Neil Abercrombie's State of the State: Complete Text01/24/2011
Gov. Neil Abercrombie's State of the State Address, given on January 24, 2011 in the House Chamber of the Hawaii State Capitol.
"Our Voyage Together"
Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, former governors, distinguished justices of the court, mayors, representatives of our Congressional Delegation, members of the Hawaii State Legislature, other elected officials, honored guests and friends. Aloha.
This new day begins with an honest account of the state of our government.
Seven weeks ago, when I began my term as Governor, I assembled a team of talented and dedicated public servants, and I asked them to make an immediate assessment. Today, I give you our report. What appears on paper as an $844 million fiscal deficit through the next biennium belies the fact that there is also a severe operational deficit in government. In other words, as difficult as it will be to balance the budget, that effort will merely be life support for what has become a battered, under resourced, and often dysfunctional democracy.