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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EVENT: Tuesday’s Press Availability Will Include Reps. Edgmon, Tarr, Josephson, and Westlake

Rep. Geran Tarr

Juneau – The Alaska House Majority Coalition will hold a press availability Tuesday morning to answer questions from reporters covering the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Participants will include Speaker of the House Rep. Bryce Edgmon (D-Dillingham), Rep. Dean Westlake (D-Kotzebue), and Resources Committee Co-Chairs Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) and Rep. Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage).

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: 8 Budget Meetings, 1 Budget Survey, and Working Towards a Fiscal Plan

Tarr's Times

I just want to take a moment to review where we’ve been and where we are now regarding the budget and a fiscal plan. The conversation about the budget and how to get our fiscal house in order is not new. I held my first community meeting in the Fall of 2015 because I knew then we needed to take action. I was pleased with the large crowd in attendance because that told me you all cared and knew we had to take action too. We had Bob Loeffler of ISER bring the Budget Balancing Game and we spent time trying to figure out how to balance the budget ourselves. Options ranged from just using the Permanent Fund to statewide taxes like sales and income taxes or more cuts. The game demonstrated the challenge of finding the right solution.

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