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Statehood Project Approved
The 25th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood is perhaps an excellent time to appreciate the benefits that we in Hawaii, and the nation as a whole, have enjoyed when the State discontinued its function as a U.S. territory.
The LWV State Board at its September meeting approved sponsorship of a Statehood project. Government Chair Anne Lee will be heading the project. Anne will be developing radio spots on people and events involved in Hawaii's move toward Statehood.
In becoming a state, Hawaii left behind that system of limited self-government which characterizes a U.S. territory. Under the provisions of the Organic Act of 1900, Congress exercised the ultimate authority over the Hawaiian territory; the popular will of the people living in Hawaii did not really have much weight.
As a territory, Hawaii had no voice in Presidential elections or in the U.S. Congress. It had no popular control over the selection of our governors and judges. Although Hawaii sent a delegate to Washington, that representative had no vote. The territory's governors were appointed by the U.S. President and judges were federally appointed.
Since statehood, Hawaii's Senators and Representatives have functioned as equal voting members of the U.S. legislative body. Hawaii's Congressional members have etched noted and respected reputations in the nation's capitol. The State now has a voice in Presidential elections by contributing four electoral college votes, which could be a deciding factor in close elections.
As a state, Hawaii's populace elects the person who is their highest state executive officer. Residents can determine the method to use for selection and they can hold the popularly elected Governor and support most of the public legislators responsible should they disagree with the appointments.
Statehood has given Hawaii a very important voice in the area of federal taxation. As a territory residents paid out taxes but had no representation. Taxation with representation now exists. Significant amounts of federal monies have come back to the State pointing out that taxes are not paid in vain.
Some in Hawaii have seen that the State, due to its strategic location, can play a vital role in facilitating economic transactions among Pacific nation countries. Some local entrepreneurs and government officials have already begun activities to further this role for the State---a role which has clear benefits for the entire nation.
As a state, Hawaii's residents have enjoyed great benefits and have contributed much to the growth and maturity of the nation. Undoubtedly, Hawaii will continue in this role as it celebrates its 25th year of statehood.
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