$500-700 Million Loss to Alaskans: Fair Oil Tax Reforms Passed by the House Could Erase Major Portion of $2.5 Billion State Deficit

Juneau – A recent report from the Department of Revenue shows the state is losing more than a half billion dollars in annual revenue by not enacting the modest 25% tax on oil company profits passed by the House last year. Today, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) released the following statement regarding the role oil taxes play in Alaska’s multi-billion-dollar deficit.

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Reps. Gara and Drummond to Push Needed Increase in School Support

Alaska state and flag

Juneau – Today, Representatives Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage) introduced legislation to increase the Base Student Allocation (BSA) in Alaska by $100. The BSA is the amount provided to school districts each year for each student enrolled. Funding for public education in Alaska is roughly $25 million less today than compared to 2015, according to the non-partisan Legislative Finance Division. The loss is even greater, $90 million if you consider the effects of inflation.

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NEWS: “Laptops For Foster Youth” Drive: Help Bring In A New Year of Success For Alaska’s 3,000+ Foster Youth

Rep. Les Gara

Anchorage – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Facing Foster Care in Alaska founder Amanda Metivier are launching their holiday drive to bring more laptops to foster youth so they can succeed in school and life. Rep. Gara and Metivier, both former foster youth, founded the Laptops for Foster Youth effort at the suggestion of many youth who faced barriers to success, including the lack of computers and internet access needed for schoolwork.

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NEWS: Alaska Car Buyers: Don’t be Fooled by Dealers’ Games

Rep. Les Gara

Anchorage – Today, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) issued the following alert to help consumers avoid unfair car dealer practices and negotiation strategies. Consumers should know the truth as they negotiate one of the largest purchases they will ever make. It is no secret that car dealers often use strategies to overcharge consumers for a new car.

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NEWS: Rep. Gara to Speak at a Foster Youth Conference in Anchorage

Rep. Les Gara

Anchorage – Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage), an advocate for reforms to Alaska’s overburdened foster care system, will speak tomorrow at Alaska’s annual conference for volunteers who work with foster youth. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are volunteers from across the state who represent children in foster care cases with a goal of helping make sure they have the best chance to succeed in life.

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