‘Lynn Finnegan is the House Minority Leader. This is her Opening Day Speech given at the Hawaii State Legislature on January 20, 2010’

Welcome Lt. Governor and Mrs. Aiona, Speaker Say, members of the House of Representatives, and all of you who took the time to be here today.

I think it’s fair to say that the mantra of the majority of people in this chamber this past year has been “hope” and “change.” Your House Republicans agree with the majority! It’s time to fundamentally CHANGE the way we do things in Hawaii. The severity of our economic and budgetary challenges leaves us with no other alternative. Failure to change would be just that

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