- Age | 52
- Occupation | Lt. Governor
- Where did you grow up | Pennsylvania
- Schooling | Swarthmore College (BS), Pennsylvania State University Hershey (MD)
- Current residence | Honolulu, Oʻahu
- Website | www.joshgreenforhawaii.com
- I recently released a 10-point plan to address affordable housing issues across the state. Three specific steps the state can do to help with housing include: fast-tracking of new home construction with a streamlined and common-sense regulatory process, increasing the amount of public land available for home development, and expanding home builder access to government financing and tax credits to accelerate the production of homes so we can provide enough supply to meet our demand sooner, not later.
- Hawaiʻi has a proud and storied history in agriculture‚ a legacy that enabled its people to not only survive but thrive. And while agriculture is no longer the leading driver of our economy, it can be economically viable in Hawaiʻi once again. As governor, I will focus state resources strategically to revitalize ag. We can be competitive on pricing and agricultural job creation‚ while being mindful to preserve open spaces from over-development. We must boost our ability to locally produce our food and vegetables. I will also work to renew long-standing traditional Native Hawaiian agricultural practices using tax credits and a renewed commitment to the College of Tropical Agricultural and Human Resources (CTAHR) that continues to find contemporary strategies to support the utilization of traditional aquaculture (fishponds) practices as well as Hawaiian staple crops.
- I believe there are two important steps that must be taken to increase Hawaiian language access to our keiki. First, we need to work with the College of Education and Hawaiian Studies department in the University of Hawaiʻi system to grow a pipeline of teachers that can teach Hawaiian language in public schools. Second, the DOE should develop a curriculum that introduces the Hawaiian language to public school students in lower grades and offer a Hawaiian language course in every Hawaiʻi public high school.
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