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Senator Michelle Kidani’s Floor Remarks on House Bill 200, the Hawaii State Budget

On April 3o, 2013, Senator Michelle Kidani, who serves as vice chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and oversees Capital Improvements Projects for the Senate, offered the following remarks in support of House Bill (HB) 200, the Hawaii State Budget:

Senator Michelle Kidani, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, offers remarks in support of House Bill 200, the Hawaii State Budget.

Thank you Madam President. I rise in support of this measure.

This past session has been an interesting one to say the least. I say this because of how different this year has been from the last several, in which the State was dealing with the economic crises that gripped our economy and affected the entire nation. In the last few years, the creation of the CIP budget was driven in large part by the need for us to step in to provide that shot in the arm, that boost, to get things rolling again. The thought then was to get people back to work, to maintain and improve what we already had, while planning for the future needs of our state.

Now, thankfully, our economy is slowly improving and we have a job market, especially– in the construction industry–that is rebounding.

I said earlier that this year has been an interesting one. In some ways, the prioritization and vetting process done for the CIP budget was more difficult than in past years. This bill will fund thousands of worthwhile and critically needed projects; projects that will impact the lives of our residents now, and for many years to come. However, this bill is not perfect. There are projects, while valuable, while needed, while important for our state, we were not able to fund this year. These decisions were asked were made after doing our due diligence, being thoughtful, careful and mindful of our responsibilities.

HB200 CD1 proposes a CIP budget for Fiscal Biennium 2103-2015 in the amount of just over $3 Billion, of which $1.36 billion is funded by General Obligation or Reimbursable Bonds.

We will continue the progress made in renovating, repairing and maintaining existing state-owned facilities to utilize our current resources and reduce general fund expenditures in the future.

The CD proposes nearly $400 million to fund these types of projects for the Department of Education, Department of Health’s Waimano Ridge facility, Hawaii Health System Corporation’s network of hospitals, and hundreds of other projects in the UH system, DLNR, and DAGS.

We also looked at previous requests to fund aging infrastructure to move people, goods and materials which has been in disrepair or unusable. To address this we focused considerably on transportation. The basics… repairing our highways, expanding our harbors, and renovating and modernizing our airports.

Approximately $1.2 billion is appropriated for the Department of Transportation for projects such as $70 million for the expansion of Kona International Airport to meet the requirements of increasing visitor arrivals. Another $140 million is included for Honolulu International Airport, for improvements and upgrades for the main gateway to our state.

We are also supporting increased capacity at our harbors, statewide, to handle the import and export of goods and products, as well as dozens of highway improvements and bridge repairs. These projects will continue the process of addressing the declining conditions of our highways and transportation infrastructure.

Another priority was to designate appropriations for projects needed to address future capacity needs and economic growth.

HB200 CD1  includes $38.2 million to build an Advanced Technology and Science Center at Honolulu Community College and $11.8 million for a dedicated facility for the Allied Health program at UH-West O`ahu.

Additionally, funding for the renovation and expansion of the Foreign Trade Zone facility was included to keep this business incubator functional.

We also appropriated $18.4 million for Ewa Makai Middle School, to complete the campus and reduce overcrowding in schools in the Ewa plain.

There is always much talk about keeping agriculture land in agriculture and an opportunity arose to purchase over 20,000 acres of Dole Foods agriculture land on the North Shore of Oahu.  The Senate included $175M in Revenue bonds and $12.5M in G.O. bonds to take advantage of this opportunity.

This bill also invests in the State’s aging and obsolete IT infrastructure by appropriating over $130 million for informational systems to begin the process of creating a statewide information network,  streamline tax collections, maintain and share critical health information, as well provide for a secure communication network for the islands.

One of these is the Trans-Pacific cable project. By 2015, the state will be close to reaching full capacity of its existing broadband network. In addition, Hawaii is being bypassed as a vital communication hub in the Pacific. This project will begin to address these concerns and move Hawaii to the forefront in telecommunications technology.

In closing, I would like to thank Senate President Kim, Chair Ige, and our counterparts in the House for their support and hard work in crafting this CIP budget.  I believe we all look forward to the positive impact this budget will have on the State.

Mahalo!

