David Ige in 2022 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Budget & Economy: Spending on infrastructure helps economic recovery

During an economic downturn, public works projects not only build critical infrastructure, they also provide a shot in the arm to businesses, labor and the economy. For the last two years, Hawai'i's construction industry has led the state's economic recovery, thanks in large part to our investment in public infrastructure. Those investments help stabilize the local construction industry and, with a record bond sale of $1.88 billion, this trend will continue.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Hawaii legislature Jan 24, 2022

On Education: Virtual learning can supplement in-person classes

Virtual classrooms became a necessity, but we also learned that they could supplement in-person classes and provide opportunities that would not otherwise be available. That's why we're supporting the expansion of virtual classrooms and the Hawai'i Virtual Learning Network.

We've long talked about distance learning--but more as an alternative to the traditional classroom. The pandemic made us realize that we could use virtual classrooms to ensure that every student has every opportunity to learn.

Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Hawaii legislature Jan 24, 2022

On Energy & Oil: Capture more carbon that we produce by 2045

We know that the climate crisis is real. Hawai'i was the first state to set a goal of 100-percent renewable energy by 2045, with 12 other states following our lead. Still--experiencing first-hand the severe impacts of climate change--we know that net-zero carbon emission is not good enough. That's why Hawai'i became the first state to commit to a net-negative goal by 2045 to capture more carbon than we produce.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Hawaii legislature Jan 24, 2022

On Health Care: Expand University of Hawai'i's doctor residency program

The virus has been relentless in exposing gaps in our healthcare infrastructure, including critical shortages of doctors and nurses. To address these concerns, we're asking the Legislature to fund the expansion of the University of Hawai'i's doctor residency program. In this way, we can increase the number of doctors doing their residency on the neighbor islands from only five to 50. More importantly, the numbers tell us that most young doctors end up practicing where they do their residency.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Hawaii legislature Jan 24, 2022

On Principles & Values: The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness

Last week, we celebrated Martin Luther King Day. He said, "The time is always right to do what's right." In Hawai'i, we have a name for this: pono or righteousness. An idea so important that it's imprinted on our state seal. Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina i ka Pono. The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Hawaii legislature Jan 24, 2022

On Technology: Internet expansion to connect all main Hawaiian Islands

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it's about the crucial role that the internet plays in all of our lives. That's why we're leveraging state resources to maximize federal funding for Broadband and proposing the largest investment in technology in state history--a total of more than $400 million. We're calling it Apakau Ka La, "spreading of the sun's rays." It is critical infrastructure for the future connecting all of the main Hawaiian Islands.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Hawaii legislature Jan 24, 2022

On Welfare & Poverty: Increased funding to lift people out of homelessness

Working with the counties, we opened 20 sites across all islands that provide a wide range of services for individuals and families. These projects have assisted over 5,500 homeless individuals statewide, with more than 1,300 placed directly into permanent housing. By increasing funding for the homeless by 68% since taking office, we've assisted more individuals to, not only find temporary shelter, but lift them out of the vicious cycle of homelessness.
Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Hawaii legislature Jan 24, 2022

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