With the start of Hawaii’s 2011 Legislative Session comes the anticipation for it all to end. Previous years have brought very public fights over money and jobs. Some may point to the clash between ideology as there was a Republican Governor and a Democrat controlled Legislature. However, there were just as many fights with Democrats Ben Cayetano and John Waihee III residing at Washington Place.
The issues facing the 2011 Hawaii Legislature are many. Issues such as Civil Unions, raising the General Excise Tax, plugging the budget holes and the glaring problem of furloughs. However, this year also brings a wildcard issue, the new Governor, Neil Abercrombie. Abercrombie has already made some waves by moving money towards some benefits for state workers as well as his much-anticipated choices for the appointed Board of Education. The 2011 session promises to be filled with fireworks from both sides as Senate Republicans have now dropped the “s” and have become the Senate Republican. The House has finally settled the leadership dispute and have reelected Calvin Say as the House Speaker.
With the first week of the legislative session nearly in the books, Desperate America Report wants to know what are your concerns for this session. What are some of the issues you feel need to be addressed by Hawaii’s lawmakers. Please leave your responses in the comment section below and we will feature them next week!
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