Tag Archives: Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins

Sitkans speak out against HB77

About forty people turned out for a meeting organized by the Sitka Conservation Society to discuss HB77, a controversial permitting bill before the Alaska legislature. (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)

About 40 people turned out in Sitka last week to discuss House Bill 77. The bill is part of an effort by the Parnell Administration to streamline the process for permitting projects on state land. But some Sitkans are joining a chorus of critics who say the bill goes too far, and would curtail public participation in natural resource decisions. more

Assembly approves BIBCO loan

The Sitka Assembly on Tuesday night approved a loan of $350,000 to the Baranof Island Brewing Company. Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins told assembly members, “The state is going broke.” And City Administrator Mark Gorman reported on why cruise companies said they see Sitka as different from Ketchikan or Juneau. more

Prop 1 opponents say it’s too soon to roll back oil tax reform

The Vote No on 1 Coalition argues that Alaska's old tax structure made it less competitive than other oil producing areas in the US and around the world.

Supporters of the state’s new oil tax regime have launched a major campaign to defeat a citizen initiative which would restore the old tax. Former Sitkan Rocky Elerding traveled from Ketchikan this week (1-22-14) to speak to Sitka’s Chamber of Commerce on the issue. The 1995 Sitka High graduate’s 20-minute Powerpoint echoed much of the tax reform debate that dominated the Alaska legislative session last year. more

As session opens: Kreiss-Tomkins backs official Native language bill

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The second session of the 28th Alaska Legislature opens today (Tue 1-21-14), and Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins has something he lacked last year: Experience. While he’s still the youngest legislator on the hill in Juneau, and still a member of the minority, the Sitka Democrat has already pre-filed one bill on Native languages, and remains deeply skeptical of the governor’s efforts to boost oil production by reducing taxes on industry profits. more

Governor passes on Blue Lake ‘ask’

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The governor’s budget has a healthy chunk of money for Sitka — but it’s not the money local officials were hoping for the most. City Hall had its fingers crossed for $18.5 million dollars to finish off the Blue Lake Hydro project. more

Governor’s ’15 budget: Sitka wins infrastructure projects

Governor Parnell’s capital budget will send several million dollars to Sitka, but the lion’s share of district funding will be for transportation projects in Haines and Prince of Wales Island. more

The Nation: Kreiss-Tomkins a ‘lesson for the left’

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A local legislative race in Alaska has caught the attention of national media, and is being held up as model for political change elsewhere in the country. The April 22nd issue of The Nation magazine calls the election of 23-year-old Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins to the to the House District 34 seat a “lesson” for the left. more

Kreiss-Tomkins: Using connections instead of clout

Redistricting has cost Southeast one legislator this session, and voters in District 34 have made things even more interesting by sending a freshman to the House. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins will be 23-years old when he’s sworn in next Tuesday. Here’s a session preview from the state’s youngest legislator. more

Kreiss-Tomkins: Not Alaska’s youngest lawmaker

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The certification of the House District 34 race this week has put Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins in the legislature, and ended the service of Bill Thomas, who was one of two Alaska Native representatives in Southeast. But the election is also a turning point for another demographic: youth. Kreiss-Tomkins is only 23-years old, and almost the youngest person ever elected to state government. more

Finance reports show Thomas far ahead of Kreiss-Tomkins

Candidates for state House District 34 Bill Thomas (l) and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins at a recent Sitka Chamber of Commerce forum. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)

More money is going into the House District 34 campaign than any other race in Southeast. That’s the new Sitka-plus-Southeast Islands district, a close race between incumbent Bill Thomas and challenger Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins. more