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Taking a look at the benefits of Civil-Unions

As the moment of Gov. Abercrombie’s signing ceremony for SB232 approaches, debate has already begun on what benefits and consequences will occur once civil-unions become legal in Hawaii.  The January edition of Hawaii Business featured a story on those issues written by Jerry Burris.  The article focuses on the economical impacts of civil-unions and the lack of hard data to prove the arguments from either side.

Here are some of the interesting points from the article:

  • Hawaii employers would see about a 1% increase in employee benefit costs.
  • Hawaii would see revenue of $4 million to $40 million for the first four years after civil-unions become legal.
  • The state of New Hampshire saved $400,000 a year on Medicaid payments after legalizing civil-unions.

For more information, check out the article: Legalizing Civil Unions-Boon or Bane for Hawaii’s Economy?



Colin Powell Argues for Cuts to Defense and Entitlements

Former Secretary of State, Colin Powell recently spoke up on how to address the long-term issues regarding the deficit.  With the House GOP aiming to freeze non-defense spending to 2008 levels as well as non-security levels to 2006, Powell pointed to the elephants in the room: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Defense budget.  Powell criticized the the effectiveness of cutting veterans programs or education funds while ignoring an overly inflated military budget.

For more on what Powell has to say visit the Huffington Post.