Note from Rep. Gara: Are You Earthquake Prepared? Some Useful Safety Tips

Rep. Gara Newsletter

Every day I talk to legislators in both parties to see if we can build a bi-partisan fiscal plan. I’m trying to keep things calm. I’m trying not to say “no,” even to proposals that cause me concern. A fair compromise will have to include elements most members don’t love. Compromise involves principled give and take. I’m listening to everyone’s ideas, and hoping enough members of the Republican majority will also be willing to put together a balanced, fair, bi-partisan fiscal plan.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Shadowy Political Operatives Targeting Legislators?

Rep. Gara Newsletter

Alaska is facing a massive budget deficit. The best way to address it is by working calmly and collaboratively, across party lines, to come to a bi-partisan solution. As the start of the legislative session approached, some of us learned that some Outside national political operatives have been hired– it appears quite clear – to monitor and eventually campaign against legislators who don’t do what they want on a fiscal plan. Having folks like that involved in your legislative process is too shadowy for my likes.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Tomorrow: Public Forum, Let Us Hear It!

Rep. Gara Newsletter

The two Chairs of the “Anchorage Caucus” have arranged a public forum at the Assembly Chambers at the Loussac Library, this Saturday (tomorrow) from Noon to 3 p.m. I’d expect most Anchorage-area legislators will attend, and I plan to come to listen to you. If you come, I’d suggest you arrive early to sign in early.

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Note from Rep. Gara: A Helping Hand: Our Holiday Laptops For Foster Youth Drive

Rep. Gara Newsletter

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!
I’d like you to know about our Holiday “Laptops for Foster Youth Drive”, which has become even more important with the alarming increase in the number of foster youth in Alaska, from less than 1,800 five years ago to over 2,800 today. The following press release lets you know about many ways you can help, from donating a laptop, to becoming: a foster youth mentor through a program we started at Big Brothers Big Sisters; a foster parent; or an adoptive parent for a foster youth.

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