MAHALO to the nearly 2,000 patriots who attended Honolulu's 2009 Tax Day Tea Party to express their opposition to high taxes, wasteful spending, and mounting debt.
With continued pressure on Hawaii's state legislators
over the next three weeks until the session ends on May 7th
-- to oppose any and all tax increases being considered --
the taxpayers of Hawaii have a shot at keeping the
cost of living from soaring ever higher in the Aloha State.
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TAX HIKE BILLS WHICH WE ARE FOLLOWING, ALONG WITH
THE ASSOCIATED COSTS . . . info to empower you in your
communications with elected officials (and their staffs).
HERE ARE LINKS TO OFFICIAL CONTACT INFO FOR YOUR LEGISLATOR
SO YOU CAN KEEP THE HEAT ON THEM TO OPPOSE TAX HIKES
STATE HOUSE MEMBERS
STATE SENATE MEMBERS
Hawai`i Free Press: Photos from Hilo and Kona Tea Parties (200 in Hilo and 100 in Kailua-Kona)
Kahului, Maui Tea Party: Photos, VIDEO , MORE PHOTOS
Lahaina, Maui Tea Party: 80 people participated
Maui News: ‘Tea parties’ reach isle shores
Kauai Garden Island: Kaua‘i joins TEA party
PHOTOS: Photos from Lihue Tea Party
LIHUE: High school students from the Olelo Christian Academy were part of more than three dozen people that turned out for a Taxed Enough Already sign-waving campaign Wednesday morning at Kapule Highway and Ahukini Road.
LIHUE: 100 at afternoon Tea Party signwave.
Hawaii Reporter: Don't Tax Me Bro
Honolulu Magazine: A Honolulu Tea Party
Honolulu photos: FLICKR
Advertiser: 'Tea party' tax protests held at Hawaii state Capitol
Claiming that Hawai'i is the most overtaxed state in the country at a time when the economy is flailing, Republican lawmakers took turns inciting a crowd of more than 400 at the state Capitol by saying that raising taxes to stimulate the economy drowns already struggling local residents.
State House Minority Leader Lynn Finnegan, R-32nd (Lower Pearlridge, 'Aiea, Halawa), city Councilman Charles K. Djou, state Rep. Barbara Marumoto, R-19th (Wai'alae Iki, Kalani Valley, Kahala), and state Rep. Gene Ward, R-17th (Kalama Valley, Queen's Gate, Hawai'i Kai) all attended yesterday's rally.
No Democratic lawmakers attended. "One of the reasons voters have consistently repudiated Republicans over the years in Hawai'i is that they resort to name-calling (does 'Bush is a fascist' ring any bells Brian?) and propaganda (ditto) and rarely go beneath the surface on any issue," said Hawaii Democratic Party chairman Brian Schatz.
On Maui, about 250 protesters lined Ka'ahumanu Avenue in Kahului during the afternoon rush hours, following a midday event in Lahaina.
The group included Republicans, Libertarians, Democrats and nonpartisans.
Ha'iku furniture maker and former Maui police officer Marc Hodges said he is concerned about increasing size of government and government spending, and "an overreaching of authority."
"Our government is getting too big. It's been happening for awhile but it's accelerated during this administration," said Hodges, 41, who described himself as a Democrat. "This is a nonpartisan issue, but at the present the majority of the responsibility lies with Democrats."
Photo gallery: Tea Parties Across America
Photo gallery: Tea Party-Honolulu
Photo gallery: Tea Party-Hilo
SB: Hundreds mark the IRS filing deadline with a show of anger at the Capitol
Speaking to the crowd, Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R, Kaneohe-Kailua) said the crowd should carefully watch the state Legislature, which is readying a series of tax increases to make up the state budget shortfall. "They want to tax your pensions — and that is unbelievably cruel," Thielen said, singling out Senate Bill 971 as the worst tax bill of the session.
Rep. Kymberly Pine (R, Ewa Beach-Iroquois Point) said the total value of the proposed state tax increases under consideration this year is more than $4 billion. "They (Democrats) want to raise your taxes and make you pay," Pine told the crowd.
KHNL: Younger generation at tea party , Hawaii hosts ‘tea party' at Capitol to protest high taxes ,
VIDEO: Honolulu Tea Party
PajamasTV: Hawaii Tea Parties
National Media Implodes:
MSNBC, CNN Uses Tea Parties as Platform for Sex Jokes...
Anderson Cooper: 'It's hard to talk when you're teabagging'...
VIDEO: CNN Correspondent Blasts FOXNEWS, Claims Tea Parties 'Anti-government,' 'Anti-CNN'...
FLASHBACK: CNN reporter Roesgen criticized Obama/Hitler -- okay with Bush/Hitler...
ABC Reports Obama is 'Unaware of Tea Parties'
Congresswoman calls tea parties 'despicable' and 'shameful'...
FLASHBACK: Husband of Rep. Schakowsky Convicted of Bank Fraud, Tax Evasion...
Accused of swindling nine financial institutions of at least $2.3 million...