WCCHC: Sign Petition to Urge the Governor to Release $1m Before Funds Lapse on 6/30/10!

UPDATE: Click HERE to sign the online Petition before the $1m for WCCHC lapses on 6/30/10!

Please see below text from a letter that Rep. Shimabukuro sent to Gov. Linda Lingle asking her to release $1 million dollars in CIP funds to the WCCHC.

We urge the community to get involved in asking the Governor to release these funds. Contact information for Gov. Lingle follows:

The Honorable Linda Lingle
Governor, State of Hawai`i
Executive Chambers
State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawai`i 96813

Phone: 808-586-0034
Fax: 808-586-0006

or click HERE to contact the Governor via email form.

[TEXT FROM REP. SHIMABUKURO’S LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR}

February 16, 2010

The Honorable Linda Lingle
Executive Chambers
Hawaii State Capitol
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Dear Governor Lingle:

It is with a sense of urgency that I request you to release $1 million in capital improvement funds for the Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC). This funding, approved by the Legislature in 2007 and in danger of lapsing, is greatly needed for the expansion of outpatient/adult medicine services for the center’s 27,000 patients.

Since 2008, CIP funding to help with WCCHC’s $10.3 million building project has been included in legislative budgets and is being considered in bills in the current session. Mindful of our state’s current fiscal situation, WCCHC has scaled down its plans to reduce expenses and make use of currently available funding. However, without the $1 million of CIP funds already approved, there is the real possibility that promised matching funds will be lost by this delay.

I realize, Governor, that all of us in public service are faced with many challenges at this time, and I appreciate the difficult choices you must make each day. I hope, though, that you can take a moment to acknowledge the critical role played by WCCHC—the Wai’anae Coast’s major healthcare provider—as well as other private sector groups that work with our government to care for our most needy citizens. A speedy release of funds would be a fitting recognition of their contributions.

Aloha,

Maile S. L. Shimabukuro

Cc: House Speaker Calvin K. Y. Say
Senate President Colleen Hanabusa

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