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Senate District 1 to receive nearly $52M in funding

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The state supplemental budget bill includes nearly $52 million for Senatorial District 1, which consists of South Hilo, including portions of Paukaa, Piihonua, Kaumana, Waiakea, and Keaukaha, represented by Sen. Gilbert Kahele.

“I fought to secure funding for our district so that our communities are maintained and that we remain economically viable,” Kahele said. “Funding these projects and programs improve the quality of life for our residents so that we can enjoy time with our family and friends. I am pleased that my colleagues and I were able to report a final compromise bill out of the money committees last week that benefits all of Hawaii and that the full Senate could agree on.”

Highlights of funding to Senate District 1 include:

OPERATING GRANTS AND FUNDS

$200,000 — Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council

$2,000,000 — Hilo Medical Center Primary Care Residency Program

$8,502,936 — Foster Care Payment Rate Increases

ACCOUNTING AND GENERAL SERVICES

$500,000 — Lyman House Memorial Museum, construction of a new Island Heritage Gallery

DEFENSE

$2,000,000 — Youth Challenge Academy, upgrade and renovation of Keaukaha Military Reservation

HUMAN SERVICES

$250,000 — The Food Basket, Inc., repairs and maintenance

LABOR AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

$329,000 — Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council, Botanical Garden

TRANSPORTATION

$500,000 — Hilo Harbor, modifications to improve navigational safety and operational efficiencies

$1,000,000 — Saddle Road Extension from the Hilo terminus to the Queen Kaahumanu Highway

$500,000 — Puainako Street Widening

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT HILO

$33,000,000 — College of Pharmacy, new instructional facility

$2,500,000 — Astronomy, modernization and repair of 2.2 meter telescope on Mauna Kea

$500,000 — College of Agricultural, Forestry and Natural Resource Management, establish the Hilo International Flight Training Center

TOTAL: $51,781,936

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