Collaboration Leads to the Conclusion of Budget Meetings Ahead of Deadline

House and Senate Conference Leaders Announce $3 Billion in Capital Improvement Projects

Honolulu – Lead Senate and House negotiators on the State Budget bill announced they closed negotiations three days ahead of an internal deadline.  Discussions between the Senate and House on finalizing the budget started well ahead of schedule this year, marking a paradigm shift in the approach taken to complete the work of the legislative session.

“The House and Senate committed to working together to finish the budget ahead of schedule,” said Senator David Ige, chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.   “By completing work on the budget early, we have more time to consider the state financial plan and make thoughtful decisions on what bills should move forward.”

Finishing work on the budget early also creates a better environment for Senate and House negotiators working on other measures.  Rational decisions can now be made without the immense pressure of looming deadlines.  The conference committee meetings for the State Budget began nearly a week earlier than normal to avoid the last minute rush to get conference bills out for final vote.  This is a marked change from the last minute rush of typical legislative sessions.

One of the items that the two sides were able to come to agreement upon was a balanced reduction of vacancies throughout state departments in order to cut costs and ensure accurate financial reporting. After considering input from the departments, the two Chairs announced that roughly 200 positions—down from the proposed 1,000—will be reduced to save nearly $8 million.

“Chair Ige and I believe that in order to efficiently and effectively use state resources, the departments need to instill a sense of accountability and responsibility in their management of vacant positions. We have made it very clear that the Legislature wants to have all departments accurately use money we give them for its intended purpose and not for other things,” said Representative Sylvia Luke, chair of the House Finance Committee.  “I would like to really thank them for understanding what we are trying to accomplish and for providing information to ensure that the most effective decisions are made in staffing.”

On the opening day of the conference committee for the state budget, the chairs agreed to appropriate $100 million for fiscal year (FY) 2014 and $117.4 million for FY 2015 to begin payments on the unfunded liabilities.

Currently, the unfunded liabilities for the employer-union health benefits trust fund is $13.6 billion.

Over the upcoming fiscal biennium, the Legislature’s final draft of the executive budget is more than $250 million under the Governor’s budget proposal.

Today, appropriations for Capital Improvement Programs (CIP) and grants for non-profits (Grant-In-Aid) were announced.  The committee funded $30 million in projects for non-profit organizations on every island in the state.

“In conferencing with the House members, the intent of this biennium’s CIP negotiations has been to identify what needs to be funded by the state, while staying within the executive bond issuance plan as much as possible. For General Obligation bonds, this was just over $1.32 billion for the biennium to cover projects related to agriculture, education, social services, and technology,” explained Senator Michelle Kidani, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means who oversees Capital Improvements Projects for the Senate.

“This proposed budget keeps the CIP budget within the state’s debt ceiling and Executive Bond issuance plan,” said Representative Luke.”

On funding public school facilities, Luke said, “We have agreed to fund the Department of Education over $400 million for repairs, upgrades and issues that have plagued our educational facilities for many years. You can’t have a 21st century school with 20th century electrical wiring!”

 

House Bill 200, relating to the State Budget, will now go before the full House and Senate for a final vote.

 

See attachment for highlights of the Capital Improvement Projects (Pg 1)/ highlights of the Capital Improvement Projects (Pg 2).

See attachment for highlights of Grant-In-Aid recipients.

HOUSE FINANCE AND SENATE WAYS AND MEANS CHAIRS HOLD FIRST CONFERENCE COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE 2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Leaders Highlight Agreement on Several Significant Budget Items

Honolulu, Hawaii – The conference meeting to negotiate differences in the state budget between the House and Senate was held a week earlier than normal to allow more discussion time for conference members and avoid the last minute rush to act on other fiscal bills.

In his opening remarks today, Senate Ways and Means Chair, David Ige said, “This is an historic convening of the conference committee.  I cannot ever remember beginning this early in the session on the budget.  I would like to commend the House for its quick action and work in passing the budget over to the Senate early, and the Senate was inspired to do likewise.”

House Finance Chair, Sylvia Luke acknowledged the leadership of Senate President Donna Mercado Kim and House Speaker Joseph M. Souki “in making it possible for us to start the conference meetings early.”  Luke added, “Today we are not only ready to officially open conference meetings, we are ready to make significant decisions.”

