One - The Election. Locally and nationally, a new year and a new team!
Two - The loss of Rep. Bob Nakasone. A sad day for the House. Governor to name a replacement by February 5th, but hopefully before start of session.
Three - The Budget. Expect to see further decline when the Council on Revenues meets on January 9th.
Four - Business Closures. Aloha Airlines, Molokai Ranch, ATA. Will we see more in 2009?
Five - VOG. Can't legislate Madame Pele.
Six - Ceded lands. Has the window of opportunity for a settlement closed?
Seven -Superferry. Waiting for the Supreme Court decision.
Eight - HHSC. Can our community hospital system be fixed?
Nine - Domestic Violence. 2008 was a horrible year for family and domestic violence. How many silent marches did we have? During economic crisis, alcoholism, drug addiction, crime and violence seem to escalate.
Ten - Future of Agriculture. Hawaii's farmers will need significant assistance in order to survive economic downturn.
These would be my top ten issues going forward into the 2009 session. Yours?