Lingle warns of job losses - News

Lingle warns of job losses - News

There are 80 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from May 9, 2009, titled Lingle warns of job losses - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Furloughs of state workers are now a certainty, Gov. Linda Lingle said, and more job losses in the private sector are likely because of moves made yesterday by Democrats in the Legislature.

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Island Boi

Waipahu, HI

#64 May 9, 2009
Sen. Donna Mercado Kim (D, Kalihi Valley-Halawa) is so financially clueless she should resign. She said she is proud of her hard work. Ha, easy to say when your standards are in the gutter. She failed to reduce or cut out any wasteful spending, she bowed to union demands and stuck it to the real people who voted for her. She could have saved us money by working taxes that would go away when the economy returns but noooooo, that would upset her union bosses. Just another day in the little third world of Hawaii Nei.
Whut

United States

#65 May 9, 2009
yep wrote:
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you are correct ... and the interesting thing is that attitude shows contempt for the people
they are trying to trash our Governor, who we elected, who represents us, the people
shame on their house
never give up people --- GO FOR BROKE!!!
That's fine and dandy. Except the representatives with this attitude are people who WE elected, and are supposed to represent US. It's not their fault. It's you, me, and everyone else that voted for them.
Ugh

United States

#66 May 9, 2009
marketinginhawaii wrote:
It is time that we throw out these greedy YES greedy ones who gave themselves a raise of around $18,000 while doing almost nothing but bow and kiss the ()&((&*^% of labor.
Legislative session is only active for about half a year each year. You try and find a job that can support a family that will allow you to go on leave for a half a year each year.

I'm sure many people understand this, and don't actively try out for an elected position here. This past election TWENTY-TWO seats were uncontested! If this pay raise enables a greater group to run for an elected spot, wonderful! Aren't you sick of only seeing one person on a ballot for your area?

Granted, the economy makes the timing terrible. What can I say? I still think it's a good idea. Just not now.

Oh, and I cut your little side notes about that group you're forming. It's really unprofessional to shamelessly plug your group like that on a board meant for discussion of opinions.
Ben Thear

Kaunakakai, HI

#67 May 9, 2009
Kim argued, "is an additional 1 percent on a $200-a-night room going to deter visitors? If so, then cut the hotel room rates by $10 — the hotels have no trouble in raising rates when the demand is high."

It's only $10 Donna? ONLY $10!

Who are you kidding, Donna Kim? IT'S $88 MILLION YOU ARE EXTORTING OUT OF HAWAII HOTELS!!!

How dare you take a 36% pay increase and pass off an $88 million dollar tax rip off as $10!!'

DONNA KIN IS ONE SICK LEGISLATOR!
doodoo

Pearl City, HI

#68 May 9, 2009
Ben Thear wrote:
Kim argued, "is an additional 1 percent on a $200-a-night room going to deter visitors? If so, then cut the hotel room rates by $10 — the hotels have no trouble in raising rates when the demand is high."
It's only $10 Donna? ONLY $10!
Who are you kidding, Donna Kim? IT'S $88 MILLION YOU ARE EXTORTING OUT OF HAWAII HOTELS!!!
How dare you take a 36% pay increase and pass off an $88 million dollar tax rip off as $10!!'
DONNA KIN IS ONE SICK LEGISLATOR!
I hear you ... but why should I go out there and try to do something?

won't the "lets-be-quiet" bully culture beat me up for opening my mouth?
Fair minded citizen

Hauula, HI

#69 May 9, 2009
How sad that our one-party state representatives only cater to the benefits of the unions! Where are the independent candidates who would care for the welfare of all the people in the state?
agapito

Pearl City, HI

#70 May 9, 2009
WestSide wrote:
The legislature waited like a pack of sharks for Gov. Lingle to veto so they could jump on an override. They were giddy with their 'power'.
I've worked with these yahoos for the last year and their agenda is NOT representing the people but to pull down Gov Lingle. They salivate at the thought of doing her harm.
But they can take a 31% raise, can't they?
People....remember this fiasco when it comes election time. when you see 'incombent' on that ballot VOTE OPPOSITE.
Let's get these self serving, whiny, childish jerks out of there.
So what seat are you running for?
agapito

