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Abercrombie announces $147 million in capital spending

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:41 a.m. HST, Sep 13, 2012

Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the state has allotted $147 million in capital improvement spending for various state projects, including $75 million to fix roofs, plumbing and electrical systems in Hawaii schools.

The governor said Wednesday that the projects are part of a strategy to stimulate the state’s economy by generating job opportunities and kick-starting work that needs to get done. 

The funds released include $12.5 million to build athletic facilities at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, $7.1 million for an electronic system for medical records and $12 million to buy land near Maui’s airport.

Abercrombie said the state will also spend $8 million to replace the roof and deck at the state Capitol. 

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loquaciousone wrote:
Hold on Neil. I'm promoting a concert on Maui featuring Elvis. I need about 200K.
on September 12,2012 | 02:51PM
LanaUlulani wrote:

Of course Dictator Abercrombie boasts about how much he is SPENDING. What I want to know is how much he is CUTTING AND SAVING OUR HARD-EARNED MONEY in the form of TAXES that he WANTS TO SPEND.

on September 12,2012 | 03:09PM
kauai wrote:
Where's the appropriations to FIX the HIGHWAYS and FREEWAYS??? I am sick and tired of dodging lousy patches in the roadways! If you're not going to fix the roads, then get rid of all fuel taxes and registration fees! Yes, I'm boiling mad!
on September 12,2012 | 05:22PM
jankenpo wrote:
Yes, no mention of fixing highways. My calls reporting potholes are all for not. Same holes, same places and getting bigger and deeper.
on September 12,2012 | 06:33PM
danji wrote:
UH throws away $200,000 and gets $12.5 million from the tax payers. Is this a new way to manage a university??
on September 12,2012 | 06:20PM
fox912 wrote:
Wow, $8 million to repalce the roof and deck at the state capital.
on September 12,2012 | 07:11PM
false wrote:
Pay into the state employee retirement fund first before the economy comes crashing down.
on September 12,2012 | 08:38PM
serious wrote:
Speaking of the workers retirement fund---Governor Moonbeam Brown of CA, at least did one thing right, retirement pay is now based on the last three years of REGULAR pay, but the spiked up overtime that Hawaii does.
on September 13,2012 | 03:57AM
ready2go wrote:
I wish we could fix the pot holes on the H-1 Freeway - Westward bound ( Pali exit though the Waiakamilo exit ). The far right side lane is damaging our cars. Even the painted lane striping is already faded in newly created mini-lanes in the Ward ave- Punahou areas.
on September 13,2012 | 08:01AM
Ronin006 wrote:
What the story does not say is that the $147 million was borrowed money which must be repaid with interest. It was part of the $500 million approved by the legislature for what was called "bond financed" construction and maintenance projects. This practice keeps the expenditures from state budgets, but it will show big time in future budgets when the bonds reach maturity and must be paid with interest. The can was kicked down the road to be handled by future generations.
on September 13,2012 | 08:40AM
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