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: 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…

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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…

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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. …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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