Four more of Gov. David Ige’s appointments sailed through Senate committees with unanimous support Wednesday.
Assuming the full Senate follows suit, Ige will be 5 for 5 in securing approvals for nominations of key people to serve in his burgeoning administration.
The latest round includes his picks for budget director, Wes Machida; deputy budget director, Roderick Becker; tax director, Maria Zielinski; and human resources director, James Nishimoto. Each nominee was backed by reams of glowing testimony.
Gov. David Ige’s appointee to be his budget chief, Wes Machida, pictured here at a legislative briefing last month, easily cleared his first hurdle to confirmation Wednesday along with several others.
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On deck Friday is a Senate committee’s determination of whether to sign off on Ige’s nomination of Doug Chin to be attorney general.
A dozen more are up Tuesday for their first test before Senate committees. They include Randy Iwase, the governor’s choice to head the Public Utilities Commission, and his slate of nominees to serve on the Hawaii Community Development Authority: John Whalen, Tom McLaughlin, Amy Luersen, Donna Camvel, Brett Prejean, Michael Golojuch, Shirley Swinney, Dean Capelouto, Jason Okuhama, William Oh and Steven Scott.
On March 5, Ige’s appointee to be director of the Department of Human Services, Rachael Wong, is set to go before the Senate Human Services Committee.
There still hasn’t been a hearing set for the governor’s most controversial appointment, Carleton Ching, a lobbyist for Castle & Cooke who could become the next head of the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
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