So far 169 inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus at the state’s largest prison.
So far at least 89 inmates and staff members have been infected at Halawa Correctional Facility.
He also warns that nonprofits face deep cuts as state tax revenues dwindle due to the pandemic.
There are now a total of 20 active staff and inmate COVID-19 cases at the state’s largest prison.
The chief justice told Judiciary employees there will not be immediate furloughs, but negotiations are “ongoing.”
Ige expects a savings of $300 million a year by imposing two furlough days per month.
More than half of the 1,079 Hawaii prisoners at Saguaro have tested positive for COVID-19. Three who had the disease have died.
Even public employee union leaders are warning their workers that the Legislature will have to make the best of a dire budget situation this coming year.
Officials will start a fourth attempt to find a way to finish the final four miles while adding hundreds of millions of dollars to the overall budget.