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House bill would access CBR by putting Permanent Fund earnings off limits

...without the minority Democrats' support.Deputy Revenue Commissioner Jerry Burnett wrote in a May 19 email to Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, that this year's appropriation for dividends won't be at risk; but that is not the case for future...
House Finance unveils draft spending plan

...year by lawmakers, who said the state's circumstances have changed. That cut was first proposed by Walker.Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, said the House Finance proposal fails to honor the promise of one-time school funding made last session...
Les Gara: SB 21 contains troubling provision 2012 and 2013's higher oil prices. SB 21 should be replaced by a law letting Alaskans share fairly when high prices create staggering corporate profits. Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) can be reached at
Legislature adjourns, convenes new session in Anchorage over minority objections

...D-Anchorage, said adjourning and reconvening is "disrespectful" to the office of the governor.Anchorage Democrat Rep. Les Gara said calling a new session on the budget takes the focus off of the governor's Medicaid legislation, which is stalled...
Funding reallocation spares summer ferry service

...funding can be resolved the sooner the state ferry system can implement its plan of action.Anchorage Democrat Rep. Les Gara asked Luiken if DOT has looked at cutting road maintenance to save money and spread the burden of budget cuts further...
House Finance stalls Walker's Medicaid expansion proposal

...only member who spoke during the brief hearing in Anchorage, which was streamed on the Internet and ended with Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, trying to speak. Gara said in an interview later that Thompson did not speak for the full committee...
Fight over Kenai River gillnet ramps up after regulation published

...Game is considering its options for recourse, which could possibly include an RFR, injunction, or litigation. Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, submitted the first and began the RFR deluge in January. According to Office of Subsistence Management...
Voices of Alaska: Politicians should understand the economic value of education

...even politicians should be able to understand. Reps. Les Gara (D-Anch.) and Harriet Drummond (D-Anch). Gara...the Legislature in 2013. They can be reached at and
Chamber report card: Alaskans deserve better

...not what Alaskans, our shareholders, deserve.Rep. Les Gara is a Democratic member of the Alaska Legislature. You can reach Rep. Gara or sign up for his newsletter at
Many ways to make a child's life better

...together to make Alaska a better place. Together. Rep. Les Gara is an Anchorage Democratic legislator. He can be reached at


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