”’Editor’s note: This is the text of the speech by Senate Minority Leader Fred Hemmings, R-Kailua, on the opening day of the 2006 legislative session.”’

“Fred Hemmings 2006 Image”

People of Hawaii, Governor Lingle, and distinguished guests:

Senate President Bunda, it is nice to see you again.

A recent letter written by a woman to a major Honolulu newspaper sparks this speech. Her theme was the importance of not giving a tax cut to the “rich”, but rather keeping the money in the government for more state programs. To what end would that recommendation take us?

Some suffer from what has long been one of our greatest political diseases

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