Video courtesy Hawaii Office of the Governor | Voice of Stephanie Salazar
As the state’s economic outlook becomes more pessimistic in the face of skyrocketing gas prices and projected Japanese tourism decreases following the devastating tsunami, Governor Neil Abercrombie is trying to rally Hawaii behind a worsening budget scenario.
The governor’s office released aspecial video message on Sunday afternoon, through YouTube.
“My Administration has put forward a budget plan that will boost our economic recovery, improve how government works, and move Hawai’i in a new economic, social, and educational direction,” Abercrombie said in the video. “We can and must do these things, even in these challenging fiscal times—but we will do so only if we have the will. Talking about it and wishing for it will not do it. So, for everyone in Hawai’i, we have some big decisions to make and we need to make them now.”
The entire video and press release can be viewed here.
The state legislature is looking into all sorts of options to balance the budget, from raiding the Hurricane Relief Fund to legalizing poker. Revised financial projections are expected on Tuesday after the Council on Revenues meets to reconsider prior estimates.