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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Legacy-building for the future

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 in Main

Strengthening our economic foundation – Tourism is generating over $14 billion each year in visitor spending and employing nearly 150,000 workers.  We want to establish Kona as a second international airport, modernize our airports and automate the passport control system.  In agriculture and the environment, we will work to protect our natural resources with the creation of theHawai‘i Invasive ...
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Tackling tough issues, a vision for the future Excerpts of the 2016 State of the State Address by Governor David Y. Ige Many and yet one. Strength in diversity. A belief in our common humanity and values handed down from our parents and grandparents. In my State of the State address recently, I described our plan ...
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Capitol Connection February 2016

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 in Main

We’ve had large, appreciative crowds at a new series of public forums, partnering with the UH community colleges to provide updates on state projects and listen to people’s concerns. So far, cabinet members and I have held “Community Connection” forums at Windward, Honolulu and Kaua‘i CC.  Still to come are other forums at Leeward, Kapiolani, ...
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Making things happen for the future

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 in Main

Our goal for this first year was to make state government more productive and service-oriented. In the coming years, our priorities will include more funds for our schools as well as housing and homelessness, workforce development, improved social and health services, and advancing the state’s economy through innovation and   global initiatives.  We’ll keep working toward ...
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Managing taxpayer dollars better – I firmly believe that we can’t get lasting results without fundamental change. That means cutting waste, modernizing systems and making state government more productive. In November, we completed the first bond sale of our administration — $750 million issued at 2.6 percent — one of the lowest interest rates in ...
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Helping people build better lives

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 in Main

As I begin my second year as governor, I want to share more of the progress we have made statewide. I have filled my cabinet with people who are working with me to provide strong, creative leadership and to do the state’s work with integrity, efficiency and inclusiveness. Some of the progress we’ve made includes: ...
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A Report to the People of Hawai‘i from Governor David Y. Ige Restoring faith in government.  Improving life in Hawai‘i.  Creating a home for our children and future generations.  We know our challenges are complex and don’t have easy answers.  But in the Ige administration, we believe in Hawai‘i’s people and the state’s potential.  We ...
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