Tag Archives: Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.