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  • The House draft of the budget, is favorable to UH’s request and to UH’s priorities.
  • It includes restoring funding to pre-pandemic levels, expanding Hawaiʻi Promise, and other requested items.
  • The legislative session is still less than half way complete, and there is still a ways to go toward completing a state budget.

Kalbert Young, UH vice president for budget and finance and chief financial officer, shares his analysis of the 2024 Legislative session.

Aloha UH students, faculty, staff and administrators,

Young
Kalbert Young

This is the second of four updates on the 2024 legislative session as we track UHʻs budget requests and the hundreds of other bills that impact the 10-campus system. Right now, about 650 bills of the 2,670 introduced this session are still alive, and approximately 200 of them impact UH directly or indirectly.

The Legislature is deliberating a state budget for the second year of the biennium. The budget process for the second fiscal year is commonly referred to as the “supplemental budget” because it augments what was already appropriated last session for the biennium. As reported in the first update on December 19, the UH Board of Regents (BOR) approved a supplemental operating budget request in November for $56.3 million in additional general funds for Fiscal Year 2024–25 (FY25).

The top priorities included in the University’s budget request included restoring state funding to UH‘s three, 4-year institutions ($18.3 million). Hawaiʻi Promise provides funds for students with proven financial need, but currently, is only available to those attending community colleges.

The legislative session can be divided into three major parts. The first third, is all the activity up to first crossover, where measures “cross” from the originating body to the opposite chamber. For example, bills passed by the House of Representatives crossover to the State Senate and vice versa. The first crossover milestone for all bills and the budget completed over the past week. The supplemental budget bill (HB 1800 HD1) passed by the House on March 13 is now with the Senate for consideration. The analysis for what was included in the House draft of the budget, is generous to UH’s request and to UH’s priorities. The house draft of the budget includes restoring funding to pre-pandemic levels, expanding Hawaiʻi Promise, and other requested items.

The following table shows the comparison between the supplemental operating budgets proposed by the BOR, Office of the Governor and House:

Campus Description
Board of Regents Request Governor Request House
FTE $$$ FTE $$$ FTE $$$
UH Mānoa General Fund Restoration – UH Mānoa   $5,600,000   $5,600,000   $5,600,000
JABSOM General Fund Restoration – JABSOM   $1,800,000   $1,800,000   $1,800,000
UH Hilo General Fund Restoration – UH Hilo   $3,420,000   $3,420,000   $3,420,000
UH West Oʻahu General Fund Restoration – UH West Oʻahu   $1,620,000   $1,620,000   $1,620,000
UH System General Fund Restoration – UH System   $5,086,848   $5,086,848   $5,086,848
UH Mānoa Athletics Subsidy – UH Mānoa   $3,200,000   $3,200,000   $3,200,000
UH Hilo Athletics Subsidy – UH Hilo   $400,000   $400,000   $400,000
UH Community Colleges Culinary Institute of the Pacific – Full Year Funding   $389,245        
UH Community Colleges Value Added Product Center – Full Year Funding   $359,932        
UH Mānoa Expand Teacher Cohort on Neighbor Islands 7.00 $625,000        
UH Mānoa CTAHR Extension Agents 5.00 $506,555 5.00 $506,555 5.00 $506,555
UH System Increased campus safety 4.00 $1,000,000 moved to TFSF moved to TFSF moved to TFSF moved to TFSF
UH Mānoa Hawaiʻi Promise Expansion – UH Mānoa   $12,506,711       $12,506,711
UH Hilo Hawaiʻi Promise Expansion – UH Hilo   $1,773,579       $1,773,579
UH West Oʻahu Hawaiʻi Promise Expansion – UH West Oʻahu   $4,026,116       $4,026,116
UH Community Colleges Hawaiʻi Promise Continuation – UH Community Colleges   $3,700,000   $3,700,000   $3,700,000
UH Community Colleges Community-based Planning for Redevelopment of Lahaina 2.00 $500,000        
UH Mānoa Nursing Enrollment and Access thru UH Mānoa-UH West Oʻahu Nursing Collaboration 6.50 $1,068,821 6.50 $1,068,821 6.50 $1,068,821
JABSOM Neighbor Island Health Access and Pathway Extension 4.00 $925,000 4.00 $925,000 4.00 $925,000
UH Hilo MA Counseling Psychology 3.00 $210,000 3.00 $210,000 3.00 $210,000
UH West Oʻahu Pre-Nursing Support 3.00 $322,032 3.00 $322,032 3.00 $322,032
UH West Oʻahu Early Childhood Education Support 2.00 $180,910        
UH Hilo BS Educational Studies and Expand Indigenous Teaching 4.00 $285,000        
UH Community Colleges Maui – Apprenticeship Training Expansion   $250,000        
UH Community Colleges Leeward CC – Modernize Equipment   $925,000        
UH System Systemwide Mental Health Services 6.00 $510,000 6.00 $510,000 6.00 $510,000
UH Mānoa Community Event Support 6.00 $709,000        
UH West Oʻahu ACM Facilities and Core Services Support 4.00 $252,648        
UH West Oʻahu Campus Safety 1.00 $61,800        
UH Community Colleges Maui – Water Quality Lab 2.00 $160,000        
UH Mānoa Stabilize UH Mānoa Athletics Operating Budget 43.00 $3,136,642        
UH Mānoa Cooperative Extension Support 5.00 $581,555        
UH Community Colleges Windward CC – Incarcerated Students Program 3.00 $250,528 3.00 $250,528 3.00 $250,528
TOTAL   110.50 $56,342,922 30.50 $28,619,784 30.50 $46,926,190

