Democratic candidates for governor pitch economic plans - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Democratic candidates for governor pitch economic plans

Mufi Hannemann Mufi Hannemann
Neil Abercrombie Neil Abercrombie

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's Democratic candidates for governor are proposing competing economic plans, with Mufi Hannemann's ideas focused on construction and Neil Abercrombie's pitch centered on energy and agricultural sustainability.

Hannemann said Monday he wants roads upgraded, Honolulu's rail project built and the Hawaii Superferry idea revived.

He also would seek an audit of state spending and a commitment for the NFL's Pro Bowl to be hosted in the islands.

Abercrombie countered that the former Honolulu mayor's ideas emphasize projects instead of long-term policies to improve the business climate.

The former congressman is aiming for the state to use more renewable energy, produce more of its own food and remove governmental red tape.

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