State Budgets: Hawaii Reduces Spending and Considers Curtailing Credits

January 1, 2009

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R) recently unveiled a $22.4 billion 2010-11 biennial budget that reduces discretionary funding by 14%, draw down $75 million from the state’s rainy day fund (leaving it at $15 million in 2011), and borrow from bottle/can deposits and 911 fees. She had previously called for a two-year salary freeze for top state employees and a reduction in the state’s ethanol tax credit.

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