NEWS: House Minority Members Respond to Governor’s State of the Budget Address

JUNEAU – Alaska Governor Bill Walker presented his first State of the Budget address Thursday night. Governor Walker outlined both short and long-term plans to deal with a daunting fiscal crisis brought on by declining oil production and prices. The House Minority, made up of Democrats and an Independent, appreciates the care Governor Walker took in suggesting ideas for the Alaska Legislature to consider in the coming months.

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NEWS: Rep. Gara Responds to the Nuna Royalty Modification Approved by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources

JUNEAU – On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources approved a revised royalty modification for the proposed Nuna development on the North Slope. Late last year Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) submitted detailed public comments about the proposed modification and asked for a review of the royalty modification by the administration of Governor Walker.

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NEWS: Rep. Tarr Statement on CNN, Sexual Assault in Alaska, and Tools to Help

“CNN just poignantly exposed the horrible situation too many children and families face in Alaska and have faced for far too long. We must do more to combat this problem, and one way is to empower children to report abuse and give adults the tools they need to respond accordingly. Erin’s Law does just that by teaching children and educators age appropriate ways to recognize problematic situations and to find protection. I hope the Legislature will come together to push back against this epidemic of violence in Alaska,” said Tarr.

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Democrats: Today’s Resources Build Tomorrow’s Opportunity; Democratic Response to the State of the State shows vision for Alaska

JUNEAU – In her response to the governor’s state of the state speech tonight, House Democratic Leader Beth Kerttula (Juneau) told Alaskans that Alaska must use today’s resources to build tomorrow’s future.

“You’ve elected us to lead, and it’s our job to lead in a way that honors Alaska’s courageous spirit by using today’s resources to build tomorrow’s opportunities,” said Rep. Kerttula.

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