June 2019

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March 2019

County budgets at a glance

2019-03-23T01:11:31+00:00Blog|

The state of Hawai‘i is not the only governmental entity collecting and spending money for the public good. Each of the four counties has taxing authority and responsibilities that complement state budgets and services. State and county revenue sources overlap very little. Counties collect property taxes, which, according to the state constitution, may not be assessed by the state. Other county revenues include: service and use fees for water, sewer and waste disposal, licenses, and permits, including building permits.

Meeting our public worker retirement commitments

2019-03-22T00:29:14+00:00Releases|

To address mounting retirement obligations, Hawai‘i’s public employers have agreed to make actuarially determined payments over 30 years to pay down unfunded liabilities and grow the pension and health fund trusts that help fund future public contributions. These payments, which are largely supported by state and county taxes and fees, will be a sizeable burden in a small state like Hawai‘i.

December 2018

Highlights from Governor Ige’s proposed state budget for 2019-21

2018-12-18T00:52:51+00:00Blog|

The proposed budget for the executive branch for the next two years is larger than during the previous fiscal biennium. Despite this, the governor says he is being conservative with the state's spending reflecting inconsistencies in revenues collected compared to projections. Here's what he wants to spend the money on.