For the capital improvement projects (CIP) supplemental budget, the BOR requested $331.5 million for FY25 in additional General Obligation Bonds to address capital renewal, progress on deferred maintenance and funding for projects to modernize each of the campuses. The House budget provides $223.45 million for FY25 for UH in General Obligation Bond funding for various projects.

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

Campus Description Board of Regents Request Governor Request House
UH System/UH Mānoa System, RIM Projects $110,000,000 $20,000,000 $125,000,000
UH Mānoa RIM Projects for Student Housing $40,000,000    
UH Mānoa Hale Noelani Renovation $80,000,000    
UH Mānoa PV Rooftop, PV Canopies and Various Energy Efficiency Projects $30,000,000    
UH Mānoa Waikīkī Aquarium Upgrades $9,000,000 $9,000,000 $4,500,000
UH Mānoa Coconut Island Sewer Line Upgrades $3,000,000 $3,000,000 $6,000,000
UH Mānoa Holmes Hall $8,000,000 $8,000,000 $8,000,000
UH Mānoa Assessment and Feasibility of Hamilton Library $6,500,000    
UH Mānoa Mini Master Plan, Phase 3 – Kuykendall Hall $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000
UH Mānoa Central Administration Facility with Parking $8,000,000   $8,000,000
UH Mānoa Waikīkī Aquarium Seawall Repairs $3,000,000 $3,000,000  
JABSOM JABSOM Roof Replacement $6,500,000 $6,250,000 $6,250,000
UH Hilo RIM Projects $7,300,000 $7,300,000 $16,200,000
UH West Oʻahu RIM Projects $5,000,000 $5,000,000  
UH West Oʻahu Road B Entry Plaza $5,200,000    
UH West Oʻahu PV Carport $5,000,000   $5,000,000
UH Community Colleges Major R&M     $10,000,000
UH Community Colleges Capital Renewal and Deferred Maintenance     $25,000,000
UH Community Colleges Pālamanui – Improvements and Repair of Buildings     $2,000,000
UH Community Colleges Pālamanui – Expansion of Nursing and Early Childhood Ed Labs     $500,000
UH System CTAHR – Poamoho Research Station     $2,000,000
Total   $331,500,000 $66,550,000 $223,450,000

Though the house budget bill is favorable towards UH, the legislative session is still less than half way complete, and that means there is still a ways to go toward completing a state budget. Now the Senate will have its turn at deliberating a supplemental budget and that includes what the Senate prefers for the UH budget.

The next milestone will conclude near mid-April when legislative measures (including, the budget) complete deliberations in the non-originating side of the Legislature. The third part of the legislative session begins after April 11, following the second crossover. Bills that are still alive will return to their originating legislative chamber to begin a very intense two week scramble at the end of the session when conference committees begin to meet and finalize the bills. The session is scheduled to adjourn on May 3, 2024.

Please know that the administration, alumni association, faculty and staff and other affinity groups will continue to be active at the state legislature until the session ends to advocate and ensure that public funding for university programs can continue.

I anticipate providing another legislative update after the second crossover in mid April. If you have any questions, please email news@hawaii.edu.

Mahalo for your time and attention,
Kalbert Young

Vice President for Budget and Finance/Chief Financial Officer

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