It’s Your Money: House passes its version of state budget; what’s in it?

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Lawmakers in the state House have given their okay on the budget for the next fiscal year.  

The $28 billion package would fund everything from schools to healthcare to airport improvements.

Here’s a look at where some of your money may be going:

A large part of the budget goes to construction, whether it’s improving the old or building something new.

For public schools and libraries alone, the capital improvement budget for the next two fiscal years is $773 million. 

Ninety million of that is just for maintaining and improving facilities statewide. Eighty-three million will go toward building three new schools: Pohukaina Elementary and East Kapolei Middle School on Oahu and a new intermediate school in Kahului, Maui.

A large chunk of the budget also calls for improvements at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport — more than $165 million for construction and design costs, including improvements to the restrooms, elevators, escalators, and roofing. Across the state, $3 million have been set aside for runway improvements. 
While we’re spending millions to study what to do with Aloha Stadium – whether to tear it down and build a new stadium or not – we’re still budgeting nearly $10 million this next fiscal year to take care of current problems, which include mitigating and repairing hazardous health and safety conditions at the more than 40-year-old structure.

Click here to view the full bill.

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