The governor’s latest financial plan calls for $285 million in cuts to public employee costs over 2 years.
But there is a need for some “labor savings,” although the governor declined to be more specific.
Ige’s chief of staff also suggests upping the “barrel tax” on fossil fuels to help balance the budget.
The Ige administration budget would also “eviscerate” state enforcement of anti-discrimination laws.
The governor, anticipating a slow economic recovery, likely will present lawmakers with a much-reduced conservative spending plan.
The House money committee chair says the governor told state departments to hold off on spending.
Critics assail the shortcomings of Hawaii’s chief executive at a time when strong leadership is needed most.
The Honolulu mayor has far outpaced others who have lined up this far in advance.
David Ige’s office says he does not keep track of his visitors, raising transparency concerns.