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By Andrew Walden @ 5:50 AM :: 8180 Views :: Hawaii County News, Kauai County News, DHHL, Honolulu County News, Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, Development

So who pulled the restriction on excessive AIG bonus payments out of the stimulus bill? Sen. Inouye knows

The Obama administration and the Treasury seem to have made the request, but who voted to pull the language in conference? The question has got too many people tied up. I suppose we do need to know, there’s been little to no accountability in this bailout process. So who knows the answer to this one?

Ask Sen. Dan Inouye. He was there.

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No sale! Hawaii continues to slam door on business

If other state legislatures have a built-in reflex to ask, "What would this do to business?" Hawaii questions why business is going to make a profit.

The demise of the Hawaii Superferry is the last in a list of businesses pecked to death by Hawaii's anti-business ducks. The Superferry's fate was sealed not by the lack of an environmental impact statement, but by the lack of a proper gangplank to independently load and unload vehicles. If the state hadn't had to construct the barge that served as a bridge between the shore and the boat, presumably the ferry would not have needed an EIS. It could be sailing today, calling Hawaii home.

The Superferry's run proved that it was a vital and safe link between the islands.

But thanks to the need for an EIS, the Superferry debate was transformed into a raging, foaming-at-the-mouth storm that even had bloggers like Kauai's Joan Conrow call Lingle "the devil, the personification of evil." Lingle tried to talk to Kauai residents and was booed and cursed, while Kauai farmers, contractors and residents who wanted to travel among the islands were silenced.

Compare to: Superferry didn't have to be fiasco

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Again, Hawaii ranks low for business

WHETHER the nation's economy is surging or sinking, Hawaii continues to rank near the bottom as a place to do business. An opinion survey of chief executive officers this month gave Hawaii 41st place among states for jobs and business growth, and that was before Superferry sailed off into the sunset.

It would have been worse if it weren't for the islands' eighth-place ranking for living environment and 13th for the relatively prosperous economy. The survey of 543 of the nation's CEOs by Chief Executive magazine put the quality of Hawaii's workforce dead last, probably because of business owners' frowning at states with what the magazine calls "a strongly unionized workforce."

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Hawaii incomes fall short

Two-thirds of Hawai'i single parents with a preschool-age child don't earn enough to live independently.

"Even if you're earning a decent wage, when you look at ... housing and childcare costs, people are still behind the eight ball," said Teresa Bill, who coordinates a University of Hawai'i program helping welfare recipients achieve economic sufficiency through education. 

Moreover, Hawai'i's high cost of living means it takes at least a $26,000 annual income for a single person without kids to live in the Islands independently.

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Anti-Superferry spin in Latin

The fact that the ferry was the first aluminum-hulled, high-speed vessel of that size and with a catamaran design- identical to the description the Navy used for their proposed project- was quite obviously part of a fallacious post hoc- proctor hoc argument by anti US military commies.  (Well, yes it is.   Read the whole thing to learn what smoking dope does to the brain.  Then reflect on the fact that these 'people' and their lawsuits control Hawaii's economy.)

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Kona Kampachi - 60 Times Less Impact on Stocks than Wild-Caught Fish

...sustainably maricultured (fish farm) fish actually have 60 times less ecological footprint on the ocean than wild-caught fish....

Its kind of sad to watch them so diligently prove their case for fish farming.  This isn't about the environment, its about power and rent-seeking by OHA.

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Pot advocates exhale after AG signals policy shift

In a socialist state the only successful business is the illegal business.  (Take a peek into Hawaii's past and future.)

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Natatorium pool may go

Over the last decade, the city has spent millions of dollars on the natatorium.

In 1999, former Mayor Jeremy Harris launched an $11.5 million project to fully restore the landmark. The first phase, completed a year later, included fixing the arch and facade.

But the second phase of work was halted after a court ruling determined the city would have to obtain Health Department permits and adhere to stricter-than-expected standards to open the salt water pool. Then, in 2004, a collapse of part of the site's deck prompted emergency repairs.

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