Building a Hawaii Innovation Economy

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 in Main

In a recent Hawai‘i Business Roundtable speech, Gov. David Ige talked with CEOs from some of the state’s biggest companies about working together to create a strong innovation economy as the next best hope for future jobs. What is an “innovation economy” and why is that important? Beyond tourism and the military, an innovation economy ...
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When you’re homeless or on the verge of being on the streets, where can you turn for help? Although several agencies offer services, there has been no one place in the state to call for emergency aid. That is about to change, thanks to a new partnership announced recently by Governor Ige. The state Department ...
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Gov. David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation as a preventive measure against mosquito-borne illnesses that include dengue fever and Zika. This follows the recent decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to open its emergency operations center at Level 1 to prepare for and mitigate the Zika risk. “There have been ...
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Waipahu High teacher wins Milken award

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 in Main

Michael Sana, chairman of Waipahu High School’s science department, has received Hawai‘i’s 2015-16 Milken Educator Award for his leadership in inspiring students.”Mr. Sana’s work at Waipahu High has been truly exceptional and raised expectations of what is possible in high school science programs,” said Governor Ige. Sana is the only educator in the state certified ...
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An innovative plan to cool our schools

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 in Main

In your State of the State address, you set an ambitious goal of cooling 1,000 public school classrooms — using energy-efficient means and a “green energy” fund — by the end of this year.  How did that plan come about? For the sake of our children and teachers, I felt strongly that we needed to ...
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Capitol Connection March 2016

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 in Main

2016 State of the State Address

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 in Main

STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS GOVERNOR DAVID Y. IGE TO THE TWENTY-EIGHTH STATE LEGISLATURE MEETING IN JOINT SESSION JANUARY 25, 2016 Speaker Souki, President Kouchi, former governors, distinguished justices of the courts, representatives of our congressional delegation, members of the Hawaii State Legislature, county mayors and other elected officials, honored guests, family and friends, Good ...
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EDUCATION  • $26.5 million to support goals and objectives of each school via the Weighted Student Formula.  • $35 million in General Obligation bonds for a new Campbell High School classroom facility.  • More than $50 million in G.O. bond funds for public school facilities statewide.  • $60 million for capital renewal and deferred maintenance ...
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Values into action: The road ahead

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Main

Making things right to make things happen isn’t just a nice slogan. If we are truthful and act accordingly, if we value the public trust, if we govern with people. if we are strong yet compassionate, if we take special care of our children, if we look to all of our futures, then we can ...
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Governing with compassion

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Main

For those who are homeless, we’re opening a new Family Assessment Center in Kaka‘ako that will house up to 240 people a year.  This facility will not be just another shelter, but rather a way to connect families to longer-term housing. My proposed budget includes $8.3 million to operate the Center, expand the Housing First program ...
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