Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Child Abuse Prevention Efforts & Budget Update

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I hope you wore blue yesterday. In the Capitol, and across the state, wearing blue meant that you support raising awareness and preventing child abuse in your community. We hosted a rally on the Capitol steps with Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Val Davidson as our speaker. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we are taking steps to raise awareness and enact policies that will prevent child abuse. Last year our focus was Erin’s Law and Bree’s Law, that passed last June, and is now being implemented.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: Update on Budget & Legislative Bills

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It’s been a busy week! House Resource Committee meetings have been almost every day of the week, sometimes twice a day, and occasionally three times if more time is needed. This week, we’re considering Governor Walker’s oil and gas tax credits bill. Governor Walker proposed this review of our current policies because the cost to the state has skyrocketed, and this year could cost more than a billion dollars. The current program is simply not sustainable.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: In Memory of Representative Max Gruenberg, Jr.

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We’ve had a tough week here in Juneau with the sudden loss of a member of our legislative family. On Sunday, February 14th, we lost a dear friend, Representative Max F. Gruenberg, Jr., House Minority Whip and the longest serving legislator in the Alaska House of Representatives. Max was a sweet man. He and I sat next to each other my first two years in the Legislature. He always went out of his way to see if I had any questions or if I needed help with anything. I learned so much from him during that time. It was a gift!

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