House Passes Legislation to Grow Agriculture Industry and Support “Alaska Grown” Product

Juneau – Tonight, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation to increase sales of “Alaska Grown” agricultural and fisheries products. House Bill 217 accomplishes three things; allows the Division of Agriculture to increase “Alaska Grown” marketing, supports farm touring in Alaska, and encourages the State of Alaska, school districts, and municipalities to buy more “Alaska Grown” agricultural and fisheries products.

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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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