The State Public Land Development Corporation, under the auspices of the Dept. of Land and Natural Resources, wants to be able to invest tax dollars in private, select companies that could go belly up and have taxpayers stuck with the bill.

Remember the $250K DBEDT race car that blew up? This doesn’t sound like a good deal to me. So much is wrong with the PLDC, with so little public oversight and neighbor islanders shut out of the process–exempting select private companies from many zoning, cultural, land use, public access, environmental, county charter, CDP’s and building code laws; the PLDC may be a costly travesty to every family in Hawai’i. So much for the “free market.” I received no special exemptions. This sounds like socialism for the 1% to me.

Shannon Rudolph Holualoa, HI