Archive for April, 2010

HURRICANE FUND RAIDED – Rep. Pines Votes not to Raid

April 29, 2010

 REPRESENTATIVE KYMBERLY PINE WAS THE ONLY HOUSE MEMBER THAT VOTED NO TO RAID THE HURRICANE FUND. SHE WANTED THE MONIES TAKEN TO BE PAID BACK. A YES VOTE WAS A VOTE TO TAKE THE THE MONIES OUT OF THE FUND AND NOT RETURN THE MONEY WHEN BETTER TIMES PREVAIL.

Minority Leader’s Statement on using the Hurricane Relief Fund for Furloughs

April 26, 2010

The House Republicans will be voting in favor of taking money from the Hawaii Hurricane Relief Fund when the bill comes to the House floor for a vote (SB2124). Throughout the session the Republicans suggested the bill be amended to borrow from the fund instead of raiding it. Earlier this month the House Republicans released their version of the budget.

“The House Republican’s balanced budget and six year financial plan borrows funds from the Hurricane Relief Fund and pays it back in future years. That would be the responsible thing to do,” stated Minority Leader Lynn Finnegan.
The House Republicans support the Governor’s plan to give the principals, teachers and parents the decision-making ability to choose who are essential employees in order to reinstate instructional days and who will remain on the existing furlough schedule.

“The legislature and the Governor are faced with balancing our statewide budget. If done right this plan will give those closest to the students the flexibility to meet the student’s needs first,” said Finnegan.

REP WARD BRINGS STATE BUDGET TO VIEW

April 24, 2010

Thanks to Representative Gene Ward, the public is better informed with a new feature that they can utilize to scrutinize the budget that is before the Hawaii State House of Representatives.

CLEAN ENERGY INITIATIVE HITS SNAG WITH DEMOCRATS

April 22, 2010

REP. CYNTHIA THIELEN HAILS PRESIDENT’S RECOGNITION OF WAVE ENERGY IN REMARKS ON ENERGY SECURITY

April 21, 2010

 State Representative Cynthia Thielen (R, 50th District) hailed today President Barack Obama’s acknowledgement of wave energy as one of the crucial resources to achieve energy security for the United States.

 Speaking at Andrews Air Force Base recently, President Obama recognized Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, stating “He’s changing the way the Department of Interior does business so that we’re responsibly developing… renewable sources of energy,” including “the waves off our coasts.” 

 Rep. Thielen, an ardent supporter of wave energy technology, met with Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack, and other members of President Obama’s “Green Team” in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in January.  Rep. Thielen carried informational packets, with a cover picture of a wave energy buoy in action offshore of Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  She distributed these packets to Secretary Vilsack, as well as later to Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Carol Browner, Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy.

 “I asked all to speak with President Obama about wave energy and its tremendous potential,” Thielen said.  “Until now, the President had not included this powerful technology in any of his remarks,” she noted.  “I’m happy that my message reached the President,” she continued, “and I take it as a sign that wave energy will play a significant role in federal energy policy that will transform the way our nation generates electricity.”

FLAG DISPLAY STATE CAPITOL

April 15, 2010

Veterans were told by Senator Will Espero that he would put the FLAG BILL language into another bill on this day…that never happened.

HURRICANE FUND 2010- to be paid back?

April 14, 2010

House Republicans fight to restore the Hurricane Fund making it a loan instead of a giveaway to end school furloughs.

Hawaii House Republican Balanced Budget: No New Taxes

April 14, 2010

The Hawaii House Republican Balanced Budget: No New Taxes, Funding Furlough Fridays, and Ensuring a Sustainable Safety Net

House Republicans present the first balanced budget and financial plan, that does not raise taxes, fully funds Furlough Fridays, and ensures a sustainable safety net,” declared House Minority Policy Leader Gene Ward (R-17th District Hawaii Kai-Kalama Valley).

The budget that will be presented today supports House Republicans’ previous claims that the Legislature can say no to “job killers” that will only slow our economic recovery while preserving core services for our most vulnerable.

In short, our budget will:
•Provide up to $92 million to end school furloughs
•Restore House cuts to services for children and adolescents
•Add funds for Kupuna Care, public libraries, agriculture inspectors and more
•Generate revenue without tax increases

Additionally, the Hawaii State Budget online interactive Excel format that the public can use to better understand the budgeting process and build their own budget should they wish is at http://www.gene-ward.com/budget/

Veterans Make Last Attempt to Ease Flag Restrictions

April 14, 2010

Veterans in support of easing flag flying restrictions in planned community associations will make their last attempt to convince State Senate to pass legislation in support of their cause.

 On Wednesday, April 14th at 10:30 a.m. a group of veterans will place about 100 small flags on the front lawn of the State Senate next to the replica of the Liberty Bell.

             On Thursday, April 15th, they will hold a Flag Rally at the State Capitol from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (separate from Tea Party events) and will deliver petitions to Senate President Colleen Hanabusa asking her to pass language in any Bill that would ensure their right to fly Old Glory.

 House Bill 2311, which they hoped to use as a vehicle to address problems many have had in freely flying their American flags in planned community associations, was killed and then brought back to life in the House, only to be killed upon arrival to the Senate when Senator Roz Baker, Chair of the Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee refused to the hear the bill.  One bill, HB 2383 relating to Prisoner of War Flags has been identified as being a vehicle to add language in addition to its current language that would prohibit community associations to charge fees for flag flying and from prohibiting associations from enforcing rules that do not allow flag flying 365 days a year.

             “Many of us fought hard for freedom on the battle field.  We never thought we would get off a plane and have to fight for our freedom and for our basic right to fly the American Flag on American soil,” said Harold Alejandro, Iraqi and Enduring Freedom Veteran.

 In 1950, the United States Department of the Treasury funded the making of 55 full-sized replicas of the Liberty Bell to serve as a symbol of freedom. One bell was shipped to Hawaii.

 Liberty Bell as Symbol

After the divisive Civil War, Americans sought a symbol of unity. The flag became one such symbol, and the Liberty Bell another. To help heal the wounds of the war, the Liberty Bell traveled across the country in the 1880s.  The Bell traveled to cities throughout the land “proclaiming liberty” and inspiring the cause of freedom. To this day, oppressed groups come to Philadelphia to give voice to their plight, at the Liberty Bell, proclaiming their call for liberty.

The House Republican Balanced Budget: No New Taxes, Funding Furlough Fridays, and Ensuring a Sustainable Safety Net

April 13, 2010

House Republicans present the first balanced budget and financial plan, that does not raise taxes, fully funds Furlough Fridays, and ensures a sustainable safety net,” declared House Minority Policy Leader Gene Ward (R-17th District – Hawaii Kai-Kalama Valley). 

 The budget that will be presented today supports House Republicans’ previous claims that the Legislature can say no to “job killers” that will only slow our economic recovery while preserving core services for our most vulnerable.

 In short, our budget will:

  • Provide up to $92 million to end school furloughs
  • Restore House cuts to services for children and adolescents
  • Add funds for Kupuna Care, public libraries, agriculture inspectors and more
  • Generate revenue without tax increases

 Additionally, we have posted the State Budget online in an interactive Excel format that the public can use to better understand the budgeting process and build their own budget should they wish.  

http://www.gene-ward.com/budget/