Dennis Miller, House 22

Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller

Candidate Information

Print Candidate’s Name: Dennis B Miller
Date: July 4, 2016
Email: dennis@democracyinhawaii.com
Phone: 808 227-8241
Website: www.democracyinhawaii.com
Address:  226 Lewers Street Ste L209  Honolulu, HI  96815
Political:  Democract
Office/Position Sought: House of Representatives
Senate/Representative District: 22
Are you anincumbent?  No.
Campaign contact name, phone number, and e-­‐mail address: Dennis Miller dennis@democracyinhawaii.com

1. Why are you running for office?

I’m Dennis Miller, a Waikiki Day Spa entrepreneur.  Together with Petula, my wife, we have managed Shiatsu & Massage Center (average annual sales: $900,000.00 for the past three years)  for about 15 years and Spa Pure, in the Courtyard Hotel, for eight years.  Owning, managing, and operating a business in waikiki has given me insight into how business works, and also into how the state functions in relation to businesses. I’m certain the state could increase its tax revenue with a small investment in increasing the fairness of how labor laws are enforced, by reducing the cash economy, but most of all, by taking a closer look at some of our biggest problems:  health care, the homeless, and Hawaiian Issues.  I have a BA in Dance from UH Manoa and 26 years of life in Honolulu, 15 years as a homeowner in a Waikiki Condo.  I have a familiarity with Waikiki issues and a passion for problem solving, and, now, because of Bernie Sanders, I have a newly discovered belief that people can shape our democracy in the mold of a ‘Person Focused’ society.   That is why I am running for Hawaii House of Representatives, District 22.

Our natural world is amazing, and nearly everyone is filled with awe when taking time to smell the wild ginger, gazing in amazement at any valley in Hawaii, or even just looking at the sky.  I feel the same way when I’m thinking about the potential for democracy to improve our lives.

The opportunities to improve our state are right in front of us:

We require that the minimum wage is a livable wage.  A person working 40 hours per week should not qualify for any low income assistance.  Raising the minimum wage to $18 per hour will immediately reduce homelessness, reduce chronic unemployment, and, dramatically reduce the amount of poverty, low income, UI benefits the state pays out.

Leaving people out doors is not free.  The costs of police time, arrests, incarceration, justice system payroll, emergency room visits, etc., these all add up.  Poop on china town door steps is not free to the tax payer.  We pay, one way or another, for cleaning up the social costs of poverty and chronic unemployment.

Instead of pay all these costs, lets help businesses afford to pay more.  We can save money for businesses in several ways.

  1. Create a www.coloradocare.org style Hawaii Care, which is a single payer health care system.  This lowers the cost of health care for everyone, while increasing the quality of the care.
  2. Without changing employee benefits, we cut the WC and UI contributions employers pay in half.  We, employers, pay half of what we are currently paying into WC and UI, but, we no longer pay a private insurance company.  Instead, we take our ‘half payment’ and give it directly into our new Hawaii Care health care system
  3. The state calculates how much savings result from the projected decrease in current expenditures on poverty and chronic unemployment issues, and, then, pass that savings on to employers of low wage workers in form of a same payroll period tax reduction.  Many small employers will not be able to abruptly start paying $18 per hour, but, if they due, the state and our people immediately receive a great deal of benefit, so, it’s worth our while to subsidize businesses if we can end poverty.
  4. For those who remain unemployed, we need to create jobs by expanding city and state services, and by subsidizing tuition to vocational schools.   The city and state will be able to offer better service, and,  the construction industry in particular needs more qualified job candidates.  It costs less to offer a job than to suffer the social cost of chronic employment.

2. What are your views about Hawaiian self-­governance? In your capacity asa legislator, what action, if any, would you advocate in support of Hawaiian self-­ governance?

I’m very sympathetic to the plight of the Hawaiian people.  This is an internationally recognized nation which was taken over by threat of force in violation of international law.  Following the over throw, four years later, Hawaii was brought made a USA territory via a Joint Resolution, rather than by the constitutionally proscribed method of Annexation.

With that said, I’m not in favor of Hawaiian Sovereignty.  I feel that we as a people need to look forward.  If, world-wide, many other cultures tried to assert independence, more bad than good would result.

I am in favor of the state becoming legally able to spend tax dollars on programs specifically for the benefit of Hawaiians.  To me, this is not a race based decision, but, a ‘condition’ based benefit.  There are three groups in the USA which qualify for  ‘condition based’ public programs:  the massacred, the enslaved, and the robbed.  The Hawaiians are ‘the robbed.’

Starting asap, Hawaiians should not be homeless in Hawaii.  Towards that end, my proposal above will take care of some of the problem.  I also support rent control for Hawaiians and all Kupuna.  Free university tuition in Hawaii, free vocational school tuition, and free child care from two years old, will add up to making a positive difference.  I’m not sure how I can help advocate for implementation of HHA, but, it seems to be that the benefits in that law are past due.

3. When it comes to Native Hawaiian issues, what do you perceive your role asa legislator to be? What ways can you, if elected, support Native Hawaiianconcerns through your legislative abilities? If elected, describe specific NativeHawaiian bill ideas that you would be willing to propose or support for the advancement of Native Hawaiians.

Honestly, my answers to the question above are about all I’ve got.  However, my ears are wide open, and I’m eager to learn how I can advocate for Hawaiian Issues.  My general impression is that certain ‘trusts’ in Hawaii are sitting on too much land. Something about ‘Broken Trust’ which needs a public spot light.  If we can, one way or another, get more land for affordable housing and Hawaiian community interests, then, we will be moving in the right direction.