Infrastructure

Hawaii is a state without a strategic plan run by too many bureaucrats. The American Planning Association says that the State Land Use Commission spends too much time on individual projects rather than setting broad plans (Source: The Economist, September 2007) and our planning process is far too often hijacked by selfish “not-in-my-backyard” (Source: The New York Times, December 2007) …

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Economy/Jobs

Hawaii has everything she needs to be a leader of commerce, industry, and technology. Unfortunately, we routinely rank as the worst state to do business (Source: CNBC, June 2015) our greatest export is talented young people who go to the Mainland after graduating. We need to give our keiki the Hawaii they deserve. We cannot continue to fund every desire …

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Cost of Living

The cost of living is killing seniors, driving the middle class into bankruptcy, and scaring our children off to the Mainland. We cannot continue as a state with skyrocketing costs of living. Hawaii ranks the worst as the most expensive state for housing requiring residents to make a minimum of $34.22/hr just to pay for a two bedroom apartment (Source: …

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Cost of Healthcare

Obamacare has been a disaster for local health insurance plans and has been anything but affordable. Basic economics teaches us that whenever the government mandates that everyone must have something, increased demand results in increased prices and increased scarcity of supply. Said another way, you’re paying more for less healthcare. Even the Democrats agree that health insurance “premium increases were …

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Crime

Hawaii is blighted by rampant theft, domestic violence, and drug abuse. Our communities are also covered in ugly graffiti and respect for the rule of law and community are at an all time low. When the economy is bad and government shows no leadership-by-example, society falls apart at the seams. As a point in case, 29.5% of our high school …

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Family Values

We’ve abandoned the building blocks of civilization.  Life, marriage and family issues aren’t bargaining chips or political considerations.  They are moral issues.I will never apologize for my faith, my convictions or my values. Period. Life begins at conception. This isn’t just a Biblical view — it’s affirmed by modern science and every unique human DNA schedule, which is present at …

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Education

Hawaii has the most powerful teacher’s union in the United States (Source: Columbia University, June 2013) but our schools are in poor condition, overheating, overcrowded, and teachers find themselves overloaded with academic demands that are increasingly difficult to meet. And despite having a nearly $2 billion dollar budget (Source: Executive Supplemental Budget, 2017) Hawaii test scores lag the rest of …

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