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Kalbert Young, UH vice president for budget and finance and chief financial officer, shares his analysis of the legislative session through the First Crossover deadline.

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Kalbert Young

Here is an update on the 2023 legislative session through the First Crossover deadline, including a highlight on the progress through the Legislature for the University of Hawaiʻi’s budget request.

March 9 was the First Crossover deadline where bills had to move into the non-originating chamber (Senate bills crossover to the House of Representatives, and House bills crossover to the Senate) to continue on in the legislative process. More than 3,132 bills were introduced this session, with close to 799 of those either directly affecting or indirectly impacting UH.

The biennial budget bill (HB 300 HD1) completed its deliberation in the House on March 8, 2023 and has since crossed over to the Senate for their deliberation and amendments. Next, it will be shortly revised by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. In November 2022, the UH Board of Regents (BOR) approved a biennial budget request that was submitted to the governor and separately to the Legislature, parts of which were included in the House version of the budget.

The BOR-approved request totaled $52.3 million in additional general funds for Fiscal Year 2023–24 (FY24) and $59.4 million in additional general funds for Fiscal Year 2024–25 (FY25). Of these amounts, more than $17.5 million is for restoration of general funds that were reduced in 2021, and $3.6 million for the return of support for athletics and other campus operations. The House works on the budget before the Senate and has approved virtually the entire request by the governor and added approximately $53.0 million for FY24 and $50.5 million for FY25 to UH.

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We are extremely thankful for the support we received from the House in the restoration of the budget cuts along with funding for other programs such as expanding the Hawaiʻi Promise Program, health industry initiatives, including expanding graduate medical education for JABSOM workforce development, to name a few.

The following table shows the biennial operating budget comparison between the board, governor and House:

