Jill Tokuda

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Jill Tokuda was removed as chair of the State Senate Ways and Means Committee on the last day of the 2017 session because of her position against extending the general excise tax to fund the Honolulu rail project.  The move left Sen. Tokuda without a power position and Honolulu without a bailout fund to finish the rail project.

Tokuda has served in the Hawaii Senate since 2007 and addressed issues ranging from decreasing school bus costs to reforming the University of Hawaii’s Board of Regents. Last year, her move to increase class time for Hawaii students drew the ire of the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

In addition to the Committee on Education, Tokuda is also a member of the committees on Agriculture and Housing; Water and Land; and Ways and Means.

Tokuda is an alumna of the Hawaii public school system and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is married to Kyle Machibata and has two children, Matt and Aden.

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Jill Tokuda
Lawmakers Demand Answers To Honolulu Rail’s Ballooning Costs Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Demand Answers To Honolulu Rail’s Ballooning Costs

Caldwell proposes increases in Oahu’s fuel tax, vehicle weight tax and parking fees to show the city has “skin in the game.”

Senate Leader Opposes Fast-Tracking Honolulu Rail Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Leader Opposes Fast-Tracking Honolulu Rail Bill

Despite a federal deadline, Ways and Means Chair Jill Tokuda said the Legislature must dedicate time to hearing from the public.

Ige’s Wish List: More Money For Schools, Housing, Homelessness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige’s Wish List: More Money For Schools, Housing, Homelessness

Legislative leaders warn that state revenues have slowed and pay raises for unions are not factored into the governor’s proposed budget.

Hawaii Lawmakers Recommend $12M For Homeless Initiatives Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Recommend $12M For Homeless Initiatives

But Sen. Jill Tokuda and Rep. Sylvia Luke want the Ige administration to set benchmarks for progress and report back to the Legislature.
Tokuda Shoots Down Pesticide Buffer Zones Bill Without a Hearing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tokuda Shoots Down Pesticide Buffer Zones Bill Without a Hearing

Despite pressure from its supporters, the Hawaii senator refuses to call a hearing for a bill to require buffer zones around schools.
Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 24 — Jill Tokuda

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 24 — Jill Tokuda

Read what Jill Tokuda has to say about her candidacy for Hawaii State Senate District 24.