Rep. Ward sends letter to President Trump encouraging him to hold summit in Hawaii

HONOLULU – Representative Gene Ward sent a letter to President Donald Trump encouraging the President to seriously consider holding a third summit between the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in Hawaii.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi

“Holding the first summit in Singapore showed the endless possibilities of an Asian country when economic freedom is at its core. Then choosing Vietnam for the second summit showed how a once third world Communist nation can also prosper when allowing market forces and freedom,” said Rep. Ward. “Hawaii would be the next best logical step for a third summit, moving the venue from Asian to American soil but still with an Asian majority population.”

Ward cites the fact that two elite diplomatic institutions are based here: The East-West Center and the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Ward’s letter also references the very successful APEC meetings which were held in Honolulu in 2011.

House Republicans Press Conference – January 19, 2018

House Republicans Announce Session Agenda to Make Hawaii More Affordable, Accountable, and Accessible

HONOLULU, HAWAIʻI (January 19, 2018) –  The Minority Caucus released their bill package today highlighting bills and resolutions that will make Hawaii more affordable, accountable, and accessible.

“Our charter schools are unique, creative, and out-of-the-box; they have different ideas. We’ve seen the trend in our state towards school choice as the charter school enrollment increased by 5%.  HR 5 will help make our government more accessible to students and families who are seeking different public modes of education,” said Representative Andria Tupola, Minority Leader.

Representative Cynthia Thielen (District 50) used an acronym to describe HB 1732, “I’d like to take BITE out of food, Better If Tax Eliminated. Your family loses about $650 a year from taxes on food. We are standing with working families to keep their hard-earned money.”

“We are introducing a bill that will offer equal opportunity for everyone in our state to have their voices heard whether they live on the neighbor islands or in rural areas,” said Representative Lauren Matsumoto (District 45). “About 30% of Hawaii’s population lives on the neighbor islands and does not have the opportunity to testify in person. Offering audio and video technology to the neighbor islands would increase participation in our government and give us a perspective we have not heard in a long time.”

For more on the press conference, please see the attached dropbox link. For more on the bill package, please see the attached press packet. The Minority Caucus will be hosting a response to the Governor’s State of the State Address on Monday at 11am in the State Capitol Rotunda.

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