State of Hawaii Archives: on Budget & Economy

Charles Djou: Runaway federal spending threatens our economy & job growth

The working families and small businesses in our islands are struggling in this difficult economy. I have witnessed the effects of this struggle throughout our district. The top concerns that constituents share with me are the runaway federal spending and the growing national debt which together threaten our economy and hinder job growth. We cannot spend and borrow our way out of this economic downturn. It simply won't work.

The federal government is spending too much money on programs that do too little for the American people. Washington's intervention in our economy has spiraled out of control.

With our debt soaring past $14 trillion, we must plan where we're going and how much it will cost us to get there. We need bipartisan support to bring spending under control.

Source: 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial campaign website, Dec 20, 2013

Cam Cavasso: Government spending sucks oxygen out of the economy

America is the greatest example of free enterprise resulting in wealth creation and individual economic benefit in the history of the world. But today government spending is sucking the oxygen out of the economy. Until it is brought under control and dramatically reduced, the standard of living Americans have come to enjoy as a way of life will continue to diminish. No variety of "prosperity" has ever been built on debt. Until Americans discipline themselves and their government off this addiction and "live within our means", we will continue to struggle economically, ultimately losing our personal and national freedoms. I support an immediate cut in the payroll tax for all businesses accompanied by cuts in spending in government entitlement programs including slowing down the rates of growth in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. I also support a balanced budget amendment to the federal constitution.
Source: 2014 Hawaii Senate campaign website, Dec 1, 2013

Duke Aiona: State should be smarter; current resources are sufficient

I believe the State has sufficient resources to fund all critical government functions and services and substantially all of the desired ones. Being smarter with how we use our existing resources should take priority over proposals to increase taxes on working families. For example, additional revenues do not guarantee education will improve. Dedicated teachers, supportive principals and the encouragement of new and innovative teaching methods are important factors, as well as sufficient fundi
Source: Hawaii Gubernatorial Election 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Benjamin Cayetano: More funding for tourism infrastructure

Tourism had a record year last year, and this year might be even better. One reason is our three-year old, state-of-the-art, $300 million Hawaii Convention Center. Another is the $60 million we give the Hawaii Tourism Authority to market Hawaii each year.

This year, we will focus on expanding our cruise line industry. Cruise lines are a very important part of Hawaii’s tourist industry. Therefore, we will submit a request for funding to improve docking and pier facilities.

Source: 2001 State of the State address to Hawaii Legislature Jan 22, 2001

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