The four county mayors are unhappy with the governor for suggesting that they are holding up a furlough agreement between the Hawaii Government Employees Association and the state. The City Council and the mayor disagree on numerous aspects of the rail transit issue, from costs to route to elevation. Teachers begrudgingly but bravely accepted a furlough directive, but the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly voted overwhelmingly to turn down a 5% pay cut offered by the University.
Public school parents are rightly concerned about what to do with their kids on 17 non-school Fridays, as everyone is bemoaning the lost classroom and teaching time that furloughs will undoubtedly lead to. There are no easy answers, but hearing the adults in power positions sparring week after week for months now cannot help but to cause more skepticism from a wary and weary public.