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Lawmakers should pay their own way - Hawaii Editorials

There are 36 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jul 24, 2009, titled Lawmakers should pay their own way - Hawaii Editorials. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Having weathered the public outcry about their biggest wage increase ever, 16 Hawaii Democratic legislators have been spending this week at a national conference in Philadelphia at public expense.

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StateTaxPayer

AOL

#1 Jul 24, 2009
Politicians are leeches.

“Don't believe what you hear.”

Since: Sep 08

Wahiawa

#2 Jul 24, 2009
And it's all Lingles fault. She forced them to go.
Haven't the legislators realized the internet holds a wealth of information and they don't need to travel 12,000 miles to get access to it?
There is also video conferencing now, the cheapest are Yahoo and MS (amongst others.) There are at least 20 ways to do this very same thing (networking) without spending what would amount to a dinner, yet our legislators insisted on using our money to fly over there, stay in a posh hotel, and eat.
Time to clean house.
yep

San Diego, CA

#3 Jul 24, 2009
equivalent of "funding 21 children in prekindergarten classes"

that sums it up --- I vote my tax money for educating those 21 pre-k kids
Big John-Hawaii Kai

Kailua, HI

#4 Jul 24, 2009
Don't the people/taxpayers of Hawaii yet realize that our legislators, minus the republicans who declined this junket, just don't care what you think. Look at the recent pay raises for legislators. Public outcry could probably be heard across the Pacific Ocean. Did that bother them? Not in the least! It will be the same with this junket, a total waste of taxpayer dollars.

There has to be some way legally to stop them from turning in their expenses for reimbursement. What about it Gov or Attorney General?
Disturbed

Sugar Land, TX

#6 Jul 24, 2009
What about the Tax Queen Hanabusa! She keeps her 35% raise while the rest of us suffer. Auwe!!
Flexo

Kula, HI

#7 Jul 24, 2009
The democrat side of the aisle seems to have no shame when it comes to taxpayer money. They're an embarrassment to the party and to the state.
vote

United States

#8 Jul 24, 2009
Hawaii voted them in , and will again .
kulafan

Wailuku, HI

#9 Jul 24, 2009
If they got rid of the legislature will Hawaii still be able to function? Why is there so many legislatures and staff for such a small population? A city the size of Sacramento which has a similar size population has about 3 legislatures. It just seems politicians have made it easy for themselves with elaborate retirement plans and schemes of do nothing work that cost taxpayers money.
Wacko

Wahiawa, HI

#10 Jul 24, 2009
When these corrupt public officials return to Hawaii, I hope they will do the honorable thing by paying for their own junket.

They should be reprimanded for what they have done and pay back as well as apologize to everyone in this State.
clue klux clam

Wahiawa, HI

#11 Jul 24, 2009
When they return they should be ostracized. I plan on starting a klan and picket in front of their homes. Looking for assistance from the general public. We can wear masks and chant in front of their homes and embarass these low lives calling themselves demoncraps.
Mike

Kaneohe, HI

#12 Jul 24, 2009
Telephone/video conferencing is what companies now do more of-since successful people were banned from incentive travel. Think PORK people, legislators are only doing what we cannot do. You see, it's OK for government to travel, even in the midst of deficit's. Hawaii received federal funds via stimulus, aka bailout, but if a corporation receives a LOAN, then its employees cannot travel. But if Hawaii receives a bailout,(and we did) it REMAINS OK for legislators to travel.

You clueless people that vote for the same pol's, then complain about them doing the same, will never ever learn.

Gov't is not the solution to our problems, gov't IS the problem.
Mike

Kaneohe, HI

#13 Jul 24, 2009
Editor: You are out to lunch as well. Do you honestly believe these pol's, will reimburse the state account? THese are the same people that voted themselves a raise, during funding cuts for school's,(kids), libraries,(kids), sports,(kids), health and human services,(kids adults elderly), literally every state service, these pol's are, have been, and will remain, blood sucking leeches who could care less about their constituents,(except when it's empty promise election time)
Jerry Okamura

Lihue, HI

#14 Jul 24, 2009
If these people had not gone this year, couldn't they go next year or the year after that?
Porkulus

United States

#15 Jul 24, 2009
Cancel their return tickets. Hawaii will save millions if these clowns don't come back.
Big John-Hawaii Kai

Kailua, HI

#16 Jul 24, 2009
Disturbed wrote:
What about the Tax Queen Hanabusa! She keeps her 35% raise while the rest of us suffer. Auwe!!
And to think she only makes $150,000 to $200,000 a year from her law firm.
Big John-Hawaii Kai

Kailua, HI

#17 Jul 24, 2009
vote wrote:
Hawaii voted them in , and will again .
Unfortunately TRUE. The only bright spot is that those die hard democrat voters are aging and the new breed of voter will not allow or condone these actions. HOPEFULLY!
Alex

Honolulu, HI

#18 Jul 24, 2009
I wonder how many of Hawaii's lobbyist attended the conference too? I heard they spend lavishly while on those trips.
Outraged

Honolulu, HI

#19 Jul 24, 2009
Betcha others went along to carry their bags.
agapito

United States

#20 Jul 24, 2009
Actually, all travel by government or the private sector should be paid by the employee.

I mean, when the governor goes on a trip, why doesn't she pay for it out of her own pocket?

Or when the CEO of a bank travels?

Or when the UH coach travels?

Since: Feb 08

Kaneohe, Hawaii

#21 Jul 24, 2009
Lingle did not go to the National Governors Association Conference last week because of the state's financial woes. Aren't the legislators aware of this situation? Talk about not even playing the role of being concerned about the "little people."

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