Kreiss-Tomkins: From campus to state house
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins was elected to the Alaska Legislature in November though the election wasn’t settled finally until early December. Since then, the 23-year old has been working to build the relationships he’ll need to represent the new district, both as a freshman legislator, and as a member of the Democratic minority. Every politician has a first day in office; for Kreiss-Tomkins, it’s also the first day of his professional career.
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On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. In a letter to the legislature, Walker said he would cap relief at $1 million for the moment, but that the incident is ongoing and total recovery costs are unknown. According to Gorman, the cost of emergency response alone is estimated to be over half a million dollars. Individual assistance and family grants are also available, at a cap of $16,450 per household. more
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