LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS GUBERNATORIAL DEBATE QUESTIONS
State figures estimate a surplus in the general fund of $149 million. Do you think we should maintain a large surplus, or should we change the tax structure? For example, it has been suggested we have a sales tax rather than our present excise tax.
BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
Hawaii has been the target of several national surveys which proclaim it a "poor business or investment climate" state; in addition, many people feel dependency on tourism is detrimental. How can state and local government and private industry work together to attract new industry to Hawaii?
FEDERAL AID TO STATES
Now that reductions are being made in Federal aid to the states in areas such as health care, education and welfare, how do you stand on the issue of funding these programs with state money?
Recent polls show that crime is a major concern of Hawaii's people. Where do you think the state should put its emphasis - on prevention, law enforcement or corrections?
In the ten year period from 1970 to 1980, Hawaii dropped from 5th to 17th among the states in expenditure per child for education. Today, over 20% of all school age children in Hawaii attend private schools. Do you feel this indicates a problem in our public school system? If so, what would you do to change the situation?
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Although new industry would bring new jobs and taxes, it would also create more demand for government services and stress on our natural resources. Do you believe an effective balance between the costs and benefits of growth can be obtained?
MAINTENANCE OF PARKS AND HIGHWAYS
What would you, as Governor, specifically do to improve the maintenance of parks and highways?
Diversified agriculture and our interisland transportation system problems are closely allied. How can the state improve the movement of people and products between the islands?
What can the state do to help make diversified agriculture profitable for both the local market and export?
The Federal government has started to sell off some Federal lands.
If land becomes available here, what would state policy be in regard
to buying it?
Federal cutbacks in energy research affect the development of solar, wind, geothermal and ocean thermal technology. What can the state do to encourage development of these alternative energy sources?
These questions are designed for short, quick answers so voters can determine a candidates' stand on issues:
- Should we reduce the 4% general excise tax on food and medicine?
- Should we had a hotel room tax?
- Should we have an additional 1% general excise or sales tax for counties?
- Should we offer tuition tax credit for education?
- Should we offer tax incentives to agricultural cooperatives?
- Should we provide tax incentives for aquaculture?
- Should we provide tax incentives to attract new industry?
- Should we appeal to the federal government to recoup lost impacted aid to education?
- Should we have stricter campaign spending limits?
- Should we have election of judges?
- Should citizens have standing to sue, if they protest a construction development?
- Should names of nominees for state positions be revealed before they are selected?
- Should the federal government permit dumping of nuclear waste in the Pacific?
- Do you think we can achieve energy self-sufficiency by 2000?
- Should we proceed with construction of H-3?
- Do you think we should have state-wide registration of handguns?
- Do you think we should have initiative, referendum and recall in the state?
- Should we return to "closed" primaries?
- Should we have a moratorium on development of prime agricultural land into residential areas?
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