Rep. Gara announces retirement from Legislature

House Rep. Les Gara announced Tuesday in a constituent newsletter that he will not run for re-election, closing out a political career that started in 2003.

The Anchorage Democrat makes his decision 4 days after the due date to declare workplace. On Tuesday early morning, he emailed a newsletter to constituents.

"I've selected, after going back and forth often times, not to run for re-election. It was a tough choice. Waking up every early morning understanding you have the possibility, and responsibility, to attempt to make somebody's life better is a remarkable advantage. A lot of you understand this from your own tasks."

Gara liquidates his career as Home Financing Committee vice chair who ushered modifications to the state's foster care system.In the subsiding days of the legislative session that ended early Might 18, Gara secured broad support to develop new caseworker standards in the Workplace of Kid's Services.The costs places such limitations as the average statewide caseload limitation not exceeding 13 per employee.

It likewise mandates 6 weeks of training for new caseworkers and additional limitations their caseloads.A couple of days after session ended, Gara stated excessive workloads have led to caseworker turnover of nearly HALF.

" Kids and households are going to be damaged when you have caseworkers that have overwhelming caseloads,"said Gara, who assessed his own favorable foster care experiences while maturing in Massachusetts." So new caseworkers come, they see the overwhelming caseloads. They are available in, they leave. They are available in they leave."Gara continued,"And there is no one who understands the children or knows the families. And the caseworkers make errors. Much like a three-person basketball group is just not going to win. You're going to lose every game. "Gara's bill cleared the Senate 18-0 and your house 37-1. It still requires Gov. Expense Walker's signature.


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