Big Government Spending in Hawaii

admin | July 7th, 2010 - 2:07 am

You ought to be aware of some details of unaccountable government spending in Hawaii that is taxing and burdening each one of us, eliminating jobs, and destroying our children’s future.

The centralized Hawaii State Department of Education ranks up at the top of the list with an annual budget of 2.5 billion dollars a year. The aproximate cost to send a child to Punahou [a notably successful  private school in Honolulu] is $17,300 per year. The amount spent in the centralized Hawaii public school system averages out to aproximately $15,500, and the achievement level in the centralized Hawaii public school system is ranked one of the lowest in the country. Obviously the money is not getting to where it should be going – to the teachers and the students. It’s an issue of accountability. The DOE has not had a comprehensive audit since 1973. And every attempt to see one implemented is thwarted by those liberal big government spenders. [I wonder why? Do you think they are concerned that we might find out where the money is actually going ?]

Furthermore, the $160 million dollar DOE renovation fund [which apparently Ex-State Senator Gary Hooser takes credit for establishing] is another massive unaccounted for misuse of tax dollars created under the guise of helping the children. Per Hawaii Business Magazine, February edition the DOE had no established criteria for building repairs nor a priority system set in place for their completion, and in the abscence of such, went out and hired three layers of outside consulting firms to project manage their renovation program. Having paid out $18-20 million of tax payers dollars already to these firms, there appears to be very little actual value in repair or renovation that has actually been completed in comparison to dollars spent. On top of that, the firm with the greatest oversight authority was deciding the renovation priorities and was almost successful in getting the DOE to sign off on allowing this firm to oversee itself. [Sounds like the dream contract.]

Kauains who have a privatized hospital program also contribute to the massive Hawaii government healthcare program which spends $80 – 100 million a year subsidizing  government run hospitals in Maui, Hilo, and Kona. So, not only do Kauaians pay for their own healthcare privately at Wilcox hospital in Kauai which operates without government subsidies, but Kauains also pay for the healthcare of those government run hospitals in Maui, Hilo, and Kona. As well, these government run hospitals receive payment from the patients who actually receive healthcare in these hospitals besides the major portion of the $80 – 100 million they receive from the Hawaii state government. [Maybe we should ask why these hospitals are receiving from so many sources and are not operating on a private basis as well ?]

To add to the “lunacy”, the Hawaii state legislators [who cannot bring themselves to be responsible and live on an affordable budget, which you and I are forced to do each day to survive] have conjured up all kinds of ways to raise taxes and collect fees to subsidize their unaffodable government programs. According to the latest Hawaii Free Press [7/3/10], the legislature plans on increasing the taxes on visitors, so that a 5 night stay averaging $175 a night will potentially cost an additional $80. That certainly doesn’t appear to be the most astute way to attract visitors to a destination that desperately needs dollars and the job opportunities that go along with them. For a state that receives it’s number one source of income from tourism, you could only conclude that this is economic “insanity”.

Then there is the 2000 per cent increase with the barrel oil tax. Undoubtedly energy costs will rise, and so will all the related residual chain of expenses such as fuel, electric, cost of transportation, cost of production, cost of products [i.e. basic essentials such as food, etc].

Well if all this taxing hasn’t been enough for you, the legislature figured they could whip up the grand finale by hitting you with reimplementing the death tax. So after you have worked hard all your life earnining an income and having paid all your fair share of taxes and fees and having attempted to set something aside for your family and loved ones, they hit you again upon your death. Now starting after the first $200,000 of your estate, you will be hit with a death tax. So all those assets you so diligently set aside for your children or loved ones will be assessed an additional tax upon your death. [Why? Because big government spenders believe everyone owes them the right to spend the hard earned money and resources of others on whatever whim suits their fancy without accountability and even when there are no resources to be had.]

2 Responses to “Big Government Spending in Hawaii”

  1. Gary says:

    A government top-heavy state to be sure, and to top it all off we have the Jones Act preventing competition regarding the delivery of such a large part of of what we buy. I believe Djou is attempting to get this waived for Hawaii, or something like that.

    David, you should sign your name to what you write. I assume you are “admin”, but isn’t that a little confusing to folks? And a picture or two would be nice. : – )

    But I share most of your views and I’ll be checking the box next to your name. Thanks for running.

  2. admin says:

    Thank you for your comments.

    I would like to provide some more photos. I’ve been extremely busy and haven’t had a chance to get some new ones up. I’ll have to try to work on that.

    Thank you for your support.


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