NEWS: Responsible Budget Passes the Alaska House of Representatives

JUNEAU – The Alaska House of Representatives today formally passed a fully funded operating budget for Fiscal Year 2018 that ensures the delivery of essential services and protects the Alaska economy. The $5.1 billion General Fund operating budget reduces spending on agency and statewide operations by a net of $82.5 million compared to the 2017 budget, even after Governor Bill Walker’s vetoes.

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NEWS: Congratulations to Musher Mitch Seavey on a Record-Breaking Iditarod Victory

Juneau – The members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition congratulate Mitch Seavey and his dog team on their record-breaking Iditarod victory today. Seavey arrived in Nome at 3:40 this afternoon with an official time of 8 days, 3 hours, 40 minutes, and 13 seconds. He shattered the old speed record set last year by his son Dallas Seavey, who is a four time Iditarod champion.

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NEWS: Rep. Tarr to Host 3rd Annual Alaska Food Security Week Across the State with Alaska Grown Theme

State and Rep Tarr

Juneau – Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) will host events across the state this week for Alaska’s third annual Food Security Week. This year’s theme is “All About Alaska Grown” and the week will celebrate local food producers and Alaska’s agricultural history. There will also be opportunities to discuss economic opportunities in Alaska’s agriculture industry, and future opportunities for increasing the state’s local food initiatives.

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NEWS: Legislation Filed to Respond to Climate Change in Alaska

Rep. Geran Tarr

Juneau – The Co-chairs of the House Resources Committee, Reps. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) and Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage), have filed legislation to respond to climate change in Alaska. House Bill 173 would create a new commission made up of elected city and borough officials from across Alaska and several state department commissioners. A primary duty of the Climate Change Response Commission would be to assist rural communities and non-government organizations to secure funding to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change. The Commission would also be tasked with seeking out grants and other forms of financing.

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NEWS: Rep. Tarr to Host Alaska Food Security Week Across the State

State and Rep Tarr

Juneau – Starting Monday, Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) will host events across the state for the third annual Alaska Food Security Week. The theme is “All About Alaska Grown” and will celebrate local food producers, Alaska’s agricultural history, and future opportunities for increasing the state’s local food initiatives.

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NEWS: North Slope Oil Discovery Shows Need for Oil Tax Credit Reform

Rep. Geran Tarr

Juneau – Today, oil companies Repsol and Armstrong Oil and Gas announced a significant onshore oil discovery on the North Slope of Alaska. The Horseshoe prospect is part of the Nanushuk play in the Pikka Unit. The leases for the prospect are held by Armstrong Oil and Gas, which has applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for an environmental review of its development plans for the Nanushuk play.

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