Job: State representative
Background: Legislative analyst, office manager and director of research; worked with community organizations like Cub Scouts and About Face Hawaii
Do you support the constitutional amendment to allow public money to be spent on private preschool? Why?
Our state currently has mechanisms in place to help low-income families afford preschool, and I fully support increasing access to preschool by these means. However, the governor’s amendment disenfranchises many of our existing Mililani preschools and educators, and I’m concerned that his proposal could actually weaken our preschool network.
What is your one big idea?
This year, I introduced HB 2371 which aimed to reduce the tax burden on our low income residents through various mechanisms, including the earned income tax credit. According to testifiers, it was the most comprehensive effort to “restore economic vitality to Hawaii’s embattled and shrinking middle class.”