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Ige tucked $3.5 million into the budget to help stop the dreaded rapid ohia death fungus, as part of a $30 million sustainability initiative that also includes expanded farm loans and improved water infrastructure.

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Statewide budget priorities over the biennial budget include $800 million for education, the highest instructional budget allocation ever, $20.9 million to combat homelessness, $123.4 million in programs to promote new housing starts and $59 million for public housing improvements.

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Ige tucked $3.5 million into the budget to help stop the dreaded rapid ohia death fungus, as part of a $30 million sustainability initiative that also includes expanded farm loans and improved water infrastructure.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources earlier this month presented a three-year strategic response plan that estimated the need for $3.6 million the first year. Cheap hawaii resorts The plan was developed by members of a rapid ohia death working group that meets monthly.

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Ige’s focus in this budget is threefold: Education, housing and homelessness and sustainable initiatives, he said during a 1 p.m. Hawaii vacation locations news conference that was streamed live on the web from his Honolulu office.

In other Big Island projects, Ige set aside $85 million for Daniel K. Hawaii cheap vacation packages Inouye Highway, also known as Saddle Road, to finish the primary connector between the east and west sides of the island. Hawaii family vacation packages The money will be used for a new extension of the highway on the west side of the island between Mamalahoa Highway and Queen Kaahumanu Highway, said state Sen. Hawaiian trip packages Lorraine Inouye, chairwoman of the Senate Transportation and Energy Committee.

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And, the governor recommitted to his vision to see Kona International Airport become the state’s second major Japan-Hawaii hub, adding $50 million to complete a permanent federal inspection station to allow more direct commercial flights between Kailua-Kona and Japan.

Statewide budget priorities over the biennial budget include $800 million for education, the highest instructional budget allocation ever, $20.9 million to combat homelessness, $123.4 million in programs to promote new housing starts and $59 million for public housing improvements.

Ige plans to plow another $18.8 million to modernize the tax system ad $9.2 million to convert the state’s 40-year-old paper-based payroll system to computer.