We just welcomed a New Year praying for some positive changes for our state and especially for our families.
Unfortunately our elected officials see the New Year a little different … what is it they don’t understand about why people are leaving the state? or the high cost of living? or is it that they just don’t care? During election season they talk a good story but once elected or re-re-elected it’s business as usual. Again many of us ask, how far must this go before the people of Hawaii truly say enough is enough?
→ 4,075 people migrated here from other countries. But! → we also lost 12,430 residents who moved to the mainland. Question: those that left did they take taxable income with them? And those that migrated here from other countries, are they self-sufficient or are they having to collect benefits? Both are important questions, after all how might that lost revenue the state wants needs be made up? Yup! You and me, hold on to your wallet.
So let’s take a look at some the articles below:
Shortage of Cops in Honolulu? more taxes and increases in fees and as for that “Zero-based Budgeting” proposed by Rep. Sylvia Luke … a fiscally responsible state government ↔ just may just be a pipe dream after all. It is/was a great idea, but we are talking Hawaii and I guess it’s like having the fox guard the hen-house … see next to last article below. The last article is how to make a difference … sigh!
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“We must not look to government to solve our problems. Government is the problem.” Ronald Reagan
Why are residents leaving Hawaii? by Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. | Dec 28, 2018
Honolulu Is Short On Cops — And Seattle Is Poaching by Terri Langford | January 4, 2019
Proposed Hawaii Carbon Tax Would Add $0.88 per gallon of gasoline … The next time you put gas in your car, look at the price and then add 88 cents to each gallon.
The Big Squeeze: An analysis of tax and fee increases island residents are expected to pay. Water bills are up an average of 8 percent for residential users; add sewercharges, which the county plans to raise 44 percent next year and property values are up 4 percent
Hawaii rank goes up, but not its economic freedom by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii | Nov 10, 2018. High taxes, high government spending and burdensome regulation were major reasons economic freedom in the state continued to decline; ↔ they also contributed heavily to the state’s high cost of living.