The House Minority Caucus is made up of five members.
Representative Andria Tupola (center) is the House Minority Leader and represents District 43 – Ewa Villages, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Lualualei, Maili.
Representative Gene Ward (left) is the House Minority Floor Leader and Leader Emeritus, and represents District 17 – Kalama Valley, Hawaii Kai.
Representative Lauren Matsumoto (second from left) represents District 45 – Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Kunia, Waipio Acres, Mililani.
Representative Bob McDermott (right) represents District 40 – Ewa, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Iroquois Point.
Representative Cynthia Thielen (fourth from left) represents District 50 – Kailua, Kaneohe Bay.
Hawai’i has lost sight of what really matters, you.
We aspire to provide Better Solutions for the Best Hawai’i. We have been creating a bill package that strives to make our government and our state more accountable, affordable, and accessible to and for you.
How you can get involved!
The 2018 legislative session begins in January. We need your help! If these bill ideas resonate with you:
- Voice your support! Contact your representative and encourage them to vote in support of these bills.
- Suggestions! Make an appointment with a Republican legislator to discuss the bills.
- Testify! Attend the hearings during the legislative session and testify in support of the bill or submit testimony online at capitol.hawaii.gov.
More about the bill ideas:
Did you know the average family in Hawai’i pays about $650 in taxes on food alone? We endeavor to provide a solution for our state that would make our cost of living a little more affordable. Join us in telling our government, “stop taxing life” by excluding food, life’s necessity, from the General Excise Tax. View this video to put it in perspective.
Equal Funding for Charter Schools
Did you know that not all of our keiki get equal funding for school? Unlike DOE schools, charter schools have to use their funds to also pay for facilities, special education, transportation and other necessities. We need your help in advocating for “equal funding for our Charter Schools“.
End Permit Purgatory
Hawai’i has the longest average wait time for a building or construction permit – 17 months! In order to get the families of Hawai’i affordable housing quicker, the wait time must be significantly decreased. The Republican Caucus is introducing legislation that will urge the City and County’s Department of Planning and Permitting to decrease wait times so that we can keep up with the growing demand for affordable housing.
Show Us The Price Tag!
Hawai’i is constantly bamboozled by legislation that does not show us the fiscal impact. Take for example, the Honolulu Rail Project. It was first $3 billion, then $8 billion, and just this past September the legislative body passed another tax increase and GET extension that would round-up the price to be $10 billion. We were never made aware that this project could eventually cost $10 billion. Join us in telling your legislators, “show us the price tag!” Give HB 1729 a hearing. This bill will require a fiscal note that will make the public and lawmakers aware of the possible impact legislation might have.
See the info sheet for more information on other bills in our caucus package.
Town Hall Meeting Host Representative Gene Ward and Co-Host Mike Buck: Fires and Vandalism Hitting Hawaii Kai.
Representative Cynthia Thielen (H District 50 Kailua, Kaneohe Bay) assistant Minority Floor Leader, discusses the Honolulu rail project with Randall W. Roth, JD,LLM.
Mike Buck discusses the issues at the Hawaii State Legislature with his guest Representative Andria Tupola, Minority Leader, (R – H District 43 Ewa Villages, Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Nanakai Gardens, Ko Olina, Kahe Point, Nanakuli, Lualualei,
This week topics include; Rail, Unfunded state liability, HB451 HD1 SD2 CD1- The bill addresses Hawaiian Home Lands; Successors; Blood Quantum, renewable energy, landfills and the Marijuana Dispensary Town Hall with Reps. Har, Tupola, Cullen is on May 30th.
By Representative Gene Ward – May 25, 2017 – Civil Beat
From reducing poverty to increasing affordable housing, lawmakers could have done much better for the people of Hawaii.
In the wake of the 2017 legislative session, some commenters have given the Legislature an undeserved pat on the back. The truth is that we could and should have done much better for the people of Hawaii this session.
The heart of a strong, healthy democracy should be vigorous debate. Unfortunately, outside observers agree that this was a banner year for secrecy and behind-the-scenes maneuvering at the Legislature.
As former Speaker Rep. Joe Souki – who wasn’t “former” until the final hours of the 2017 session – recently admitted, “We are always secretive. It’s part of being a legislator.”
When it came to doing the people’s business, the Legislature repeatedly dropped the ball.
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