Press Conference: Holiday Laptop Drive Launched to Help the Growing Number of Foster Youth in Alaska

(ANCHORAGE) – Today, Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) and Facing Foster Care in Alaska (FFCA) are launching a Laptops for Foster Youth Holiday Drive with a press conference at 11 a.m. They will announce the drive, which will be augmented by a recent $20,000 donation, at the Dimond Center in Anchorage. The press conference will take place at the entrance just west of Best Buy. Following the press conference Rep. Gara and Facing Foster Care in Alaska co-founder Amanda Metivier will purchase discounted computers at local stores.
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Note from Rep. Gara: Launching Holiday “Laptops 4 Foster Youth” Drive, Saving You $, Holiday Giving & Not Wasting More State $ On Rockets

121714_laptop-donations It’s close to the Holidays. If you’re like me, you don’t want to talk a lot of politics. So let’s talk about: 1. The launch of our 2014 Holiday Laptops for Foster Youth Drive (thanks to you we’ve matched roughly 400 laptops with foster youth so far); 2. A potential last??? chance for you to get State Rebate$ for upgrading the heating and energy efficiency at your homes; and, 3. Holiday donation and volunteer needs if you haven’t figured where to direct your efforts.
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News: Rep. Gara’s Public Comments Detail Potentially Excessive Tax Breaks for a Company Seeking “Royalty Relief”

Anchorage – On Monday, Rep. Les Gara (D-Anchorage) filed detailed public comments showing the Nuna oilfield will receive significant, and possibly excessive, tax breaks under little-known provisions in S.B. 21. The Parnell Administration, in its waning two weeks, proposed a roughly $40 million reduction in the royalties Nuna’s current owner, Caelus Energy, would owe Alaskans. The Parnell Administration proposed to change the field’s existing lease terms to include additional revenue reductions at a time Alaska is facing a $3 billion budget deficit.
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NEWS: House Democratic Caucus Celebrates New Administration of Bill Walker and Byron Mallott

Anchorage – Earlier today Bill Walker was sworn in as the Governor of Alaska during a ceremony in Juneau. During that same ceremony Byron Mallott was sworn in as Alaska’s Lieutenant Governor. The 13 members of the House Democratic Caucus send congratulations to the new Governor and Lt. Governor and pledge to work with the Administration to solve the pressing problems facing Alaska.
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