Campus Description
Board of Regents Governor House
FY24 $$$ FY25 $$$ FY24 $$$ FY25 $$$ FY24 $$$ FY25 $$$
RESTORATION OF FUNDS
UH Mānoa General Fund Restoration $5,600,000 $5,600,000 $5,600,000 $5,600,000 $5,600,000 $5,600,000
JABSOM General Fund Restoration $1,800,000 $1,800,000 $1,800,000 $1,800,000 $1,800,000 $1,800,000
UH Hilo General Fund Restoration $3,420,000 $3,420,000 $3,420,000 $3,420,000 $3,420,000 $3,420,000
UH West Oʻahu General Fund Restoration $1,620,000 $1,620,000 $1,620,000 $1,620,000 $1,620,000 $1,620,000
UH System Administration General Fund Restoration $5,086,848 $5,086,848 $5,086,848 $5,086,848 $5,086,848 $5,086,848
SUSTAINED FUNDING
UH Mānoa Athletics Subsidy Continuation $3,200,000 $3,200,000 $3,200,000 $3,200,000 $3,200,000 $3,200,000
UH Hilo Athletics Subsidy Continuation $400,000 $400,000 $400,000 $400,000 $400,000 $400,000
UH Mānoa HIMB Full Year Funding $85,500 $85,500 $85,500 $85,500 $85,500 $85,500
JABSOM GME Residency Full Year Funding $1,670,000 $1,670,000 $660,000 $660,000 $660,000 $660,000
JABSOM Neighbor Island MD Expansion Continuation $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000
HAWAIʻI PROMISE PROGRAM
UH Mānoa Hawaiʻi Promise Expansion $12,300,000 $12,300,000 $12,300,000 $12,300,000 $12,300,000 $12,300,000
UH Hilo Hawaiʻi Promise Expansion $1,700,000 $1,700,000 $1,700,000 $1,700,000 $1,700,000 $1,700,000
UH West Oʻahu Hawaiʻi Promise Expansion $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000
UH Community Colleges Hawaiʻi Promise Continuation $3,700,000 $3,700,000 $3,700,000 $3,700,000 $3,700,000 $3,700,000
CAMPUS FACILITIES AND CORE SERVICES
UH Hilo Security Officers $313,320 $313,320        
UH West Oʻahu Security Officers $30,900 $61,800        
UH Community Colleges Security Officers $693,780 $1,456,938 $693,780* $1,456,938* $1 $1
UH Hilo IT Support $160,000 $160,000        
UH Hilo Analytical Lab Manager $80,000 $80,000        
UH West Oʻahu Campus and ACM Support $162,996 $325,992        
EARLY COLLEGE EXPANSION
UH Community Colleges Early College Expansion $577,500 $1,212,750        
UH West Oʻahu Early College Expansion $90,000 $180,000        
UH System Admin Early College Expansion $90,000 $180,000        
INITIATIVE: SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS
UH West Oʻahu Student Success Support $261,252 $522,504        
UH Community Colleges UH Maui College-Health Center $98,500 $200,250 $98,500 $200,250 $98,500 $200,250
UH Community Colleges UH Maui College-Distance Learning $73,500 $147,750        
UH Mānoa Kūlia I Ka Nuʻu Undergraduate Research Initiative $721,600 $1,058,400        
UH Hilo Transfer Center $60,000 $60,000        
UH Hilo Career Advising and Internship Administration $60,000 $60,000        
UH Community Colleges Windward CC-Incarcerated Students $125,500 $241,550        
UH Community Colleges Hawaiʻi CC-Incarcerated Students $37,500 $78,750        
ADDRESS AREAS OF STATE NEED
UH Hilo Administration of Justice Program Expansion $142,000 $142,000        
UH Hilo MA Teaching Expansion and Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education $210,000 $210,000        
UH Hilo MA Counseling Psychology $210,000 $210,000        
UH Hilo CAFNRM Sustainable Agribusiness $100,000 $100,000        
UH West Oʻahu Teacher Preparation $70,676 $141,352        
INDUSTRY INITIATIVE: HEALTH
UH West Oʻahu Health and Wellness $147,158 $294,316 $147,158 $294,316 $147,158 $294,316
UH Mānoa Health Science Initiative $477,009 $688,473 $477,009 $688,473 $477,009 $688,473
UH Community Colleges Kapiʻolani CC-Allied Health Professions and NI Expansion $761,000 $761,000 $761,000 $761,000 $761,000 $761,000
UH Community Colleges Windward CCCNA Program Support $86,000 $86,000 $86,000 $86,000    
UH Community Colleges Kauaʻi CC-Medical Assisting Program Support $232,000 $232,000 $232,000 $232,000 $232,000 $232,000
UH Community Colleges Kapiʻolani CC-Nursing Clinical Faculty $259,998 $259,998 $259,998 $259,998 $259,998 $259,998
UH Community Colleges Hawaiʻi CC-Nursing Program Maintenance & Expansion $474,000 $474,000 $474,000 $474,000 $474,000 $474,000
UH Community Colleges Kauaʻi CC-Nursing Faculty $258,000 $258,000 $258,000 $258,000    
UH Community Colleges UH Maui College-Nursing Faculty $172,000 $172,000 $172,000 $172,000 $172,000 $172,000
UH Community Colleges UH Maui College-CNA to LPN Program Support $86,000 $86,000 $86,000 $86,000 $86,000 $86,000
UH Mānoa UH West OʻahuUH Mānoa Nursing Collaboration $503,000 $503,000 $503,000 $503,000    
UH Mānoa NAWSON Programs and Training Support $661,430 $661,430 $661,430 $661,430 $661,430 $661,430
UH Hilo Nursing Faculty Support $198,000 $198,000 $198,000 $198,000    
UH Mānoa Adjust UH West OʻahuUH Mānoa NAWSON Collaboration Request       $423,000*   $1
UH Hilo Adjust UH Hilo School of Nursing Request     $430,306* $461,717* $1 $1
UH Mānoa Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health-Training Hubs     $457,000* $457,000* $1 $1
UH Mānoa UH West OʻahuUH Mānoa NAWSON Collaboration Request     $628,306* $659,717* $1 $1
UH Hilo UH Hilo Nursing Faculty     $503,000* $926,000* $1 $1
GOVERNOR’S ADD-ONS
UH Mānoa Restore Funds for Previously Unfunded Positions     $6,073,157 $6,073,157    
JABSOM Restore Funds for Previously Unfunded Positions     $926,843 $926,843    
UH Cancer Center Restore Funds for Previously Unfunded Positions     $1,000,000 $1,000,000    
UH Hilo Restore Funds for Previously Unfunded Positions     $1,000,000 $1,000,000    
UH West Oʻahu Restore Funds for Previously Unfunded Positions     $1,000,000 $1,000,000    
HOUSE ADD-ONS
UH Community Colleges Office of International and Regional Partnerships Study Abroad Program         $15,000  
UH Community Colleges Placeholder amounts for Transfers         $12 $12
UH System Administration IT Equipment         $75,000 $75,000
  TOTAL $56,266,967 $59,399,921 $63,698,835 $65,831,187 $50,031,460 $50,476,833

*Items were added to the Executive Request by Gov. Green after the December submission to the Legislature.

