News and Press
Anchorage – Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) will join 2,000 groups across the country mobilizing to celebrate National Voter Registration Day on September 26, 2017. Voting is a right and a civic duty, but Alaskans can’t vote if they aren’t registered. Representative Tarr will be participating in voter registration efforts in the Mountain View and Airport Heights neighborhoods.
Anchorage – A statewide listening session on the future of the vital Alaska Senior Benefits Program will be held next week to gather input from Alaskan. The program is currently scheduled to sunset in June 2018. The listening session on Thursday, September 28 is sponsored by the House Health and Social Services Subcommittee on the Senior Benefits Program. The Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage), will be taking public input on House Bill 236 to extend the program until 2022.
Homer – Representative Paul Seaton (R-Homer) invites Peninsula community members and neighbors to two public town hall meetings on Thursday, October 5. Rep. Seaton will be joined by Alaska Office of Management and Budget Director Pat Pitney at both events. The first town hall will take place in the Ninilchik Senior Center from 12:00-2:00 p.m., during and after the Senior lunch. The second town hall will take place at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Anchorage – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Facing Foster Care in Alaska founder Amanda Metivier are launching a back-to-school drive to get more laptops to foster youth so they can succeed in school.
Rep. Les Gara, and Facing Foster Care in Alaska founder Amanda Metivier, are launching a Back To School drive to get more laptops to foster youth so they can succeed in school. 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, and needed online access to schoolwork.
Greetings! I hope you can join me at one of the two town halls I am hosting on October 5 in District 31. Office of Management & Budget Director, Pat Pitney, will also be joining me. I look forward to meeting with you and answering your questions on the state's budget, District 31 issues, and the upcoming Special Session #4.
Today, the Governor announced a special session that will begin on October 23rd. It will focus on revenue and criminal justice reform. Though seemingly unrelated, the recent rise of criminal activity in Alaska is a direct consequence of the fiscal crisis.
Last week Senator Begich and I hosted our fall constituent meeting. The focus was neighborhood public safety. Of course this has been a topic of conversation for our area, as well as throughout Anchorage and around the state.