When all is said and done, Alaska’s budget for the coming year is a “fair deal.” That’s the verdict from State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins . KCAW spoke with the lawmaker, who is eager for action on Medicaid expansion and “wonking out,” on a proposed natural gas pipeline.
State and local officials, including Gov. Bill Walker, gathered in Sitka on Friday (5-8-15) to formally dedicate the Blue Lake dam. The largest public works project in city history, it’s projected to meet the city’s electricity needs for the next thirty years.
Last Wednesday (4-1-15), eight legislators introduced a bill that would allow Alaskans to donate sport- and subsistence-harvested fish and game to non-profit meal programs. Under House Bill 179, schools, senior centers, and other non-profits could legally serve donated fish and game, such as moose, venison, caribou, and salmon. Alaska law presently bars the sale of such foods.
Sitka Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ office may soon be home to some historic Alaskana -- and much more -- if he can come to terms with a local collector.
In the budget “apocalypse," Sitka Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins says, "We’re going to alter the status quo we’ve had in Alaska for the last 40 years."
The battle over education funding in Alaska this year may have an unexpected casualty. This Tuesday (2-10-15), the House Education Finance Subcommittee began a conversation about ongoing state funding for Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka.
New legislation will propose a system of encouraging and supporting Native language charter schools in Alaska.
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins thinks the state’s financial situation will mean a new reality for the state legislature in the upcoming session. The Sitka democrat is starting up his second term in the legislature.
Sitka Democrat Kreiss-Tomkins beat Republican Steven Samuelson of Petersburg, 60-percent to 40-percent, in the race for State House District 35. It was a far cry from his first race, in 2012, which he won by 32 votes.
The two candidates for House District 35 met in Sitka for a sometimes testy exchange before the Chamber of Commerce. Sitka Democrat Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Petersburg Republican Steven Samuelson took questions Friday on topics from fishing to healthcare. But the debate sometimes revolved more around age and experience.