Pearl City, HI

#71 May 9, 2009
marketinginhawaii wrote:
It is TIME for us in Hawaii to rise up and take back control of our govenment and I do mean RISE up. I encourage all to join a new party called
TBOG which means Take Back our Government.
It is time that we throw out these greedy YES greedy ones who gave themselves a raise of around $18,000 while doing almost nothing but bow and kiss the ()&((&*^% of labor. Also, look out for the crook Hoosier as he is another one who did not pay his taxes in a timely manner...but wait he is a Democrat so that means it is okay.
Join me today at [email protected] and let us start to plan to see these GREEDY bums in the unemployment line. Enough is enough.
How dare these labor unions say dom't touch us. It is tiem we run our State the way any privat business is run
So what seat are you running for?
agapito

Pearl City, HI

#72 May 9, 2009
this isle is a trip wrote:
I'm sure we we have so many more visitors coming to celebrate the Hawaii Muslim Celebration..Is there going to be a parde in Waikiki? How about a festival at Kapiolani Park? Oh yea, that's the ticket.
Uh, there are thousands of Muslims who live in Hawaii.
Da kine

Trenton, NJ

#73 May 9, 2009
when you lost yours ....I be worry Linda but,as all of us know da will never be.Where is da super ferry?,is it lost,too?
Common Sense

Haiku, HI

#74 May 9, 2009
Arteekay wrote:
If Lingle does follow through on her threat of furlough for State workers, that would be very devastating to the public. Examples are Police, Fire and Nurses would be available 3 days less per month. Who and how will she protect the public from Burglaries, Rapes, Theft, arson, auto accidents, severe injuries, etc. As for teachers, if schools will be closed 3 additional days per month the public will bear additional cost for child care, etc. How will the furloughs affect school graduation requirements? If Lingle does layoffs, the public will bear the responsibility of Unemployment benefits.
Except that Police will not be affected since she is not threatening SHOPO in any way.
give me a break

Kaneohe, HI

#75 May 9, 2009
IF I DIDN'T LIVE HERE I CERTAINLY WOULDN'T VISIT HERE AS A TOURIST, DO YOU GUYS HAVE HOLES IN YOUR HEADS....THERE ARE TOO MANY OUTHER LOCATIONS THAT WELCOME AND SERVE THE TOURISTS, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.....

PRETTY BOLD "IF THE HOTELS DON'T LIKE THE NEW TAX" CUT THE ROOM RATES (IS DONNA MERCADO KIM NUTS)-----WHO DOES SHE THINK WILL PAY FOR THIS NEW TAX, NOT THE HOTELS, BUT THE EMPLOYEES WHO WILL BE FURLOUGHED OR LET GO...REALLY GOOD STRATEGY FROM SOMEONE WHO HAD A 36% RAISE-------

PONO CHONG, you are as dumb as they come, the state should follow the fed tax laws-----the average joe's have a hard enough time to file taxes without you putting "land mines" in it for them......IF YOU WANT TAXES ON GAMBLING, MAKE IT LEGAL, THEN THE PEOPLE WOULDN'T HAVE TO GO TO VEGAS AND YOU GET TO KEEP ALL THE MONEY........

I HOPE THE DUMB VOTERS SEE AND VOTE OUT OUR DUMB TAX AND SPEND POLITITIONS THE NEXT TIME AROUND----FAT CHANCE RIGHT??????????

