We can move Hawai‘i forward without raising the general excise tax and without Furlough Fridays.
And we can do it without deeper cuts. Cutting government in today’s circumstances may bring short-term savings but it will harm people and businesses and create dire long-term costs. We cannot let this happen.
Together, we are facing a $1.3 billion deficit. If we are going to raise taxes, which we must to get out of this hole, then we should accept nothing less than giving taxpayers more value for their dollars. That is the basis of our plan and my promise to you.
We are going to do more than just get by. Instead of attacking each other, we are going to attack our problems with courage and conviction.
Times are tough everywhere, but the people of Hawai‘i are tougher. The time to invest in ourselves is now.
I am counting on you to circulate this email, including our plan, to your friends and family. Let everyone know that you are ready for Hawai‘i to move forward.