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Chamber forum: House 34 candidate Q&A

Here are all the questions and answers from Wednesday’s House 34 candidate forum between Rep. Bill Thomas (R-Haines) and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D-Sitka). The forum was hosted by the Sitka Chamber of Commerce; Dan Jones served as moderator.

Opening statements

QUESTIONS
1: Top three legislative priorities.
2: Redistricting.
3: Funding for regional energy projects.
4: The future of the Alaska Marine Highway.
5: One-hundred foot buffers for salmon streams.
6: HB 184, raw fish taxes.
7: Unfunded liabilities in the state retirement program.
8: Job history, and qualifications for creating family-wage jobs (see the news story)
9: The base student allocation for school funding.
10: What member of the opposite political party do you most admire?
11: Collective bargaining.
12: The governor’s plans for oil tax reform.
13: Funding for infrastructure in Sitka.
14: Campaign funding from inside/outside the district.

Closing statements

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