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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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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Hawaii State Senate Stays the Course in 2012 Legislative Session

Job Creation, Education, Shoring up the Safety Net and Improving IT Infrastructure HONOLULU –  The Hawaii State Senate adjourned on this final day of the 2012 Legislative Session, passing many bills in support of its priorities set forth at the beginning of the session.  Throughout the second year of the legislative biennium, the overarching themes and priorities of the Senate were in alignment with Governor Abercrombie’s “A New Day in Hawaii.” We advanced important measures…

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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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WAM Chair Describes Key Aspects of the Senate’s Draft of the State Budget

Earlier this month, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means unanimously voted to pass the Senate’s version of the $11 billion supplemental budget for the State of Hawaii, House Bill (HB) 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,…

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