By Derrick DePledge
State Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom got in a few digs Tuesday over the Legislature's budget miscalculation that will prompt Gov. Neil Abercrombie to line-item veto about $45 million of school facilities bond money.
While Rep. Sylvia Luke, the chairwoman of the House Finance Committee, and Sen. David Ige, the chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, are responsible for the state budget and bond declaration bill, every lawmaker who voted for the bills shares some of the blame for the mistake.
Except for Slom -- almost. The lone Senate Republican was the only lawmaker in the Legislature to vote against the state budget. But Slom joined every other lawmaker in voting for the bond declaration bill, not knowing that the bond debt limit was exceeded by bond authorizations in the state budget and other bills.
Legislators were busier with populist projects such as the Turtle Bay easement than with resolving the State's deteriorating financial situation. This discrepancy is just a reflection of the failure of state legislators to consider the "big picture".