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Lingle vetoes ‘local jobs' bill

Governor Linda Lingle Governor Linda Lingle

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Governor Linda Lingle is vetoing a bill that would require at least 80 percent of construction workers on government projects to be Hawaii residents.

"I support the creation of local jobs for local residents," Governor Linda Lingle said in message to legislators detailing her objections to the bill and her reasons for vetoing it.  "However, this measure does not create jobs because it does not incentivize any new economic activity."

Lingle also said in her veto message Monday that the measure would increase project costs to taxpayers and increase the likelihood of project delays. Under the law, contractors who don't meet the residency requirements could suffer sanctions including contract suspensions and withheld payments.

The controversy heated up back in August, when the $11 million Aloha Stadium reconstruction project was awarded to a mainland company. Union workers were so outraged they released a commercial.

Lawmakers would need two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate to override Lingle. The bill previously passed unanimously in the House and 19-2 in the Senate.

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