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Governor: Hawaii ends fiscal year $300M in black

By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Gov. Neil Abercrombie says Hawaii ended the last fiscal year $300 million in the black.

The governor's budget director attributed most of the balance to state government labor savings, and sound fiscal management by department directors.

The governor also noted tourism provided a boost. State revenues climbed nearly 15% from the year earlier.

Abercrombie told reporters Thursday his administration would restore some services the state cut after the economic downturn. He says he wants to hire inspectors for the departments of Health, Agriculture, and Land and Natural Resources.

He says he's also committed to other administration priorities like restoring Hawaii's watersheds, investing in early childhood education, and updating the state's technology system.

Abercrombie says his solid, sober, and serious approach to financial management is paying off.

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