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Fund fight against alien pests


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 17, 2014

~~<p>Amid the opening of the new legislative session are calls for state funding for a variety of worthy initiatives. The poor economy of the past few years has meant flat or reduced funding for many programs, and today's brighter prospects have most departments hoping that vital services can be restored or expanded.</p>
<p>Not all will get their due, of course. But one area where more funding could be particularly well spent is in a collective effort to keep destructive alien pests out of Hawaii, and to limit the harm those that have already gained a foothold here can inflict on vital tourism and agricultural sectors, not to mention everyday life.</p>
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Amid the opening of the new legislative session are calls for state funding for a variety of worthy initiatives. The poor economy of the past few years has meant flat or reduced funding for many programs, and today's brighter prospects have most departments hoping that vital services can be restored or expanded.

Not all will get their due, of course. But one area where more funding could be particularly well spent is in a collective effort to keep destructive alien pests out of Hawaii, and to limit the harm those that have already gained a foothold here can inflict on vital tourism and agricultural sectors, not to mention everyday life. Login for more...



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