Hawaii lawmakers review pleas for disaster-recovery funding

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are preparing for a series of requests and proposals to help fund disaster-recovery efforts following a run of storms, wildfires and eruptive volcanic activity.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports a release Saturday by the state House says Hawaii County officials have asked the Legislature to convene a special session to address funding for recovery efforts related to the Kilauea volcano eruption.

House Majority Leader Della Belatti says such a discussion should be more inclusive of other recovery efforts, including those related to wildfires, flooding and other storm-related damages.

The release says House lawmakers have encouraged Hawaii County to further refine its recovery plans to identify specific needs, to work with Gov. David Ige to identify funds that can be used for immediate recovery needs and coordinate with Hawaii’s federal delegation to apply for anticipated federal disaster relief.


Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

  1. harry oyama October 15, 2018 4:12 am Reply

    Instead of asking taxpayers to again foot the bill asking for $850 million, how about canceling that $10 billion dollar Rail and garnish several million from Mayor Kirk Chadwell to pay for it?

    Like any business plan, have the Big Island county commit itself in reimbursing taxpayers who do not live there who will be tax burdened by their request to have insurance coverage of the Puna district in case the volcano erupts again wiping out that area again.

    If they cannot get insurances, then we should not pay one penny on that $850 million request since the Big Island county has collected untold $millions from that very area and not not put some away for recovery efforts when the day came in that recent disaster. Instead Big Island county squandered that income for its own pet projects and now expect other non-residents to pay for it.

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