Budget Highlights (HB1700 SD1)

Sen Shimabukuro 80AAloha – I’m pleased to share some highlights from the senate version of the state budget (HB1700 SD1).  Please note that HB1700 SD1 still needs to be negotiated between the House and Senate, and will be finalized by the end of session on 05/05/16. (These are not final yet, but are to give you an idea of what I hope carries through to the final edits!)

Budget Highlights from the Senate Draft of HB1700 SD1

 

Transportation

– $3m to extend WCEAR past Helelua St.

– Farrington Hwy improvements between Honokai Hale and Hakimo Rd $500,000

– Ulehawa Stream bridge $50,000

– Kalaeloa Harbor $100m

– $37m in general funds to be transferred to Highway Fund (HB 2086)

 

Health

– Expected Medicaid savings for FY16 and FY17 of $20m and $23m respectively

– Due to savings, DHS is able to fund new and existing Medicaid programs and services, such as Autism, Hep C, Adult Dental and reimbursement rates (DRI)

– Kupuna Care HB1878: $3m

– 33 positions and $1.7m for Vector Control branch in Health (for Dengue Fever, etc.)

– $2.8m for the Home and Community Based Services Waiver

 

DHHL

– Total of $23m+ for 2017

– $17.1m in FY16 and $17.8m in FY17 in reimbursement to trust fund (admin & operating)

– Plus over $5m in fringe benefits that B&F will pay annually

 

DLNR/Natural resources

– 18 positions and $617k in general funds for operation of harbor facilities 6 days per week

– $1.5m in TAT funds for OCCL for beach restoration

– $1.5m in general funds for US Geographical HI Stream Study

 

Education (DOE)

– $30m for school air conditioning

– SB 2136/ HB 2569: $100m in GO bonds, GEM funds, etc.

– $1.5m for equipment for community colleges

– $6m for Preschool Open Doors

 

Higher Education
– $334m in GO/revenue bonds for deferred maintenance and backlog of projects at UH, and funding for the full capital improvement request of UH and Community Colleges
– grants UH revenue bond authority
– School of Creative Media at UHWO: the Senate recognizes the growing demand in the creative media and film industry, and the talented students graduating from high school programs such as the Searider Productions at Waianae High. By developing a creative media tech campus on the Leeward Coast, we will develop a pipeline that aligns curriculum to career.

 

Housing

– $35m for HPHA, $50m for Rental Housing Revolving Fund, & $33m for DURF

– $59m Affordable housing outside of Waianae eg, Alder/Iwilei, neigh isles (800+ units)

– Housing Omnibus Bill HB 2244

– Homeless Bills: SB 2559, SB 2560, SB 2569, SB 2570, HB 1774

 

Agriculture

– $107m to purchase 8,000 acres of ag land for local farmers

– Live Stock Feed Mill at Kalaeloa $4m

– Kunia Agricultural Park $10m

 

GIAs

– still pending, last year’s amounts were: $10m GF (operating expenses) & $20m CIP

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Links to more information about the state budget:

HB1700 SD1 Budget Worksheets are now posted online here:  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2016/worksheets/HB1700SD1Worksheets(Revised%20Exec).pdf

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