HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In order to balance the current fiscal year's budget, Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed a measure into law authorizing him to use money from the hurricane relief fund.
The governor can now spend $42 million from the $117 million relief fund to help meet the state's budget needs. He would also be allowed to drain the entire fund if need be.
To make up for a $232 million shortfall, the governor's administration intended to use hurricane money, rainy day savings, special funds and enforce a 10-percent restriction on department operating costs.
Without the hurricane relief fund, residents and businesses would be in danger of not being protected if insurance companies stop issuing policies following a major hurricane disaster.
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