Political Radar


June 10th, 2014

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.

From Slom:

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".

9 Responses to “Digs”

  1. ohiaforest3400:

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah . . . The state could have double digit growth, zero unfunded liabilities, and no unemployment and Sam Slom would still be whining the same old whine. He's like a broken record, or a windup doll that plays the same old tired message when you pull the string.

  2. hipoli:

    And to think -- he ran for the Senate on the premise and promise that he would term limit himself.

    20 years later and he's still the same BS(lom).

    Blahblahblah is exactly right, Ohia.

  3. Especially Incognito:

    lingle is laughing her way to the bank.

  4. Makapuu Mutt:

    The bond authorization bill was a seaparate measure, an annual procedure to give Gov the power to authorize the selling of bonds. The budget meanwhile, which was manipulated and changed up until the last minute, included amounts and allowances bringing us well over the total spending limit. The bond debt limit, thus, was not exceeded until the budget (and all its INCLUDED authorizations) passed. And that's what Slom voted against.

    Furthermore, any talk about "double-digit growth, zero unfunded liabilities and no unemployment" is a speculation beyond compare in Hawaii. Please screw your head onto your shoulders before it floats away.

  5. Makapuu Mutt:

    Term limits: great idea. Is anyone else besides Slom still there pushing them? I imagine he would've been thrilled to have been pushed out years ago by his own legislation. The issue, however, is about term limits and not about a specific man.

  6. Janie Gunn:

    Makapuu Mutt, if you look at the Senate Order of the Day on April 29, 2014 and the timing of the votes, Slom voted against HB1700 (budget bill) before he voted in favor of HB1712 (bond authorization). If he knew HB1700 was flawed because the bond authorization exceeded that which was appropriated in HB1700, shouldn't he have voted against HB1712 as well?

  7. Janie Gunn:

    ***correction, the amount GO bonds in the budget bill exceeded that which was authorized in HB1712.

  8. Especially Incognito:

    Being in office is a part-time job.
    Yet they make more than those
    full time workers, union or non-union.

  9. Andy Parx:

    And we care about what Sloam says because.. ??? Because the corporate "he said she said" media needs inane contradictions to file a laughably "objective" article?

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