|Food tax repeal popular but isn't all that simple
The state at one time had a particular tax credit aimed at offsetting the impact of food taxes. If the regressivity of the tax becomes a serious issue this year, an alternative to elimination might be to re-instate a credit particularly for low-income families.
Shift in prison plans welcome policy change
A commitment of state energy and money into intensive, supervised drug treatment (such as is seen with the successful Drug Court program) is a far more sensible approach than the thought that we can ever jail our way out of our crime problem. Lawmakers should make note of Gov. Cayetano's policy shift and support it.
Workplace violence can be headed off
Implementing programs to head off workplace violence and training employees do make a difference. By Catherine A. Bruns, director of the Hawai'i Employee Assistance Services.