State Budgets 2012: Hawaii



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Budget Background:

  • Fiscal Year Begins: July 
  • Frequency of Legislative Cycle: Annual
  • Legislative Session for 2012: Convened Jan. 18, 2012
  • Frequency of Budget Cycle: Biennial

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Budget News and Information: 2012

5/4/12: House Passes Budget, Other Measures on Final Day of Session

House lawmakers took final action on bills this session, with a focus on human services, education and agriculture. One of the major bills discussed and approved was the supplemental state budget, which addresses the state’s most basic needs, particularly in human services, education, and agriculture.

Read more: Maui Now

5/1/12: Hawaii lawmakers finish budget negotiations

After a weekend of budget negotiations, Hawaii House and Senate committee members agreed on Monday to focus spending on public health and safety, social services and education.

Read more: Associated Press

4/29/12: State legislators end $11.2 billion budget stalemate

A handshake just before 3 a.m. Saturday ended the state's budget impasse. When state Rep. Marcus Oshiro and state Sen. David Ige agreed on an $11.2 billion state budget and a capital improvement project outlay, it ended the longest stalemate over the budget in recent memory.

Read more: Associated Press

4/25/12: Hawaii Budget Talks Still Ongoing, No Deal on CIP Funds

Hawaii lawmakers quickly adjourned the public portion of Wednesday night’s conference committee on House Bill 2012, the state’s operating budget. House Finance Chairman Marcus Oshiro and Senate Ways and Means Chair David Ige indicated conferees have come to agreement on the operating side of the budget — but are still working toward a deal on the capital improvements portion of the budget.

Read more: Honolulu Civil Beat

4/11/12: Hawaii senators pass state budget draft focused on safety nets, education and infrastructure

State senators have passed an $11 billion budget draft they believe will reinforce the state's safety net, improve information technology services and create new jobs.The Senate's version of House Bill 2012, which now heads to conference committee, reflects both legislative and administration priorities, said Sen. David Ige, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

Read more: Associated Press

4/3/12: Hawaii State Budget Advances

The Senate Ways and Means Committee has advanced the budget bill sent over from House Finance. House Bill 2012 calls for about $11 billion in operating costs for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Read more: Honolulu Civil Beat

4/2/12: Senate Ways and Means Committee proposes additional funding for public school system reform

The Senate Ways and Means Committee wants to give more money to Hawaii's public schools to help them tackle ambitious reform initiatives. The committee on Monday proposed giving the Department of Education $15 million more than it requested for the upcoming fiscal year.

Read more: Associated Press

3/12/12: Budget Bill Advances; Doubts Raised About OHA Settlement deal

The state House of Representatives today passed an $11 billion budget bill and two House committees gave very grudging approval to Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s $200 million settlement deal with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The budget measure was described by Finance Committee Chairman Rep. Marcus Oshiro as a “prudent” approach to spending.

Read more: The Hawaii Reporter

2/28/12: National Study: Hawaii Tops the List of States with Most Services Taxed

State Budget Solutions, a nonprofit organization advocating for fundamental reform of state budgets, released its study on the states that tax the highest number of services. Topping the list is Hawaii with 160 services taxed, leading Bob Williams, the organization's President, to note "Hawaii takes taxing to a new level."

Read more: Hawaii Reporter

2/3/12: State budget director urges reserve fund replenishment

Replenishing the state's reserve funds would send a positive signal to credit rating agencies. Hawaii officials just have to figure out how fast they want to do it. A successful bond sale in November puts the state in position to recapitalize two reserve funds faster than anticipated when they were tapped to balance the budget.

Read more: Associated Press

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5/16/11: Hawaii Legislature leaves basics unfinished

After concluding a grueling legislative session of tax raising and budget cutting, Hawaii lawmakers still may have more work to do. Gov. Neil Abercrombie will call them back to the Capitol for a special session if the state's economic forecast significantly worsens this month.

Read more: Associated Press

5/5/11: Drivers among those to pay higher fees to balance state budget

The state budget is approved and now needs to be signed by the governor. In order to make up the $1.3 billion dollar budget gap there will be higher fees, taxes and cuts to state agencies. Lawmakers didn't raise the general excise tax but there are about $600 million worth of higher fees and tax increases.

Read more: Hawaii News Now

5/4/11: Hawaii lawmakers balance budget with taxes, cuts

The state Legislature brought order to Hawaii's giant financial problems Tuesday, combining tax increases with spending cuts to create a balanced two-year budget.

