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Deal would increase military, transportation spending in Hawaii

  • A year-end spending bill before Congress includes $250 million for the Honolulu rail transit project, $171.6 million for highway maintenance and construction of bridges, roads, and bike and pedestrian paths, and $42.2 million for bus and transit fundingwhich will distributed among the state and counties for public transportation operations. (Star-Advertiser file)

Hawaii stands to gain from a year-end spending bill being hashed out in Congress this week.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said today that under a bipartisan deal, defense spending in the islands will increase by more than $200 million in fiscal 2016, while federal transportation spending will increase by about $10 million.

The Defense Department spending includes $123.8 million for a new Behavioral Health and Dental Clinic at Schofield Barracks, $122.1 million to replace a Medical/Dental Clinic at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, $30.6 million to consolidate the electric grid at Kauai’s Pacific Missile Range Facility, and $46 million for a new F-22 fighter alert facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to strengthen the readiness of the Hawaii Air National Guard, according to Schatz’s office.

Total military construction spending in Hawaii for fiscal 2016 would be $444 million under the current proposal.

Transportation funding for Hawaii includes $250 million for the Honolulu rail transit project, $171.6 million for highway maintenance and construction of bridges, roads, and bike and pedestrian paths, and $42.2 million for bus and transit funding which will distributed among the state and counties for public transportation operations.

“I’m pleased we were able to help secure an across-the-board increase in federal investments for Hawaii,” Schatz (D, Hawaii) said in a news release. “I know that people are paying particular attention to defense and transportation, and we did exceptionally well there.”

The House and Senate are expected to vote on year-end tax and spending bills later this week.

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