Legislature cuts 5 recess days in 2010 - Hawaii News

There are 20 comments on the Jan 7, 2010, Honolulu Star-Bulletin story titled Legislature cuts 5 recess days in 2010 - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The state Legislature is cutting five recess days from its 2010 calendar to both trim expenses and encourage members to focus on the state budget.

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sonofhawaii

Kilauea, HI

#1 Jan 7, 2010
So the rest of the years, they did not focus on the major issues?
Perhaps Hanabusa should step down since she obviously is a congressional candidate first.
Disgusted

Honolulu, HI

#2 Jan 7, 2010
Career Politicians=Useless
reasonable

Honolulu, HI

#3 Jan 7, 2010
"We want people to focus on the major issues and not be distracted," Oshiro said.

So does that mean your not going to introduce the gay marriage bill again this year?
MrEquality

Pacific Palisades, CA

#4 Jan 7, 2010
In these challenging economic times, it is important to ensure that all families are treated equally. Equality under the law is an essential tenet of our Constitution. Thus, passing family equality legislation is A MAJOR ISSUE! It truly helps all families by assuring equality for those families who are currently discriminated against.
bumbercrop

Ewa Beach, HI

#5 Jan 7, 2010
Don't worry, there will be a big pro gay marriage rally at the Capitol on Sunday. So that one issue is what the Legis will focus on again (same as last year). It's time for the red shirt folks to get em out!
reasonable wrote:
"We want people to focus on the major issues and not be distracted," Oshiro said.
So does that mean your not going to introduce the gay marriage bill again this year?
Why Not 5

Honolulu, HI

#6 Jan 7, 2010
I'm glad they cut back, but if they really wanted to send a message, they would have cut back all the way to the mandated five.
BangMyHead

Honolulu, HI

#7 Jan 7, 2010
bumbercrop wrote:
Don't worry, there will be a big pro gay marriage rally at the Capitol on Sunday. So that one issue is what the Legis will focus on again (same as last year). It's time for the red shirt folks to get em out!
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Don't worry red shirt folks would probably stay away from this pro-gray marriage (HB444) rally on which Sunday? BTW, we have our rally soon, I hope you're not around too, I'll kick your butt.
Shibai

Ewa Beach, HI

#8 Jan 7, 2010
Wait a minute...a year ago they got a 36% pay raise. Now they cut the time they are in session? Less work for more pay? Where do I get a job like that? Who do you have to know or go down on?
medigogo

Honolulu, HI

#9 Jan 7, 2010
Cut 5 recess days only and then shorten the session by a week? You work less for a much higher pay. How nice!
greenmama

Honolulu, HI

#10 Jan 7, 2010
Hmmm...slowly the legislators are seeing that their presence at the capitol is very important to the well-being of the citizens of this state. Is this election year?
uh huh

Honolulu, HI

#11 Jan 7, 2010
Recess? They are always on recess.
Just because they act like immature little kids doesn't mean they should get the niceties that come with childhood.
greenmama

Honolulu, HI

#12 Jan 7, 2010
bumbercrop wrote:
Don't worry, there will be a big pro gay marriage rally at the Capitol on Sunday. So that one issue is what the Legis will focus on again (same as last year). It's time for the red shirt folks to get em out!
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Definitely agree!
greenmama

Honolulu, HI

#13 Jan 7, 2010
reasonable wrote:
"We want people to focus on the major issues and not be distracted," Oshiro said.
So does that mean your not going to introduce the gay marriage bill again this year?
They will focus on major issues--it's election year! They may even be willing to take pay cuts like the rest of state workers.
reporting

Honolulu, HI

#14 Jan 7, 2010
Am I understanding this correctly? They are more "more focused" by trimming the amount that they work while getting the same pay? Is that their solution to our state budget problem, work less, get paid the same?

It is exactly the opposite deal the teachers are getting. They prepare our children for college, with less time to do it in, while getting a pay cut.

Next election, I will vote for any non-incumbent. Those in power are so arrogant, self-serving and we the voters put them in charge of our state and our future. Shame on us for keeping any of them in office next time around. They have shown their cards, and tax payers should not allow this type of disrespect.
Teo

Honolulu, HI

#15 Jan 7, 2010
"Hanabusa, entering her fourth year as Senate leader, said there are advantages to remaining as Senate president."

Yeah, there's an advantage all right. If you lose the Congressional race, like each of the two prior times you ran mid-term, you get to keep your job in the legislature. Maybe if you really want the seat in Congress, you should give up your seat in the Senate, or at least serve it out and then run for Congress.

You're such a self-serving liar.
hnl

Black Canyon City, AZ

#16 Jan 7, 2010
sen. oshiro and hanabata are full of s***
i can't beleive anything they say..
soho

Honolulu, HI

#17 Jan 7, 2010
I'm shedding a tear for poor Colleen who just hates getting all the email, even though there are 23 other names on a bill. Oh poor Colleen. You demand attention all the time. Get a dog. Some of us will not forget your 31% pay increase. February brings in the Year of the Tiger. Get some tiger balls and ban all consumer fireworks this shortened session.
HanaBusted Say

Lihue, HI

#18 Jan 7, 2010
They should not have a session at all, and save all that money. wait better yet, let's get rid of the county government and have the state do it all, after all why pay for 2 screwball administrations, if we can get screwed by one why have 2? Bet they don't get anyhting right this coming session and they'll do that with 5 less days. Give me a break. wait they will my bank and my arm!
leeward lolo

Chicago, IL

#19 Jan 7, 2010
reporting wrote:
Am I understanding this correctly? They are more "more focused" by trimming the amount that they work while getting the same pay? Is that their solution to our state budget problem, work less, get paid the same?
It is exactly the opposite deal the teachers are getting. They prepare our children for college, with less time to do it in, while getting a pay cut.
Next election, I will vote for any non-incumbent. Those in power are so arrogant, self-serving and we the voters put them in charge of our state and our future. Shame on us for keeping any of them in office next time around. They have shown their cards, and tax payers should not allow this type of disrespect.
The problem as I see it is that nobody electable runs against these incumbents/newcomers.
Remember Hanneman, Hanabusa and obama. No competition.
kai

Chicago, IL

#20 Jan 7, 2010
soho wrote:
I'm shedding a tear for poor Colleen who just hates getting all the email, even though there are 23 other names on a bill. Oh poor Colleen. You demand attention all the time. Get a dog. Some of us will not forget your 31% pay increase. February brings in the Year of the Tiger. Get some tiger balls and ban all consumer fireworks this shortened session.
A few years ago there was a huge meeting protesting locating homeless shelters in our area. Hanabusa walked in and admitted she knew nothing about it. FIRST SHE HAD HEARD OF IT WAS THAT NIGHT!!!!! Hundreds of citizens had heard and were there.

As a result, this area has degraded into a no-hope slum. We need to elect politicians who live in the area they represent.

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