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    • Budget timeframe: Biennial


      Fiscal Year begins: July 1

      The current state budget can be found here and the FY2013 supplemental budget can be found here.


      Find the legislative session calendar here.


      Find the current legislative leaders here.

       

      Gov. AbercrombieGov. Neil Abercrombie
      The Honorable Neil Abercrombie

      Governor, State of Hawai`i

      Executive Chambers, 
State Capitol

      Honolulu, Hawai`i  96813
      Phone: (808) 586-0034
      Fax: (808) 586-0006
      Contact form

       

       

       

      Georgina K. Kawamura, Director of Finance
      Department of Budget & Finance

      250 South Hotel Street, Room 300
      No. 1 Capitol District Building
      Honolulu, HI 96813
      Phone: (808) 586-1518
      Fax: (808) 586-1976
      www.state.hi.us/budget/
      HI.BudgetandFinance@hawaii.com

       

       

      Want a more robust, long-term look at your state's fiscal health, beyond the budget? There are two parts: Click here for the FY2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) compiled by the state government, and click here for information on the state's pension liabilities

       

      Hawaii is required to pass a "balanced budget." Article VII, Section 5 of the Constitution states no expenditures of public money shall exceed the general fund revenues, except when the governor declares an emergency. Moreover, Title 5, Section 37-74(c) of the State law requires the director of finance to reduce appropriated disbursements when collected revenues are less than allotted revenues. Section 37-92 also caps total proposed expenditures to the appropriations from the previous year plus the state growth. This is commonly referred to as "budgeting for fiscal discipline." Even with these laws in place, Hawaii reported budget deficits (negative net transactions) for the three years studied. Hawaii law forbids the carrying over of a deficit from one year to the next.

       

      For FY2007, Hawaii maintained three governmental funds: the General fund, Capital Projects Fund, and Med-Quest Special Revenue Fund. It also maintained other governmental funds which are combined in the non-major governmental funds. Hawaii budgets for the General Fund, the Med-Quest Special Revenue fund and the non-major Special Revenue fund. [from the Institute for Truth in Accounting]

       

      Find the state's bond ratings here.

       

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    • Solutions

      How Reality-Based Budgeting Can Permanently Resolve State Budget Gaps

      State Budget Solutions | by Bob Williams | November 7, 2012

      State Budget Solutions recommends that state legislators take action in 2013 to resolve the serious state financial crises by changing their focus from inputs to outcomes by redesigning budgets from the ground up based on priorities and performance.

    • Solutions

      How to Prevent Future Pension Crises

      by Cory Eucalitto | November 1, 2012

      The time for state and local governments to offer defined contribution retirement plans that protect both taxpayer dollars and public employee retirement security is now.

    • Solutions

      State Lawmakerís Guide to Evaluating Medicaid Expansion Projections

      The Heritage Foundation | by Edmund F. Haislmaier and Drew Gonshorowski | October 17, 2012

      Supporters of Obamacare claim that expanding Medicaid will entail little to no cost to state governments, since the federal government will fund the vast majority of the additional costs. Indeed, some analyses project states achieving savings from adopting the expansion. However, state lawmakers should be wary of accepting such analyses at face value.

    • Solutions

      Medicaid Is BrokenóLet the States Fix It

      The Wall Street Journal | by Paul Howard and Russell Sykes | October 15, 2012

      Block-granting Medicaid is the best way to deliver better, cost-effective care to the most vulnerable Americans.

    • Solutions

      The Case for Reform: Prisons

      Right on Crime | August 1, 2012

      Prisons are supremely important, but they are also a supremely expensive government program, and thus prison systems must be held to the highest standards of accountability.