There are a couple of great opportunities for public testimony in the next week. I always value feedback from West Anchorage residents and neighbors in order to better represent you. Please let me know if you ever have any issues or concerns!Read more
This week’s Tarr’s Times is devoted to last week’s advocacy visit by David Holthouse. I was thrilled to have David as my guest in Juneau for two jam packed days of advocacy on Erin’s Law. This low cost prevention strategy can help us address the epidemic of child sexual abuse in our state. We took advantage of every minute of David’s visit by scheduling many legislative appointments, an educational luncheon, a press availability, and he even was able to testify on the companion version of my bill.Read more
The Legislature is on course for its typical end of session meltdowns and logjams. The House Finance Committee has just received an Education committee substitute bill that is pretty far from the original governor’s proposal. We have a lot of work to do to understand it and try to make it better.Read more
As someone who grew up in foster care, I know strong schools give everyone, rich and poor, opportunity. Cutting teachers, career counselors, and other educators damages opportunity and harms our goal of developing a well-educated workforce.Read more
JUNEAU – Today, the Anchorage Legislative Caucus announced the agenda for its next public hearing in Anchorage on February 22, 2014 at the Loussac Library. Representative Harriet Drummond (D-Spenard) is the new democratic co-chair of the Anchorage Legislative Caucus and will co-chair the meeting with Representative Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Northeast Anchorage), the republican co-chair of the caucus.Read more
We need your voice at the House Education Committee meeting this Friday, February 7th, at 8 a.m. in the State Capitol Building – in person or by phone.
The Education Committee is going to discuss the school voucher resolution, HJR 1, which would allow the public to vote to amend the Alaska Constitution. This amendment sanctions the state to take public school funding and use it for private and religious schools. This means that your dollars would be funding private schools, not your local public schools.Read more
ANCHORAGE – Today, Senator Bill Wielechowski, Senator Hollis French, and Representative Geran Tarr will offer a set of policy ideas to improve health care options in Alaska at a public forum hosted by the non-partisan group, State of Reform. The legislators will host a panel discussion at 11:30 a.m. as part of the larger event that includes political and policy experts from around Alaska.Read more
Thank you to everyone that has called, written, or sent an e-mail to my office. It is very important to hear from you.
As we rapidly reach the end of session, we often receive lots of communication about budget items, bills, and other issues – sometimes orchestrated by one interest group or another. As I’ve said in the past, I don’t work for corporations. I don’t work for a political party. I work for YOU. I want to hear from constituents, not put-up campaigns. If you’re a District 38 resident, I want to hear from you!Read more