Capitol Connection

More housing for local families. Better solutions for homelessness. An innovation economy driven by homegrown talent. A chance for our children to live in a safe, sustainable Hawai‘i. Those are a few of the areas Governor Ige and his team are working on every day. This edition of Capitol Connection describes some of the ways ...
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• Focused efforts produce results – While there are no quick fixes to moving people off the streets, evidence shows we’re on the right track to help people “thrive, not just survive.” Homelessness is down 9 percent statewide with Hawai‘i, Kaua‘i, and Maui counties showing some of the largest declines. Katy Miller of the U.S. ...
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• More housing units for local residents -The Ige administration is on track to reach its goal of 10,000 housing units by 2020. About 5,300 units have been produced since the governor first took office. Forty percent of those are affordable. Another 1,400 units are under construction and 4,500 are in some stage of planning. ...
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“As the nation’s only island state, we in Hawai‘i know climate change is real,” said Governor Ige. “It’s unfortunate that President Trump withdrew from the Paris Accord, but now states and governors can be leaders to fight global warming. The message of the Hōkūleʻa was that we need to Mālama Honua, ‘Care for the Earth,’ ...
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• Cooled 1,300 of Hawai‘i’s hottest classrooms – Governor Ige exceeded his promise to cool more than 1,000 classrooms with a $100 million legislative appropriation. Students and teachers at over 88 schools on five islands benefitted, with more improvements to come. • Completed a new Blueprint for Public Education – More than 3,000 school and ...
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  • Continued building on record tourism and international business development -The Ige administration brought more global travelers to the state and expanded routes from the U.S. mainland and Asia. • Expanded programs to build an innovation economy -These efforts ranged from STEM education in the DOE and UH to Department of Business, Economic Development ...
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• Finished more highway projects on O‘ahu and the neighbor islands to alleviate traffic congestion, including Zipper Lane expansion and contraflow lanes on Kahekili and Farrington Highway, completion of Saddle Road construction and progress on the Lahaina Bypass. We also reduced the backlog of highway projects in the federal “pipeline” to keep funds flowing to ...
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