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State House advances $11.1 billion budget

By B.J. Reyes

LAST UPDATED: 03:38 p.m. HST, Mar 12, 2012

The state House today advanced an $11.1 billion supplemental budget bill that leaders say takes a conservative approach to government spending amid an economic recovery that is still fragile.

The House Finance Committee adopted the budget last week, just as the state Council on Revenues was predicting a slightly improved economic forecast for the state. The Council projected revenue growth of 12 percent in the fiscal year that ends in June, up from 11.5 percent in its previous quarterly forecast.

"I welcome the good news of the Council of Revenues from last week, but we all know how fragile this economy and recovery can be," House Finance Chairman Marcus Oshiro (D, Wahiawa-Poamoho) said.

He described the budget as an effort to reprioritize, rehabilitate and renew government services.

The measure passed unanimously in the House and now goes to the Senate for further discussion and crafting.

House Republicans raised some concerns.

Minority Leader Gene Ward (R, Kalama Valley-Hawaii Kai) lamented what he called "hidden" aspects of the budget.

"Behind this budget are a lot of fees that are propping up this budget, fees that we don't see but fees that are quite large," he said.

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Changalang wrote:
We are fortunate to have Chair Oshiro taking a revenue supported growth cautious approach with the proposed budget and also for the meaningless yelps of his lap dog that highlights Oshiro's importance by contrast.
on March 12,2012 | 04:29PM
hawnpunch wrote:
Conservative........................11.1 bil.......AH C'MON!!!
on March 12,2012 | 04:31PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa!!! How does a State with a population of less then 2.5million, amass a conservative budget of 11 BILLION DOLLARS? - Teacher's have to buy school supplies for the students in many schools! - The Roads are in Shameful Condition! - The Sewer and Irrigation system on Oahuresembles that of a seriously 3rd World Underdeveloped Country! Just look at the Ala Wai Canal during and after Heavy Rains. - The Correctional System is Pathetic to put it Midly. - The Education System, if you want to call it a System, is Completely in SHAMBLES!!! THE LEADERSHIP IN HAWAII SHOULD BE PRFOUNDLY ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES. They make StereoTypes of themselves look "SPOT-ON"!!!
on March 12,2012 | 05:04PM
ejkorvette wrote:
The Star Adverstiser is Such a Great Newspaper. I'm sure you will keep this comment on this page, but exclude all non-complimenting comments.
on March 12,2012 | 05:44PM
HD36 wrote:
The Dems are talking up the economy again. The March 9 report had the trade deficit increasing to 52.6 billion, the largest since October 2008. That is a sign that the economy is going to tank and all the talk of new jobs went into the service sector. If they were truly conservative they would have forecast revenue growth at -12%.
on March 12,2012 | 06:20PM
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