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Costs, consequences worry opponents of the "Con Con"

Julie Rapozo Julie Rapozo
Roger Takabayashi Roger Takabayashi
Graham Hood Graham Hood
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By Paul Drewes - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - On November 4th, Hawaii voters will decide if there will be another Constitutional Convention.

But as we draw closer to the election, questions are being raised about the Con Con question on the ballot.

While the question for voters will be whether to hold a Constitutional Convention or con con, for many heading to the voting booth, the question is will a Con Con hurt or help Hawaii?

From Wall Street to Bishop Street, one of the biggest issues lately is money. And a Con Con will cost. Estimates range from between 10 million up to 40 million dollars.

Money, many feel, could be spent elsewhere.

"Why don't they give it to the homeless or the schools - they cut from there," said Honolulu resident, Julie Rapozo.

In fact, the Hawaii State Teachers Association is against a Con Con.

They want the money instead, after the Department of Education recently took a 46 million dollar budget hit.

There is also concern constitutional changes could hurt Hawaii's schools.

"You don't know what kind of changes could happen, in '78 there were some good changes, but nobody has been saying what kind of changes will take place this time," said Roger Takabayashi, the President of the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

A Con Con is not the only way for amendments to reach voters. Lawmakers can also present them to voters, just like they have in the past.

"There is a means and it costs nothing, cause it is done thru the legislative session every time," added Takabayashi.

The teachers union, and other unions are against a new Con Con which, some residents worry, could undo the work of the last one. That one took place 30 years ago.

And because there are no issues guaranteed to be taken up in a Con Con, some residents think we can wait even longer for the next one.

"Postponing wouldn't be such a bad idea," said Honolulu resident, Grahm Hood.

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