State department directors and other staff made pitches today to the Senate Ways and Means Committee to add spending that was left out of the House version of the budget.
Among the most interesting – and pointed – testimony came from Amy Asselbaye, Gov. Neil Abercrombie’s chief of staff.
Asselbaye said she had “grave reservations” about the House draft because it would leave the governor’s office with about $1.9 million in general fund money a year, instead of the $3.5 million the governor requested.
Asselbaye said the House budget would either force layoffs of 25 of the governor’s staffers or a halt in operations for half the fiscal year. She said lawmakers should not short-change the public on basic government services.
We cannot continue cutting government and then act surprised and outraged when things don’t work.