Pedestrian Safety Funding Debate Shows Lawmakers Have Serious Lack of Understanding of Public Finance


One of the bills that Gov. Linda Lingle vetoed and Hawaii lawmakers decided to override this legislative session really took the form of political one-upmanship with lawmakers hoping to bank points based on the emotional appeal of the issue.

This measure would have appropriated $3 million in state highway funds to reset stoplights and raise awareness of pedestrian crosswalk safety.

Perhaps Gov. Linda Lingle failed to clearly communicate her objections or lawmakers just wanted to embarrass the administration