Managing state spending during hard times is, well, hard; but the Great Recession has clear lessons about what services are just too critical to cut.
The new budget totals $20.8 billion compared with $17.5 billion for 2019. The 19 percent budget increase represents an additional $3.3 billion, most of which will be spent on capital improvement projects.
The first of a two-part analysis of the results of the increasingly opaque state budget process this past legislative session, and what we can expect in terms of revenues, funding and expenditures for the upcoming 2020 fiscal year that begins July 1, 2019.
State budgets, particularly for the executive branch, showcase our government’s priorities when it comes to spending money on social programs, capital improvement projects, and operations for its various departments.
Hawai‘i’s constitution is a crucial guiding document for how government carries out its functions. And one of the most critical functions is the collection and expenditure of funds.