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