Category - Rep. Geran Tarr

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: End of 4th Special Session Update

As you know, the legislature adjourned the fourth special session last Sunday evening in Juneau. I’m back in Anchorage, getting settled back in, and meeting with constituents for the time being. The bad news is we adjourned without any revenue measures addressing the $3.8 billion deficit, so the Governor has already scheduled the fifth special session to begin on July 11th until August 16th. It’s looking like the special session will be in Juneau, but if that changes I’ll let you know.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Today: Public Testimony for PFD Bill

Today in the House Finance Committee, there will be public testimony for the PFD bill, SB 128. You can go to the Anchorage Legislative Information Office building located at 716 W. 4th Avenue, or call in at 844-586-9085, before 4:30 if you want to testify. Please limit your testimony to 2 minutes. You can also view the Finance Committee meeting, and listen in on Gavel to Gavel.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Memorial Day: A Recognition of Our Military Men & Women

This weekend we take time to remember and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our nation. My Grandfather served in World War II and my brother more recently during the Gulf War. We have a debt of gratitude to those who have served our country. While I always support a peaceful solution to any conflict, I also stand by our military men and women for their service when conflict is unavoidable. To the military men and women who have made this sacrifice, we thank you for your dedicated service and commitment to our country.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Anti-Sex Ed Measure Passes, Wednesday Testimony on Oil and Gas Subsidies & Criminal Justice Reform

I’m still in Juneau, and we are working almost exclusively on the budget. I say almost because Representative Keller was able to bring up House Bill 156, that aims to end sex education, in a last minute procedural maneuver and get the one vote he needed for it to pass. This controversial bill received strong opposition statewide and hundreds wrote or testified to ask for a no vote. Most opposition discussed how critical this information is if we ever want to address our chronically high rates of sexual assault. Our rate of rape in Alaska far exceeds the national average.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: BUDGET SURVEYS

Thank you for taking the time to complete and submit the fiscal survey we mailed earlier this session. Of those who completed the survey, 89% are concerned about the budget shortfall. An overwhelming 71% of the survey respondents said we should make efficiency cuts to the budget and figure out new ways to generate revenues. We are listening and have advocated this position during the session. Our neighbors also said we should cut funding for mega-projects. We have repeatedly offered and voted in favor of budget amendments to cut funding for these unaffordable projects.

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