Monday, January 14, 2008

Maui lawmakers discuss their priorities

Maui lawmakers unveiled their priorities for the 2008 legislative session in this Sunday Maui News story. Here's a summary on what's on the wish list:

Joe Souki - $345 million for Kahului Harbor, continued support for Lahaina bypass and construction on Mokulele and Haleakala Highways, ignition interlocking devices for those convicted of DUI, improvements to invasive species detection.

Angus McKelvey - West Maui transportation access plan in case of emergencies, declare West Maui a traffic emergency zone, expedite repairs to Maalaea harbor, keeping physicians in rural areas.

Kyle Yamashita - Accountability for invasive species violations, examine public benefit of state tax credits, small business bill of rights, state run ag processing facility to assist farmers, statewide ag coop for marketing and distribution, $3.75 million for design of 300 million gallon Upcountry water reservoir.

Joe Bertram - $2 million to DLNR for invasive species, hospital for West Maui, regional boards with the authority to veto decisions made by the State Health Planning and Development Agency.

Mele Carroll - Environmental court, emergency plan for Hana Highway.

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