Lingle Presses for Innovation in Annual Address

Governor Linda Lingle
Governor Linda Lingle
St. Sen. Colleen Hanabusa
St. Sen. Colleen Hanabusa

by Stephanie Lum

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Wearing an ilima lei, Governor Lingle stood before members of the legislature and the people of Hawaii to deliver her 5th State of State address.

She says one of the things we must do is work on creating an economy driven by technology and innovation.

"Some think it is easier to keep doing what we have been doing, they think it is too hard to change but hard or not, change will happen," Lingle says.

The governor says we must provide top-notch education and training in our schools to compete with the best and the brightest around the world.

She says to achieve that, the State must continue to fund high -tech programs at the University of Hawaii and other schools.

She proposed to establish a 100-million dollar Hawaii Innovation Fund.

"Too often in recent years, we have seen small high tech companies reach the edge of profitability only to move elsewhere where they can get the funding to continue to grow."

The governor also spoke about the homeless problem.

She says we must work to provide more affordable rental and housing units.

Lingle also announced a plan to give state taxpayers an up to 100 dollar refund.

She also called for more affordable and accessible health care for everyone.

"We need to make sure health insurance is affordable by eliminating tax barriers that have kept competition out of the marketplace."

The governor sent legislators a total of 219 proposals and called on them to have a public hearing on all of the measures.