NEWS: House Democrats Oppose Increased LIO Expenditure

House Democratic Leader Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) today reiterated his caucus’s position regarding yesterday’s Legislative Council vote to authorize increased spending on the Anchorage Legislative Information Office (LIO). 

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Note from Rep. Gara: That $4 Million Legislative Rent Increase: Not Again, Not Without Your Say

Dear Neighbors- As you know, I’m in that camp of folks who think the Legislature DID NOT NEED the new, fancy, and more importantly, expensive Anchorage off-session digs. Not at a price tag that raises our rent and utilities from roughly $680,000 a year to roughly $5 million a year. Not when this state is bleeding from deficits.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Happy New Year & 2014 Legislative Priorities

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

First – a New Year’s wish to you. It’s a little different. You’ve all done something good for someone, maybe lots of things. Maybe more than lots, but I don’t know the word for “more than lots”. Take a moment and think about what you’ve done. Who you’ve helped. How you’ve lent a hand. I think you owe that to yourself.

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Rep. Miller’s District 7 News: Public Testimony on HB 3001, the New Oil Tax Bill

I wanted to let you know of an opportunity to provide public testimony on House Bill 3001, the Governor’s new oil tax bill he introduced for special session.

The House Resources committee will be taking testimony on the bill tomorrow, April 26th, at 9:00 AM.

The bill is a new spin on the Governor’s House Bill 110. However, I fear it still it provides too large a tax break for oil companies without any guarantee more oil will be pumped through the pipeline. You can read more about the hearings HB 3001 has received here.

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