NEWS: Coalition Press Availability Thursday to Discuss Oil Industry Subsidies

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Thursday afternoon to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Specifically, Coalition members will discuss legislation to reform Alaska’s oil tax regime. Participants will include Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), House Rules Committee Chair Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage), House Finance Committee Vice-chair Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage), and House Resources Committee Co-chair Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage).

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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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NEWS: House Moves to Prevent Government Shutdown with Passage of Combined Operating and Capital Budgets

Juneau – Tonight, to avoid a government shutdown at the beginning of the month, the Alaska House of Representatives passed a combined Capital and Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2018. The House budgets reverse the Senate’s $69 million cut to K-12 education and most of the cut to the University of Alaska. Additionally, the Capital Budget restored the full amount of expected Permanent Fund Dividends, which will be paid in the fall to eligible Alaskans.

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