Tag Archives: Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins

Sitka backs oil tax repeal

Sitkans vote in the August 19, 2014 Primary Election (KCAW photo/Rachel Waldholz)Ballot Measure 1 may be failing statewide, but in Sitka and the rest of central Southeast Alaska, it was a clear winner on Tuesday. Seventy-five percent of Sitka voters backed the measure, with 1315 “yes” votes to just 448 “no” votes.

No primary challengers for Sitka house seat

Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson will face off in November for the District 35 House seat. Kreiss-Tomkins would be returning for a second term, while Samuelson is hoping his third try at a house seat is successful.

Kreiss-Tomkins: Legislator-in-motion

20140430_JKT_waldholz2In 2013, Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins went to Juneau as a 23-year-old novice lawmaker. He returned last week, at the end of his freshman term, as the sponsor of a successful Native languages bill that got national attention. Kreiss-Tomkins is up for reelection in November. He stopped by KCAW to discuss his summer plans, the virtues of sometimes doing nothing, and how to cope with Juneau when you’re a freshman in the minority.

JKT: “I’m all of 25, but I’ve never seen anything like it”

In the Senate gallery, an emotional Rep. Charisse Millett holds hands with Liz Medicine Crow while Senators debate the fate of the bill. The legislation, which passed moments later, makes 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages alongside English. (Photo by Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)When the Alaska Senate passed House Bill 216 just after 3 a.m. Monday, nobody was more thrilled than its primary sponsor: Sitka Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins. Kreiss-Tomkins introduced the bill, which makes 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages. On Easter Sunday, supporters staged a 15-hour sit-in at the Capitol to demand it get a vote.

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.

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.

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.

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

jkt-at-work-021413The 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.

Governor passes on Blue Lake ‘ask’

Blue_Lake_powerhouse_250The 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.

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.