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Mayor Mufi Hannemann today applauded Congress’ approval of President Barack Obama’s comprehensive economic stimulus package and thanked Hawaii’s congressional delegation and Neighbor Island mayors for their hard work ensuring that Hawaii’s communities will benefit.


“Our congressional delegation, led by U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, and our Hawaii Council of Mayors lobbied hard to make sure that we will receive nearly $700 million for important projects and services through this package,” Mayor Hannemann said. “This will benefit our communities in many ways and keep thousands of Hawaii workers employed.”


Hannemann, in his role as a member of the leadership of the US Conference of Mayors, and the other members of the Hawaii Council of Mayors -- Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi and Maui Mayor Charmane Tavares -- had urged support for the package from members of Congress and the Obama administration, when they visited Washington DC last month.


According to Sen. Inouye, the package approved today includes $125.7 million for highway, rail transit, and port infrastructure projects in Hawaii, and $158.2 million for education and school modernization efforts.


The package also includes tax benefits and credits of $400 per individual and $800 for married couples, and additional funding for Medicaid reimbursements and unemployment benefits.





Media contact: Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 527-6928