HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Senate is expected to vote on House Bill 2145 tomorrow. The bill 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.
Ahead of the Senate’s floor vote, Senate President Shan Tsutsui visited Maui Memorial Medical Center last Friday to look at much needed repair and maintenance projects that would be funded by the measure. If the bill is ultimately signed by Governor Abercrombie, Maui Memorial Medical Center will be among state owned facilities that will be receiving funding for shovel-ready projects.
Under this bill, Maui Memorial Medical Center, along with other State hospitals in the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, would potentially receive $40 million dollars for repair and maintenance projects,” explained President Tsutsui.
This measure allows us to invest in our facilities, our people and our economy,” he said. “The money appropriated through this measure would go towards projects that would extend the useful life of our aging facilities, like Maui Memorial Medical Center.”
Other facilities within Maui County that are currently identified as part of the Program to receive funding are: Baldwin High, Haiku Elementary, Hana High & Elementary, Iao Intermediate, Kahului Elementary, Kalama Intermediate, Kamehameha III Elementary, Kaunakakai Elementary, Kekaulike High, Kihei Elementary, Kilohana Elementary, King Kekaulike High, Kualapuu Elementary, Kula Elementary, Lahaina Intermediate, Lahainaluna High, Lanai High and Elementary, Lihikai Elementary, Lokelani Intermediate, Makawao Elementary, Maui Community, Maui High, Maui Waena Intermediate, Maunaloa Elementary, Molokai High, Nahienaena Elementary, Paia Elementary, Pukalani Elementary, Puunene, Waihee Elementary, Wailuku Elementary, Hana Community School Library, Wailuku Public Library, Kahului Library, Lanai Public & School Library, Molokai Library, Hoapili Hale, Maui Community Correctional Center, UH Maui College, Lahaina Small Boat Harbor, Mahinahina Deep Monitor Well, DLNR Maui Office Annex, Kula Hospital, and Lanai Community Hospital.
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. According to estimates by DBEDT’s job multiplier, this measure could create or sustain more than 5,000 jobs.
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The time is right to invest in our State’s infrastructures and facilities. Hawaii is currently experiencing the lowest interest rates in recorded history and significant savings have accrued from the State’s most recent bond issuance. Many bids for construction work are coming in significantly below budget. This means taxpayers are currently getting an excellent value for construction projects now being implemented,” said Senate President Tsutsui.