Rep. Gara’s July 20th Newsletter: Declining Per Diem Checks

Rep. Gara Newsletter

The legislative per diem system should be fixed, in part because we can’t send mixed messages about the worst fiscal crisis in Alaska history. Our bi-partisan Alaska House Majority Coalition came together and took hard votes to fix this crippling, harmful deficit. Some more conservative legislators so far have blocked that effort.

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June 29th Note from Rep. Gara: Session Good, Bad & Ugly: Schools, Children, Seniors Protected; Economy Not!

Rep. Gara Newsletter

While some good news came out of session, I’m frustrated, and know you are. As one vote, I don’t get to make all 60 people take action. I get to try. And I get to pitch compromises that I can’t force anyone to respond to. I’m a fan of democracy. I’m not a fan of not being able, as one person, to force people out of their ideological boxes to reach needed compromise, to get good things done.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Juneau Update: What I’m Fighting For

Rep. Gara Newsletter

As one of 60 legislators, I think we could have finished our work within the 90-day limit. But like negotiating for a car, you can’t just make your offer. You have to get the car salesperson to make a reasonable offer back. That hasn’t happened. The offer so far from our Senate colleagues is:

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