Ige talks transportation, marijuana after trip to Washington

Ige talks transportation, marijuana after trip to Washington


Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. David Ige has returned from Washington and says he's happy to trade overcoats for aloha shirts.

Ige told reporters Thursday he met with several of President Barack Obama's cabinet leaders on his trip.

They talked about opening Kona International Airport as a second port of entry for international travelers and expanding pre-clearance of visitors.

Ige says transportation funding is an issue facing all states. But he's not convinced that Hawaii should approve an extension of the rail tax this year. On the other hand, Ige says his staff is considering a proposal to change the fuel tax, which could raise revenue.

On marijuana, Ige says he isn't inclined to support decriminalization.

He also says Native Hawaiians need more time to determine the nature of their sovereign nation.

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