REP. LES GARA

My Turn: Special session should include oil tax reform

Today oil companies are getting a sweetheart deal, at the same time Gov. Bill Walker has used his veto pen to cut public education funds, funds for foster youth, and educational opportunities that can't just be re-captured in some future school year. Read more

My Turn: Stealth provisions in PFD bill

You probably don't know the Permanent Fund bill you've read about has stealth provisions requiring continued (as in "continuing forever into the future") cuts to schools, roads, help for children and seniors, public safety and construction jobs. Read more

My Turn: Open discussion needed on oil taxation

I appreciate vibrant discussion on public policy, but some are proposing revenue plans that notably ask citizens to pay and leaving Alaska's three major oil companies, who profit handsomely even at low oil prices, out of plans to address our fiscal gap. Read more

My Turn: Medicaid expansion has majority support, just not 'the majority'

According to a recent study, Alaska is either in a recession or on the brink of one. It's time for non-partisan solutions, not playing Russian Roulette with the economy. Alaska will lose 4,000 jobs statewide by September. Read more

My Turn: Alaska shouldn't balance its budget off of seniors, youth

This legislative session should be over. Instead, it continued past its 90-day deadline and Gov. Bill Walker rightly called a 30-day extension. Then, the Republican-led majority voted for a break from work. Read more

My Turn: Medicaid expansion is the right choice

Gov. Bill Walker, like other Republican and Democratic governors who have hopped on board, is right that accepting Medicaid expansion will save Alaska money and cut our budget deficit. Read more

My Turn: SB21 makes Alaskans 'junior partners'

It's interesting how $12 million in oil company ads don't mention what you need to know. All oil fields in place after 2003 and all future fields pay us a negative or near-zero value for Alaska's oil under SB21's production tax. Read more

Letter: Restore oil tax, schools funding

We can't move education forward with the governor's four-year string of teacher and educator cuts. He and his party cut schools last year; he's proposing cutting 200-300 more next year, and we've lost over 600 since 2011. Read more

Not the time for new office building for legislators

With $2 billion less in oil revenue this year — and continuing deficits are far as one can see (the new GOP oil law is won’t allow surpluses in... Read more

It's time for Alaska to act on student loans

College and job training should be affordable to all, not just those who have money. Read more

My Turn: Answers to questions about the oil tax cut

No company would give away billions of dollars to a business partner and say it's OK if it gets little in return. But that's what the state did under the massive Alaska oil revenue rollback it passed. Read more

Facts about the oil tax giveaway

Just days after his $1 billion-plus oil revenue rollback passed, the Governor, oil companies and their allies began to crank up their PR machine. Read more

The Governor's oil tax cut plan will damage Alaska's economy

Last year the Governor pushed a $2 billion oil revenue giveaway in the form of tax breaks that didn't require new Alaska investment. There's a smarter way to do oil reform, rewarding work leading to new production to earn reasonable tax breaks. Read more

My Turn: At-risk Alaska kids need foster parents

At the end of a political season, people still focus too much on their differences - which get exaggerated during the hype of campaign season. Read more

Matching-up foster kids in need with laptops

This month we are launching our second annual "Laptops for Foster Youth Drive." Since last year we have matched roughly 70 youth with good, late model used and new laptops. Read more

Let’s keep the facts straight

When debating proposals that could cost Alaskans billions of dollars, it’s important to have your facts straight. Recently a lobbying group... Read more

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