s oil. “Negative or zero oil tax value on all future oil fields, and all fields after 2003, was never once mentioned in a legislative hearing before SB 21 passed,” Gara, a House Finance Committee member, said.

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NEWS: House Democrats Honor Alaska National Guard

House Democratic Leader Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) today encouraged Alaskans to join the Democratic caucus in observing Alaska National Guard Appreciation Day, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

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