Read more: Associated Press

4/25/11: Hawaii budget crunch forces tough tax decisions

It's decision time at the Hawaii Capitol, where lawmakers enter their final days scrounging for money to keep the state running with a full slate of proposed tax increases and spending cuts. They'll be voting this week on new taxes on businesses, rental cars, online purchases, plastic bags, pensions, alcohol and timeshares while also deciding on a budget expected to slash hundreds of millions from government services.

Read more: Associated Press

4/21/11: Hawaii state tax revenues flat

With the budget year mostly over, Hawaii state tax revenue is up less than inflation, sharpening the state budget crisis.

Read more: Hawaii News Now

4/19/11: Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie says some taxes need to be raise to balance state budget, but not general excise tax

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says in his weekly message that the state can move forward without raising the general excise tax or making deeper cuts to government.

Read more: Associated Press

4/6/11: Hawaii Senate panel passes state budget that seeks further concessions from government workers

Hawaii government spending would be trimmed by cutting public worker pay and possibly continuing furloughs, according to a new version of the state budget passed Tuesday by the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

Read more: Canadian Business Online

4/4/11: Hawaii House Republicans propose their version of a balanced budget, but without heavy taxes

House Republicans say they can balance Hawaii's budget without a major tax increase in part by delaying tax refunds, renewing two monthly furlough days and selling state-owned lands.

Read more: Associated Press

3/31/11: AP Interview: Hawaii gov opposes broad tax hike

Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Wednesday reinforced his opposition to raising the Hawaii's broadest tax, saying it "isn't something we should be looking to" as the state struggles with deep budget problems.

Read more: Associated Press

3/30/11: Hawaii budget troubles worsen following tsunami

A loss of Japanese tourists and declining tax collections have sunk Hawaii's budget hole Tuesday to the depths of a $1.3 billion shortfall over the next two years, leaving lawmakers searching for ways to raise money and cut spending.

Read more: Associated Press

3/24/11: Hawaii's New Budget Deficit: $1.3 Billion

The state's top budgt official has raised his estimate of the budget hole lawmakers will have to fill. The total shortfall is now $1.3 billion - more than one-third larger than previous estimates.

Read more: Honolulu Civil Beat

3/21/11: Hawaii Legislature considers killing many tax exemptions to help balance state budget

Hawaii lawmakers are considering legislation that would eliminate tax exemptions for airlines, subcontractors and others as a way to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the state's ailing budget.

Read more: Associated Press

3/15/11: Hawaii Lawmakers Expected to Raid Special Funds to Close Gap

The state is going to have to tap into special funds to balance its books, the state's Budget and Finance director, Kalbert Young, told Civil Beat Monday.

Read more: Honolulu Civil Beat

3/15/11: Hawaii House Speaker Tired of 'Band-Aid Approach' to Fixing Deficit

Hawaii House Speaker Calvin Say has reached wits end with the state's budget crisis.

Read more: Honolulu Civil Beat

3/9/11: Hawaii legislators advance taxes on pensions for the wealthy, liquor and timeshares

Hawaii legislators advanced a wide variety of tax hikes Tuesday, which together form the outline of a plan for the state to significantly narrow its budget deficit.

Read more: Canadian Business Online

3/8/11: Oshiro Looking at up to $300 Million in Budget Cuts as House Passes Tax Hikes

The head of the House Finance Committee will ignore many of the new initiatives proposed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie in producing what he says is a lean budget relying on a combination of tax increases and budget cuts.

Read more: Hawaii Reporter

2/28/11: Hawaii general fund government spending would rise to $5.7B under Abercrombie's budget

State government general fund spending would start rising again under Gov. Neil Abercrombie's budget proposals following two years of decline under Gov. Linda Lingle.

Read more: The Republic

3/2/11: Pension tax bill clears hurdle: A House measure would affect fewer taxpayers than the governor's plan but raise far less cash

State lawmakers have advanced a pension tax but have targeted fewer taxpayers than Gov. Neil Abercrombie recommended, which would generate far less revenue than the governor had sought to help balance the state budget.

Read more: (Honolulu) Star Advertiser

2/22/11: Hawaii gov boosts spending in $5.7B state budget

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is getting ready to unveil a two-year state budget that includes $400 million in additional spending to restore a state government that he said was damaged by deep cuts made by the prior administration.

Read more: Bloomberg