Gas prices have always been an issue with our economy. Some people complain about the high costs and believe that the government should intervene and set a price limit. Others look at the gas companies and think that is capitalism at its best. Hawaii is the most dependent state of oil and therefore is one of the highest paying states for gas. This is mainly due to the fact that it has to import more than 90% of its oil. Another major factor is that Hawaii is dependent on ships and planes to get most of its goods.
Of the islands in Hawaii, Maui is the most affected, having roughly 50 cents higher prices than the other islands. Maui also lacks a major transit system which makes it harder for the residents to get around. Many businesses such as taxis and limousine services are now having low profits and are close to having to shut down because of the high prices. Many of the locals that have their families routed in Maui are now having trouble to make ends meet. With gas prices going to $4 it is making it very hard to survive.
Should the government help the Maui residents out? Or should we allow the free market to work, which may cause some current residents to have to either go on welfare or relocate to another state?