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Danny de Gracia

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time To Envision Hawaii’s Future

Danny De Gracia: It’s Time To Envision Hawaii’s Future

When the all-clear comes, we need to work to diversify Hawaii’s economy and create a new independence.

Danny De Gracia: $1,200 Stimulus Check Won’t Go Very Far In Hawaii Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: $1,200 Stimulus Check Won’t Go Very Far In Hawaii

Hawaii’s high cost of living undermines the checks locals will be receiving as coronavirus assistance.

Danny De Gracia: Say Good-Bye To Chili And Rice Campaign Events Eugene Tanner/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Say Good-Bye To Chili And Rice Campaign Events

Political campaigning in the face of the coronavirus will be a whole different thing.

Danny De Gracia: Coronavirus Could Be Hawaii’s Final Straw Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Coronavirus Could Be Hawaii’s Final Straw

Our economy is on the verge of collapse and the virus is pushing us closer to the edge. Hawaii lawmakers need to put the brakes on big, ambitious spending proposals.

Danny De Gracia: Give 16-Year-Olds The Right To Vote Young Progressives Demanding Action

Danny De Gracia: Give 16-Year-Olds The Right To Vote

People need to start voting younger in 2020 because there is so much more at stake that impacts them much earlier.

Danny De Gracia: Forget The Blue-Ribbon Commission. Just Fix The Problems Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Forget The Blue-Ribbon Commission. Just Fix The Problems

Hearing Native Hawaiians oppose major projects over ancient graves, cultural artifacts and environmental concerns is not only predictable, it is inevitable under poor economic conditions.

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii’s Struggling Teachers Deserve Some Tax Relief Ku’u Kauanoe/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Hawaii’s Struggling Teachers Deserve Some Tax Relief

Passing a proposed $500 tax credit for buying classroom supplies would be a small step by the Legislature to provide teachers the help they deserve.

Danny De Gracia: Lawmakers Need To Tighten Controls On Asset Forfeiture Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: Lawmakers Need To Tighten Controls On Asset Forfeiture

Government property seizures are especially oppressive in Hawaii where people are already overburdened by so many other economic and regulatory factors.

Danny De Gracia: ‘Congestion Pricing’ Is Another Of Honolulu’s Bad Ideas Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: ‘Congestion Pricing’ Is Another Of Honolulu’s Bad Ideas

Local leaders need to learn to use their existing authority to lower traffic in a way that isn’t costing already strapped residents.