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Mayor Hannemann strikes a surprising chord in State of the City address

Mayor Mufi Hannemann Mayor Mufi Hannemann
Senator Daniel Akaka Senator Daniel Akaka

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann delivered his State of the City Address Thursday.

With the economy hitting a sour note, the Mayor tuned in to the harsh reality of a two-year, $220 million deficit.

Taking center stage in his speech - an unexpected sacrifice.

Mayor Hannemann struck a surprising chord in his address.

"The appointed members of my cabinet have offered to join me in working without pay one day a month in recognition of our fiscal situation," said Hannemann.

It's a 5% pay cut going to the rainy day fund instead.

"Even the workers in the city would take a cut, that's incredible," said Senator Daniel Akaka.

It's a sacrifice some of Hawaii's leaders are willing to follow.

"If we need to, yes," said Senator Akaka.

"I personally would be willing to," said Honolulu Council Chair Todd Apo.

Mayor Hannemann also said he'll deny pay raises for union city workers and their managers, plus introduce a two-year budget plan in March, calling for fee hikes.

"I'm not at liberty to say right now what they will be," Hannemann said.

On his signature project, rail, a stern warning:

"Some legislators and state administration officials want to take the transit money, steal it really. My Administration views any attempt to divert the transit money as illegal and I am working with our friends at the Legislature to defeat this harebrained scheme," he said.

The mayor is also taking a fierce stance on the Sand Island and Honouliuli Wastewater Plants, refusing to cave in to the Environmental Protection Agency's ruling to make secondary treatment upgrades costing $1 billion.

"We're not going to take no for an answer. Sometimes, when you don't feel the love, you have to put on the gloves," said Mayor Hannemann.

The Mayor flew out later in the afternoon to Washington D.C. He'll meet with President Barack Obama 5:00 AM Hawaii time.

Mayor Hanneman's goal is to get Hawaii's $678 million federal stimulus money as quickly as possible.

A third of that money will go towards infrastructure.

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