March 8, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rep. Les Gara: Governor’s Education Proposal Really $10 million Over Last Year, Not $30 million
Today, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) released the following statement on the governor’s proposal to give additional one-time funding to Alaska’s schools.
"The governor shouldn't suggest a $10 million increase over last year is a $30 million increase. It’s less than 1 percent more than last year's school funding and is roughly one quarter of what schools need just to keep up with inflation. The governor gave all his other departments inflation adjustments for salary and fuel increases, just not for Alaskans’ educational opportunity."