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House District 31 - Fort Shafter | Moanalua Gardens | Aliamanu

Aaron Ling Johanson (R) *

Age: 34
Job: State representative
Background: Deputy chief of staff, U.S. Mint; division director, the White House; deputy chief of staff, Lieutenant Governor’s Office

Do you support the constitutional amendment to allow public money to be spent on private preschool? Why?

I support increased educational opportunities for all of Hawaii’s students. The current shortage of public K-12 classroom and school funding argues against spending public taxpayer dollars on private preschools. We must take responsibility for our present obligations before creating new, competing programs. Other … solutions exist to provide preschool opportunities.

What is your one big idea?

Hawaii’s cost of living is too high; we’re pricing ourselves out of paradise. I advocate broad-based income tax relief for seniors, low-income individuals, the middle class, and small businesses. The 2013 Legislature almost passed income tax reductions — a policy I helped craft. We must boldly enact real tax relief.