Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Budget Compromise Means More Work to Do

This week, the legislature passed a statewide operating budget and a capital budget. Passing this budget compromise means the state has avoided sending lay-off notices to state employees. Although passing the budget is a step in the right direction, the legislature has not adopted a long-term solution to Alaska’s financial challenges. There is more work to be done to implement a responsible action plan for Alaska.

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NEWS: Alaska Legislature Passes Foster Youth System Reform and Protection Bill

Juneau – Today, the Alaska Legislature passed House Bill 27 to make significant reforms to help improve the lives of foster youth in Alaska. The bill, sponsored by Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage), includes provisions to get youth into stable, permanent, loving homes and out of foster care, where youth often bounce between a dozen or more homes.

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NEWS: Rep. Gara Takes Pitch to the Chamber of Commerce Monday – Ways We Can Improve the Lives of Foster Children

ANCHORAGE — For the past month, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) has been on what he quips is a “World Tour in His Own Car”, pitching to large and small groups how they can help with Alaska’s exploding numbers of neglected and abused foster children. Just five years ago, Alaska had fewer than 1,800 foster youth. Today, that number has exploded to over 2,800. Rep. Gara is working to help these children to succeed and not face continued excuses and neglect.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Thursday Eve, Speak Out On Special Session; Why “Children Will Die” Under This Budget According To Director of Children’s Services

It’s your turn to speak out or just come listen this Thursday, from 5:30-7:30 in Anchorage at 716 W 4th Ave. You deserve to be heard.
I’m not happy the Legislature voted for a continuing recess from work for most legislators during this 30-day Special Session.

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NEWS: Bill to Improve Lives of Foster Youth Passes Committee

JUNEAU— Thursday, the House Health and Social Services Committee passed House Bill 27 sponsored by Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage). The bill seeks to improve the lives of foster youth in Alaska by getting them into permanent loving homes, so they don’t keep suffering damage and neglect caused by bouncing between multiple temporary foster homes and schools. Rep. Gara thanks the members of the Health and Social Services Committee for their work on the bill.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Impending PFD Application Deadline & a Rogue “Fortune” Cookie

Dear Neighbors:

First, I get to gripe. Since when do you open a fortune cookie and get a medical warning?!?!?! Isn’t that a “Warning cookie”? Here’s what I got last night – I guess punishment for not cooking at home. Let me just say, I will not eat another fortune cookie at this restaurant.

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Press Conference: Holiday Laptop Drive Launched to Help the Growing Number of Foster Youth in Alaska

(ANCHORAGE) – Today, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA) are launching a Laptops for Foster Youth Holiday Drive with a press conference at 11 a.m. They will announce the drive, which will be augmented by a recent $20,000 donation, at the Dimond Center in Anchorage. The press conference will take place at the entrance just west of Best Buy. Following the press conference Rep. Gara and Facing Foster Care in Alaska co-founder Amanda Metivier will purchase discounted computers at local stores.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Launching Holiday “Laptops 4 Foster Youth” Drive, Saving You $, Holiday Giving & Not Wasting More State $ On Rockets

It’s close to the Holidays. If you’re like me, you don’t want to talk a lot of politics. So let’s talk about:
1. The launch of our 2014 Holiday Laptops for Foster Youth Drive (thanks to you we’ve matched roughly 400 laptops with foster youth so far);
2. A potential last??? chance for you to get State Rebate$ for upgrading the heating and energy efficiency at your homes; and,
3. Holiday donation and volunteer needs if you haven’t figured where to direct your efforts.

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