Today, on the Kauai County Council Agenda is Bill 2775, a measure introduced by Councilmembers Mason Chock and KipuKai Kuali‘i that would effectively ban the use of most styrofoam or polystyrene fast-food containers. This in my opinion is a very good thing (and this is an opinion column for those that are concerned about my offering an opinion).
The news is finally coming out of Iowa! Well, not really. I’m guessing it will be several more days before the final, final, final results are announced.
Happy New Year! 2020 is going to be a great year in policy and politics, of that I am sure.
My wish for the holidays is that public policy advocates, individuals and organizations from across the state join together in requesting that the Hawaii state legislature, upon the opening of the 2020 legislative session — reconvene the conference committee for HB1191 SD2, and promptly pass a strong minimum wage bill.
Politicians and lawmakers often lay the blame for their perceived impotence on the nature of dealing with “complex issues and intractable challenges.”
On March 28, 2019, over 2,500 Kauai residents marched on Rice Street. On Oahu, over 20,000 marched through Waikiki. Similarly, on Maui and in Hawaii County — thousands marched — for, justice and for Aloha ‘Aina.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s announcement that she would not be running for re-election caught Hawaii’s political world by surprise.
The Aloha United Way commissioned “ALICE REPORT: A STUDY OF FINANCIAL HARDSHIP IN HAWAII” determined than in 2017, 11% of Hawaii residents were living in poverty while another 37% exist on its very edge, only one paycheck away from financial disaster.
What are the most significant problems facing Kauai that county government has the power to address via changes in public policy?