January 5, 2016

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Rep. Les Gara

NEWS: Legislative Office Building Renegotiations: Rep. Gara Says Costs Should Not Exceed Moving to Much Cheaper Atwood State Office Building

ANCHORAGE¬†‚Äď Last month, the Alaska Legislative Council voted to allow 45 days to potentially renegotiate the costs of the controversial Anchorage Legislative Information Office Building (LIO) in downtown Anchorage.¬†Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) is concerned Republican leaders, who have repeatedly voted and stood against¬†Democratic efforts¬†to move from this space, might renegotiate a new contract that still costs far more than existing options.¬†Rep. Gara wants the public to know how much one of the options would save so they can fairly evaluate any attempt to renegotiate this lease.¬†A¬†report¬†by the non-partisan Legislative Research Division shows that moving to the Atwood State Office Building would be 80 to 90% cheaper than the current Legislative Information Office Building, which costs roughly $4.2 million a year.¬†Whether moving to the Atwood Building would cut the costs by 80%, or over 90%, depends on how much space the Legislature leases. However, Rep. Gara believes the cost of any lease should be at least as low as moving to the Atwood Building.¬†

Rep. Max Gruenberg

NEWS: Community Input Sought by East Side Anchorage Legislators Before Upcoming Legislative Session

ANCHORAGE ‚Äď In the final days before the start of the Second Session of the 29th Alaska Legislature, Sen. Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage) and Reps. Max Gruenberg (D-Anchorage) and Gabrielle LeDoux (R-Anchorage) invite East Anchorage and JBER constituents to a pre-session town hall constituent meeting on Thursday, January 7, from 6:30-8:00pm at the Begich Middle School, 7440 Creekside Center Drive, Anchorage.

Rep. Andrew Josephson

NEWS: It’s Time to Plan for the Impacts of Global Climate Change in Alaska

ANCHORAGE ‚Äď Alaska is already experiencing damaging impacts from global climate change and the negative impacts are expected to intensify as the environment of the North Pacific continues to warm and change. Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) plans to introduce legislation later this month to create a nine member commission to help develop a statewide climate change strategy.

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