With money tight, lawmakers are looking to the Biden administration and Congress to help shore up a huge deficit as the 2021 session opens this week.
Some lawmakers questioned the project, with one calling the maintenance costs a “nightmare.”
Ige’s chief of staff also suggests upping the “barrel tax” on fossil fuels to help balance the budget.
The job losses could have serious effects on public health if another disease outbreak occurs.
Craig Hirai stressed that nothing is settled but dropped some hints about possible tax increases in a House Finance Committee hearing.
The Ige administration budget would also “eviscerate” state enforcement of anti-discrimination laws.
The governor’s order has been in effect since March, but it’s unclear if lawmakers will do anything about it next session despite their opposition to it.
The proposed spending cuts may result in the first state government layoffs in more than a decade.