Rep. Beth Fukumoto Chang House Minority Leader March 18, 2016
Fact Sheet: Fiscal Year 2016 & 2017 Budget
House Bill 1700, HD1 adjusts and request appropriations for Fiscal Biennium 2015 – 17 funding requirements for operations and capital improvement projects of Executive Branch agencies and programs. An additional $1.19 billion is requested for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 (FY16/17). The Governor's original budget proposed supplemental budget requested an additional $1.2 billion for FY16/17.
House Budget Overview
Vacant Positions: Any positions in departments that have been open for over 2 years have been cut from the budget entirely. As many departments used that money for vacation payouts, a line item in DAGS, AG, DOA, B&F, DBEDT, DHRD, DHA, DLIR, DLNR, DPS, DoTax, budgets now include appropriations for vacation payouts.
Education: Spending increased in all funding methods; the general fund appropriation increased by $20 million and positions were added to the DOE. This covers: o Student transportation needs, including those for special ed students o Security for libraries o Utility payments for the schools and bonuses for teachers in hard-to-fill schools o Repair and renovation funds for UH
Transportation: Has general fund support of $3.29 million and an increase in other funding sources. These are for: o New firefighter equipment o Sonar vessels for harbors o Traffic management efforts
DLNR: Twenty-nine positons added and an increase in general funds of $1.6 million.
Technology Advancement: o Office 365 licenses for the departments that want to use it o New tech infrastructure (computers, management, data systems, tracking systems) for AG, DAGS, DCCA, DOH and DPS Innovation: Support for the HTDC Sandbox to support entrepreneurialism, collaboration and innovation in the state.
Housing: Increase in funding, especially for the Rental Housing Revolving Fund and development of the Alder Street project.