BY THELMA LOUISE DREYER – The 2011 State Legislature faced a gaping deficit, and an urgent need to shrink government, create new 21st century jobs and protect essential services.
“These challenges dominated the news, but they are only part of the story,’ said Waimea-Hamakua-North Hilo Sen. Malama Solomon.
“Gov. Neil Abercrombie promised ‘A New Day for Hawai’i,’ and toward this end, we moved forward powerful new ideas – such as honoring our native Hawaiian host culture, re-prioritizing critical programs, and shifting gears toward energy and food self sufficiency,” she said.
“Our greatest challenge wasn’t the bottom line. It was being mindful that whatever we do impacts lives.”
To recap the 2011 Legislative session and discuss progress, urgent concerns and what they can do to best represent residents in the district, Sen. Malama Solomon and Rep. Cindy Evans invite the community to a talk-story at 5 p.m., Thurs., May 19, 2011 in Waimea School Cafeteria.
Everyone is invited. Light refreshments will be provided.
This is the first of a series of community meetings to be hosted by the legislators.
If unable to attend or residents have urgent questions or concerns, they are invited to call or email:
· Sen. Malama Solomon (974-4000 Ext. 67335 or 885-3553), email: SenSolomon@capitol.hawaii.gov.
· Rep. Cindy Evans (974-4000 Ext. 68510), or email: RepEvans@capitol.hawaii.gov.