Friday, June 21, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Saturday, July 30, 2016
SB2077: Randy Perreira Face-Saving Bill
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 5210 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Illegal and Unfunded Bill

by Matthew Reade, Grassroot Institute, July 27, 2016

During a special session this summer, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill that is both illegal and unfunded. The bill offers a $60 million severance package to union workers at the Maui public hospital system who will lose their jobs due to privatization, even though all the workers have already been offered their jobs back.

Lawmakers overlooked the fact that the bill is illegal, according to the IRS, and puts the tax status of the public pension system in jeopardy. The tax code prohibits non-profit pension funds from giving out cash settlements such as a severance package.

Another problem with the bill is the lack of money appropriated in the budget. The $60 million giveaway is supposed to draw from the general fund, but since the severance payout is not included in the budget appropriation, any funding for it will have to come from existing appropriations for education, anti-poverty programs, or other state priorities.

Andrew Walden, publisher of Hawai’i Free Press said that the $60 million may have more to do with the ongoing negotiations between the state and the unions. “It’s just a transfer of negotiations from the legislature to the governor,” said Andrew.

Ongoing negotiations and legal battles with the UPW and HGEA have slowed progress for the Maui hospital transition, and the union. Andrew said, “The idea is that somehow this illegal unfunded bill will be enough to get the UPW to drop it’s suit, thus lifting the stay and allowing the privatization to go forward.”

Walden also discussed the possible motivations for the unions’ push for a legally problematic benefits package. “It seems to me that it’s . . . kabuki theater aimed at baffling and confusing union members to make it look like their union bosses are actually doing something for them when they’re not,” he said.

The legislature’s willingness to compromise the financial security of the state’s pension fund to pass this significant benefits package, according to Walden, boils down to the lack of a diverse political discourse in Hawaii. “Many legislators have no opponent,” he stated. “This is the one-party state.”

Dr. Keli’i Akina interviewed Andrew Walden as a part of “The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina,” a radio show which airs on KAOI 1110AM.


TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote


Aloha Pregnancy Care Center


Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii


Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together


Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii


OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii