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Ige, Abercrombie reveal plans for state if elected

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Hawaii state Sen. David Ige says his first priority if he is elected governor will be to submit a balanced budget and collect $450 million in unpaid taxes. Gov. Neil Abercrombie wants to prioritize affordable housing and smart growth.

The Democratic rivals shared details of their plans for the next four years Wednesday, ahead of an Aug. 9 primary.

Ige says he would not raise taxes. He says he rejected Abercrombie’s plan to tax retiree pensions, soda, transit accommodations and plastic bags.

Abercrombie says increasing the housing supply is essential to easing homelessness.

Ige’s other priorities include increasing domestic and international travel to the state.

The winner of the Democratic primary is likely to face Republican James “Duke” Aiona and Independent Party candidate Mufi Hannemann in November.

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