Governor Neil Abercrombie outlined his priorities during his 4th State of the State address Tuesday morning. Saying early childhood education was a top priority, the governor asked for $8 million to implement a plan to expand and build on the Preschool Open Doors Program. Because of new age requirements, an estimated 5,000 four-year-olds will have to wait a year before they attend kindergarten. The Governor says community-based preschools will be a key component in his plan. Abercrombie also pressed for support for the Housing First program, which gets people off the street and has done well in other states. The governor also touched on raising the minimum wage, re-opening the Kulani Correctional Center on the Big Island to bring home inmates serving sentences on the mainland, developing an energy program and creating a Domestic Bill of Rights to protect citizens from exploitation or degradation.
Posted Tuesday, January 21st 2014 @ 12pm