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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 5:57 p.m., Monday, December 18, 2006

Lingle budget includes $128 million for homelessness

Advertiser Staff

Gov. Linda Lingle today unveiled a two-year, $20.78 billion operating budget proposal, along with $2.1 billion in proposed construction spending.

Priorities in the budget include:

  • targeting $128 million toward homelessness and affordable housing solutions;

  • about $4.7 billion for public schools;

  • and $2.2 billion for the University of Hawai'i.

    House Democrats criticized the document for not anticipating pay raises for public worker unions, which could cost the state $350 million to $400 million.

    The governor did not offer details on a required tax refund, but both she and state House Speaker Calvin Say said taxpayers will see some form of tax relief this session.