Category - Rep. Les Gara

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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Note from Rep. Gara: A Blatantly Alarmist E-News: Help A Foster Youth Lead A Good Life

I hope this letter finds you well. It finds me well. But it finds hundreds of Alaska's foster youth needing help if they are to have a chance to fulfill the dreams they are entitled to pursue as Americans and Alaskans. And they need your help. Below is an opinion piece I have run in newspapers. In case you missed it - here's my "post-election bickering, put politics aside" heart tug.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Saving Paper & Glass: But Why You Still Get Those Bulky Yellow Pages!

Your E-News is back! I hope that's good news to you, and hope you are enjoying a good holiday season. Under state law I was not allowed to write E-Newsletters actively prior to the election (so I wouldn't have an advantage over my opponent), and, frankly, I wanted to give you - and me! - a break from politics after the election. Saving Paper on the Skinny White Pages, But What About those Fat Yellow Pages?

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Note from Rep. Gara: Voting No On Ballot Measure 1: The Constitution Shouldn’t Be Messed With

How thrilled are you about the prospects that extremists would re-write our Constitution? I don’t know about you, but that would be, well, pretty schmucky. Ballot Measure 1 shows up every 10 years to ask if you want a “Constitutional Convention” to re-write our State Constitution. This week I had dinner with a state Founding Father, Vic Fischer, who helped write the constitution. He and his Convention peer, Republican Jack Coghill, think letting people into the Constitution to push their pet peeves is a bad idea, especially in times when extremists on either side have pet peeves they want in the Constitution. The Constitution should be a regal document, not one with extremist ideas in it.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Oct. 7 Voter Registration Deadline: Tell Your Friends and Family!

Do you think multinational corporations should have more of a vote than you and your family? I know the answer is NO. So - if you're not registered to vote; need to update your address; or have friends and family who need to do that, please tell them. Because today we live in a world where multinational corporations can donate as much as they want. Your power is your vote. In this letter I'll give you voter registration information to use or pass along. And with a 30 day blackout on legislative newsletters before the election, I'll pack in a few more things.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Rehabilitating the Truth On Oil Taxes, Avoidable School Cuts, Record UA Foster Youth Enrollment

Would You Like Some Facts With Your Hyperbole, Sir? It hasn’t surprised me to hear some of the claims on the oil tax debate this past year. The implication is that those who didn’t support the Governor’s $2 billion giveaway (which allows companies to take our tax dollars and spend them outside Alaska if they wish) are happy with the status quo. Horsepucky. Hey, did you know there is no computer spell check for horsepucky? Well, that’s not important. Anyway, no one in the Legislature voted for the status quo. NO ONE.

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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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