Local Connection: Inouye Cliff - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Local Connection: Inouye Cliff

By: Rick Blangiardi

Budget director Kalbert Young warned state lawmakers about what he called the Inouye cliff.

The implication is that senator Inouye got federal dollars for Hawaii that we're gonna lose now that the senator is gone.

Senator Inouye was smarter than that - he pursued valid projects that are as justified now as before.

The problem isn't the end of the age of Inouye - it's the age of the exploding federal debt.

As young correctly pointed out, a fifth of the state economy is driven by federal dollars. Most of it is military, and the pentagon is on record as supporting a major shift of resources to the pacific to meet the challenges of the next 20 years.

But even incremental spending cuts affecting the military services, or the national parks, will affect Hawaii.

The new Hawaii congressional delegation won seats on both the house and senate armed services committees.

But no one from Hawaii sits on house or senate appropriations.

Hawaii may also be vulnerable to house republicans determined to put their thumb in the president's eye.

Consequently, we need our representatives in Washington to quickly form  political alliances for Hawaii's future.

Copyright 2013 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • 2 dead, 17 injured in Kentucky high school shooting; suspect in custody

    2 dead, 17 injured in Kentucky high school shooting; suspect in custody

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 8:42 PM EST2018-01-24 01:42:01 GMT

    A school shooting occurred at the Marshall County Kentucky High School on Tuesday morning.

    More >>

    A school shooting occurred at the Marshall County Kentucky High School on Tuesday morning.

    More >>
  • Eviction gone wrong leads to 7-hour standoff, arrest of 2 in North Kohala

    Eviction gone wrong leads to 7-hour standoff, arrest of 2 in North Kohala

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 8:34 PM EST2018-01-24 01:34:16 GMT
    (Image: Hawaii Island police)(Image: Hawaii Island police)

    An eviction gone wrong on the Big Island ended with after a lengthy standoff and the arrest of two people Monday evening.  According to police, the landlord of a home in the Hawi area of North Kohala attempted to evict a couple from the home around 9:45 a.m. During the eviction, the couple, identified as 27-year-old Lucas Wolf and 28-year-old Britney Wolf, showed resistance and acted aggressively, police said.  Britney then allegedly fired a single shot and...

    More >>

    An eviction gone wrong on the Big Island ended with after a lengthy standoff and the arrest of two people Monday evening.  According to police, the landlord of a home in the Hawi area of North Kohala attempted to evict a couple from the home around 9:45 a.m. During the eviction, the couple, identified as 27-year-old Lucas Wolf and 28-year-old Britney Wolf, showed resistance and acted aggressively, police said.  Britney then allegedly fired a single shot and...

    More >>
  • Undersea quake sends Alaskans fleeing from feared tsunami

    Undersea quake sends Alaskans fleeing from feared tsunami

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 5:28 AM EST2018-01-23 10:28:12 GMT
    Tuesday, January 23 2018 8:22 PM EST2018-01-24 01:22:51 GMT

    A magnitude 8.2 earthquake off Alaska's Kodiak Island prompted a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada's British Columbia while the remainder of the U.S. West Coast was under a watch.

    More >>

    A magnitude 8.2 earthquake off Alaska's Kodiak Island prompted a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada's British Columbia while the remainder of the U.S. West Coast was under a watch.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly