Expected $1.4B budget shortfall
LIHU‘E — Over 10,000 state employees will be furloughed beginning the first of new year to account for a projected $1.4 billion budget shortfall within the state’s general fund for the next four years, Gov. David Ige announced Wednesday.
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Governor Ige is proposing furloughs for all employees on the state educational system.Get used to it Hawaii. And get especially use to it, Kauai.
No tourist dollars coming? No income for many businesses and more furloughs on the way, both at the State and County levels.
“Under Ige’s plan, thousands of public workers would be affected, including teachers, educational assistants, custodians, groundskeepers, cafeteria workers, social workers, university professors, engineers, building inspectors, those who care for our most vulnerable populations, and hundreds of other positions,”
Following closely behind will be Kauai County workers, as County income diminishes.
“And it’s not just about workers’ pay and how their spending impacts our local economy; lost work hours during a prolonged furlough will negatively impact all public services provided by the government.”
Local workers pay spending impacting our economy ? Try NO tourist spending impacting our economy!
Get Kauai open NOW in the safest way possible, but stop keeping all the tourist dollars in their pockets or going to Maui, Oahu, and the Big Island.
We are withering on the vine, not just struggling. We are dying from not from Covid but from the destruction of our main economic driver, the tourist industry.
“The pandemic has had harsh economic impacts on our country, and as a result, every state is having to make difficult choices,” Ige said.
No, Ige, the political over reaction is what has caused the distress on working people. The politicians have not suffered the same loss of income as so many of those that are least able to weather the storm. And no, not all states have not followed the draconian model so they and their working people are in far better shape.
Just what did you expect to happen when you and the mayors have essentially cancelled a good 40-50% of economic activity? That’s the problem with ill-considered panic driven one size fits all policies…you short-sighted types fail to consider the “unseen” consequences, then act surprised when they rear up and bite you on the hindquarters.
Solution is targeted protective actions (elderly & other vulnerable with comorbidity) and release the choke-hold on the rest of us.