David Ige in 2019 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Education: Universal pre-K crucial to education reform

We must create a universal, statewide high-quality public preschool system that will give every child a head-start on learning. Ultimately, we will need more than 300 public pre-K classrooms.

I am proposing to the Department of Education that we look at our elementary schools in a whole different light; That we reinvent our elementary education by making early learning an integral part of our children's overall elementary curriculum. That's why I am proposing to the DOE that we restructure those schools presently composed of Kindergarten through grade 6 to pre-K through grade 5. We also want to apply "best practices" learned from our own Public Pre-Kindergarten Program and from other states who have added preschools to their public education system. Of all the initiatives upon which we've embarked, I believe this one will make the greatest difference in preparing our children for the future and in creating a 21st century workforce.

Source: 2019 State of the State address to Hawaii legislature Jan 22, 2019

On Environment: Strong guidelines for environmental protection

Our budget includes $3.9 million over two years for Sustainable Hawaii initiatives, to support our biosecurity plan, watershed protection and our Agricultural Loan Revolving Fund.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Hawaii legislature Jan 22, 2019

On Welfare & Poverty: Lease state land for affordable housing

We need to use public resources to break the cycle of speculation and profit-taking that has turned affordable housing into an unreachable goal for our people. We will be submitting legislation to build condominiums for sale on state lands utilizing 99-year leases. The state will retain ownership of the land under these condos and determine the terms of resale if the owners decide to sell. We will be able to keep the units affordable, plan growth, create jobs, and make the most of unused state lands
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Hawaii legislature Jan 22, 2019

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