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Annual Meeting Luncheon Report

Frank Skrivanek, Deputy Director of the Department-. of Planning and Economic Development, was our guest speaker at our Annual Meeting luncheon. He did not bring any new solutions to Hawaii's problems with growth, but reviewed the causes and results of a burgeoning population.

We all know that Hawaii's land area is very limited and our resources are increasingly strained. Mr. Skrivanek pointed out the alarming depletion of our freshwater supply, the increasing costs of providing public services and coping with urban ilis--crime, welfare load, traffic, unemployment, expensive housing. These are but a few of the problems caused by rapid population growth. Mr. Skriv anek anek us also of Hawaii's dependence on a few major economic activities, and the uneven distribution of population among the islands.

The reasons for population growth are not difficult to pinpoint. About half our annual population growth is natural, and the other half from in-migration from the mainland and foreign countries. Hawaii's climate, geography, and ambience are attractive; and as Mr. Skrivanek said, there is a nationwide trend to relocate to the sunbelt" states. Each year in midwinter DPED receives letters and calls from Mainlanders interested in migrating here!

Mr. Skrivanek briefly enumerated methods of controlling growth; family planning; limiting job opportunities for new arrivals; informing potential in-migrants of the difficulty of. finding work; reducing attractive welfare payments. Further, the federal government could enact legislation restricting or better distributing foreign immigration.

Besides controlling growth, Mr. Skrivanek also stressed the State's need for economic stimulants. For example, Hawaii must diversify its economy, encourage growth on. the Neighbor Islands, and reduce reliance on imports while keeping the present economy healthy.

But the big question in growth management concerns the legality of control. Can the State enact restrictive residency requirements for government jobs, public service and welfare? According to Mr. Skrivanek, the central issue for the Courts is the degree to which growth adversely affects the existing population. In order for control methods to be declared legal, the State must prove that without such measures the general public will be severely 0.1 advantaged. However, the degree of necessary adversity is not clear-cut,

Obviously the issue of growth management is clouded by controversy, questions of legality, and political considerations. Mr. Skrivanek offered no easy answers but gave us much to think about.

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