Marcus Oshiro gave a Top 10 list of reasons to vote for the supplemental budget a la David Letterman.

They included money for a childhood obesity program, launching of the Justice Reinvestment initiative to bring Hawaii prisoners home from the mainland and help them rehabilitate and to fund the governor’s watershed restoration program.

Minority Leader Gene Ward said he supported the budget, but said lawmakers should be mindful of issues on the horizon that are not so “hunky-dory.” They include the unknowns of the price of gas, the Iran-Israel dispute and the presidential election.

The outcome of those events could impact Hawaii negatively, especially in the tourism industry. Ward said Hawaii had not “grown the pie” to help the state’s economy survive during future downturns.

The budget deserves not a champagne toast, said Ward, but a beer toast.

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