Rep. Tarr’s July 20th Newsletter: Negotiating a Compromise to End Cash Payments to Oil Companies & Russian Jack Picnic

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I’m pleased to write this after having worked hard to negotiate a compromise bill to end oil and gas cash subsidy payments. When asked about these subsidies in a recent budget survey, 93% of respondents in our area said they needed to end. I listened and worked with my colleagues, and as the Chair of the Conference Committee on HB 111, to make that a reality.

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Rep. Tarr’s June 29th Newsletter: Operating Budget and What’s Next

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Just after I wrote last week’s enews, late last Thursday evening, with just a week before the government would have shutdown, the legislature reached a compromise on the operating budget. While this relieves the immediate pressure of a looming shutdown, measures to enact a fiscal plan were not passed so we have not completed our work for this year.

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Rep. Tarr’s April 18th Newsletter: Historic Action Taken by the House: We’ve Passed a Comprehensive, Sustainable Fiscal Plan

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Over the weekend the House Majority made true on the commitment we made on November 9th when we came together to form a new coalition. We came together as Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to put our state back on track for a prosperous future by passing a fiscal plan. At the beginning of the session we said our plan had four pillars: reform of our overly generous oil and gas subsidies, strategic budget cuts, protection of the PFD and restructuring, and new revenue from a broad based tax. We took the enormity of the situation and with a laser focus worked diligently to get every measure passed. This is a lengthy enews and I hope you’ll have time to read all of it and will get in touch with questions. I love hearing from you!

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: TOMORROW is constituent meeting & budget update

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Mahatma Gandhi’s words have resonated strongly with me this past week while defending the budgets of Alaska’s education and public welfare systems. Now is not the time to reduce the level of services we offer students, or lose teachers due to pink slips as the result of delayed school budgets. Nor is it the time to require an ever-shrinking police force to handle ever-increasing cases with diminished resources.

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