But there is a need for some “labor savings,” although the governor declined to be more specific.
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.
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 proposed spending cuts may result in the first state government layoffs in more than a decade.
The governor, anticipating a slow economic recovery, likely will present lawmakers with a much-reduced conservative spending plan.
Hawaii’s attorney general has assembled a team to advise lawmakers on the issues, and how Hawaii might regulate legal use.
A new report from the Hawaii Executive Conference details the state’s worsening financial problems, but it doesn’t offer any solutions.