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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NEWS: House Finance Committee to Review the Alaska Economy and Fiscal Policy

Juneau – The members of the Finance Committee in the Alaska House of Representatives will spend all week examining Alaska’s fiscal policy and how policy changes will impact the Alaska economy. The committee will hear from business, municipal, labor, and tribal representatives in addition to presentations from the Alaska Department of Revenue and the non-partisan Legislative Finance Division.

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NEWS: Tuesday’s Press Availability Will Include Reps. Seaton, Foster, Gara, and Guttenberg

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday morning to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Participants will include House Finance Committee Co-chairs Rep. Paul Seaton (R-Homer) and Rep. Neal Foster (D-Nome), and Finance Committee members Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) and Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage).

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NEWS: Broad-Based Revenue Proposal Receives Public Support

Juneau – Last night over 100 Alaskans provided public testimony to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee on the proposed Education Funding Act, one of the four pillars of the comprehensive fiscal plan put forward by the Alaska House Majority Coalition. A significant majority of those who testified spoke in favor of House Bill 115 and maintaining Alaska’s commitment to public education and the University of Alaska. HB 115 passed the Alaska House of Representatives earlier this month and is under consideration in the Alaska State Senate.

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