My Top Priorities
Support Hard-working Families & Struggling Local Businesses
Rising inflation is hurting our families. The labor shortage and rising wages is closing down local businesses. To address both issues, I will advocate for giving tax credits to individuals who are working 40 hours or more each week, and those starting a new job as of January 2023. This policy will encourage those working less than full-time or not working at all to seek out more work, easing the labor shortage without raising the wages that small businesses must pay to their employees. A tax credit would also raise the real wages (purchasing power) of individuals that are already working full-time.
Reduce Rising Crime & Drug Abuse
Drug-use is a big contributor to crime in our state. Reducing substance abuse in our state will lead to less property crimes and violence in our district. Just like any other goods consumed in Hawai'i, the vast majority of illegal substances in our state is imported. We are not like the mainland where borders are expansive and difficult to monitor. I will push for policies that empower our law enforcement and custom officials to better monitor our maritime, air, and postal borders in order to intercept and confiscate illegal substances that are being trafficked into our state.
Alleviate Our Housing Crisis
I will also propose bills to provide more funds for HHOC (Hawaii HomeOwnership Center) and MCC (Mortgage Credit Certificate) program to assist first-time home buyers with down payments.
I would also support the Hawaii Home Ownership Initative plan proposed by Aiona and Tupai. As a real estate broker and investor, I know how important homeownership is to generating wealth. Their proposal to develop a local-only housing market that is directly tied to local wages for perpetuity would help many first-time and/or low-income buyers.
Watch: The Hawaii Home Ownership Initiative
Restore Faith in Government
For more than 60 years, Hawaii has been under the Democratic party's control. Of the 82 partisan offices up for election this year, only FIVE are currently held by Republicans — it's no brainer why our state officials do not listen to the people of Hawaii! By electing more Republicans into office, we can restore checks and balances in our government system, just as our Founding Fathers intended.
Because of the monopoly over governmental power, the people of Hawaii have been forced to deal with road and infrastructure construction that never finishes, poor access and long wait-times to governmental services, and unfruitful policy discussions. How do we correct the inefficiencies caused by the monopoly? The answer is new competition: new ideas from a new Republican party, not just new faces from the curent Democratic regime.
As an entrepreneur and former operations manager, I know how to create effecient workflow systems and bring passion to the workplace. I am equipped to begin the process of transforming the culture of our government bureacracy into one that is efficient and dedicated to serving the people of Hawaii well.