Hawaii governor seeks to prime budget...

Hawaii governor seeks to prime budget pump

There are 13 comments on the The Honolulu Advertiser story from Dec 18, 2007, titled Hawaii governor seeks to prime budget pump. In it, The Honolulu Advertiser reports that:

Comment on this story HIGHLIGHTS OF LINGLE'S BUDGET AFFORDABLE HOUSING $100 million for the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to add 1,000 home sites for Hawaiians on a waiting list for land.

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Cat Manapua

Saint George, UT

#1 Dec 18, 2007
Just like the national economy, the state and local economies are heading down. It's just a normal cycle; eventually things will turn positive.

However, this is NOT the time to embark on big spending programs. This is a time for fiscal conservatism and prioritizing spending.

Giving big contracts to the unions is politically expedient - especially as elections approach - but it very bad for the average resident. We should be tightening our financial belts, not letting them out another notch.

And the same goes for the City & County - spending $6 billion on the Train To Nowhere while the economy goes down, well, that's just nuckin' futz.
Willie

Farmington, MI

#2 Dec 18, 2007
You go Governor...just watch out for every Tom, Dick and Harry coming forward with their hands out expecting you to fill them with $$$$$$$$$

Since: Oct 07

AOL

#3 Dec 18, 2007
Cat Manapua wrote:
Just like the national economy, the state and local economies are heading down. It's just a normal cycle; eventually things will turn positive.
However, this is NOT the time to embark on big spending programs. This is a time for fiscal conservatism and prioritizing spending.
Giving big contracts to the unions is politically expedient - especially as elections approach - but it very bad for the average resident. We should be tightening our financial belts, not letting them out another notch.
And the same goes for the City & County - spending $6 billion on the Train To Nowhere while the economy goes down, well, that's just nuckin' futz.
Maybe the Gov. is trying to make amends for the HSF fiasco by throwing money at some problems that have been vexing State residents for years, especially on the Neighbor Islands! LOL

She's just lucky she can't run for Gov. again, and her chances to winning another elective office are looking dimmer as the days go by.
Kapaa

Wailuku, HI

#5 Dec 18, 2007
Just give everybody in gov,a pay raise and promotion .And dont forget a LARGE bonus for the new Chief Of Staff.
Achmed Ridiculous

Honolulu, HI

#6 Dec 18, 2007
From AARP Magazine R.I.P. Off
By Barry Yeoman, January & February 2008

A funeral-industry scandal that’s fleecing thousands of Americans

“One might argue with this logic, but then one would be up against the vast power of the funeral industry, a formidable lobby and a generous contributor to political campaigns. As a result, state-level reform efforts have faced stiff resistance. Consider what happened in Hawaii, which has some of the weakest pre-need regulations in the nation. Outraged by the RightStar scandal, a group of Hawaii lawmakers introduced a bill raising the mandatory percentage of pre-need funds to be deposited in a trust account above the current 70 percent. The bill never received a hearing: it was killed by the committees overseeing consumer protection.
Instead, the Hawaii legislature passed a bill written by Governor Linda Lingle’s administration in consultation with members of the funeral industry. Lingle’s measure did include some consumer protections. But it didn’t increase the percentage of funds required to be deposited in trust funds, a key point of industry contention. Jo Ann Uchida, a Lingle administration official, explains that the tougher trust requirement was omitted from the legislation to stave off industry protests, which would have killed the measure.
Sarah Robinson, Hawaii state president of the Funeral Consumers Alliance, offers a blunter explanation.“Basically,[the funeral] industry wrote this bill,” says the consumer advocate. Robinson notes that funeral companies and their lobbyists gave $11,000 in contributions to Governor Lingle in 2005, and lesser amounts to key legislators.
Achmed Ridiculous

Honolulu, HI

#7 Dec 18, 2007
(Rest of article)

Uchida insists campaign donations had no influence on the bill-drafting process.“Our usual practice is to try to unveil an initiative with the industry.” The administration does not, however, extend that courtesy to consumer groups, she says.”
Ironic Man

Honolulu, HI

#8 Dec 18, 2007
I find it utterly hilarious that the Governor doesn't release monies appropriated by the legislature in the current fiscal year (a fiscal year that the State enjoyed the largest revenue surplus in its history) for worthy programs and yet, as the economy is slowing in the upcoming fiscal year, she proposes to spend over a billion more dollars and calls it being fiscally prudent. I'd like to know where she got her economics degree from.
Bugger

Honolulu, HI

#9 Dec 18, 2007
15 new positions at the DLNR??? That's 15 more game wardens who'll go out and do nothing. The DLNR has guys working there full time that haven't given a citation in months. No wonder our reefs are virtual ghost towns.
Ron Paul President

Hilo, HI

#14 Dec 18, 2007
Demand a Refund by Michael Rivero, whatreallyhappened.com

"... So, let's peg the cost of this war which was started with lies about Saddam's 'nookular' bombs at an even $2 trillion. That works out to just a hair under $7000 for each and every living American at every age and condition. And since children and the retired and the homeless don’t pay taxes, the actual cost to every taxpayer works out to about $10,000, or $20,000 per household.

Now, I don’t know about you. But $20,000 would get me caught up on a lot of my bills.$20,000 would carve a huge chunk out of anyone's mortgage with a lot left over for Happy Holidays.

Now, I know there are some of you who will say that the government has spent the money and it cannot be recovered,. But that is not true. The newspapers are full of stories about this or that Congressman or Official using government property for private purposes and being asked to reimburse the government. If Representative Bloat of Northeast South Westchester uses a government plane to fly to a private event, he is forced to repay the US Treasury for the cost. This is only fair.

Now, since the Constitution does not allow the President (or anyone else in government) to lie us into wars, it follows that the war in Iraq is not official, but rather President Bush's use of government property for his own private purposes. Therefore, like Senator Bloat, he and his family should reimburse the Treasury, who would then cut refund checks to all of us. Don't worry about Bush; his family has lots of money and has had ever since Granddad Prescott made all that money with his German business partner Adolph whatsisname (I think he ran Germany for a while about 1940).

So, for those Americans struggling with their credit card bills and mortgage payments, you are OWED a lump sum of cash that was taken from you and spent on a illegal war started with lies. You would not hesitate to demand a refund for a DVD player that didn't do what it was supposed to, right? So, why hesitate demanding a refund from a government that didn’t do what it was supposed to? "
Bryant Carvalho

Waipahu, HI

#15 Dec 18, 2007
The governor is absolutely correct. It is time to prime the pump. The way out of a recession or downturn is to spend you way out...

I commend her for her actions.
Kapaa

Wailuku, HI

#16 Dec 18, 2007
Bryant Carvalho wrote:
The governor is absolutely correct. It is time to prime the pump. The way out of a recession or downturn is to spend you way out...
I commend her for her actions.
You must be for a raise
Mr Roboto

Hilo, HI

#17 Dec 18, 2007
F R O W N !!! Should have implemented all of these plans SOONER...

It's unfortunate for Hawaii to have voted for leaders who don't do what they say they will do.

Will all of these plans happen? If so, when?

email me...
Yellow Cab Driver

Honolulu, HI

#18 Aug 11, 2014
Mr Roboto wrote:
F R O W N !!! Should have implemented all of these plans SOONER...
It's unfortunate for Hawaii to have voted for leaders who don't do what they say they will do.
Will all of these plans happen? If so, when?
email me...
No. The Office of Governor is usually filled with some two-faced liar.

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