Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means Senator David Ige Makes Final Speech at the Close of Session Today

State Sen. David Ige (D-Pearl Harbor-Pearl City-Aiea) today gave a final speech as Senator on the Senate floor at the close of the legislative session today. This marks a milestone in an effective career in leadership positions dedicated to serving the people of Hawaii. Sen. Ige has spent nearly three decades in public office, starting in the state House of Representatives for eight years before his 21 year tenure in the state Senate. “I am…

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Senate Honors Senator David Ige on His Final Day as a State Senator

Lawmakers bid farewell to Ways and Means Chair on Sine Die The Hawaii State Senate honored one of its longest continuously serving members of its body for having devoted more than half his life to representing residents of Pearl City and Aiea. Lawmakers presented Sen. David Ige, who has chosen not to seek re-election to his Senate seat, with a certificate of appreciation commending his service to the state of Hawaii. “The legislature has been…

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Counties to Receive a Larger Share of the Hotel Tax

Bill to increasing the Transient Accommodations Tax revenues distributed to the counties passes out of the Legislature and will be enrolled to the Governor The Hawaii State Legislature passed out on final reading a bill that will increase the counties’ share of the transient accommodation tax (TAT). The measure will now go to the governor for further consider. The governor can sign, veto or let the bill become law without his signature. The Legislature believes…

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Lawmakers Agree on Fiscally Responsible State Budget Bill

HB1700 emphasizes the Legislature’s commitment to education and Hawaii’s people Key Senate and House conferees today concluded negotiations on the state budget bill, agreeing upon and passing a fiscally responsible $12.1 billion budget for fiscal year 2014-15. HB1700 includes funding for core services such as education, health, the University of Hawaii, human services, the environment, public safety, and supporting and caring for the lives of Hawaii’s people. The bill now goes to the full Senate…

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Senator David Ige Proposes Plan to Fund the Turtle Bay Conservation Easement

Proposal ensures protection and preservation of North Shore lands  Hawaii State Senator David Ige has proposed a plan that would provide the $40 million needed to complete the agreement reached last week between the State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu, The Trust for Public Land, and Turtle Bay Resort (TBR) to establish a conservation easement on 665.8 acres of land at Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku.  “I have always been an advocate for…

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Art at the Capitol 2014 Concludes

Last Friday was the 6th annual Art at the Capitol, where lawmakers welcomed the public to tour their offices to view the publicly held artwork there. This year’s theme was Illuminating the Legislative Process for the featured complementary chandeliers hanging in the Senate and House chambers at the Hawaii State Capitol. The “Sun” and “Moon” by kinetic artist, Otto Piene, hang in the House and Senate chambers of the Hawaii State Legislature at the State…

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Senate Committee on Ways and Means Passes Fiscally Responsible State Supplemental Budget Bill Following Changes in Economic Outlook

Following lower tax revenue projections, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means today passed a fiscally responsible HB1700 HD1 SD1, the supplemental appropriations act of 2014, which includes less spending while continuing to support education, health, human services, the environment and public safety. The bill adjusts appropriations for the operating and capital improvement budgets of the Executive Branch for Fiscal Biennium 2013-2015. Compared to the Governor Neil Abercrombie’s budget proposal, for FY2013-2014, the Senate’s version…

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Statement from Sen. David Ige on Nearly $500 Million in Projected Revenue Loss

“Based on the latest report, we can clearly see that almost half a billion dollars has been cut out of the Governor’s budget, which will now be in the negative in fiscal year 2015.  We will have to take a closer look at his requests and what areas we need to cut in order to end the day with a balanced budget. “As we initially anticipated, the touted $844 million surplus has evaporated due to…

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Senators Strike a Balance to Move Minimum Wage

Ways and Means Committee Approves SB 2609 The Senate Committee on Ways and Means today advanced an amended version of Senate Bill 2609, a measure that would incrementally increase Hawaii’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2017. The changes to the measure reflect the committees desire to strike a balance between concerns from advocates on both sides of the issue to ensure lawmakers craft a responsible bill that boosts the minimum wage while not…

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Senate Advances Measure to Provide for Emergency Funding to Kauai Hospitals

HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Senate today passed House Bill (HB) 3, to provide emergency funding to the Kauai Regional Health Care System of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC). HB 3 appropriates $7.3 million for fiscal year 2013-2014 to sustain the HHSC Kauai Regional Health Care System.  The emergency funding will ensure that Kauai’s two critical access hospitals, West Kauai Medical Center and Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, Kauai’s only inpatient psychiatric unit, long-term care…

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