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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Note from Rep. Gara: Unacceptable: Legislator Wrong To Play Abortion Politics

Rep. Gara Newsletter

We should be working hard on the budget, not playing games with voter emotions over abortion. While many of us are trying to work to find consensus on solving a nearly $3 billion budget gap, one of our colleagues unthoughtfully started an ugly battle on a woman’s right to choose this week. Here’s what I said when asked about it during a press conference yesterday. I used softer words than I wanted to.

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