State of Hawaii Archives: on Technology
Rebuild transportation and communications infrastructure
I want America to begin rebuilding our transportation and communications infrastructure, which will make us safer, more modern and will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.
I believe our schools need to be rebuilt nationally so that our children can attend state of the art learning facilities, while we create new jobs.
Source: 2014 Hawaii House campaign website, MarkTakai.com
Nov 4, 2014
Pioneered "paperless Legislature" & government transparency
Q: Hawaii's public records law mandates that public records be made available whenever possible. Yet many citizens are unable to afford the costs that state and local government agencies impose.
Would you support eliminating search and redaction charges and making records free to the public except for basic copying costs?
A: Yes. We need to limit charges to basic copying costs.
I pioneered the use of technology in state government to help transparency: the paperless Legislature that increases information access and eases the burden of submitting testimony; and creation of the
Capitol Public Access Room that provides assistance to individuals participating in the legislative process.
Source: Honolulu Civil Beat Q&A on 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial race
Jul 11, 2014
TMT: build $1.3B Thirty-Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea
Mauna Kea is Hawaii's gift to the world--the best place on the planet to observe the universe. It is without peer. It provides an unparalleled opportunity to advance our knowledge of our universe. Today, we celebrate 50 years of astronomy in Hawaii with
13 observatories from 11 countries and over a billion dollars in infrastructure atop Mauna Kea. One project will solidify Hawaii's position as the world's premier astronomy center--the $1.3 billion Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT).
The TMT will be the catalyst for the development of high tech and high paying jobs. TMT is partnering with the Institute for Astronomy's Akamai Workforce Initiative to train local college students for technical fields. The initiative promotes
STEM initiatives relating to local robotics and science programs. TMT is also investing $1 million every year in education so our keiki can reach for the stars. Our state must support and ensure that this tremendous opportunity comes to fruition.
Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Hawaii legislature
Jan 21, 2014
Consistently opposes Honolulu rail project
Honolulu's proposed rail project is the largest public works venture in Hawaii history, financed by the largest tax increase our state has ever seen. Per capita, even before any cost overruns, the Honolulu rail system will be the most expensive rail
project in American history. These facts alone should give anyone who cares about fiscal responsibility pause.
While I support mass transit, and projects such as an elevated HOT lane, I have consistently opposed this rail project.
The Honolulu rail system will consume all of our community's limited resources at the expense of other critical infrastructure needs like our water and sewer systems. Worse yet, it won't work. The system's own proponents admit that even after they spend
over $5 billion of your money, rail will likely only reduce traffic congestion by less than 2%. Even worse, rail is being transformed from a public works project into a private benefit club, paid for by the taxpayers.
Source: 2014 Hawaii gubernatorial campaign website, Djou.com
Dec 20, 2013
Complete improvements at Honolulu Airport and Nimitz Highway
The Lieutenant Governor worked with the Department of Transportation to ensure the completion of infrastructure improvements. The projects at the Honolulu Airport include:On Nimitz Highway, over 200 palms and 2 acres of grass were planted along the median.
Major improvements were also made along Nimitz Highway and Ala Moana Boulevard including pavement resurfacing, relocation of electrical and telephone wires underground and removal of all wiring support poles.
All of these improvements were much needed and provide long term benefit for residents and visitors beyond APEC.
Source: Lt. Gov. official website, ltgov.hawaii.gov
Dec 27, 2012
- The 'Ewa Pedestrian Breezeway Restoration and themes;
International Arrivals Gates 24 & 25 repair work;
- International Arrivals Canopies replacement; and
- Planter and curb repair.
$6 million for new security screening at Hawaii airports
Hirono touted her efforts to land $6 million for Hawaii airports. She says the money may be used for three new security screening machines at Kahului Airport. "Our airports need to be maintained they need to be modernized, that's part of our tourism
economy. In a bipartisan way I pushed for an amendment to the FAA bill that will bring $6 million more to Hawaii's airports," said Hirono.
Source: Hawaii News Now coverage of 2012 Hawaii Senate debate
May 30, 2012
No state funding for any stem cell research
Q: Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Q: Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Source: Hawaii Gubernatorial Election 2010 Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2010
$21M for computers in public schools
In addition, I propose spending $21 million to buy 18,000 new computers for our public schools. This will bring down the ratio of students to computers from 6:1 to 4:1.
must learn to use this technology because it will open doors of learning and knowledge ordinarily not available to them. It will help teach them the skills of critical thinking. It will allow them to learn from student counterparts around the world.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to Hawaii Legislature
Jan 22, 2001
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