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Every year, the Hawaii legislature has at least one proposal that is driven more by emotion and political trends than hard facts and research.
It’s important for Hawaii to consider the enormous costs of its harsh bail policies and long pretrial delays, both for the unlucky individuals unnecessarily detained by such government inefficiencies and for the taxpayers footing the unnecessarily excessive bills.
If Hawaii legislators are serious about helping low-wage workers, they need to think differently. Raising the state’s minimum wage would only create more barriers to business and enterprise in the islands, thus harming the very folks these well-intended policies are meant to help.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige this week signed an executive order that most likely will discourage competition and innovation among internet service providers in the islands — thus harming local consumers and businesses trying to keep up with the ever-continuing advances in the broader telecommunications world.