On the UH capital improvement projects (CIP) budget, the UH request was for $262.5 million for FY24 and $296 million in FY25 in additional General Obligation Bonds to address capital renewal, progress on deferred maintenance and funding for projects to modernize each of the campuses within the UH System. HB 300 HD1 includes $101.3 million for FY24 and $112.5 million for FY25 in General Obligation Bond funding for various projects, in addition to $79 million for FY24 and $75 million for FY25 in General Funds

The following table shows the CIP budget comparison between the board, governor and House:

Campus Description
Board of Regents Governor Request House
FY24 $$$ FY25 $$$ FY24 $$$ FY25 $$$ FY24 $$$ FY25 $$$
UH System Administration Renew, Improve and Modernize (GO Bonds) $100,000,000 $100,000,000 $20,000,000 $20,000,000 $20,000,000 $20,000,000
UH System Administration Renew, Improve and Modernize (General Funds)     $30,000,000 $30,000,000 $30,000,000 $30,000,000
UH Hilo Renew, Improve and Modernize (GO Bonds) $17,500,000 $26,500,000 $17,500,000 $26,500,000 $10,000,000 $26,500,000
UH Community Colleges Renew, Improve and Modernize (GO Bonds) $25,000,000 $25,000,000        
UH Community Colleges Renew, Improve and Modernize (General Funds)     $25,000,000 $25,000,000 $25,000,000 $25,000,000
UH West Oʻahu Renew, Improve and Modernize (GO Bonds) $5,000,000 $3,500,000 $5,000,000 $3,500,000    
UH Mānoa PV Rooftop and Canopies and various Energy Efficiency Projects $20,000,000 $20,000,000 $20,000,000* $20,000,000*    
UH Community Colleges Minor CIP (GO Bonds) $25,000,000 $25,000,000        
UH Community Colleges Minor CIP (General Funds)     $20,000,000 $20,000,000 $20,000,000 $20,000,000
UH Mānoa Assessment and Feasibility of Hamilton Library $6,500,000          
UH West Oʻahu Road B Entry Plaza $5,500,000   $5,500,000*      
UH Community Colleges Kapiʻolani CC – Replace AC System (6930 Ohelo) $15,000,000   $15,000,000*      
UH Community Colleges Kauaʻi CC – Upgrade Fire Alarm System $8,500,000   $8,500,000*      
UH Mānoa Mini Master Plan Phase 3 – Kuykendall Hall   $5,000,000        
UH West Oʻahu Campus Center Phase II   $49,000,000        
UH Community Colleges Windward CC – Repair/Replace HVAC (5988 ʻImiloa) $11,000,000   $11,000,000*   $11,000,000  
UH Mānoa Athletics $12,000,000 $18,000,000     $1,000  
UH Community Colleges Kapiʻolani CC – Renovate Building (6920 Kokiʻo) $2,000,000 $10,000,000 $2,000,000* $10,000,000*   $10,000,000
UH Mānoa Admin Office and Parking   $8,000,000        
UH Community Colleges Honolulu CC – Technology Renovations Phase 2 $3,000,000   $3,000,000*      
UH Mānoa Holmes Hall $1,500,000 $6,000,000 $1,500,000* $6,000,000*   $6,000,000
UH Community Colleges Hawaiʻi CC – Manono Campus Development $2,000,000   $2,000,000*      
UH Mānoa Waikīkī Aquarium Seawall Repair $3,000,000   $3,000,000*      
UH Mānoa HIMB – Continue DARPA Prototype Artificial Reef         $50,000,000 $50,000,000
UH Mānoa HIMB – Replacement of Sewage System, Seawall and Pier         $10,000,000  
UH Community Colleges UH Maui College- Renovate Existing Buildings for Medical Ed Classrooms         $250,000  
UH Community Colleges Waiākea Research Station         $1,000  
UH System Admin Waialeʻe Ag Substation Improvements (General Funds)         $4,000,000  
  TOTAL $262,500,000 $296,000,000 $189,000,000 $161,000,000 $180,252,000 $187,500,000

*Items were added to the Executive Request by Gov. Green after the December submission to the Legislature.

Legislation

There are a number of bills that propose to change the organizational and operating structure of UH. For example, there are a few Senate Bills (SB) that would change the UH president’s role as the head of the UH System. SB 1197 SD2 removes the president as the chief procurement officer (CPO) and designates the vice president for budget and finance/chief financial officer as CPO. UH has pointed out that the current designation is consistent with the standard practice of designating other state department leaders as CPOs for their respective agencies, such as the president of the Senate; the speaker of the House of Representatives; the superintendent of the Department of Education; and the CEO of Hawaiʻi Health Systems Corporation.

Another bill of concern is SB 838 SD1 which makes the vice president for community colleges responsible to the Board of Regents rather than the university president. The responsibility for managing this distinctive and effective structure of public higher education in Hawaiʻi currently rests with a single executive officer, which is the president.

Next steps

There are still almost two months left before the adjournment of the State Legislature, and we are just about at the halfway point for the session. The UH administration, alumni association, faculty and staff and other affinity groups have been active on the measures highlighted here and a number of others. All of our engagements with the legislators help to advocate and ensure that public funding for UH programs can continue.

The next major deadline is Second Crossover on April 13 when bills that are still alive are returned to their originating chamber, which is then followed by conference committees during the last two weeks of the legislative session. The Hawaiʻi State Legislature is scheduled to adjourn on May 4, 2023.

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