Hawaii Lawmakers Snip Millions of Dollars Off Governor's Budget Request
Hawaii lawmakers have trimmed Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s proposed biennium budget by almost half a billion dollars due to uncertainty over pending contract negotiations with public unions and looming federal budget cuts.
The amended operating budget for next fiscal year, which starts July 1, now stands at $5.9 billion, increasing to $6 billion in 2015. Abercrombie wanted $6.1 billion for next year and $6.3 billion the following year, an increase of 8 percent and 11 percent, respectively, over the previous biennium.
“The committee has taken a cautious approach,” Finance Chair Sylvia Luke said Friday after her House committee passed the state budget bill.