Reps. Gara and Drummond to Push Needed Increase in School Support

Juneau – Today, Representatives Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) introduced legislation to increase the Base Student Allocation (BSA) in Alaska by $100. The BSA is the amount provided to school districts each year for each student enrolled. Funding for public education in Alaska is roughly $25 million less today than compared to 2015, according to the non-partisan Legislative Finance Division. The loss is even greater, $90 million if you consider the effects of inflation.

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Rep. Gara’s February 6th Newsletter: Stateswomen/Statesmen Or Politics as Usual

We have important work to do.  It’s been sidetracked by harmful conduct towards women by a handful of legislators, and also by a few who have sought to score political points out of tragedy.  You’ve read about it. My bi-partisan House Majority members and I have called for the resignation of both legislators involved in this misconduct.  In one case, I’d known and respected both the victim and…

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The Alaska House Majority Coalition is taking the lead on common sense protection of baseline education funding.

The Alaska House Majority Coalition is taking the lead on common sense protection of baseline education funding. This video is a call for Alaskans to help our Coalition pass legislation that will promote stability and end the yearly uncertainty facing school districts, parents, teachers and students.

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NEWS: “Laptops For Foster Youth” Drive: Help Bring In A New Year of Success For Alaska’s 3,000+ Foster Youth

Anchorage – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Facing Foster Care in Alaska founder Amanda Metivier are launching their holiday drive to bring more laptops to foster youth so they can succeed in school and life. Rep. Gara and Metivier, both former foster youth, founded the Laptops for Foster Youth effort at the suggestion of many youth who faced barriers to success, including the lack of computers and internet access needed for schoolwork.

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Rep. Gara’s November 20th Newsletter: Consumer Car Buying Alert and Health Insurance Deadline

I used to do a bit of consumer protection work, and in doing that learned a bit about car selling practices that, if you ever buy a new car, might help you get a more fair deal. In addition, I wanted to pass along some information about enrolling for health insurance before the December 15 deadline.

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NEWS: Alaska Car Buyers: Don’t be Fooled by Dealers’ Games

Anchorage – Today, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) issued the following alert to help consumers avoid unfair car dealer practices and negotiation strategies. Consumers should know the truth as they negotiate one of the largest purchases they will ever make. It is no secret that car dealers often use strategies to overcharge consumers for a new car.

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Rep. Gara’s November 13th Newsletter: Senate Leaders Choose No Jail Time for Car Theft, Sexual Abuse of Minors (and a Bigger Recession!) Over Staying at Work

I’m here in Juneau, with almost no senators. That’s been the case for most of Special Session, as most Republican Senate majority members skipped work the first ten days of this 30-day Special Session and then left for good this past Saturday.

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