Category - Rep. Les Gara

House Majority Coalition

NEWS: House Moves to Prevent Government Shutdown with Passage of Combined Operating and Capital Budgets

Juneau – Tonight, to avoid a government shutdown at the beginning of the month, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a combined Capital and Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The House budgets reverse the Senate’s $69 million cut to K-12 education and most of the cut to the University of Alaska. Additionally, the Capital Budget restored the full amount of expected Permanent Fund Dividends, which will be paid in the fall to eligible Alaskans.

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Rep. Les Gara

NEWS: Change the Name, Pay the Same: Senate Oil Bill Replaces $1.5 Billion in Cash Credits with $1.45 Billion in Lost Revenues

Juneau – Recent analysis from the Alaska Department of Revenue shows a stark contrast between the competing versions of legislation to reform Alaska’s unsustainable system of subsidizing the oil industry on the North Slope with unaffordable tax credits. The version of House Bill 111 supported by the Alaska Senate Majority follows the lead of the Alaska House Majority Coalition in ending the practice of paying oil companies cash for tax credits, but on paper only. This is expected to save the State of Alaska an estimated $1.5 billion over the next ten years. However, the Senate version of the bill would result in the loss of $1.45 billion in revenue over that same timeframe by replacing the cash for credit system with a higher percentage of “carry forward” deductions that oil companies could subtract from production and other taxes they pay to the State of Alaska.

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Rep. Les Gara

NEWS: Legislation to Improve Foster Care System and Implement Caseload Standards Passes the Alaska House of Representatives

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed comprehensive legislation sponsored by Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) to improve Alaska’s foster care system. House Bill 151 establishes new training and workload standards for case workers in the Office of Children’s Services. Lower caseload levels are widely recognized to lead to better outcomes for children and families. HB 151 has broad support from children’s advocacy groups and adopts national best practice standards.

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Rep. Gara Newsletter

Note from Rep. Gara: Unacceptable: Legislator Wrong To Play Abortion Politics

We should be working hard on the budget, not playing games with voter emotions over abortion. While many of us are trying to work to find consensus on solving a nearly $3 billion budget gap, one of our colleagues unthoughtfully started an ugly battle on a woman's right to choose this week. Here's what I said when asked about it during a press conference yesterday. I used softer words than I wanted to.

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