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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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• Launched ‘Ohana Nui, a multi-generational service approach to help families break the cycle of poverty and initiated the Kupuna Caregivers program to help family caregivers with full-time jobs tap into community resources. • Secured funding for new high-security Hawai‘i State Hospital facility and increased focus on mental health treatment. • Created a statewide opioid ...
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• Hawai‘i rated strong on fiscal management – Moody’s Analytics reported Hawai‘i is one of only 16 states with enough cash reserves to weather the “stress test” of another recession. • Savings earned for more state projects -The governor’s careful management achieved a AA+ bond rating from Standard and Poor’s, resulting in lower borrowing costs ...
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Until you assume the office, no one can really know what it means to be Hawai‘i’s governor: the daily decisions that affect thousands of people, the responsibility to help chart the state’s future, and the flood of community invitations that come your way. This issue of Capitol Connection provides a snapshot of some of the ...
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An immediate investigation into the escape of Hawai‘i State Hospital patient Randall Saito, 59, is underway, as ordered by Governor Ige. So far, seven hospital employees have been suspended without pay for 30 days as the Department of Health (DOH) sets out to uncover how the killer was able to leave the grounds after 38 ...
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Gov. David Ige has pledged more enforcement efforts to keep public areas such as the Kaka‘ako Makai parks and Nimitz Viaduct pedestrian areas open to the public. The governor said teams are working compassionately and in accordance with applicable laws to maintain state lands and to allow unimpeded public access. The Kaka‘ako parks have suffered ...
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