Our financial recovery from this on-going COVID-19 crisis is going to take a while. There are numerous ideas on the table that needn’t result in a 20% pay cut for State workers that need to be examined first. I support looking into all of those ideas and see which are the most viable. I don’t know the exact amount of the projected budget shortfall and I don’t know where we can most afford to trim some of the excess, but I am open to looking into different ways we could make up that difference.
As a successful small business owner, I have a lot of experience with balancing budgets and look forward to examining where we have unnecessary expenditures and can make some changes to benefit our overall productivity and fiscal responsibility. Also I would like to see a resilient Hawai’i that is producing 80-90% of our own food, rather than importing 90% of our food. We need actions to increase opportunities for local farmers and small-scale sustainable agriculture to build and increase productions immediately, which will benefit us all in the long-term regardless of what other budgetary actions are taken.
We absolutely need to shift away from regressive taxation and ensure that the wealthy members of our society are being taxed at the same rate as those with low-income. I am in favor of additional “wealth-taxes” on second homes in Hawai’i valued at over $2 million that would help fund education.