Note from Rep. Gara: Dear Governor: Who’s Threatening the Alaska Economy?

Today amendments and debate will start on the Governor’s oil tax rollback bill in the House Finance Committee – where I have to run in a few minutes. I’d like to update you on that, a potential crisis in education funding that has school districts gagging with worry, and a few of my bills that are moving (fishing stream access; insurance coverage for colonoscopy screening; and foster care reform).

The Governor’s Number’s Add Up – for Exxon, British Petroleum and Conoco – But Not for You.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Public Testimony on Oil Tax; Pushing for Parking for Anchorage Hikers

On Monday, the House Finance Committee held a hearing where only those who support the Governor’s $2 billion per year oil tax rollback were invited to speak. On Thursday and Friday, you get your chance to speak out; something I think should have been allowed at Monday’s hearing. Testimony will be held at your city’s Legislative Information Office (716 W. 4th Ave. in Anchorage) Thursday, March 24, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Friday, March 25, from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. If an LIO is not accessible to you, call us and we can provide a call-in number.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Orwellian Juneau: Governor’s $2 Billion Oil Tax Rollback Will, I Mean Won’t, Saddle You with an Income Tax

The political ads are starting. And when political ads begin, you start to wonder whether telling a fib is cheaper than telling the truth. Well, because political ads cost lots of money, and they tend to be more fib than truth. So, fibbing must be cheaper, right? Or, maybe in politics it’s just more effective to mislead people. Nah. No one would ever to that with a political ad.

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Note from Rep. Les Gara: AmeriCorps Breakthrough, and My Book of Iraqi-Jewish-Alaskan State Records

I’m writing to brag on a recent success. I was recently recognized as the Iraqi-Jew who ate a cup of instant lentil soup further north of the Arctic Circle than any other Iraqi-Jew. Ever. Oh, wait. Wrong brag. That was in 1990. Though, someday ask me about the list of Iraqi-Jewish-Alaska firsts I think I’ve performed (top 10 Iraqi-Jewish basketball players in the state; first Iraqi- Jew to only catch four fish in 13 days on the Noatak River.)

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