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Legislative Session Opens

House Speaker, taxes and education.

February 10, 2011
Maui Weekly

What does any of this mean to the public? If there is no Speaker of the House, certain key elements and functions (i.e. the legislative calendar, administrative budgets and committee assignments) come to a grinding halt.

In response to this year’s delay, the Republican caucus introduced a bill to change the House rules and require that Speaker of the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives be selected 45 days prior to the start of the legislative session.

All members of the Republican caucus worked diligently to put together a 2011 legislative package (which can be found on my Website: www.repfontaine.ning

.com) that addresses key issues facing the State of Hawai‘i, such as taxes and funding for our schools.

Regarding taxes, I am committed to opposing any new taxes in the state. In October last year, I signed the taxpayer pledge in order to take a stand against raising taxes on the people of Hawai‘i. Our state is in the top ten in the country that pays the highest combined state and federal taxes.

Unfortunately, the citizens of Hawai‘i endure the dual burden of both high taxes and a high cost of living. With this in mind, it is only reasonable to fight for no tax increases so that people can keep more of their hard-earned money.

On the topic of education, I am aware of the need for additional classroom space for our schools. I am proposing legislation for the construction of classrooms along with improvements to the administration/library buildings at both Kīhei Elementary School and Lokelani Intermediate School. I am also proposing upgrades to Kamali‘i Elementary School.

South Maui has an active, growing community with many young families and children. Crowded classrooms are not ideal for either teachers or students; therefore, it is important to make the necessary investment for the future of our children.

If you need to contact me with any issues or concerns regarding South Maui, please call my office at (808) 586-8525 or email



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