Of the thousands of budget items facing the conference committee, two-thirds of them have already been agreed between what was contained in the House and Senate drafts of the budget.

Today, the chairs agreed to appropriate $100 million for fiscal Year (FY) 2014 and $117.4 million for FY2015 to begin payments on the unfunded liabilities.  Currently, the unfunded liabilities for the Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund is $13.6 billion.

We believe that paying down the State’s unfunded liabilities must be a priority and can no longer be left to discretion,” said Senator Ige. “Additionally, this will put the State at the leading edge of national efforts to address this issue.”

Also today, the committee agreed on appropriating about $1.2 million each year to the Charter School Commission.  This appropriation would add 15 positions.

We both agreed to fully fund the Charter School Commission to ensure that they do have the resources to conduct the audits, to establish the performance contracts, to really do the public’s business to ensure that the public charter schools are capable of providing quality educational services to our children,” said Representative Luke.

The two sides also resolved differences on four other items today.

  • An allocation of $1 million to sustain the Hawaii Health Information Exchange (HHIE) contract for FY14. The HHIE is a local non-profit organization designated by the State of Hawaii to build the statewide health information exchange, a secure electronic network that allows health care providers to transmit patient medical information more efficiently.
  • Protection against invasive species by providing $750,000 in each of the next two years for the Hawaii Invasive Species Council. These funds will support a wide variety of invasive species prevention, control, and outreach projects across the state.
  • $4.7 million over the next biennium for risk management ensuring the state is adequately protected against catastrophic losses.
  • $700,000 for FY14 for the State Library System to purchase additional books, e-books, and other circulatory materials statewide.

Additionally, Ige and Luke highlighted some of the other notable budget items upon which there was agreement in the House and Senate budget drafts.

  • $1.2 million in special funds over the next biennium to fund seven new positions, including environmental health specialists and engineers. These positions will monitor watershed and surface water quality, the state water reuse and green house gas program, air pollution control programs and the enforcement of clean water regulations.
  • Approval of $126,400 for two juvenile parole officer positions on the neighbor islands which will help keep youth with their families instead of requiring them to relocate to the Oahu Youth Facility.
  • $135,000 to fund three animal disease inspector positions that will assist in controlling livestock diseases.
  • An appropriation of $327,000 over the next two years for the Automated Fingerprint Identification System and Facial Recognition System maintenance. This will enable all county law enforcement agencies to keep their systems running 24-hours 7-days a week.
  • $100,000 in general funds and $225,000 in federal funds to upgrade 120 emergency sirens around the state.
  • Support for veteran services by providing $870,000 for the next two years for five new counselor positions, burial service support, special housing for disabled veterans, and program operations.
  • $456,000 each year in federal funds for domestic violence prevention and support services.
  • An increase in the special fund ceiling by over $700,000 for eight new food sanitation inspector positions to address an increasing number of food safety violations on Oahu.
  • Over $2.2 million for both years to restore 32 custodial positions for the maintenance and upkeep of Honolulu International Airport. As the first and last place that visitors will see during their trip, it is important to create a pleasant impression for all visitors to Hawaii.
  • Nearly $81 million in FY14 for the repair and maintenance of our state highways.

The conference committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow, Friday, April 12 in conference room 309 at 2:30 p.m.

Senator David Y. Ige’s Floor Remarks on the Senate’s Version of the Hawaii State Budget

During Session on April 4, 2013, the Senate voted to approve its version of the State Budget, House Bill 200. The Senate’s version of the bill took a cautious and conservative approach to the Governor’s executive budget, with a regard to government expansion and fiscal matters. The Senate’s version of the budget is approximately $134 M under from the executive request. The bill appropriates funds for the operating and capital improvement budget of the Executive Branch for the fiscal biennium years 2013-2015.

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Senator Michelle Kidani’s Floor Remarks on House Bill 2012, the Hawaii State Supplemental Budget

On May 3, 2012, Senator Michelle Kidani, who serves as vice chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and oversees Capital Improvements Projects for the Senate, offered the following remarks in support of House Bill 2012, the Hawaii State Supplemental Budget:

Thank you Mr. President. I rise in support of this measure.

