As if we're not poor enough as it is.

Protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea have cost Big Island taxpayers over $4.4 million in the past 11 weeks alone.[1]

This estimate includes expenses from the Hawaii Police Department, Hawaii Fire Department, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency and other agencies.[1]

The expenses related to this unlawful protest wouldn't have reached $4.4 million if Governor David Ige used the United States Constitution as a guideline.

By right, law-abiding taxpayers shouldn't be forced to pay for the expenses of those who broke the law.

Anyone who's found guilty of breaking the law (in this case blocking a road 24-hours a day) should pay a hefty fine, or do community service if they can't pay that fine.

Sources:

  1. Kevin Dayton. "Hawaii County’s response to Thirty Meter Telescope protest has cost over $4 million." staradvertiser.com. October 1, 2019. Retrieved October 2, 2019.

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