Senate Ways and Means Committee Visits Hawai‘i Island

Earlier this week, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Hawai‘i Island Senators, and the Senate President conducted site visits across Hawai‘i Island. Led by Ways and Means Chair David Ige, Ways and Means Committee members, Hawaii Island Senators Malama Solomon, Josh Green, Gil Kahele, and Russell Ruderman, and Senate President Donna Mercado Kim toured and were updated on various programs, projects, and concerns. While on Hawai‘i Island, Senators visited the Kona Airport, Judiciary Courthouse,…

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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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WAM Chair Talks About Committee’s Decision to Hold the “Dream Act”

Senator David Y. Ige, chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, explained the committee’s decision to hold House Bill 1457, known as Hawaii’s version of the federal “Dream Act.” The measure, which passed out of the Senate Committee on Education on March 19, 2012, would allow Hawaii high school graduates without lawful immigration status to receive state funded financial aid and resident tuition at the University of Hawaii. Senator Ige stated, “It really…

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Senate Passes The Invest in Hawaii Act of 2012

HONOLULU–  The Senate unanimously passed The Invest in Hawaii Act of 2012 (Senate Bill 2012) today.  The bill will go to the House next for consideration. Garnering bipartisan support, Senate Bill 2012, 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. We are proud of this legislation, which has united all members of the Senate,”…

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Senator David Y. Ige Offers Remarks on Senate Bill 2819

This afternoon, Senate Committee on Ways and Means Chair David Y. Ige explained Senate Bill 2819, relating to the sales of electronic cigarettes. The committee heard testimony on the bill earlier today, on February 8, 2012. The bill places e-cigarettes with other tobacco products as items prohibited to be sold to a minor and amends the definition of “tobacco products” for purposes of taxation. For more information about the bill and to view the bill’s…

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Lihue Courthouse to Receive Makeover

LIHUE, KAUAI — The project to give Lihue Courthouse a makeover is now in the planning phase, according to the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS). DAGS told the Senate Committee on Ways and Means at a briefing Thursday it will be asking the Legislature for funding approval on full renovations, which includes office space conversion and addresses hazardous material abatement. If funds are appropriated, the project is expected to be completed in 2014….

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