The Budget that Broke Alaskans’ Hearts…

What a week it has been. On day 31 of the 31st legislature we elected Rep. Bryce Edgmon as Speaker of the House. This has been an unusual start to a session and I know at times frustrating to watch. With the budget coming out this week I think you can see why the stakes are so high this session. What hasn’t been seen is the number of conversations that have taken place about the budget and how to move our state forward. There have been many productive conversations and….

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Session has started in Juneau, Pre-Filed Legislation, Upcoming Community Council Meetings

Now that session has started, my staff and I are back in our state’s capitol and are ready to hit the ground running, for you! I hope the last few weeks have been good for you and your family, and that your 2019 has been off to a great start. The kids have been back in school from winter break for a couple weeks now, and the snow has been falling all over. A few days ago, it snowed 18 inches in Juneau

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Tarr’s Times: Emergency Preparedness, Tour of JBER, Be SMART for Kids on Gun Violence

This week I had the opportunity to join Alaska’s Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs on a tour of the joint operations at JBER – the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. Highlights included visiting the barracks of the 22-week Alaska Military Youth Academy, climbing in a helicopter with the National Guard, and watching the Homeland Security and Emergency Management teams in action responding to the 7.0 earthquake.

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Tarr’s Times: Community Dialogue TOMORROW, Legislator of the Year Award, and Mountain View’s Thanksgiving Blessing

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 29th, join Senator Begich and me for a community discussion on Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and our communities. The principles of restorative justice, whether used in schools or the courts, are grounded in the traditional practices of indigenous cultures to value respect, compassion, dignity, and inclusion for all members of the community.

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Tarr’s Times: Happy Thanksgiving! Community Gathering on Restorative Justice 11/29, Events You Might Have Missed, and Upcoming Community Council Meetings!

I hope everyone has a restful time with family and friends. I’m so grateful for my many blessings, including the opportunity to serve our area for two more years. I try to take time everyday to be thankful and also to think of those less fortunate. In the coming year, I hope to do more than ever to create positive change to improve the lives of our neighbors who are struggling. The opportunity to do this work is yet another blessing and I look forward to working with all of you on this shared goal.

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