Summer Plans on Oil & Gas and Food Security, Last Week’s Happenings, and Upcoming Events!

Now that session has ended and we’re home, I’m looking forward to seeing you around the neighborhood and over the next few weeks at summer neighborhood events! We are back in my Anchorage office and look forward to continue working for you! Our interim team is Legislative Director Diana Rhoades (picture left) and Constituent and Community Liaison Magdalena Oliveros (picture right). Please stop by and say hi! Our address is 1500 West Benson Blvd. #422. You can also call or email me at (907) 269-0144 or Rep.Geran.Tarr@akleg.gov

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End of Session Update, Upcoming Neighborhood Events, and More

This past Sunday morning, after ten hours of being on the floor, the House adjourned after passing the FY19 operating budget, which prioritizes public safety, education, and includes a $1600 PFD. Aside from the budget there were several important bills that passed in the final days. More on those below.
I’m looking forward to visiting with neighbors at upcoming community council meetings, picnics, and summer events.

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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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