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Abercrombie looks to trim proposed budget

By Cathy Bussewitz

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:22 p.m. HST, Jun 09, 2014

Hawaii's budget isn't balanced, and Gov. Neil Abercrombie said Monday he will have to veto some of the Legislature's spending requests to solve the problem.

"A major legal challenge has emerged that must be addressed," Abercrombie said. "The budget bill and the bond authorization bill must balance. They do not."

To solve the problem, Abercrombie said he will veto about $45 million in proposed spending by the Department of Education for its facilities improvement projects.

State budget director Kalbert Young said the Department of Education has agreed to the change and has said the reduced funding will not delay current projects.

"They have enough funding that they can execute as planned, but for the second year, they will need to get that additional $45 million," Young said.

Lawmakers will have to reinstate those funds when they return for the next legislative session, Young explained.

"It's not easy," Young said, but because the department has a large budget and multiple projects, it can adjust.

The solution, which has been cleared with legislative leaders, avoids the need to call a special session to balance the budget, Abercrombie said.

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saywhatyouthink wrote:
Incompetence from all involved.
on June 9,2014 | 06:31PM
what wrote:
Day no can add and subtract. Day get one education from DOE.
on June 9,2014 | 07:55PM
Oahuan wrote:
First to get the ax is Education. smh
on June 9,2014 | 07:19PM
sumoroach wrote:
Yes education is the first. Look at there budget 592 pages long. Each school gets 25000 dollars for gas in the school section, then in the maintenance section the schools get another $25,000 for gas. $50,000 per school. 2 million for parking. 100000 for buses for teachers. Rent a car 2 million. THE SCHOOL BUDGET NEED AN AUDIT! Budget under the DOE website. Athletic directors get paid 90000 a year. The schools budget tell how much each teacher makes.
on June 9,2014 | 08:37PM
holumuahawaii wrote:
It is clear that the Governor is stuck with a bad situation. The law clearly says that the Legislature must provide the Administration with a balanced budget. They just as clearly did not! This is unprecedented. The Legislative money committees have very large and experienced career staffs. Not being able to count well enough to provide a balanced budget is a staff failure, first. Secondly, the two money committee chairs never caught the error. Well, at least now, responsible legislators are standing up and taking responsibility. Mahalo to Senate President Donna Kim and Speaker Joe Souki for doing that.
on June 9,2014 | 07:48PM
Anonymous wrote:
Succinct but true!
on June 9,2014 | 08:10PM
OldDiver wrote:
The responsibility lies with Rep Sylvia Luke and Senator David Ige.
on June 9,2014 | 09:33PM
HaoleGuy wrote:
You have no clue what you are talking about. Please keep acting like you do...it is amusing.
on June 9,2014 | 08:26PM
Anonymous wrote:
HaoleGuy: You can have your own opinions, but not your own facts. So, what is factually incorrect?
on June 9,2014 | 09:30PM
HaoleGuy wrote:
Where did the $399 million from the DOE come from? SEFI? No...the ineptitude of the DOE and B&F unable to work together to budget correctly. The Gov knows this...everyone who has a brain does...it is all political.
on June 9,2014 | 10:00PM
MakikiView wrote:
What are you talking about? These are budget bills from the legislature. Please read the story again.
on June 9,2014 | 10:43PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Cut all the excess government employees - that will create a surplus of funds.
on June 9,2014 | 07:51PM
sumoroach wrote:
Audit the DOE!
on June 9,2014 | 08:38PM
Kukuinunu wrote:
Better to not go ahead with the conservation easement at Turtle Bay than to shortchange education.
on June 9,2014 | 08:06PM
HaoleGuy wrote:
on June 9,2014 | 08:26PM
MakikiView wrote:
Um, totally different source of funding. Let's at least talk apples to apples please. This was just an example of sloppy bill-making by legislators. What do our House Finance and Senate WAM chairs have to say for themselves?
on June 9,2014 | 08:41PM
MakikiView wrote:
Looks like the Legislature screwed up its own bills. Heads need to roll. I'd start with Finance Chair Luke and WAM Chair Ige. The point of their jobs is to make sure the budgets line up. Our Finance and Ways & Means chairs can't add! It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.
on June 9,2014 | 08:37PM
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