Slom calls governor's speech bland

Published On: Jan 21 2014 05:46:00 PM HST
HONOLULU -

Sen. Sam Slom gave the Republican response to Gov. Neil Abercrombie's State of the State Address on Tuesday.

Slom said the governor's speech will be remembered for its "blandness," lack of anything significantly new and its brevity.

"It seemed more like a campaign speech than a review of the state of our state," said Slom.

Gov. Abercrombie is up for reelection in 2014.

The Senate Minority Leader said he appreciates the governor's emphasis on fiscal and tax issues.  However, Slom felt he was less than accurate in his presentation.

"For instance, he took credit for an economic turnaround and the state’s sound fiscal foundation. Yet, we continue to maintain the economy has not turned around,"  said Slom.  "Our residents and small business owners continue to suffer under heavy taxation and governmental regulation and the state still faces a $25 billion unfunded liability."

Slom believes the Senate Minority has offered meaningful bills addressing fiscal integrity, tax relief and citizen empowerment.

"We look forward to working with the people of Hawaii to strongly advocate for the issues that are most important to them and those which they feel government has not addressed," said Slom.

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