This past year has been one of many, many challenges, especially in crafting a Capital Improvement Program that meets the needs of the State while balancing the fiscal considerations of an improving, but still fragile economic recovery.  We know that now is the time for investment in our state’s infrastructure, while costs for materials and labor are still low, and the need for job creation has never been greater. I wish to thank Chair Ige for his leadership during this very long and tedious process and you for your guidance and letting me vent when needed. Also Mr. President, I would like to introduce and thank my staff member Will Kane without whose help we could not have completed the CIP budget.

 In HB2012 CD1, we have taken the approach of investing in existing state facilities and infrastructure, especially those for education, technological innovations and facilities that will reduce the expenditure of taxpayer funds in the form of rent or lease payments.

Therefore, the HB2012 CD1 proposes a CIP budget for FY13 in the amount of $3.2 Billion, $826 million of which is funded by General Obligation or Reimbursable Bonds. It is important to note, that due to the recent refinancing of previously issued bonds and the savings realized from this and the proceeds from a bond issuance in a healthy bond market, and prior year project lapses, there are no additional payments for debt service on $350 million of the total amount appropriated. Also of note, this budget includes over $400 million of Repair and Maintenance projects included in the Senate’s Invest in Hawaii Act of 2012 (SB 2012).

Highlights of the budget bill before us this morning include:

-         $60 million for the department of Human services for renovations to our public housing.

-         $135 million for the department of education facilities, to provide a 21st century learning environment in our aging schools.

-         Almost $50 million for the department of Health to address critical health and safety needs.     

-         This budget also provides funding for projects across nearly every campus in the UH System, including funding to build:

           – the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapiolani CC,

          – University of Hawaii Athletics Facilities

          – a dedicated facility for the Academy for Creative Media Academy at UH-West O`ahu, and

          – funding to continue construction of a new community college campus at Palamanui on the Big Island’s Kona Coast.

When crafting this budget, the utilization of currently under utilized state facilities was considered. An example of this lies right across the street from this building. The Kamamalu building has sat empty for years, while we spend millions in lease payments to private companies, instead of renovating our existing facilities. Therefore, HB 2012 CD1 has appropriated the funds that would allow this building to once again be used by our state agencies, which is the most responsible way to reduce escalating rental costs.

Lastly, Mr. President, the Senate’s Capital Improvement Program budget provides appropriations for projects across nearly every department. These include funding to create a statewide financial management system, renovate additional facilities for the Department of Health, and improvements to all airports, statewide. This will begin to address the concerns and needs of our visitors, which are the lifeblood of our economy,

In closing, I would like to again thank Chair Ige and my fellow members of the Committee for their support and hard work in crafting this budget, and I believe we all look forward to the positive impact this budget will have on the State.

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2012 Supplemental State Budget Breakdown by Department

This year the Legislature passed an $11.2 billion supplemental budget for the State of Hawaii, House Bill 2012. Following three years of budget cuts totaling more than a billion dollars each year, this year’s budget provided the Senate with a refreshing opportunity to reinforce the safety net where needed, reinstitute core services that have been decimated over the past three years, and make strategic investments in key areas that can help us grow the economy and sustain a more prosperous future for Hawaii. The chart above illustrates each State department’s funding allocation as appropriated through House Bill 2012.

Here is the numeric breakdown:

Department Fiscal Year 2013
Accounting and General Services $     166,205,378
Agriculture $     42,101,954
Attorney General $     73,122,827
Budget and Finance $     1,847,935,987
Business, Economic Development, and Tourism $     241,367,661
Commerce and Consumer Affairs $     50,586,801
Defense $     109,083,863
Education $     1,856,429,564
Governor $     3,008,433
Hawaiian Home Lands $     184,992,104
Health $     1,501,022,002
Human Resources Development $     19,804,446
Human Services $     2,385,651,645
Labor $     490,431,649
Land and Natural Resources $     111,534,249
Lieutenant Governor $     1,020,774
Public Safety $     234,581,424
Subsidies $     873,859
Taxation $     22,764,775
Transportation $     846,569,213
University of Hawaii $     993,645,330
Grand Total  $    11,182,733,938

Senator David Y. Ige’s Floor Remarks on the Executive Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2012

On May, 3, 2012, Senate Committee on Ways and Means Chair David Y. Ige offered the following remarks in support of House Bill 2012, the Hawaii State Supplemental Budget:

Mister President, I rise to speak in favor of this measure, the executive supplemental appropriations act of 2012.

