FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE HAS $1 BILLION FOR HAWAII
(By Wendy OSHER Â© 2009)
U.S. Congresswoman Mazie Hirono joined Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares yesterday in discussing details of a federal stimulus package and its impact for Maui and the state.Â Hirono said the recovery package will bring more than a billion dollars to the state with $200 million going towards infrastructure.Â She said that will result in multiplier effect of economic activity for the state. The package also includes $158 million for the Department of Education to stave off job cuts.
Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares said the funds come at a perfect time as county and state municipalities face shortfalls.Â With money in the package for job training in addition to infrastructure funding, Tavares said the package is not just a stimulus for now, but an investment in the future.
The mayor prepared a wish list for the administration of 80 ready-to-go projects worth an estimated $315 million.Â Specifics on how much federal money will come to Maui is still unclear, but is expected to be added during council deliberations on the county budget.
(Congresswoman Hirono & Mayor Tavares discuss the economic stimulus package in the audio clip below)