Governor Ige’s Inaugural Speech and Articles

imgresYesterday, David Ige was sworn in as Hawai`i’s new Governor. Below are some news articles that follow a link to the full text of his inaugural speech.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s Inauguration Speech (FULL TEXT)
The new Hawaii governor’s full inauguration speech outlines his approach to governing the islands.
Gene Park, Honolulu Civil Beat, Dec. 1, 2014

Democrat David Ige sworn in as Hawaii governor
B.J. Reyes & Dan Nakaso, Star-Advertiser, Dec. 1, 2014

David Ige Inauguration: Introducing Hawaii’s Eighth Governor
The longtime state lawmaker took the oath of officeMonday, underscoring the opportunity the next administration has to “chart a new tomorrow.”
Nathan Eagle, Honolulu Civil Beat, Dec. 1, 2014

10 Things Hawaii’s Next Governor Has Said He’ll Do
David Ige told voters he would do quite a bit if elected. Here’s some of what the public should expect to see.
Nathan Eagle, Honolulu Civil Beat, Dec. 1, 2014

“Here are 10 of the things the public should expect to see from its new top executive, as compiled from interviews, news releases and Ige’s campaign website, which has shifted into a post-election mode.

  1. Triple the supply of affordable housing in Kakaako.
  2. Develop a plan to double local food production.
  3. Alleviate the Department of Education’s top-down bureaucracy by empowering principals, specifically increasing the weighted-student formula spending to 75 percent from 58 percent.
  4. Boost government transparency by holding weekly press conferences and limiting charges for public records to basic copying costs.
  5. Introduce legislation to ensure Medicaid recipients receive services equal to those available through Kupuna Care.
  6. Increase hotel capacity.
  7. Direct and adequately staff the Hawaii State Energy Office to develop a clean energy industry.
  8. Modernize the Department of Taxation to collect $450 million in back taxes.
  9. Ensure independence of the Public Utilities Commission and adequacy of staff to make electricity more affordable.
  10. Increase funding to control and prevent invasive species.

Rachael Wong appointed DHS director
Kristen Consillio, Star-Advertiser, Dec. 1, 2014

Let’s all be hopeful that we will have an administration that respects the humanity and dignity of all our people, including those who are incarcerated and their families.




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