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Rep. Geran Tarr

Rep. Geran Tarr’s Newsletter: Two Weeks In…

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. On January 15, I was sworn in on the floor and signed the Oath of Office with the lieutenant governor. Accompanying me to the signing of the Oath of Office were my two staffers, Joe Caissie and Monica Southworth. Joe has experience with economics and possesses a keen interest in resource development in Alaska. Last year he was a law clerk for Justice Christen on the Alaska Supreme Court. Monica is a life-long Alaskan, originally from Unalaska, AK. She has worked in the legislature for the past two years and I’m excited to have both of them as my legislative team.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Governor’s New Bill Raises Concerns – and a Few Words on Hieroglyphics

Last night the Governor released his latest oil tax rollback bill. It maintains the worst part of last year’s bill, and makes it even more draconian. The largest part of the bill massively rolls back state revenue, and oil company taxes, with no commitment that companies spend that “reward” in Alaska. We've tried that before. Until 2006 our Production Tax was nearly 0% on almost every field on the North Slope, and what did we get for lower taxes that didn't require Alaska investment and more Alaska production work? We got oil production that was declining between 5 - 8% a year, and 40% less investment in the North Slope than we have today. And a fraction of the new companies are exploring for new oil on the North Slope today.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: The 28th Alaska Legislature Convened Yesterday!

I made a commitment to you yesterday on the House floor to work hard as your Fairbanks Representative. Over the next 90 days, we will be working on issues ranging from the high cost of energy, to quality education, to enhancing the economy and writing a lean and efficient budget. It will be a challenging order to get all of the work of the state done, but I’m looking forward to rolling up my sleeves once again.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Newsletter: Celebrating the Beginning of Session

The beginning of session is a busy but exciting time. I’m looking forward to representing Juneau, Petersburg, Skagway, Gustavus, Tenakee Springs, Krupreanof, Excursion Inlet and Hobart Bay in the 28th Alaska State Legislature. Here are some pictures from yesterday, which was the first day of session. I always enjoy hearing from you, so please stop by the office when you’re in downtown Juneau or call, write or email.

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“The House Majority supports this education based income tax as one part of the solution to grow a stable economy.”

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