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Supplemental Budget Includes $30M to Keep Kids Cool in School

December 22, 2015, 1:49 PM HST
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Goodfellow Bros. and Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui teamed up to bring much-needed relief from the sweltering conditions to middle and intermediate public schools on Maui. While this is not a long-term solution, the Lt. Governor and Goodfellow Bros. hope their donation of fans will help make classrooms comfortable and cool in the meantime as a permanent fix is in the works.

Goodfellow Bros. and Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui teamed up to bring much-needed relief from the sweltering conditions to middle and intermediate public schools on Maui by donating fans to help cool island keiki. While this is not a long-term solution, the Lt. Governor and Goodfellow Bros. hope their donation will help make classrooms comfortable and cool as a permanent fix is in the works. Photo: Maui Waena, Aug. 2015. Image courtesy: Office of Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui.

Governor David Ige submitted his supplemental budget to the legislature today. The proposal covers the Supplemental Fiscal Year.

“When I ran for Governor, I made a promise to the people of Hawaiʻi. I said that we would get our government house in order, honor our obligations and commitments and act to improve the lives of Hawaiʻi’s people. The budget I am submitting this year keeps that promise,” he said.

Gov. Ige explained that being a supplemental budget year, targeted changes are made to the budget that was adopted last year.

“We are focused on areas where government can make a real difference in the lives of Hawaiʻi’s citizens,” he said.

The budget provides additional amounts as follows:

  • $729 million for to improve our basic infrastructure and economic development to support the keys to our economy.
  • $161 million to support affordable housing so our people can find places to live.
  • $247 million to address critical health care needs, particularly for those among us least able to help themselves.
  • $248 million for education, which remains one of my highest priorities and on which a lot more needs to be done in the years that lie ahead.
Governor David Ige. Official photo.

Governor David Ige. Official photo.

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In addition, Gov. Ige said substantial funds are being set aside to honor financial commitments and to keep the state’s fiscal house in order. He said the administration is proposing to “act aggressively, while the economy is healthy,” to pay down the debts to fully fund employee retirement obligations.

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“This is the part of my work that is not glamorous or exciting; it is however the only responsible act to take,” he said.

“I look forward to working with the legislature on this budget in the 2016 session, to a healthy exchange of views on these and other issues, and to my upcoming State of the State Address which will allow me to place this budget in the larger context of the bills we will introduce and the administrative actions we are taking,” said Ige.

SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS (as outlined by Gov. Ige)

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Basic Infrastructure and Economic Development

  • $179 million – improvements to Kona and Honolulu airports
  • $350 million – Honolulu Harbor modernization: $350 million in revenue bonds, $50 million in other federal funds, and $2,000 in private funds.

Housing

  • $25 million for the Dwelling Unit Revolving Fund
  • $75 million for the Rental Housing Revolving Fund
  • Are also including $31 million in capital improvement funds to make improvements to public housing and 64 staff positions and $4.5 million in revolving funds to ensure there are people who can do the work

Health

  • $160.5 million in capital improvement funds for patient care facility at the Hawaii State Hospital

Education

  • $26.5 million in operating funds will go to the Weighted Student Formula to allow principals to decide how to spend this portion of the DOE’s budget and how to best meet the needs of their students
  • $6 million in operating funds for the Preschool Open Doors to help families who need it the most send their children to preschool
  • $4 million in operating funds for the University of Hawaii’s Cancer Center
  • $30 million in capital improvement funds to keep our kids cool (heat abatement); they cannot perform to their potential if we cannot keep them comfortable
  • $35 million in capital improvement funds for a new classroom building at Campbell High
  • $60 million in capital improvement funds for renewal and deferred maintenance at UH campuses, statewide

Other Post-Employment Benefits

  • While resources are available, we are proposing to pay 100 percent of the annual required contribution ($163.9 million) to the other post-employment benefits – sometimes called unfunded liabilities – in FY 17 instead of FY 19.
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