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Governor Lingle, you are now cleared to raid the Hurricane Relief Fund! by grassroothawaii
April 29, 2010, 8:17 pm
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By Hideo Hikida

Yesterday, the Hawaii Legislature approved the bill that would allow Governor Lingle to raid the Hurricane Relief Fund of $67 million to eliminate teacher furloughs for the next year. Lawmakers stated that this was there own way of trying to end the furloughs, and that it was now up to the Governor to sign the bill into law to release the funds for the schools.

I’m honestly torn about this development. In the last couple of days, you’ve all read about my musings on the furloughs and the HSTA, and to tell you the truth, I don’t know whether the government raiding the Hurricane Relief Fund is a good thing or not. On one hand, I’m glad that the government is trying to end the furloughs because the fact that they were implemented in the first place was just a stupid idea. On the other hand, I’m disappointed in the government in that they resorted to dip into a fund that was created for a specific reason. To me, it feels like a cop-out on their part, nothing more than a band-aid to cover a gushing wound. With the precedent set, what’s to stop the government from raiding other funds to address shortfalls in other departments? There are many other ways to save money within the government, but it seems that instead of getting their hands dirty to expose corruption and favoritism, the Legislature and Governor decided to turn a blind eye towards the true problems and just raid a fund that “we don’t need now”

We need to remember that this is only a temporary solution. I hate that the Hawaii School System is in such terrible shape, and that the corruption and excessive spending within that department is an embarrassment to us all. Until we fix the overall system and Cut the overhead the problem will never, ever be solved. People will continue to waste money, the unions will continue to look out for their wallets, and the students and taxpayers will continue to suffer. What do you guys think? Is this a step in the right direction or did we just take the easy way out?


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