This measure is the product of the positive and collaborative efforts set forth by members of this Legislature, the executive branch of government, and numerous members of the public.

Colleagues, I thank all of you that have contributed and supported the Senate’s efforts to develop a responsible expenditure plan, especially my Vice Chair, the members of the Ways and Means Committee, and yourself, Mister President.

Additionally, I also appreciate House Finance Chair Oshiro and his tireless efforts to work with me to finalize the State budget. The Chairman has become fond of the saying in the heated crucible of negotiations, “iron sharpens iron.” Mister President, at this point, the Legislature must have two fairly sharp money Chairs at its disposal.

This session marks the first in years that we were not faced with addressing a deficit exceeding a billion dollars. Nonetheless, challenges remained. The budget submitted by the Governor was premised on general fund revenue growth projections that the Council on Revenues has since substantially reduced, and many worthy programs could not be funded at desired levels.

However, this budget does allow us to strengthen core government services that have been diminished over the years. The governor’s initial supplemental budget request included over $100 million to strengthen the safety net, support public education, and maintain essential services across the State. Colleagues, the measure before you is responsible and responsive to the Governor’s requests and initiatives.

The governor’s requested budget includes funding to significantly improve the infrastructure for information technology (IT) throughout state government, an area in which the Senate has led by example. This measure includes more than $25 million dollars that will be administered by the office of information management and technology (OIMT) for critical IT projects that will support increased efficiency in the transformation of state government.

The budget before you strengthens the safety net, and includes additional funds for child welfare, domestic violence shelters, Medicaid, and various shortfalls across the Department of Human Services. Additionally, $18.2 million provided for the temporary assistance for needy families program and another $3.6 million for information technology initiatives to modernize the Department of Human Services.

Education is a top priority of the Legislature. This measure underscores this by adding over $40 million to the Department of Education’s budget. The funds provided focus on key areas of investment in education, including more funding than requested by the Governor for the weighted student formula and student meals, and fully funding the Governor’s requested budget for the community school for adult program and student transportation.

Following significant evaluations of the Charter School system, this Legislature has a measure rewrite the charter school law. To ensure equal appropriations for the public schools as the charter schools, about $1 million dollars is provided through this measure and charter school legislation to develop and implement a transition plan and provide equal per pupil operating funding for charter school and regular education students.

Finally, one of the Governor’s key initiatives is the protection of priority watersheds. This measure recognizes the importance of protecting the State’s water resources and provides $5 million for this purpose.

The conference draft of this Supplemental Budget moves the State forward by protecting safety net services, strengthening funding for education, and making strategic investments that will advance our economy.

This budget is in line with that proposed by the Governor, and calls for an addition of just $1.4 million in general funds to the executive supplemental budget request, as adjusted for governor’s messages, for fiscal year 2013.

Colleagues, I commend each of your efforts that have helped bring us to this point and thank you for your support of this measure and the important issues it represents.

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Budget Highlights

Senate and House Conferees passed House Bill 2012, relating to State Budget, early Saturday morning.  Here are highlights of the $11.2 billion dollar budget for fiscal year 2012-2013:

Human Services

$22,880,786 MedQuest
$18,191,515 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
$6,880,719 childwelfare

Department of Education

$14,000,000 Student Weighted Formula
$25,000,000 Student Transportation
$2,5000,000 Adult Education

Agriculture

$1,331,952 Plant Quarantine Inspectors
$169,859 Food Safety Inspectors

2012 Opening Conference Remarks on the Hawaii State Budget

On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, the Senate and House opened conference on the Hawaii State Supplemental Budget with comments from Senate Committee on Ways and Means Committee Chair David Y. Ige. House Finance Chair Marcus Oshiro also offered remarks.

With a notable 438 out of 620 budget worksheets already agreed upon by both sides of the aisle prior to the first day of the Conference, Senator Ige reflected that this year’s conference on the State Budget encompasses significantly more agreements between the Senate and the House.

