Lingle wants counties' money - Hawaii...

Lingle wants counties' money - Hawaii News

There are 105 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Dec 22, 2009, titled Lingle wants counties' money - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Hawaii's four counties could feel the brunt of the state's financial crisis in the coming fiscal year as the governor looks to close a $1.23 billion budget hole using money usually allocated to the counties.

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Honolulu, HI

#1 Dec 22, 2009
tax the churches, legalize gambling and pakalolo
Da kine

Union City, NJ

#2 Dec 22, 2009
It's call"Greedy" okay suckers all of you who voted for dis governor wanabe....and,don't be suprise when their get a raise from their fellow dirty rats politicians eh you da Kine think about it where are you??? make some noise ot shut up!!!!
Da kine

Union City, NJ

#3 Dec 22, 2009
Remember Cayetano??? 4 more years of lies and all of you suckers bough dos fake promises,dis one is not diferente at all.When are you going to wake up Hawaii and,see who's are the ones sucking your blood,leachers!!!
Da kine

Union City, NJ

#4 Dec 22, 2009
eh you da kine "think about it"where are you???--->let's hear you talking about dis subject ah.Think about it!!!

“Don't believe what you hear.”

Since: Sep 08


#5 Dec 22, 2009
Time to cut a bit more out of the Government. There is no reason for the State to steal from the counties. If sufficient funding cannot be found without stealing from the counties, the State will need to either reduce the scope of government or raise taxes. Stealing from the counties only forces the counties to have to resort to the above.
Of course, perhaps that is what Lingle and the legislature want as the counties haven't had to furlough their employees, yet.
Blow the rainy day and hurricane funds already. We will be at this point again next year and maybe those extra 11 months will allow the people to hire some new representatives/senators/gover nor with some good ideas and the cajones to do what needs to be done, no matter how distasteful it may be to some of the receivers.
Throw slippa

Mililani, HI

#6 Dec 22, 2009
Sound familiar? Linda Bungle wants to spend your money.

More pie in the sky?

Ewa Beach, HI

#7 Dec 22, 2009
Lingle Jingle has taken all of ours and now she wants the counties' which is more of ours plus wants to use our tax refunds for a few months, interest free! I had plans for that money - like making ends meet. Think I'll go change my W-2 now so she can't take anymore of it for the next year.

When are the so called reporters in this town gonna start asking hard questions of this administration like: Where did she put that $1.1 BILLION she shipped to the mainland to invest last year? Then the investment promptly lost plenty. Ironic that the original amount of the projected budget shortfall was the same.

And why do they put so much stock in what the Council on Revenues has to say? For all of the alphabet soup letters after their names, they have NEVER been right, even when the projection was positive. They are like the weather readers - great jobs, big pay and they are still wrong more than 50% of the time. Wish I had that kinda job. How about you?
Hard Times

Honolulu, HI

#8 Dec 22, 2009
This must have been a heart-wrenching and most difficult decision for our Governor to make.

Yet the Governor would be abandoning her duties and responsibilities owed to all the citizens of this State, if she were to continue to avoid making these tough and unpopular decisions.

In all this, folks should not lose site that there is no room any more for Mufi to hide the true costs of his Rail Road Job on Honolulu tax payers.

Times are tough.

The Citizens of Honolulu will feel the true cost of Mufi's "Get Rich Quick" rail road scheme now, that previously has so far avoided accurate expense accounting.

Dissemination of misinformation, lying by omission and other acts of deception by Mufi hack and City Transportion Spokesman, Wayne Yoshioka (a former Parsons-Brinkerhoff employee) cannot now conceal the burden Honolulu tax payers are being forced to pay. It's coming out now.

So too does this 6 Billion Dollar burden impact the Outer Island Counties and their tax payers, who now have been "stuck" with the pressure of the additional, unnecessary .5% GE Rail Tax, that, whenever any goods or services transit from or thru Honolulu.

Such goods or services are "hit" with that .5% GE Rail Tax, and then passed onto those businesses conducting their commercial activity on the outer islands.

In turn, those businesses (guess what) "hit" the outer island tax payers with that .5% GE Rail Tax, except it is hidden as a hiked, and unaccounted for, cost.

Citizens of Hawaii, do you want to make sure there is food on the table for the Cop who serves to protect you, or do you want to go along with Mufi's plan to put more cash into a Union Boss', Contractors, Architects, P.R. Firms' pockets for a Rail Road Job on you that you do not need?

