Category - Op-Ed

Rep. Adam Wool

OPINION: Time to Make Tough Choices for Alaska

As the legislative session gets ready to start on Tuesday, it seems everybody is talking about the state budget deficit. As I see it, the state is like a cardiac patient who risks a major heart attack. His doctor tells him to quit smoking, lose weight, change his diet, exercise and take his meds. The patient asks, “What if I lose weight first and then try the other stuff?” This won’t cut it, there is no one silver bullet and the patient needs to address all these issues.

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Alaska state and flag

OP-ED: Pivotal Moment in Alaska’s History

This moment in Alaska’s history is pivotal in determining what our future as a state will look like. The sudden drop in oil prices and the broken promises of increased oil production in return for excessive tax cuts and credits have resulted in a nearly $3.5 billion budget gap that must be closed. Alaska is required by law to produce a balanced budget. However, a budget is more than just numbers on a page. It should reflect the basic values of the people.

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Rep. Gara Newsletter

Note from Rep. Gara: 4,000 New Jobs: Medicaid Expansion Can Help Prevent A Recession

I hope you had a great Fourth of July weekend! Now for some sobering news - a big wallop to hit you with after a long weekend. And a solution so you hopefully don't ever feel that wallop! A recent study says Alaska is either in a recession, or is on the possible brink of one. That's a big concern. Standing still isn't the way to address this news. Here's something we should do to help avoid any protracted recession.

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Rep. Les Gara

Rep. Gara Statement on Bi-Partisan Housing Quality, Access Bill

Jointly Written Costello and Gara Bill Makes Communities and AHFC Housing More Vibrant, More Available JUNEAU – Today, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) issued the following statement on a bill sponsor Mia Costello (R-Anchorage) and he as a co-sponsor wrote and worked on together. The Bill, HB 50, passed the House today. A description of the bill is more fully detailed in a press release sent out by the House Republican Press Office today.

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Rep. Beth Kerttula

Rep. Kerttula Op-Ed: Oil tax reduction? Not before production

Alaska doesn't have to be a company town to be a resource state. But to be a successful resource state, we must get our resources to market and get a fair return for selling them. That's why Alaska Democratic legislators put forward a proposal to spark development of new fields, squeeze more oil from existing fields, and advance non-tax ideas for getting more oil out of the ground and into the pipeline. It's simple: Production before reduction. Our bill puts Alaska first instead of giving away billions of dollars for nothing but promises and the status quo. If an oil company puts more oil in the pipeline than they are now, they pay less in taxes on that oil.

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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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