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Governor David Ige on ending homeless, building a new jail and adding AC to schools

One day after his State of the State speech, Governor David Ige added some details on what he hopes to accomplish in the next year.

On homelessness, Governor Ige says the state will use $5 million in a partnership with Aloha United Way. He says the added money will give the organization more flexibility and resources when it comes to getting people off the streets. He points out that part of the problem with chronic homelessness is that each person has unique circumstances. He's hoping this will help social service workers to be better able to cater to individuals.

On the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, the governor says he's waiting for the circuit court to decide when and what they can do next. He did acknowledge that he personally supports the $1.4 billion project. However, the project was forced to stop construction when the Hawaii Supreme Court revoked its permit in December of 2015. 

While the costs are estimated to be close to half a billion dollars, the governor says the state needs to tear down OCCC and build another jail facility, possibly by Halawa. OCCC is overcrowded and it's becoming a dangerous situation for all those involved according to the governor. 

As for air condition in our public schools, the governor pledged to equip 1000 classrooms by the end of 2016. Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi says getting that done could be "a stretch". The governor says he's trying to set lofty goals because that's the only way to get anything done.

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