I would like to say that this is a New Day. We do appreciate the hard work of the administration to really stop the practice of kicking the can down the street…We don’t have to wonder what the true status of our budget is because we stopped paying bills or we’ve denied payments or we’ve stopped tax refunds,” said Senator Ige. “I look forward to working through this Conference period to iron out the 30 percent of differences as we work to conclude the Budget.”

The Senate’s version of the 2012 Supplemental Budget seeks to move the State forward by shoring up safety net, significantly improve the infrastructure for information technology, invest in education and make strategic investments that will advance our economy.

To view Senator Ige’s remarks click here.

Senate Advances Bills Supporting Job Creation, Economic Recovery and Restoring the Safety Net

HONOLULU — Ahead of Thursday’s Second Crossover deadline, the Hawaii State Senate advanced several bills today that align with its 2012 Legislative Session priorities: job creation, economic recovery and restoring the safety net. The overarching themes and priorities set forth also align with Governor Abercrombie’s “A New Day in Hawaii.”

Creating jobs and putting people back to work has been critically important to the Senate. The Senate passed House Bill 2145, which includes the Senate’s flagship initiative, known as “The Invest in Hawaii Act of 2012.” The measure is an aggressive $500 million general obligation bond-funded Capital Improvement Program package aimed at creating jobs by investing and stimulating our local economy from all corners of the state.

The Invest in Hawaii Act of 2012 would give a big boost to the economy and put people to work by appropriating funds for shovel-ready jobs for all trades in the construction industry – from carpenters to consultants. The measure would appropriate funds for much needed repair and maintenance projects that would extend the useful life of our aging facilities and infrastructures. According to estimates by DBEDT’s job multiplier, this measure could create or sustain more than 5,000 jobs.

With construction bids coming in below estimated costs and interest rates at historic lows, money allocated for state construction projects has never gone further. We now have an unprecedented opportunity to make significant reductions to the state’s repair and maintenance backlog,” said Sen. David Y. Ige, chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

The Senate today also passed its version of the $11 billion supplemental budget for the State of Hawaii, House Bill 2012. The Senate’s version of the budget is both responsible and responsive to the governor’s budget requests. Most of the governor’s initiatives have been funded as they pertain to maintaining the safety net and restoring the ability of government to perform necessary functions.

As a result of the mild economic recovery, the safety net could be strengthened. Additional funds for child welfare, domestic violence shelters, Medicaid, and various shortfalls across the Department of Human Services were included. Additionally, $18.2 million were directed to the temporary assistance for needy families program and $3.6 million to information technology initiatives to modernize the Department of Human Services.

The Senate also continues its strong support for education. Notably, the Senate has underscored education as a top priority by adding $44 million to the Department of Education’s budget. Specifically, the Senate’s budget focuses on key areas of investment in education, including: the weighted student formula, student meals, the community school for adults program, early learning and student transportation.

In the area of technology, the Senate calls for investing in the State’s information technology (IT) infrastructure in order to improve government and to better serve the public. The investment in IT upgrades aims to increase productivity, making government more efficient. The governor’s budget includes funding to significantly improve the infrastructure for IT throughout state government, an area in which the Senate has led by example. The Senate’s budget includes more than $27 million dollars for critical infrastructure IT projects that will support increased efficiency in the transformation of state government. The Senate also supports the governor’s broadband initiative to improve services and deployment of broadband to ensure that each and every citizen has access.

The Senate passed 197 measures today, which includes bills and resolutions.
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The Maui Senatorial delegation offered the following comments on House Bill  2145:

I encourage our colleagues in the House to seriously consider this measure because interest rates are at an historic low and there is no better time to make a significant investment in our state-owned facilities,” said Senate President Shan Tsutsui, who represents District 4, encompassing Wailuku, Waihee, Kahului, Paia and Lower Paia.

This bill puts investment toward renewable energy and information technology upgrade initiatives throughout our schools, hospitals, and office buildings, which will lead to future cost savings and a reduction in the State’s carbon footprint,”  said Senator J. Kalani English, who represents District 6, encompassing Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kahoolawe.

All businesses will benefit from this bill.  We encourage any company, including small businesses, to register with the State Procurement Office’s online system in order to be eligible to bid for projects.  The process is totally transparent and open- with bids posted publicly for anyone to see,” said Senator Roz Baker, who represents District 5, encompassing South and West Maui.

 

 

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