Calvin Say Supporters Bring Home The Bacon03/24/2011
Call it government pork, Hawaii-style:
$8.1 million for construction of a new classroom at Waipahu Elementary School on Oahu.
$8 million for a Living Learning Center at the University of Hawaii at Hilo on the Big Island.
$5.6 million for a water heating system at Mayor Wright Homes on Oahu.
$1.5 million for Haleakala Highway Improvements on Maui.
These expenditures — known as capital improvement projects, or CIPs — are included in the budget bill passed by the Hawaii House of Representatives March 16. In a way, they're the local equivalent of federal earmarks.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee will hold its first hearing on the 220-page measure Monday.