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Rep. Les Gara

NEWS: Flawed Oil Tax System Shortchanges Alaska in Favor of Giveaways to Big Oil

JUNEAU – This week, economists with the Alaska Department of Revenue produced a report analyzing how much Alaska generates in oil production taxes after the state pays out subsidies in the form of oil tax credits. The report shows that in the next fiscal year, FY 2018, the state of Alaska is slated to pay out roughly $20 million more in tax credits than it is estimated to receive in production tax payments.

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House Majority Coalition

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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House Majority Coalition

NEWS: Alaska House Majority Coalition Supports Disaster Declaration for Opioid Epidemic

Juneau – The members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition commend Governor Walker for his decision to sign a disaster declaration for the worsening opioid epidemic in Alaska. The disaster declaration allows a statewide program under the direction of Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer to facilitate the distribution of the life-saving drug naloxone, which is used to revive overdose victims. Earlier today, Governor Walker signed an Administrative Order that sets up an Incident Command System and directs all state departments to apply for federal grants to respond to the opioid epidemic.

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Rep. Les Gara

NEWS: Rep. Gara To File Oil Tax Fair Share Bill: Rock bottom 0% & 4% Tax Rates Harm Schools, Residents, Economy

Juneau – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) has released legislation to fix major flaws in Alaska’s oil tax system. The flaws are outlined in information provided to Rep. Gara by the Alaska Department of Revenue in response to detailed questions. The “Fair Share for Alaska Oil Act” supports Alaska’s North Slope oil producers while fairly raising revenue needed for schools, roads, and to help with Alaska’s budget deficit. The bill was filed today with the Chief Clerk.

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Rep. Les Gara

NEWS: Rep. Gara Wants Fairness for Kenai River Dipnetters

Juneau – For the past three years, Alaskans who rely on dipnetting sockeye salmon from the Kenai River have been blocked from fishing after July 31st, which denies them a fair chance at catching their limit of fish. The sockeye salmon runs have been arriving later in the season, which results in a substantial part of the Kenai River run entering the river after the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has closed the dipnet fishery. At the same time, commercial fishermen have been allowed to take advantage of continued strong returns well into August.

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