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March 3, 2011

Cut ‘Til It Hurts

It might not have been a shock, but it sure was a sober reminder last week when Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle delivered his first State of the City speech and reminded everyone just how bad the fiscal situation is for Hawaii's biggest city right now. It is obviously not just the state budget coffers that are short these days, as cities and counties statewide look to make painful cuts or find ways to enhance revenues quickly.

With the State estimated to be $800-million in the hole and the city of Honolulu projecting a $100-million shortfall, small answers are not the answers any more. Carlisle took a pragmatic, common sense, business-like approach in his speech, and his stated goal is to try to remove politics from the negotiating with the City Council and others, a lofty goal to be sure when all-too-often complacency and stasis rule the day locally, which all-too-often leads to inertia or degradation of systems and quality of life here.

People are going to have to pay more for certain things and a variety of government run programs might end up in the private sector, according to the mayor, and we should expect nothing less. A business-like approach without cronyism and drama and plans clearly defined, painful though they may be, is vital on all levels of our government right now if we are to overcome the burden of being under water financially. Think about it…

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