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President's Message
This Year's Education Bills (Mary Anne Raywid)
Affordable Shelter (Jackie Parnell)
New LWV State Website (Andrea Dean)
2006 Freedom of Information Compliance Audit (Jackie Parnell)
League Makes it to the Wheel (Jean Aoki)
Voter Owned Elections (Clean Elections) (Kory Payne)
Education Committee Report (and why political reform...) (Mary Anne Raywid)
Never Say it Makes No Difference (Jean Aoki)
Court Rules Private Serial Communications Violate State's Sunshine Law
Martha Black Dies
Gambling: Hopefully a Non-Issue This Legislative Session (Judy Rantala)
Century of Accountability (Mary Anne Raywid)
Prophecy Gone Wrong (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
Chapter Reports: Kauai (Carol Bain)
Chapter Reports: Honolulu (Jackie Parnell)
Chapter Reports: Hawaii (Marianna Scheffer)
Chapter Reports: Maui (Joshua Cooper)

Affordable Shelter

The Governor and the Legislature are finally seriously acknowledging the need for affordable shelter, particularly rental properties. A cynic might say that this is because now their children can't find a reasonably priced place to live. For sure, one reason is that the definition of affordable housing has changed from housing for "poor" people to housing for workers.

"Workforce housing" is the new buzz word nationally as communities realize that the people they count on most - teachers, nurses, police officers, firefighters, etc. - can no longer afford to live where they work. When you live on an island, that means nowhere.

Whatever the reasons, a flood of bills have been introduced and it is likely many will pass. To help us get a handle on what bills are the most important, I have volunteered to be on the Legislative Policy Committee for a new organization, Housing Hawaii. We will be presenting testimony as appropriate.

Jackie Parnell

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