Senator David Ige Issues Statement on Executive Supplemental Budget Proposal

Honolulu- Governor Neil Abercrombie submitted to the state Legislature today the Executive Supplemental Budget for the 2013-2015 Fiscal Biennium and updated Program and Financial Plan for 2013-2019. Senator David Ige, Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, issued the following statement in response to Governor Neil Abercrombie’s proposed supplemental budget: We look forward to reviewing the Governor’s supplemental budget request,” said Senator David Ige. “Our first priority is to maintain the state’s fiscal…

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Senator Malama Solomon Applauds Governor’s Release of $2.5 M for Waimea District Park Project

Honolulu- Governor Neil Abercrombie recently announced the release of $2.5 million in general obligation bonds for Phase 1 of 5 of the Waimea District Park project. I would like to thank Governor Abercrombie for releasing these bonds, enabling us to move forward with the creation of a district/regional park in Waimea” said Senator Malama Solomon, who represents District 4 (Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa and Kona) on the island of Hawai‘i. “I look forward to…

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Governor Signs Senate Bill 1, Relating to Equal Rights, into Law

Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law today a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in the State of Hawaii, making Hawaii the 15th state to enact such legislation. In a release by the Office of the Governor, Chair of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor Clayton Hee stated, “Although Hawaii was not the first to enact same-sex marriage, what shouldn’t be lost is Hawaii was the first in the Baehr v. Lewin lawsuit, that started…

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Senator Solomon Applauds Governor’s Release of $75,000 for Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua Hospital

Honolulu- Governor Neil Abercrombie recently announced the release of $75,000 in capital improvement projects (CIP) for the Hale Ho‘ola Hamakua Hospital in Honoka‘a, Hawai‘i. The project includes allocation for funds to complete an energy audit and installation of energy-saving equipment. Senator Malama Solomon, who represents District 4 (Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa and Kona) on the island of Hawai‘i, issued this statement in response to the Governor’s release of funds: I am very pleased that…

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Senator David Ige Responds to Governor Signing of Fiscal Management Measures

Honolulu- Governor Neil Abercrombie today signed into law today measures critical to paying down the State’s unfunded liabilities and replenishing the hurricane and rainy day funds. The Hawaii State Legislature worked collaboratively during the 2013 Session to fulfill its commitment to paying down the State’s unfunded liabilities pertaining to other post employment benefits. The Legislature made appropriations to begin payment to these unfunded health benefit liabilities through the State Budget with $100M for FY14 and…

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Governor sends notice of intent to veto

Governor Neil Abercrombie released his list of potential vetoes today, meeting the calendar deadline to notify the Legislature of his intent to veto any bills. They include: SB 1265 (relating to contracts), SB 3 (relating to OHA), SB 68 (relating to sentencing), House Bill (HB) 619 (relating to Feral Birds), HB 1130 (relating to the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation), HB 763 (relating to the state building code), HB 988 (relating to native wildlife), HB 654…

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Governor Signs Measures to Advance Early Learning

Honolulu- Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law today a measure that is cornerstone to what will one day become a state-funded early childhood education program for Hawaii. Senate Bill (SB) 1093 expands the Preschool Open Doors program as the basis for ensuring our children are ready for school and is the foundation to the development of an early learning system. This measure reaffirms the Legislature’s commitment to our youngest of keiki,” said Senator Jill Tokuda,…

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Governor Release $134.7 Million for Hawai‘i Island Schools

Honolulu- Governor Neil Abercrombie yesterday announced the release of $134.7 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) for Hawai‘i Island schools. The Governor’s CIP package included allocation of funds for priority projects identified by members of the State Legislature. Senator Gilbert Kahele, who represents Senate District 1, encompassing Hilo, issued this statement in response to the Governor’s release of funds: I would like to thank the Governor for releasing the funding for these much needed…

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Senator English Applauds Governor’s Release of $21.8 Million for Airports and Highways

Honolulu- Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $21.8 M in capital improvement projects (CIP) for state airports and highways.  Projects include allocation of funds for priority projects identified by members of the State Legislature. Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and International Affairs J. Kalani English issued this statement in response to the Governor’s release of funds: “I am very pleased that Governor Abercrombie has released funds identified by the…

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Early Childhood Education Discussed Using Google+ Hangout

  Honolulu–  Early childhood education providers and stakeholders from across the State, along with lawmakers, Early Childhood Coordinator Terry Lock and Governor Neil Abercrombie, participated in a roundtable discussion on early childhood education in Hawaii today.  Stakeholders from Maui, Kauai, Waimea, Kona and Hilo participated in the discussion via Google+ Hangout, hosted by Senate Committee Education Chair Senator Jill Tokuda. U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono’s Chief of Staff Betsy Lin also linked in, via Google+ Hangout…

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