Critics hoped the pandemic would be the catalyst for significant changes to address long-term problems facing Hawaii. But the budget shortfall dominated the 2021 session.
But Gov. David Ige questions the need to reduce funding for the Hawaii Tourism Authority and moving around some state agencies.
A resolution to create the special investigative committee cites audits of the DLNR’s land and development fund, and the Agribusiness Development Corp.
UPDATED: The longtime lawmaker cites lingering effects of his COVID-19 infection late last year. He also wants Molokai Rep. Lynn DeCoite to succeed him.
Some of Hawaii’s public workers unions also tentatively agreed to forgo raises this year as lawmakers, Gov. David Ige’s cabinet and state judges do the same.
Lawmakers agreed on a number of measures Thursday that need full House and Senate approval and then Gov. David Ige’s signature.
But the House and Senate haven’t yet reached a formal agreement to delay raises for judges, cabinet members and the Legislature.
Saiki has empowered the House to be a much-needed political player this year. But concerns about his methods and his ultimate goal are growing.