“[I’m] disappointed that this bill is void of any relief to the business community at a time when Hawai’i’s unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation.”
What she didn’t say:
At nearly the same time Lingle held her nose and gave workers a whopping 50 cents more per hour, she gave plenty of relief to the business community by vetoing a bill that would have put gender protections into our state’s employment discrimination law. In other words, Lingle kept it legal for companies to hire and fire people based on sexual orientation. In fairness, we can’t dump all the blame for this on Lingle’s shoulders—though the bill she vetoed had easily passed the state legislature, that body made no effort to override her veto.