Hawaii Governor David Ige announces reduced state budget to cover $1.4B deficit.
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Gov. Ige, facing huge deficit, unveils a reduced budget
With projections of $1.4 billion deficits over each of the next four years, David Ige’s budget for the 2021-2023 biennium calls for $276.4 million in reduced operating spending in fiscal year 2022 and $171.8 million less for the 2023 fiscal year. The total operating budgets would be $15.417 billion in fiscal year 2022 and $15.521 billion in fiscal year 2023. Ige will also ask the Legislature for $7.686 billion in general funds for fiscal year 2022 and $7.798 billion in fiscal year 2023.
No threat to public as Kīlauea volcano eruption stabilizes
The Hawai‘i Island eruption started within the crater at the volcano’s summit Sunday at about 9:30 p.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Officials reported multiple fissures opening on the walls of Halema‘uma‘u Crater, but said the lava was “completely contained” in the roughly 1,640-foot-deep crater so did not pose a direct hazard to the public. The lava cascaded into the summit water lake, boiling off the water and forming a new lava lake at the base of the crater, USGS officials said.
Over 600 frontline workers at Queen’s Medical Center receive vaccines
With its shipment from Pfizer arriving Dec. 14, The Queen’s Medical Center was the first Hawai‘i hospital to start staff COVID-19 vaccinations. So far, 600 frontline workers have been vaccinated. According to Jason Chang, president of The Queen’s Medical Center, another shipment of around 3,000 doses has arrived in Hawai‘i, and some doses will be distributed to the network’s West O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island facilities.
Health officials report one new death on O‘ahu and 134 new infections statewide
The new COVID-19 cases include 104 on O‘ahu, 13 on the Big Island, 14 on Maui, one on Kaua‘i and two Hawai‘i residents diagnosed outside the state, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 20,351 cases. Today was the fifth straight day of triple-digit new infections reported by the state. The statistics released today reflect the new cases reported to the Heath Department through 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
SHIDLER COLLEGE OF BUSINESS
Alumni and students share what makes them Shidler Strong
More than 800 students received business degrees from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa last year, providing Hawai‘i’s business community a critical pipeline …read more.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & UPDATES
Hawaiʻi Energy announces free LED light bulb swap
The free bulb-swap promotion allows Hawai‘i residents to trade in their old, inefficient lights for LED lights at participating Ace Hardware stores on O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island. Participants can exchange up to 30 incandescent or halogen bulbs for ENERGY STAR® LED bulbs while supplies last. Participants can also purchase two-bulb packs of ENERGY STAR® LED lights for $1 each (up to 15 packs). Each inefficient bulb that gets changed to an LED can save up to $90 over its lifetime and lasts up to 20 years.
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HOW THE WORLD SEES HAWAIʻI
How Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 testing program could serve as the blueprint for reopening international travel
Over the past months, Hawai‘i has imposed entry and quarantine rules that are strict compared with other U.S. states. The state’s rules and geographical advantage have still led to infections akin to those seen in Ireland or Iceland — versus near-perfect examples seen in New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea. Nevertheless, Hawai‘i’s detailed program has some travel industry experts suggesting it could serve as a blueprint for reopening international travel, even as approved vaccines start to roll out in the coming months.
TODAY’S HAWAIʻI VIEWS
The Ka Iwi coastline as seen from above Hanauma Bay.
Photo credit: Jeff Hawe
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