Archive for April, 2012

No cabins or landfills on Ka Iwi!


An open letter to Mayor Carlisle in opposition to a new landfill in the Ka Iwi area.


If this is the case, and “Uplands Hawaii Kai” means Ka Iwi, you will certainly have a battle on your hands. This is the area that our community has fought to keep free from development for over the past three decades… the only areas in Hawaii Kai that fit the criteria for public landfill development are those that are considered environmentally reserved. These areas have long been fought for and protected by the residents of Hawaii Kai and I’m sure they are prepared to fight again for these lands.


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• State banks are not insured by the FDIC and all $ risk is on taxpayers.


• A major function of the bank would be to buy toxic mortgages with taxpayers money – a very unsafe investment in an unstable economy with high unemployment.


• The only state-owned bank in America is the Bank of North Dakota, started in 1919 with $2 million for farmers. Today’s equivalent start up costs for such a bank in Massachusetts was estimated to be about $3.6 billion. such a bank in Massachusetts was estimated to be about $3.6 billion.


• Does Hawaii even have enough money for a down payment? No.


• If this model is adopted, our state bank would have Gov. Abercrombie as Chairman of the
Board, and political appointees from B&F and the AG;s Office as Directors along with members from the AFL-CIO plus 76 legislators controlling its budget.


• Do you think political ties will have anything to do with this banks loan decisions , and can we afford even a down payment on such a risky proposition?


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Representative Ward on the Mike Buck Show

Hawaii’s Hostile Business and Tax Climate Garners Poor Ranking in New Entrepreneurial Index


House Minority Leader Gene Ward, (R-Hawaii Kai), who co-chairs the Legislative Small Business Caucus, said while the issue is taxes, fees are getting a free lunch with this report.


“Take the increase in the vehicle registration and weight tax increases of the past year that have created ‘sticker shock’ for my constituents. So too this year, fee increases in the banking and insurance sectors are going to be astronomical and the price of paradise will go up again in a few months, while politicians brag that there were no tax increases in the 21012 Legislative Session. Shakespeare said it best, ‘A rose by any other name is still a rose’……….fees are simply taxes, but spelled differently,” Ward said.


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Representatives Johanson and Ward Address SB 2394 — Lending Practices


“And this is toxic mortgages and it so brings up the old state bank and buying toxic mortgages. Mr. Speaker, if we get into buying and selling of houses, we have no experience. We have no money to do this. This is high risk. But you put it right next door to the military families. So you make it a sweet/sour kind of a combination and it leaves a bad feeling. So, I’m gonna love one section, hate the other…”



Rep. Gene Ward Addresses SB755 – Special Management Area Permits


“Seventy to eighty percent of all the jobs come out of the private sector. This bill is exempting the government with the promise that we’re going to live happily ever after. Government can’t create wealth. CIPs can prime, but they are not the long range solution to the problem that we have — with the low incomes that we have in our jobs, the low paying jobs that we’ve got. And if people don’t have the jobs, of course we have to give them something temporarily. But this bill says the government, by exempting itself for these state projects, is going to be the elixir. And I think that’s the wrong way.”



Ceded lands settlement passes last committee


“It’s righting the past, but it’s really a projection and a vision to the future and the way that the Hawaiian community has vetted this,” said Rep. Gene Ward, (R) House Minority Leader.


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