Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie seeks 11.8% budget hike, Kauai health-care checks bounce, newspaper loses union appeal, Maui fundraiser taking money with no results, more news from all the Hawaiian islands

Gov. Neil Abercrombie released a new two-year budget draft yesterday that increases spending to repair what he described as structural problems with state government and the "wreckage" left by the Lingle administration. Star-Advertiser.

Governor Neil Abercrombie believes the details in his 66-page financial plan will restore government functions and do away with a multi-million dollar budget shortfall. Hawaii News Now.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Monday said he's asking for an $11.4 billion operating budget next year, an 11.8 percent increase over the $10.2 billion budget the Legislature passed last April. West Hawaii Today.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie hosted an unusual holiday news conference in his office Monday to describe how he intends to pay for a budget that increases by nearly half a billion dollars. KITV4.

Getting the state out of a massive budget hole will require a $700 million increase in state spending. KHON2.

Budget 101 With Prof. Abercrombie. Civil Beat.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie came out with his own budget Monday, and this time he called for spending $730 million more over the next two years. Civil Beat.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie unveiled on Monday his administration’s amended operating budget for the next two fiscal years. Pacific Business News

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is revising an intial two-year budget with an additional $728.6 million in spending that will be paid for with a mix of cuts and funding mechanisms, including measures that have had a lukewarm reception in the legislature. Hawaii Reporter.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is getting ready to unveil a two-year state budget that includes $400 million in additional spending to restore a state government that he said was damaged by deep cuts made by the prior administration. Garden Island.

The governor is getting ready to release his budget but we already know 41 social service programs will lose state funding. Hawaii News Now.

State Wants To Reopen Kulani Prison. KITV4.

Hawaii should ease hunting restrictions to control ungulate populations that have "exploded" due to "inadequate" control measures, according to a bill before the state Legislature. Tribune-Herald.

A Hollywood production company is proposing to develop film studios on Maui and Oahu - if the state Legislature approves new tax credits for film infrastructure development. Maui News.

Lawmaker Caught Up In Foreclosure Mess. Civil Beat.

Overcome with frustration, seven current and former employees of a Kaua‘i home healthcare provider have come forward to say their employer is not paying them in a timely manner and banks are not cashing their paychecks due to insufficient funds. Garden Island.

A Maui charity raising money across the nation to build a 42-acre, $20 million post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury treatment center says it has little to show for the effort despite soliciting donations for the last several years. Star-Advertiser.

The National Labor Relations Board has upheld a 2008 decision against the Hawaii Tribune-Herald on allegations of unfair labor practices. Pacific Business News

A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held Tuesday for Honolulu's Rail Transit Project. KITV4.

The ceremonial groundbreaking of Honolulu’s $5.5 billion elevated rail system has done little to calm the debate among those who believe the project is a vital part of Oahu’s future and those who believe it may eventually bankrupt the city. KHON2.

County officials hope to begin repairing damage this week to two South Maui beach parks caused by the heavy rains last month. Maui News.

Keauhou Master Plan will be revised again, and the new president of Bishop Holdings Corp. vowed Thursday his commitment to "strengthening the area's cultural, educational and economic assets." West Hawaii Today.

The Asia-Pacific region can expect increased droughts and floods in the next 20 years — often in the same spots — as well as rising sea levels and more intense tropical storms, Honolulu academics told a gathering of scientists here Friday. Star-Advertiser.