Monday, December 29, 2008

Hawaii Reporter: Hawaii Reporter

"The president-elect is recommending that billions of dollars be invested in public infrastructure as a means of creating jobs. These aren’t the make work jobs of the Depression era but infrastructure needs that have been long neglected like the upgrade of Hawaii’s harbors. Given the importance of the harbor system to the nation’s only island state, it should not be that difficult to believe that this particular project is worthy of some of the stimulus package the president-elect is proposing.

If Hawaii is able to secure a part of the stimulus package for the harbor system, it would alleviate the need to raise wharfage fees and rents substantially, thereby avoiding a dramatic increase in the cost of goods imported into Hawaii and goods made for export, keeping Hawaii made products more competitive."

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