“Gov. Linda Lingle said the action was taken because the state was an unsecured creditor and could not have expected to collect the funds. Lingle said the state feared Aloha would shut down and workers would be fired if it were forced to sell its assets to pay debts.”
What she didn’t say:
The rest of us should be so lucky. Working stiffs skip a couple hundred in state income taxes and we’re looking at jail time—Aloha starts whining about having to fire people if they’re forced to pay taxes and Lingle completely caves. Oh, and state campaign spending records show Lingle took more than $6,000 from Aloha Airlines’ political action committee and employees since her 2002 campaign.