Note from Rep. Gara: Government Shutdown: Why It Shouldn’t Happen

I do not believe there will be a government shutdown. Making that prediction true requires that 60 legislators act as statesmen and stateswomen, and that they base their votes on facts, not the fiction some politicians use for a good TV soundbite.

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NEWS: House Finance Committee to Review the Alaska Economy and Fiscal Policy

Juneau – The members of the Finance Committee in the Alaska House of Representatives will spend all week examining Alaska’s fiscal policy and how policy changes will impact the Alaska economy. The committee will hear from business, municipal, labor, and tribal representatives in addition to presentations from the Alaska Department of Revenue and the non-partisan Legislative Finance Division.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Buying a Recession: Continued Excessive Slashes Aren’t Free

I’d love to join those using the easy sound bite. I do believe in finding waste, and cutting it. I’ve voted against wasteful spending on legislative office buildings, the Knik Arm Bridge, the Susitna Dam, and other unaffordable projects.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Saturday & Next Week: We Want You (To Speak Out So We Can Listen)

Saturday is the annual “Anchorage Caucus.” A terrible name (who besides politicians uses the word “caucus?!” Anyway, it’s a listening session by Anchorage area legislators from 1 ’til 3 (and until 5 if there’s more public testimony) at the Anchorage Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library.

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