issues of concern
as a MEMBER of the democratic party
issues of concern
as a MEMBER of the democratic party
Regarded as the most isolated population center on earth, Hawaii's economy and commerce are unique. As the only state consisting of a chain of islands, we are isolated from the mainland U.S. and have numerous factors that significantly increase our costs of living and our costs of doing business, such as transportation, housing, food, and land costs.
In order to:
Care for an aging population,
Meet the needs of Hawaii's working families,
Meet our obligations to provide future benefits for our dedicated government workers,
Provide for Hawaii's security in this time of increasing military and terrorist threats, and
Provide a quality education for our children so that they have the knowledge and skills to become productive citizens and contribute to the future of Hawaii,
Hawaii must be proactive in setting up a strategy to plan for its future economic needs.
In order to provide jobs for Hawaii's people, local businesses should be encouraged and supported, and Hawaii should seek additional federal funds for military in Hawaii. In addition, more federal grants should be sought and granted for Hawaii research, government, and nonprofit organizations needs. Hawaii needs jobs for Hawaii people, and no jobs will be created and jobs will be lost if the growth of local businesses is unnecessarily stifled or destroyed.
Hawaii's current economic engines rely on relatively few industries, such as tourism, construction, defense, agriculture, and other services. With proper planning and timing, we can avoid sharp peaks and valleys in Hawaii's economy, and our people's trust in government and our enthusiasm will improve, strengthening our Aloha.
Hawaii’s economy is extremely dependent on outside investments and tourism for survival. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, roughly $15.2 billion was spent in visitor expenditures in 2015. With so many jobs and people supported by the tourism industry, tourism must be carefully managed and nurtured so that visitors have a unique, enjoyable, and safe experience in Hawaii. Hawaii's people must better communicate with each other, share common goals, and commit to taking care of the state as a whole - for our image is branded as one.
Construction is also an important component of Hawaii's economy. Planning should be done so that government spending and releasing of funds for infrastructure development is timed to occur when there is a downturn in Hawaii's economy. In addition, federal funding should be sought to complete current infrastructure plans, even if plans must be modified to be more affordable.
In order to provide for Hawaii's security and a safe place for visitors to enjoy their vacation, Hawaii needs to obtain more money for defense spending, not less. Additional inflow of federal funds for defense spending and federal grants will help Hawaii's economy, which in turn will help Hawaii's residents.
There are many disappointments with our government that have caused distrust among citizens over the years, understandably. However, many don’t realize we are still at war. Although downplayed, there are still threats to our nation and Hawaii is not an exception to this. Therefore, we need be realistic in strengthening our military, airports, public transportation and facilities and take the necessary steps to prevent threats of bombings, killings, and shootings that now occur more frequently throughout our nation and overseas.
Due to its location in the middle of the Pacific, Hawaii is a prime target, and Hawaii must be made secure from harm for both residents and tourists alike. Hawaii must be prepared.
Hawaii's agriculture and fishing industries provide many local jobs and are needed to provide fresh food for Hawaii's visitors and residents. Fresh food and fish are highly recommended for a healthy and nutritious diet. Additionally, visitors have come to expect fresh food and fresh fish from Hawaii when they visit Hawaii. It is now an integral part of the visitor experience since Hawaii's chefs have incorporated fresh food and fish into island menus.
Those in the agriculture and fishing industries should also be supported and encouraged. Without Hawaii fresh food and fish, Hawaii would have to import an increasing amount of its food supply. Hawaii should develop its agriculture and fishing industries so the islands can be self sustaining for its people. In an emergency, locally grown food and fish can provide the necessary food for residents and visitors.
Small businesses are the backbone of Hawaii. Those who are innovative and successful in business and do more than just keep themselves afloat in this costly state by hiring others with income, a living, and a sense of worth should be encouraged, not given more hurdles to overcome. Hawaii needs to have a more business-friendly environment to attract more businesses instead of losing businesses and jobs to other places. If we ever want to become self-sustaining beyond tourism, we need to assist and invest in small businesses already in Hawaii and encourage the entrepreneurs to create new jobs. We need to strengthen our business education in Hawaii and foster creative outlets. We need to keep money coming into Hawaii which means we need to support the money-makers.
Many are concerned of the promised social security benefits being reduced. Yes, this is an important concern as our Kupuna have worked hard to earn these benefits, and I believe these benefits should be paid to the elderly who depend on these benefits and who paid into the system.
One emerging concern that has arisen with the Affordable Care Act is that Medicare reimbursements to physicians was lowered. Accordingly, many doctors have refused to accept Medicare patients. Without doctors who accept Medicare insurance, the insurance is not worth much for the elderly. This is an area that needs to be corrected, and I believe Medicare reimbursements to Hawaii doctors should be increased so more doctors would accept Hawaii seniors as patients.
Many are conflicted with the option of abortion. While yes, the procedures of abortions are uncomfortable and hard to accept, the alternative can be a heavier burden. Those who have to deal with the consequences of having a child are the ones who know what is best for that pregnancy. If we are not the ones who will bear her burdens, then ultimately, we are not the ones to make that decision for her.
Wages for men and women who do the same job or similar work should be equal. If a person can complete a job, they should be paid for that work.
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