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 6. Four out of six candidates responded, including Mike Breslin. The questions and answers are reproduced below in full. Read responses by his competitors, Nicole Lowen, Fred Housel and Bucky Leslie. Kaleihikina Akaka and Roy Ebert did not send in their questionnaires. Click on each topic listed below to read Civil Beat’s question and Breslin’s response.

Preferred Candidate Name: Mike Breslin

Senate/House District Number: House District 6

Date of Birth: 02/14/1948

Place of Birth/Hometown: Tampa

Current Profession/Employer: retired educator

Education/Alma Mater(s): B.A., University of South Florida; M.A., Virginia Tech

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?

No. ↩ 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?

Do not relax environmental problems. ↩ 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?

At-home poker games are OK.

Casinos are undesirable for Hawai’i, and would be a detriment to Hawai’i as a clean, natural, excellent tourist destination abounding with aloha.

State-sponsored lotteries are undesirable for Hawai’i, and tend to prey upon those in our society whom can least afford gambling losses. Lotteries are little more than thinly veiled taxes burdening our most needy. ↩ 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?

I support more transparency in government operations. ↩ back to top

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

The best legislation in recent years is family-friendly, advancing a wholesome culture of true aloha and promoting a gracious, healthy society.

Our worst legislation is not family-friendly, and does not advance a wholesome culture of true aloha, and does not promote a gracious, healthy society. ↩ 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?

I would champion easing the tax burden upon Hawaii’s residents. ↩ back to top