May 10th: Outstanding items as we wrap up session

I’m expecting we will adjourn in the next few days and I’m pleased to report that many good bills have passed in recent days, including bills to increase access to mental health care, bills that will improve the lives of Alaskans with mental or physical disabilities, and a bill to reform our foster care system. My personal legislation to address rape kit reform and increase purchasing of Alaska Grown have also passed.

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Important neighborhood events this weekend & quick Juneau update

Things are moving along quickly and we are getting close to adjournment of the 30th Alaska Legislature. I look forward to being home and visiting with many of you again soon. Below please find a quick update of what’s happening here, and a reminder of events happening in Anchorage this weekend. Next week we will include an update on personal legislation and other important bills.

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Fighting for economic fairness, Go Blue Friday for child abuse prevention

Our shared values include fairness and equality. It was with that in mind that I stood up and fought for economic fairness in this year’s budget. We live in the poorest district in Anchorage, with an average income just over $20,000 (Figure 1). We are neighborhoods full of the working poor and those working paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. Wages haven’t kept up with inflation and housing and health care have outpaced wages. Many of the families in our area live on the edge. This is why I have fought so hard for a fiscal plan that is fair to all Alaskans

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Rep. Tarr March 21st Newsletter: Operating budget, Rape Kit Reform, Brown Jug Closures & Students Standing Up Against Gun Violence

Last This week the House has the Operating Budget on the floor. This year the budget can be characterized as a status quo budget that is aiming to maintain essential services. This is difficult because in some cases, like education, a status quo budget will lead to additional layoffs of teachers. We are trying our hardest to avoid these cuts and find ways to….

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Rep. Tarr’s March 13th Newsletter: Thank You For Coming To Anchorage Caucus & Growing Our Adventure Recreation Economy

It was great to see people from our area at the Anchorage Caucus last weekend. The University was packed, with Anchorage legislators gathering together in one place to hear ideas from constituents. We had Anchorage School District counselors and students and neighbors from most districts. We had discussion on a number of topics ranging from the budget and taxes to education funding to challenges counselors are having meeting the needs of students. We talked about gun violence prevention, funding for…..

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