John Pritchett/Civil Beat


The 2014 Hawaii Legislature began Wednesday with legislative leaders calling for revamping various tax programs as a way to raise more revenue for the state. House Speaker Joe Souki’s idea to allow the counties to keep more tax money while making up for the loss to the state general fund through new taxes on alternate sources caught political cartoonist John Pritchett’s attention.

About the author: John Pritchett is a longtime award-winning political cartoonist. He has been penning artwork in Hawaii for decades, including 20 years at the Honolulu Weekly. Find more of his work on the web at


Help Power Local, Nonprofit News.

Across the nation and in Hawaii, news organizations are downsizing and closing their doors due to the ever-rising costs of keeping local journalism alive and well.

While Civil Beat has grown year over year, still only 1% of our readers are donors, and we need your help now more than ever.

Make a gift today of any amount, and your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $20,500, thanks to a generous group of Civil Beat donors.

About the Author