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Governor David Y. IgeThe Ige administration will address the many issues facing our state in a direct and forthright manner. We will collaborate with our federal and county partners and with the Legislature to serve all of the people of Hawaii. We will spend public funds thoughtfully and without waste to avoid raising taxes. We will make state government more efficient, especially in the procurement of goods and services and the hiring of personnel. We will conduct government affairs openly and be visible to the public.

The Ige administration will not only strive to do the right thing, but do it the right way. This administration will be honest, transparent, accountable, and responsive to you. We will serve the public interest and not special interests. We will hold regular news conferences. We will have no hidden agendas.

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Statement by Governor David Ige regarding Thirty Meter Telescope Construction:

Today, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) leadership informed me that construction will continue to be postponed. Any further announcements about the construction schedule will come from TMT.

My understanding is that TMT followed an almost 7 year planning and permitting process, which included public hearings and community input. Following this process, project permits were issued. The TMT team is legally entitled to use its discretion to proceed with construction.

I understand that not everyone will agree with this and recognize and respect their right to appeal through the court system.

We have used this time to listen and learn about Maunakea from various stakeholders. I learned about other issues that need our attention to create and implement a better plan for the stewardship of Maunakea. This may include:

-Decommissioning and removing older telescopes and facilities to restore the summit
-Reducing the level of activity on the summit
-Integrating culture and science

My administration will be working with the University of Hawai‘i, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the community to actively pursue these outcomes.
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