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Paychecks Hawaii Ratings of the 2014 Legislature
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PAYCHECKS HAWAII Ratings of the 2014 Legislature

From Paychecks Hawaii, June 11, 2014

Each legislative session, since 1986, PAYCHECKS HAWAII, the independent non-partisan, political action affiliate of Smart Business Hawaii (created in 1984), rates each of Hawaii’s 76 state legislators (51 House and 25 Senate). Lawmakers are rated on their support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate in collaboration with other Hawaii business organizations, individuals and those actively participating at the Capitol during the regular legislative session (January-May).

The subjective business ratings are based upon:

(1) key business votes involving tax, fee and regulatory increases;

(2) efforts to actively increase or decrease government size and spending;

(3) employer mandates (i.e., unemployment comp, workers’ comp, TDI, etc.);

(4) conduct in business hearings, accessibility and response of legislator, and

(5) active sponsorship, introduction and advocacy of business climate legislation.

Each lawmaker is rated, regardless of political party, from #1—“most supportive and outspoken advocate for small business and an improved Hawaii business climate,” to #5, “least supportive or hostile to a better business climate.” Purely social issue bills are not counted.

PAYCHECKS HAWAII Ratings may be helpful during election periods. During 2014, the following business and investment bills and votes were among the “key” measures used in the ratings: Minimum Wage, Taxation of “E Cigarettes”, Hawaii health Connector Premium Tax, Increased Business Fees for Employers, Additional Government Regulations on Hawaii Business and General Excise Tax on all Internet Purchases (“Streamlining Tax”).

PAYCHECKS HAWAII RATINGS: STATE SENATE 

STATE SENATOR

District

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Baker, Rosalyn (D)

6

3

4

4

4

4

Chun Oakland, Suzanne (D)

13

4

4

3

4

4

Dela Cruz, Donovan (D)

22

-

3

4

3

3

English, J. Kalani (D)

7

4

4

4

4

4

Espero, Will C. (D)

19

4

4

4

4

4

Gabbard, Mike (D)

20

3

4

5

4

4

Galuteria, Brickwood (D)

12

4

4

4

4

4

Green, Josh M.D. (D)

3

2

2

2

4

4

Hee, Clayton (D)

23

4

4

3

5

5

Ige, David (D)

16

3

3

3

3

3

Ihara, Jr. Les (D)

10

4

3

2

2

3

Kahele, Gilbert (D)

1

-

4

4

3

4

Keith-Agaran, Gilbert (D) *

5

4

4

4

3

4

Kidani, Michelle (D)

18

4

4

3

3

3

Kim, Donna Mercado (D)

14

3

3

3

2

3

Kouchi, Ronald D. (D)

8

-

3

3

3

4

Nishihara, Clarence K. (D)

17

3

4

4

3

3

Ruderman, Russell E. (D)

2

-

-

-

3

4

Shimabukuro, Maile (D)

21

4

4

4

4

4

Slom, Sam (R)

9

1

1

1

1

1

Solomon, Malama (D)

4

-

2

3

3

3

Taniguchi, Brian (D)

11

4

3

4

3

4

Thielen, Laura H. (D)

25

-

-

-

3

4

Tokuda, Jill N. (D)

24

4

3

3

3

4

Wakai, Glenn (D)

15

-

2

2

2

3

* appointed 2013 to fill vacant seat after Sen. Tsutsui was appointed Lt. Governor. 2010-2012 ratings reflect time Sen. Keith-Agaran was in the House

PAYCHECKS HAWAII RATINGS: STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

STATE REPRESENTATIVE District 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Acquino, Henry J.C. (D) 38 4 4 4 3 4
Awana, Karen L. (D) 43 4 3 3 3 4
Belatti, Della Au (D) 24 4 2 2 3 4
Brower, Tom (D) 22 2 2 3 2 3
Cabanilla, Rida T.R. (D) 41 4 4 4 3 5
Cachola, Romy M. (D) 30 - - - 4 5
Carroll, Mele (D) 13 4 4 4 4 4
Choy, Isaac W. (D) 23 4 4 4 3 4
Creagan, Richard (D) 5 - - - - 4
Cullen, Ty (D) 39 - 4 4 4 4
Evans, Cindy (D) 7 4 4 4 4 4
Fale, Richard (R) 47 - - - 2 3
Fukumoto, Beth (R) 36 - - - 2 3
Hanohano, Faye P. (D) 4 4 4 4 4 5
Har, Sharon E. (D) 42 4 4 4 3 3
Hashem, Mark J. (D) 18 - 3 4 3 4
Ichiyama, Linda (D) 32 - 3 4 4 4
Ing, Kaniela (D) 11 - - - 4 4
Ito, Ken (D) 49 3 3 3 3 4
Johanson, Aaron Ling (R) 31 - 1 2 2 2
Jordan, Jo (D) 44 - 4 4 4 4
Kawakami, Derek S.K. (D) 14 - 3 4 4 4
Kobayashi, Bertrand (D) 19 - - - 4 4
Lee, Chris (D) 51 4 4 4 4 5
Lowen, Nicole (D) 6 - - - 4 4
Luke, Sylvia J. (D) 25 4 3 3 3 3
Matsumoto, Lauren (R) 45 - - - 3 3
McDermott, Bob (R) 40 - - - 1 1
McKelvey, Agnus L.K. (D) 10 3 3 3 3 4
Mizuno, John (D) 28 4 4 4 4 4
Morikawa, Dee (D) 16 - 3 4 4 4
Nakashima, Mark M. (D) 1 4 4 4 4 4
Nishimoto, Scott Y. (D) 21 4 4 4 4 4
Ohno, Takashi (D) 27 - - - 3 4
Onishi, Richard H.K. (D) 3 - - - 3 4
Oshiro, Marcus (D) 46 5 5 4 4 4
Rhoads, Karl (D) 29 3 3 3 5 5
Saiki, Scott (D) 26 4 4 4 4 4
Say, Calvin K.Y. (D) 20 5 4 5 4 4
Souki, Joseph M. (D) 8 4 4 5 5 5
Takai, K. Mark (D) 33 4 3 3 3 4
Takayama, Gregg (D) 34 - - - 3 4
Takumi, Roy M. (D) 35 5 5 4 4 4
Thielen, Cynthia (R) 50 2 2 2 3 3
Tokioka, James K. (D) 15 4 4 4 4 4
Tsuji, Clift (D) 2 4 4 4 4 4
Ward, Gene (R) 17 2 2 1 2 2
Woodson, Justin H. (D) 9 - - - 3 4
Wooley, Jessica (D) 48 4 4 4 5 5
Yamane, Ryan I. (D) 37 4 4 4 3 4
Yamashita, Kyle T. (D) 12 4 4 4 3 4

 

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