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About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator, and Majority Leader, and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my website AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)

Your action paid off. Minimum wage is scheduled!

Update: HB2510 Passed! $18 in 2028, increases tip penalty BUT makes permanent refundable EITC – it’s a win but should not have taken 4 years. Mahalo to all for the emails/calls, for standing in hot sun holding signs. Mahalo Kim … Continue reading

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Minimum wage increase will die today unless….

Minimum wage workers and all Hawaiʻi will lose if HB2510 SD1 is not scheduled today and approved by Monday. Please call and email today House Speaker Scott Saiki and Senate President Ron Kouchi (scroll down for contact info). These two … Continue reading

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Raise The Rage – Time To Take Action On Minimum Wage

Top executives of Hawaii’s largest publicly traded companies received an average pay increase of more than $750,000 in 2021. Their average take-home pay:$4.5 million (HNN). Hawaii legislators themselves will receive a 10% pay raise this coming year, and most if … Continue reading

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A Hard But Easy Ask. Don’t read unless you want to help.

I know we occasionally differ on things ;-), but I’m sure we are mutually disgusted by the conduct of many in elected office. The culture of power and fear that permeate the state capitol is common knowledge among virtually everyone … Continue reading

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Business as usual at the Legislature, the Crooks are still firmly in charge. Guest post by former Hawaii State Senator Russell E. Ruderman

Many of us hoped we’d see some changes at the legislature after a couple of our lawmakers were caught with envelopes full of cash. But there will be no meaningful changes this year, at least not before election time. The … Continue reading

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2022 Kauaʻi Council Elections: The Speculation and The Facts

The 2022 Kauaʻi election line-up is slowly starting to take shape. As of 04/15, 10 residents have formally expressed interest in running for the 7-member County Council. In 2020 there were 21 candidates on the primary ballot, with the top … Continue reading

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Hawaiʻi Policy Tip: Tax the rich, cool the real estate market, build affordable housing

Multiple media outlets reported last week that in a bid to cool off a hot housing market, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government announced it will ban foreign investors from buying homes in Canada for two years. The Canadian government took … Continue reading

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Oʻahu and Kaua‘i friends: Wednesday 04/13 is a big day. Don’t miss it.

Please take the time to show up. That’s who wins you know. The people that show up. On Kaua‘i at 6pm, there is a “must-attend” virtual panel and community discussion on what’s happened, what’s happening, and what still needs to … Continue reading

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Telling Stories: GMO, Pesticides, and the Hawaiʻi Kai connection

Jeff asked me to tell my story about Bill 2491 and our fight against the 4 largest chemical companies in the world. He wanted to know how it started and of course how it ended. Jeff Gere, a Hawaiʻi storyteller … Continue reading

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Essential information for candidates – dry but not horribly so

Today’s missive is about the reality of a primary election in which voters start casting ballots in less than 100 days. That’s right, on or about the first week in July overseas absentee voters will get their ballots, and then … Continue reading

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