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State budget agreement trims Abercrombie's spending request

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 12:15 p.m. HST, Apr 25, 2014


State House and Senate negotiators on Friday morning reached agreement on the state budget that would reduce Gov. Neil Abercrombie's spending request in light of the state's downgraded revenue forecast.

Lawmakers agreed to spend $12.1 billion in fiscal year 2015, down from the $12.3 billion Abercrombie had requested. The general fund portion of the budget is $6.1 billion, down from the $6.3 billion the governor had sought.

Negotiators also made adjustments to the budget for this fiscal year, which ends in June. The revision contains $11.7 billion in spending, down from the $11.8 billion in Abercrombie's request.

Late last night, negotiators settled on a state construction outlay that had been the sticking point in negotiations. The state construction budget would authorize $2.8 billion in spending next fiscal year. The blueprint calls for $2.2 billion in spending for this fiscal year.

The construction budget includes $28 million over two years for the allied health and administration building at the University of Hawaii at West Oahu.

The University of Hawaii at Hilo's pharmacy college, which was shut out last year, would receive $33 million.

The separate construction budget for the state Judiciary contains $35 million for a new judiciary complex in Kona.

Rep. Sylvia Luke, the lead House negotiator on the budget, said the construction budget does not include the $40 million in bond money for the state to acquire a conservation easement near Turtle Bay Resort.

House lawmakers are scheduled to meet with Abercrombie administration officials Friday afternoon to discuss the terms of the deal with Turtle Bay.

Luke said it is possible that financing for Turtle Bay will be added to a separate bill before Friday's deadline to have bills ready for final votes next week, when the session adjourns.







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Bothrops wrote:
"The construction budget includes $28 million over two years for the allied health and administration building at the University of Hawaii at West Oahu. The University of Hawaii at Hilo's pharmacy college, which was shut out last year, would receive $33 million." --But the Leg also decided not to fund $14 million for maintenance at UH, so now UH has two MORE buildings that they can't maintain and that taxpayers will have to pay for the deferred maintenance down the road. Outstanding!
on April 25,2014 | 12:08PM
Kukuinunu wrote:
It is good to hold off on Turtle Bay easement acquisition until we see what we are getting. Supporters say we will have beach access, but legally we have that now. Where will people park? Can they get across the land to the ocean? Where are the bathrooms? What we want is a park, like Wawamalu which Governor Ben Cayetano negotiated with KSBE, so we can roam through it. Let us get an equivalent deal, and purchase TB lands, not just the rights to look at it from the highway. Publish the actual proposed easement so we can evaluate the deal before we commit to paying for it!
on April 25,2014 | 12:29PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Why do we need a pharmacy school when there is an oversupply of pharmacists in the state?
on April 25,2014 | 01:48PM
7yearTribulation wrote:
the dud wasted money on the special session , lame leader
on April 25,2014 | 06:31PM
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