Editor’s Note: In July 2012, Civil Beat sent six questions to each of the candidates registered to run in the Aug. 11 primary for Hawaii State House of Representatives District 20. All five responded, including Julia Allen. The questions and answers are reproduced below in full. Read the responses by Dwight Synan, Calvin Say, Keiko Bonk and Joseph Heaukalani to see how Allen’s positions compare to those of her competitors. Click on each topic listed below to read Civil Beat’s question and Allen’s response.

Preferred Candidate Name: Julia Allen

Senate/House District Number: House District 20

Date of Birth: 02/04/1948

Place of Birth/Hometown: Honolulu

Current Profession/Employer: Legislative Committee Coordinator, Minority Leader Sen. Sam Slom

Education/Alma Mater(s): Waimanalo Elementary to University of California. Education continues daily

Political Party: Republican

1. With the exception for Honolulu rail, the state has not raised the general excise tax in decades. Would you consider increasing the GET to help the state meet its budget demands?

It is not possible to meet budget demands by increasing tax rates as government’s insatiable appetite for spending continues unabated.

Increased taxation suppresses economic activity and hinders the development of new enterprises. GET revenues have increased continually over the decades due to a healthy economy. Spending discipline will get the job done. ↩ back to top

2. Lawmakers proposed relaxing environmental regulatory review to spur development and job growth in the 2012 session, and the issue is expected to resurface next year. Where do you stand?

The hypocrisy of lawmakers is evident in passing environmental protection laws and then seeking to exempt themselves for their own purposes. Meanwhile, excessive regulation strangles fledgling private enterprises; witness the Super Ferry. ↩ back to top

3. Gambling — are you for it or against it? If not, why not? If so, what type of gambling and with what kind of restrictions?

IWe should oppose gambling as a source of government revenue. Gambling has many well-known downsides as well as being an unreliable source of funding. ↩ back to top

4. The Sunshine Law is a hallmark of an open democracy accountable to its citizens. Yet, the Legislature exempts itself from this requirement. Do you support more transparency in government operations, or are there legitimate reasons to conduct some of the people’s business behind closed doors?

A very bad habit of government officials is to hide the processes whereby vital decisions are made. This is especially true at the end of legislative sessions with “gut and replace” bills and midnight meetings. Let us hear the debate, count the votes and measure the results. ↩ back to top

5. What is the best legislation — and worst legislation — that the Legislature has approved in recent years? Please explain.

The worst by far is to have allowed the state to accumulate massive future financial liabilities that jeopardize our future. The best legislative efforts have gone into stopping bad bills from becoming law. ↩ back to top

6. What is an issue that you would champion at the Legislature — one that perhaps has not received much attention, or an issue that is important to your district?

Strong support of Charter Schools and management at the school level. It is far better to cut positions in the massive DOE bureaucracy than to eliminate school busing, to forego classroom supplies or to restrict library access. ↩ back to top