Tuesday, October 25, 2011


Community panel opposes gambling, discusses options to raise revenue in 2012 legislative session

by Larry Geller

Kokua Council held its 8th annual community forum on Monday, October 24, 2011. Two panels, the first including state legislators and other issue leaders, discussed their priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The second included non-profits and other interest groups. Kokua Council members vote at the conclusion of the meeting on what the organization’s priorities will be for the upcoming 2012 legislative session.

Of particular interest this year was a lengthy discussion of how the state might raise revenue. The question was asked by Laura Manis, head of Kokua Council’s Legislative Committee. Respondents were Rep. John Mizuno, Bob Nakata (Faith Action for Community Equity), Alex Santiago (PHOCUSED), Elizabeth Bethea (Elderly Affairs Division, City & County of Honolulu), Rep. Barbara Marumoto, and Steve Tam (AARP).

The responses occurred at exactly the 37 minute point in the program. To listen to or download the audio, visit the Kokua Council webpage here.

[Disclosure: I am the president of Kokua Council, one of the oldest advocacy groups in Hawaii, founded in 1974.]

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