By Darren Pai
HONOLULU (KHNL)- Building new schools and putting more money into homeless programs are among the highlights of a new budget plan unveiled Monday by Gov. Linda Lingle.
The governor wants to spend nearly $21 billion over the next two years to run state programs. She's also calling for more than $2 billion in construction projects.
Lingle's budget calls for an additional $142 million for the Department of Education's operating budget. She wants to spend $300 million on construction and repairs in the schools. That includes building four new schools.
The governor also wants to put $13 million into programs for the homeless, doubling the amount currently spent. She's also calling for a total of $65 million to repair buildings, units and elevators in public housing projects.
Construction of highway projects in the Department of Transportation would receive $339 million dollars. Improvements at airports statewide would receive $349 million.