Statement from Senator J. Kalani English on the Release of $500,000 for New Lanai Community Health Center

Senator J. Kalani English today released the following statement on the release of $500,000 in capital improvement grant funds for a new Lana’i Community Health Center (LCHC) facility. Sen. English represents District 7, which includes Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, and Kaho‘olawe. “My colleagues and I worked hard to secure the $500,000 in the state budget to help fund the LCHC project. “The people of Lana’i deserve a new center in a prime…

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Statement from Senator Will Espero on the Release of $2 million for Improvements to Oahu Veterans Center

Senator Will Espero, chair of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, issued the following statement today following the governor’s release of $2 million in capital improvement project funding for Oahu Veterans Center. “My colleagues and I in the Legislature worked to include funding in the budget for Oahu Veterans Center because the center serves as a much-needed gathering place for veterans and the surrounding community. “Our veterans served our nation with esteem…

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$19.5 Million Protects Lipoa Point from Development

Sen. Roz Baker today applauded the administration’s release of $19.5 million specified by the Legislature for the acquisition of Lipoa Point at Honolua in West Maui. The land will be preserved as conservation land in perpetuity. During the 2013 session at the behest of Sen. Baker and Rep. Angus McKelvey, lawmakers passed a bill (HB 1424, Act 241, SLH2013) for the acquisition of lands at Honolua Bay with the intent of protecting it from future…

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Ewa Beach Schools to Receive $4.3 Million for Air Conditioning Upgrades

Students at James Campbell High School (JCHS) and Ilima Intermediate in Ewa Beach are set to have cooler days because of capital improvement project funds earmarked to make improvements to their school’s air conditioning system, announced Sen. Will Espero, who was instrumental in securing funding for the area. The schools will receive a combined total of $4.3 million to help upgrade their cooling systems. Ilima Intermediate will get $1 million and JCHS will get $2.3…

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Senate District 1 on Hawai‘i Island to Receive Nearly $52 Million in Funding

Yesterday the Hawai‘i State Senate approved on final reading HB1700, the state supplemental budget bill, which includes nearly $52 million for Hawai‘i Island’s Senatorial District 1 consisting of South Hilo, including portions of Pauka‘a, Pi‘ihonua, Ka?mana, Wai?kea, and Keaukaha, represented by Senator Gilbert Kahele. “I fought to secure funding for our district so that our communities are maintained and that we remain economically viable,” said Senator Kahele. “Funding these projects and programs improve the quality…

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Compromise Leads to Legislature’s Approval of Over 135 Measures Ahead of Sine Die

Lawmakers pass fiscally responsible state budget bill supporting keiki, measures supporting kupuna and the environment, and flagship bills raising the minimum wage and funding the Turtle Bay Conservation Easement The Hawaii State Legislature approved more than 135 on final reading ahead of the adjournment sine die this Thursday, including the state supplemental budget, measures supporting kupuna and protecting the environment, and flagship bills raising minimum wage and funding the Turtle Bay Conservation Easement. The measures…

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District 4 on Hawai‘i Island to Receive Almost a Half Billion Dollars in Capital Improvement Project Funding

Residents of the new North Hawai‘i Senate District 4 were assured they will receive a larger share back of the General Excise Taxes (GET) and Transient Accommodation Taxes (TAT) that this community generates as a result of the passage on final reading today of the 2014 Legislature’s supplemental budget bill, according to District 4 Senator Malama Solomon. With the passage of this biennium budget (HB 1700 CD1), Sen. District 4 will receive close to a…

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$800,000 in CIP Funds Awarded for Puna District Regional Library

The Hawaii State Legislature has appropriated $800,000 in Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funding for the feasibility study, planning, and design components for a new Puna District Regional Library, acknowledging the values of reading, education, and lifelong learning that held in high regard by the residents of Puna. Currently, the Puna District currently has a shared library system that limits the availability of resources to residents of the district. Senator Russell Ruderman identified the Puna Library…

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Lawmakers Agree on Fiscally Responsible State Budget Bill

HB1700 emphasizes the Legislature’s commitment to education and Hawaii’s people Key Senate and House conferees today concluded negotiations on the state budget bill, agreeing upon and passing a fiscally responsible $12.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2014-15. HB1700 includes funding for core services such as education, health, the University of Hawaii, human services, the environment, public safety, and supporting and caring for the lives of Hawaii’s people. The bill now goes to the full Senate…

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Senator David Ige Proposes Plan to Fund the Turtle Bay Conservation Easement

Proposal ensures protection and preservation of North Shore lands  Hawaii State Senator David Ige has proposed a plan that would provide the $40 million needed to complete the agreement reached last week between the State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu, The Trust for Public Land, and Turtle Bay Resort (TBR) to establish a conservation easement on 665.8 acres of land at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku.  “I have always been an advocate for…

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