• Hawaiʻi State Senate

Senate committees to hold informational briefing on Thursday, May 21

The committees on Ways and Means; and Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism, will hold an informational briefing at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, in the State Capitol auditorium.


The state is facing significant challenges with revenues and unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. The purpose of this briefing is to discuss a framework to address the impacts on the state's revenues, discuss an economic framework to recovery, and hear from specific entities that can reshape a new economy for the state.

The following are invited to present on the specified topics:

Report on Monthly Revenues:

Department of Taxation

Ms. Rona Suzuki, Director

Overview of The Financial Impacts of COVID-19:

Department of Budget and Finance

Mr. Craig Hirai, Director

Report on Current Unemployment Statistics:

Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

Mr. Scott Murakami, Director

GDP History, Outlook, and Potential Sector Growth:

State Economist

Dr. Eugene Tian, Chief State Economist

Approach to Job Creation:

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

Mr. Mike McCartney, Director

Hawaii Technology Development Corporation

Mr. Len Higashi, Acting Executive Director

Hawaii State Energy Office

Mr. Scott Glenn, Chief Energy Officer

Business Development & Support Division

Mr. Dennis Ling, Administrator

Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority

Mr. Greg Barbour, Executive Director

Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems

Mr. Rodrigo Romo, Program Director

Foreign Trade Zone Division

Mr. David Sikkink, Administrator

Agriculture as a Means of Job Creation and GDP Growth:

College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Development

Dr. Nicholas Comerford, Dean

Department of Agriculture

Ms. Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser, Chairperson

Agribusiness Development Corporation

Mr. James Nakatani, Executive Director

Please note that there may be committee members or invited speakers participating remotely via video or teleconference.

The meeting will be available for live viewing on ‘Olelo Channel 49 on O‘ahu and will go out live for pick up by neighbor island public access channels. It will also be streamed live online at olelo.org/49.

No public testimony will be accepted.

If you require special assistance, please call 586-6800 or email your request to waysandmeans@capitol.hawaii.gov.

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