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Lawmaker wants state to give $10M ‘boost’ to UH athletics

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSThis undated photograph provided by his campaign shows Hawaii state Rep. Mark Takai.
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    This undated photograph provided by his campaign shows Hawaii state Rep. Mark Takai.

State Rep. K. Mark Takai has proposed that the Legislature grant the finacially struggling University of Hawaii athletic program a “one-time $10 million boost” with matching funds.

Under Takai’s proposal, which is to be introduced during the legislative session, the state would provide $2 for each $1 raised by the school.

The “boost” is intended to “leverage community support,” Takai (D-Aiea) said.

“It’s much easier to get community support and people in the stands when we have winning teams,” Takai said in a news release today. “However, it’s because of the past few challenging years that we need to step up now and support our athletic program.”

UH athletics ran up a $3.3 million deficit for the fiscal year that closed June 30, and projects as much as a $1 million deficit for the current fiscal year.

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