Still from Kaneohe....
take your meds

Honolulu, HI

#76 May 9, 2009
give me a break wrote:
IF I DIDN'T LIVE HERE I CERTAINLY WOULDN'T VISIT HERE AS A TOURIST, DO YOU GUYS HAVE HOLES IN YOUR HEADS....THERE ARE TOO MANY OUTHER LOCATIONS THAT WELCOME AND SERVE THE TOURISTS, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.....
PRETTY BOLD "IF THE HOTELS DON'T LIKE THE NEW TAX" CUT THE ROOM RATES (IS DONNA MERCADO KIM NUTS)-----WHO DOES SHE THINK WILL PAY FOR THIS NEW TAX, NOT THE HOTELS, BUT THE EMPLOYEES WHO WILL BE FURLOUGHED OR LET GO...REALLY GOOD STRATEGY FROM SOMEONE WHO HAD A 36% RAISE-------
PONO CHONG, you are as dumb as they come, the state should follow the fed tax laws-----the average joe's have a hard enough time to file taxes without you putting "land mines" in it for them......IF YOU WANT TAXES ON GAMBLING, MAKE IT LEGAL, THEN THE PEOPLE WOULDN'T HAVE TO GO TO VEGAS AND YOU GET TO KEEP ALL THE MONEY........
I HOPE THE DUMB VOTERS SEE AND VOTE OUT OUR DUMB TAX AND SPEND POLITITIONS THE NEXT TIME AROUND----FAT CHANCE RIGHT??????????
Still from Kaneohe....
Still from Kaneohe..... STATE HOSPITAL!
Bill in Kailua

Honolulu, HI

#77 May 10, 2009
Dis Guy Here wrote:
Lingle is talking out her nasty little okole again. Why would state workers need to take furloughs if the budget is now balanced? The truth is that Lingle wants to do this out of spite because those unions she is targeting didn't back her when she ran for governor and for re-election. Notice she doesn't threaten this with SHOPO?
'

This comment is emblematic of EXACTLY what the problem is.

Now the budget is "balanced" so public workers unions can say at the next bargaining session -- "No need for wage concessions -- state has plenty of money."

So, when times are good and the state has big budget surpluses, HGEA, HSTA, UPW, all line up and hold out there hand -- "Where's ours?".

When times are not so good, and the state has budget deficits, they tell the Dimocrits in the Leg -- "Hey, raise taxes so the Gov. can't ask for wage and benefit reductions."

But the problem isn't going to get better. At the end of this month, and again in August, the Council on Revenues is going to report less than projected tax collections, and there is going to be another hole in the budget to be filled.

Do the public employee union workers ever participate in making ends meet? Their wages and benefits do eat up 70% of the cost of government.
WTF

Waipahu, HI

#78 May 10, 2009
Just remember when voting time comes around voters should know what to do...if people in hawaii want change then this would be that day otherwise the legislature would repeat it self with this so called tax increase...by the way that's their answer to everyting...
Seattle Steve

Spokane, WA

#79 May 10, 2009
This is for 'hmmmm'- So sorry, but I have in fact spent most of my nights in Hawaii in hotel rooms costing well over $200 a night. We save up for the trip so we can stay wherever we want (it's called personal responsibility). Hapuna Beach Prince, Grand Hyatt Po'ipu, Moana Surfrider - those come to mind. My wife and I have also considered the idea of opening up a business in Hawaii many times. It's not the tax structure that gives us pause for thought; it's the unfortunate decline of aloha.

This is for "Don Scott" - Ever been on the Alaka'i Swamp trail on Kaua'i? Paradise. And worth putting up with the rest of the problems to enjoy.
Hawaii Lost

Honaunau, HI

#80 May 10, 2009
Hawaii State Government needs to reduce expenses, not increase taxes. What a bad decision they made to increase hotel taxes, as this will certainly negatively impact tourism and result in many job losses in Hawaii.

http://www.hawaiiproblems.blogspot.com/
huh

Waimanalo, HI

#81 May 10, 2009
hmmm, let see 9.25% tourist tax plus 4.5% General Excise makes 13.75%. I'm cheap. If I find a room for $100 a night and stay for 7 days the total tax is $96.25.

Hey you Tourist. ALOHA HARD!!!!!!!!
kalihihaole

Honolulu, HI

#82 May 10, 2009
Keep taxing, airlines need the business and so does the shipping industry-(folks moving to the ML)Postal services need the extra traffic too. It's finals week so I have to put down the boards and actually work hard, so good luck and aloha hard to all the idiots who've decided to kill the islands. My friends who are stuck here trying to make a living for their families deserved far better.
alice

Los Altos, CA

#83 May 10, 2009
WTF wrote:
Just remember when voting time comes around voters should know what to do...if people in hawaii want change then this would be that day otherwise the legislature would repeat it self with this so called tax increase...by the way that's their answer to everyting...
true..i have said the same

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