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Isles to gain $387M in funding


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POSTED: Monday, December 14, 2009

Hawaii stands to gain more than $387 million for a myriad of projects affecting schools, transportation and other initiatives under a spending bill passed yesterday by the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the money will also support the military, scientific research, environmental protection and law enforcement operations.

The isle-bound appropriations were part of a $1.1 trillion spending bill with increased budgets for vast areas of the federal government, including health, education and veterans' programs. The weekend action on the more-than-1,000-page package underlined the legislative crush faced by Congress as it tries to wind up the year.

The appropriation, passed 57-35 with Inouye and Sen. Daniel Akaka voting in favor, now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature.

“;This much-needed infusion of federal capital will help push construction projects toward completion and create much-needed jobs,”; Inouye said yesterday in an announcement. “;Our local economy needs all the assistance it can get.”;

Much of the money goes to the military in Hawaii.

But a large number of smaller projects are earmarked for significant support as well.

Schofield Barracks, home of the 25th Infantry Division, will receive $99 million for two vehicle maintenance shops and another $91 million for a barracks and complex for the Warrior in Transition program.

Wheeler Army Airfield will receive $15 million for construction and another $7.5 million for a regional satellite communications information center.

The Navy will receive more than $81 million for a variety of projects, including a $5.3 million firing range at Puuloa, $22 million for ammunition storage at West Loch and $9.6 million for upgrades on Ford Island.

The Hawaii Air National Guard will receive $33 million for infrastructure supporting the F-22 Raptor jet fighter at Hickam Air Force Base.

The Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Kauai, will receive $68.5 million for the construction of an Aegis missile defense test facility.

“;This legislation provides vital resources that will benefit Hawaii,”; said Inouye. “;It supports our troops by providing modern facilities and upgrades our men and women in uniform need. It helps struggling working families with programs that provide essential social services, housing and job training programs. It provides substantial resources for health care services, education, crime prevention and youth activities. ... It will protect and study our fragile marine life and valuable fisheries and monitor natural hazards such as tsunamis.”;

               

     

 

WHO GETS THE MONEY?

        Here are some of the Hawaii projects and programs funded under the Senate bill passed yesterday, according to U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye:
       

» Native Hawaiian education, including vocational education: $37.5 million

       

» Honolulu rail transit and neighbor island buses: $33.4 million

       

» East-West Center: $23 million

       

» Native Hawaiian health care: $14 million

       

» Native Hawaiian block grants: $13 million

       

» Hawaiian sea turtle protection: $7.8 million

       

» Hawaii longline observer program: $7.1 million

       

» Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center: $5 million

       

» Hawaii Open Supercomputing Center: $5 million

       

» Pacific Coastal Services Center: $5 million

       

» University of Hawaii-Maui Community College: $4.3 million

       

» Hawaiian monk seal protection: $4 million

       

» Kapolei Interchange Complex: $3.4 million

       

» Imiloa Astronomy Center: $2.5 million

       

» Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology: $2.25 million

       

» Hansen's disease (leprosy) programs: $1.97 million

       

» Hawaii Primary Care Association: $1.8 million

       

» Hawaii Department of Education: $1.5 million

       

» UH-Hilo Clinical Pharmacy Training Program: $1.5 million

       

» UH Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law: $1.5 million

       

» Alien Species Inspection Facility: $876,000

       

» Maui Economic Development Board: $850,000

       

» Kauai Economic Development Board: $700,000

       

» UH nursing programs at Manoa and Hilo: $550,000

       

» Health Department Asthma Control Project: $200,000

       

» Institute for Human Services Homeless Shelter: $194,800