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When you have to process paperwork from more than 700,000 income tax filers, even the smallest details matter. So what can people do to expedite their returns? The advice from Damien Elefante, deputy director of the state tax department, is simple but important to avoid delays: • File electronically to expedite processing • Double-check important ...
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One national study predicts that 70 percent of Hawai‘i’s jobs will require some postsecondary education by 2020. I believe education reform in Hawai‘i starts with changing the current top-down bureaucracy of the DOE to a school-centered one. Our blueprint for Hawai‘i’s schools is based on input from over 3,000 parents, teachers and community members from ...
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Innovation means developing new clean energy technologies that will create engineering and other high-paying jobs while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and protecting the ‘āina. Innovation means remaining on the cutting edge of healthcare. That’s why I’m proposing $5 million in each of the next two years to support the Cancer Center of Hawaii. ...
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Self-sufficiency expanded through agriculture We have a goal to double local food production by 2020 with the purchase of farm lands, programs that support local farmers, incentives to grow organic, and incubators to help entrepreneurs create new food products and businesses. With the Legislature’s help, we purchased the Galbraith lands on O‘ahu, adding more acreage ...
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Protecting Hawai‘i’s environment and cultural resources Last September at the World Conservation Congress, we unveiled our Sustainable Hawai‘i Initiative to protect our watershed forests, better manage our oceans, double our food production and achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. My budget includes $31 million in CIP funds for these sustainability initiatives. I am also ...
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To date, we’ve produced a total of 1,050 units in the past two years with over 4,000 more in the pipeline, 80 percent of which will be rentals. To build on that momentum, I convened a group of affordable home developers and advocates to listen to their suggestions to maximize state financing tools and provide ...
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Three years ago, we set out to make government more efficient, effective and accountable to the people. One of the more exciting ways we’re doing this is through a program with the Office of Enterprise Technology Services. To engage the local tech community in the modernization of state government, we began a Code Challenge. We ...
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HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today delivered his first State of the State address. The governor’s remarks focused on building a strong foundation for our island home. He called for a change in mindset that will propel the state government to higher levels of efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. A copy of Governor Ige’s address follows. ...
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HONORING THE PAST AND CHARTING A NEW TOMORROW INAUGURAL ADDRESS GOVERNOR DAVID Y. IGE STATE CAPITOL HONOLULU, HAWAII DECEMBER 1, 2014 Aloha. Before I begin my formal remarks, I want to acknowledge the one person who has been with me every day during the past 29 years.  My wife Dawn has been my greatest supporter.  ...
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