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The State of Hawai‘i has responded to Sen. Ron Johnson’s request for information on Hawai‘i’s Medicaid expenditures for the Medicaid expansion. (Letter attached). I am setting the record straight. Hawai‘i’s overall Medicaid costs per capita are at or below the national average. We have among the lowest rates in the nation. I am proud of ...
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The Board’s decision today is the latest milestone in what has been a complex journey. I believe Hawai‘i can host a new telescope in the right way, with respect for the values, traditions and culture of the first Hawaiians, and that our island state can be Earth’s eyes into the universe to prepare for a brighter future. ...
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How do we help children and families in Hawai‘i thrive, not just survive? The answer lies in real, meaningful change to get better, lasting results. That’s Gov. David Ige’s challenge to state government — to find ways to work together more effectively — whether it’s cooling schools, tackling opioid abuse or adopting a new ‘Ohana ...
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For students and teachers at 88 public schools on five islands, learning became a lot easier this fall, thanks to Governor Ige delivering on his promise to air condition 1,000 classrooms with a $100 million legislative appropriation. In addition, the Department of Education said 323 more AC units will be installed by the end of ...
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Maybe you’ve seen the headlines, “National opioid crisis kills thousands” and think it couldn’t happen here in Hawai‘i. Well, think again. Department of Health (DOH) officials are sounding the alarm now about painkiller abuse to get ahead of the problem. “Drug abuse is a public health issue. People of all ages are at risk when ...
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It’s a big ask: How do you improve the well-being of local  families, especially the most needy, and help them on their way to self-sufficiency? The answer from the governor and the Ige administration is ‘Ohana Nui (the extended family) — what coordinator Kimberly Miyazawa-Frank calls “the golden opportunity” for Hawai‘i — the chance for ...
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Hawai‘i’s Governor Ige has been elected vice chairman of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) and will serve for one year before becoming WGA chair next year. The WGA represents the governors of 19 western states and three U.S. flag islands — American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. As vice chair, Gov. Ige will ...
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Ferocious hurricanes. Raging wildfires. Rising seas and coastal flooding. As we in Hawai‘i and other parts of the world can attest, climate change is real. To highlight how states can work together to take action, Gov. Ige joined national leaders for Climate Week in New York last month. “This was a great opportunity for Hawai‘i ...
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Mention state government, and cynics see only bureaucracy. But Gov. David Ige sees the future. He has challenged state departments to modernize, innovate and make government work better for all of us. That includes tackling tough issues with aggressive goals to show results, replacing antiquated systems and saving taxpayer dollars. The goal? Measurable, visible progress ...
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No issue has galvanized the community more than homelessness — with the governor’s homelessness coordinator Scott Morishige and his team leading the charge. For the first time in eight years, the latest Point in Time count of Hawai‘i’s homeless population showed a 9 percent overall decrease compared to the same time last year, with Hawai‘i, ...
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