Saskatoon, Canada

#9 Dec 22, 2009
lol...the HTA with their new "more heads on beds" jingle, is almost as funny as this new Lingle scenario, really is this the best of the best when it comes to political leaders in that state, very easy to state that Hawaii needs "more heads on beds" but the story relates little or no plan to do this, they want more heads, and they want them to spend more money, so does that mean prices are going up to accomplish this, now there is a good plan...the following is an excerpt from the last Hawaii HTA board meeting, "we need more tourists to come over, so.... lets raise the prices across the ment and that should do it..all agreed...carried" promotions..seriously folks, time to dismantle and rebuild your leadership in all aspects of who is calling the shots over there, this is getting to be a gong show, surely there must be some proper leaders sitting in the wings to provide service to the citizens, read the article on the HTA in this edition, and tell me it doesn't make you laugh out loud, and then question yourself...on where is the plan?? and as regular a tourist is comforting to know that the HTA plans to increase my spending for me..making my decision and thousands of others who may want to visit..much easier..why wouldn't we want to come over and spend more..during these recessional only makes sense..HTA is a joke..but this has gone beyond is a total embaressment, and why the Star Bulletin continues to include these articles, is even more of a joke.. thanks HTA and The Star you have convinced me that I should come on over and get gouged even further... reservations NOT!!!!!

Troy, MI

#10 Dec 22, 2009
And how much for that Choo-Choo on Oahu?
Big John-Hawaii Kai

Kailua, HI

#11 Dec 22, 2009
And of couse the Legislature will agree with Lingle on taking away the TAT from the counties. Why, you ask? Well next year is an election year so if they take the TAT from the counties, the counties will have to raise property taxes. This way the State politicans can walk away with "we didn't raise your taxes" speech.

Funny though, I haven't heard any discussion from any politican about trimming the fat, waste, and mismanagement from government, whether it be State or Local.

Aiea, HI

#12 Dec 22, 2009
Linda Lingle is and always was a joke. She has followed the trend of every other Republican governed state. She has spent foolishly, lied and placed blame on everyone else, and has ran this state practically into bankrupcy. No wonder why Hawaii is ranked in the top 20 states for being cash poor. Every governor of Hawaii after John Burns has systematically screwed the people of Hawaii nad has made out like bandits, smileing all the way to the bank.

Since: Nov 09

Kula, HI

#13 Dec 22, 2009
"n a statement, Hannemann said the governor "is opening the door to the possibility that local residents will have to pay more in property taxes so that the counties can continue to provide essential services such as police, fire, paramedics and lifeguards for the state's No. 1 industry."

Mufi, you and your lapdogs at the city council were going to raise it anyway. Now you have some political cover for doing so. Here's a suggestion. Shelve some discretionary spending that is available to the mayor and city council. You know, all the feel good stuff they do to buy votes with taxpayer money. I think it's called CIP funds.
s dogood

United States

#14 Dec 22, 2009
It's time (actually it's overdue) to IMPEACH LINGLE to save the State from economic devastation. She an ECONOMIC DISASTER....

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#16 Dec 22, 2009
Once again our elected babooze bureaucrats just do not get it. Increasing taxes is not the way to go during this recession. Taking the TAT tax from the cities so the state can wastefully spend is not going to work. Once again, cut out the wasteful programs and spending. Do not make the cities raise taxes, people are already tapped out. Hey baboozes, give back the wasteful 30% percent pay raise if you really are a leader and care.(Calvin Say & Donna Mercado Kim are not leaders and do not care about tax payers, they got theirs) Once again the Nei is the laughing stock of the world, raising taxes when there is no more money to take. Well, we know what we do best, live as the third world country we are. Just another day in the Nei.

Pearl City, HI

#17 Dec 22, 2009
Now...this is the last straw. Lingle has gtt to go.'s nobody's fault but the people who voted her in. Simply stated, she needs to keep her hands off of any monies that are designated...such as the rainy day fund and/or any countie monies. All she's doing is prolonging the inevitable and trying to balance a budget that simply won't balance (during her term). She need to RESIGN

Kailua Kona, HI

#18 Dec 22, 2009
What about giving welfare people a pay cut?????????

Aiea, HI

#19 Dec 22, 2009
I just can't understand why they don't tax Santa?
Increase the tax on all presents put under the Charismas tree by Santa. You could call this special tax "the Santa Claus tax". Also tax each reindeer entering and leaving Hawaii.
Gerald Jones

Pearl City, HI

#20 Dec 22, 2009
Linda Lingle's decisions are gut wrenching. I really cannot wait to have her removed from office. She's horrible.

She's traveled to China (promote Hawaii tourism), Japan, Phillipines (dont know the revenue reason for visiting PI, they certainly do not bring revenue for the state), Indonesia (Tsunami discussion) and the mainland (support the republican cause)......All on our tax dollars. Really, why did she need to go to any of these places. She's certainly not a very strong steward of our tax dollars.

Georgetown, TX

#21 Dec 22, 2009
If Lingle wants the money she should also do the work. All EMS, Fire and Police security for resort areas should be handled by the state...also water and sewer services to hotels. That's fair.

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