Name on ballot:
Michael L. Last
State House – District 5
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Retired electrical engineer-consultant
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Previous elected office, if any:
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Please describe your qualifications to represent the people of Hawaii.
A longtime Hawaii resident living at the same house for over twenty-five years. I have been employed by the county, state and federal government at various times. And never as an elected or appointed position. It is time for a change, and as such I will NEVER seek or accept ANY contributions, unlike Sen. English (D) or Rep. Cullen (D). If someone seeks the office of any elected position, it is incumbent on them to do it on their own dime!
What is the most pressing issue facing residents in your district and how would you address the problem?
The cost of state government. I will seek to reduce and/or eliminate the excess burdens placed on the citizens.
Rising inflation has significantly worsened Hawaii’s already high cost of living. What can be done at the state level to help Hawaii residents cope with high consumer prices?
Eliminate the Jones act, first and foremost.
Hawaii’s rising gasoline prices are among the highest in the nation. Should Hawaii lower or temporarily suspend state taxes on gasoline to help ease the pain at the pump?
Yes, but not to lower the “pain at the pump”. To lower the cost of living in “paradise’.
Do you support or oppose efforts to slow or limit the number of tourists to Hawaii? Please explain.
Do not limit the number of tourists. Instead eliminate the extra amenities offered to those industries that cater strictly to visitors.
Can Hawaii’s tourism-dependent economy be diversified, and, if so, what can state government do to support the effort?
The state government should remove itself from agencies that cater just to visitors, such as the Hawaii Visitors Bureau.
What is your plan to increase affordable housing in Hawaii, and to help the counties deal with homelessness?
Reduce the government’s burden on private ownership of residences.
What would you propose to help protect Hawaii residents’ health during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic?
Nothing, other than what is provided to non-COVID illnesses.
Hawaii isn’t likely to see a repeat of this year’s $2 billion revenue surplus which allowed higher-than-normal spending on state programs and projects. If elected, what will your top spending priorities be?
REDUCE state spending!
What, if anything, should state government do in response to the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe vs Wade?
The state should make it ILLEGAL for anyone to receive a vasectomy!
What should state government do to support and improve public education in Hawaii?
They should not aid or assist private or parochial schools in any way with taxpayer funds.
What reforms, if any, would you propose to make local government more transparent to the public?
Have it illegal for ANY candidate to receive ANY political contributions, aside for the state subsidies available to every candidate that QUALIFIES!
Do you support or oppose the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on the Big Island and why?
Support ABSOLUTLY! Science is real. For those who don’t want the TMT, let them live without all the benefits that science provides. ie. cellphones, TV, automobiles, etc.
Is there anything more that you would like voters to know about you?
1. I’m opposed to the minimum wage. Let the private sector decide how much to pay an employee.
2. I’m in favor of term limits, even for myself!
3. Voting Yes- with reservations. A politician has no guts the way it currently is. How can they lose? If the vote is in the affirmative, they will say, “I voted yes” or if the vote loses, “I voted with a reservation”. My vote will always be either Yes or No. Period!
4. Decriminalize gambling. Has anyone thought why Hawaii residents go to Las Vegas every chance they get? Perhaps it’s for the food?
5. I’d propose that any regulation that discourages economic growth be eliminated.
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