Department of Hawaiian Homelands Meetings, protesters show up
My response to the information presented at this meeting on October 21st 2019.
They are talking about how the state (tax payers) owe DHHL 6 million dollars for an exchange in 1995. Tax payers (including me) give OHA alone 5.8 million EACH year. 8% of their budget comes from the general fund.
And for DHHL, they get around #9.3 million a year from the general fund.
So where is the $15 million dollar per year credit that the tax payers should be getting from funding these racist government organizations?
I want access to my road going to the summit.
So if only one ethnicity benefits from tax dollars that I also pay, and I don’t get benefits from those particular taxes, why would someone in my position tolerate that?
More on this topic, why the Summit Rd access belongs to DOT and the public.
Here is one thing that needs to be considered about the Summit Rd on Mauna Kea. Protesters say this road does not, in fact, belong to DOT, even though DOT built and maintains the road with monies from the general fund, that ALL taxpayers contribute to. Taxpayers have been paying for OHA’s and DHHL’s budget 10’s of millions of dollars every year for decades.
IF still, the road does not belong to the public, then the solution is to require DHHL and OHA to return all of the monies given to their departments from the general fund. Stop giving the taxes from ALL to the DHHL and OHA. Let beneficiaries pay for the budgets of these departments EXCLUSIVELY.
With the refund that taxpayers get and the savings that we get from not having to fund OHA and DHHL, we go to the North or North-East side of Mauna Kea and build a public road, to be used by all, as Summit Road was meant to be.
The protesters are squabbling over a five million dollar payment that was supposed to be paid to DHHL. Last year alone DHHL took $5.8 million dollars from the general fund. Only 3% of Hawaii is native Hawaiian (beneficiaries), people at these meetings talk about 44,000 people on the list, and 9,000 people who are already on DHHL lands. However, that is only 53,000 people in a state of 1.5 million people give or take.
So let the beneficiaries pay for their own benefits. Just like social security. If you pay into social security, then later in life you are entitled to those benefits. If I am paying for the budget of DHHL, and OHA, then I should get those benefits. If I do not have access to those benefits, then I should not be taxed for those benefits that only others are entitled to, but not people like me. Roughly 3% of Hawaiians have access to those benefits, yet 100% of tax payers are taxed to pay for those benefits. This is a violation of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.
Here is a map of Mauna Kea, and it has markings where DHHL lands are, and where they are not.