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Aug 01

PRESS RELEASE: Federal transportation bill receives immediate fix; Hokama urges long-term action

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 6:26 PM by Office of Council Services

WASHINGTON – On July 31, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, implementing a short-term fix that prevents the Highway Trust Fund from becoming insolvent, Councilmember Riki Hokama announced today.  

Hokama, NACo at Washington

The bill extends the current authorization law for transit, highway and highway-safety programs and provides approximately $11 billion in revenues to the fund through May, 2015.  The program is set to expire on Sept. 30.  

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Oct 18

Councilmember Hokama introduces resolution to support naming new Kihei school after Patsy Mink

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Office of Council Services

A resolution urging the state legislature and Gov. Neil Abercrombie to support naming the new Kihei high school in honor of the late U.S. Rep. Patsy Takemoto Mink will be considered at the Feb. 7 Maui County Council meeting, Councilmember G. Riki Hokama announced today.
 

“Patsy Mink’s accomplishments in promoting educational access bring tremendous pride to the Maui County community,” said Councilmember Hokama, who introduced the resolution. “Naming the Kihei high school in her honor will serve as a reminder to students that, with perseverance and hard work, one person can make a difference.”

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Oct 18

County services are essential and cannot afford a shutdown

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM by Office of Council Services

I offered some remarks at today’s Council meeting and expressed relief that Congress and the Administration have finally reached an agreement ending the two-week Federal government shutdown and raising the debt ceiling through early next year. Our national parks, such as Haleakala National Park, are finally open and visitors of the county will no longer be disappointed.

Counties cannot afford a shutdown

The National Association of Counties issued the following statement on Oct. 16 regarding passage of legislation to fund the Federal government:

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