EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL
A $500 Child Tax Credit to Help Families Raising Children: To help make it easier for families to raise their children, the balanced budget included a $500 per-child tax credit for children under 17. Thanks to President Clinton, the balanced budget delivers a child tax credit to 111,000 families in Hawaii. Over $25,000 of Reduced Federal Debt for Every Family of Four: The national debt will be $1.7 trillion lower in FY99 than projected in 1993 -- that's $25,000 less debt for each family of four in Hawaii this year. Home Ownership Has Increased in Hawaii: Home ownership in Hawaii increased from 51% to 54.3% since the fourth quarter of 1993.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Nearly 2,800 Children in Head Start: Nearly 2,800 Hawaii children were enrolled in Head Start in 1998. In FY99, Hawaii will receive $14.7 million in Head Start funding, an increase of $5.8 million over 1993. More High-Quality Teachers With Smaller Classes for Hawaii's Schools: Thanks to President Clinton, the final FY99 budget provides for the first year of the President's new initiative to hire 100,000 new, well-prepared teachers, to reduce class sizes in the early grades to a national average of 18. Hawaii receives $5.6 million in 1999 to hire about 145 new public school teachers. And, under President Clinton's proposal, Hawaii would receive $7 million in FY00 to support a total of 178 teachers. $1.8 Million in Goals 2000 Funding: This year [FY99], Hawaii receives $1.8 million in Goals 2000 funding. This money is used to raise academic achievement by raising academic standards, increasing parental and community involvement in education, expanding the use of computers and technology in classrooms, and supporting high-quality teacher professional development. Over $2 Million for Technology Literacy: This year [FY99], Hawaii receives over $2 million-doubling its funding over FY97 -- for the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund which helps communities and the private sector ensure that every student is equipped with the computer literacy skills needed for the 21st century. Connecting Hawaii's Schools and Libraries to the Internet: The E-rate program is part of the Administration's effort to connect every classroom and library to the information superhighway, giving every child access to the resources and knowledge available online. This program helps schools and libraries by providing discounts of 20 to 90 percent on telecommunications services, internal connections and Internet access - with the largest discounts going to the poorest urban and rural schools. In the first year of funding alone, Hawaii received $5 million in E-rate discounts. Over $20 Million for Students Most in Need: Hawaii receives over $20 million in Title I Grants (to Local Educational Agencies) providing extra help in the basics for students most in need, particularly communities and schools with high concentrations of children in low-income families [FY99]. 8,900 Students Will Receive Pell Grants This Year: This year [FY00], Hawaii will receive $16.9 million in Pell Grants for low-income students going to college, benefiting a total of 8,900 Hawaii students. Expanded Work-Study To Help More Students Work Their Way Through College: The FY99 budget includes a significant expansion of the Federal Work Study program. Hawaii will receive $2.2 million in Work-Study funding in 1999 to help Hawaii students work their way through college. Over 400 Have Served in Hawaii through AmeriCorps: Since the National Service program began in 1993, 418 AmeriCorps participants have earned money for college while working in Hawaii's schools, hospitals, neighborhoods or parks. [through 11/98] Tuition Tax Credits in Balanced Budget Open the Doors of College and Promote Lifelong Learning: The balanced budget included both President Clinton's $1,500 HOPE Scholarship to help make the first two years of college as universal as a high school diploma and a Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for college juniors, seniors, graduate students and working Americans pursuing lifelong learning to upgrade their skills. This 20% tax credit will be applied to the first $5,000 of tuition and fees through 2002 and to the first $10,000 thereafter. 26,000 students in Hawaii will receive a HOPE Scholarship tax credit of up to $1,500. 32,000 students in Hawaii will receive the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. [fully phased-in FY00 estimate] Expanded Job Training to Hawaii's Dislocated Workers: Thanks to President Clinton, the FY99 budget includes a significant expansion in the dislocated worker program. Hawaii will receive $7.4 million in 1999 to help 4,390 of Hawaii's dislocated workers get the training and reemployment services they need to return to work as quickly as possible.
FIGHTING CRIME AND VIOLENCE
Juvenile Arrests Down in Hawaii: Hawaii's juvenile murder arrests have decreased 100% between 1992 and 1997. [FBI, Uniform Crime Report, 1992 and 1997] 468 More Police: The President's 1994 Crime Bill has funded 468 new police officers to date in communities across Hawaii. [through 7/99] Reducing Crime with Drug Courts: Working to reduce drug-related crime in Hawaii, the Clinton Administration has awarded a Drug Court grant to the community of Honolulu. Drug courts use the coercive power of the criminal justice system to combine drug testing, sanctions, supervision and treatment to push nonviolent, drug-abusing offenders to stop using drugs and committing crimes. $1.6 Million to Combat Domestic Violence: Through the Violence Against Women Act, Hawaii received $1.6 million in federal funds in FY98 to establish more women's shelters and bolster law enforcement, prosecution and victims' services. $400,000 in Grants for Battered Women and Children: In FY98, Hawaii received $400,000 in HHS's Family Violence Prevention Program grants to assist women and children fleeing domestic abuse. $2.2 Million to Keep Drugs & Violence Out of Hawaii's Schools: Hawaii has received $2.2 million in FY99 for the Safe & Drug Free Schools Program, which invests in school security and drug prevention programs.
MOVING HAWAII RESIDENTS FROM WELFARE TO WORK
8,996 Fewer People on Welfare: Since 1993, there are 8,996 fewer people on welfare in Hawaii-a 17% decrease. [through 3/99] Landmark Welfare Reform Bill: In 1996, President Clinton signed a landmark welfare reform bill which promises to move thousands of Hawaii residents from welfare to work. Child Support Collections Up 75%: Child support collections have increased by $26 million-or 75% -- in Hawaii since FY92. [through FY98] Encouraging Responsible Choices-Preventing Teen Pregnancy in Hawaii: Since 1993, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have supported innovative and promising teen pregnancy prevention strategies, with significant components of the strategy becoming law in the 1996 Personal Responsibility Act. The law requires unmarried minor parents to stay in school and live at home or in a supervised setting; encourages "second chance homes" to provide teen parents with the skills and support they need; and provides $50 million a year in new funding for state abstinence education activities. Efforts are making a difference, adolescent pregnancy rates and teen abortion rates are declining. And between 1992 and 1997, teen birth rates declined 18% in Hawaii. $11.8 Million for Hawaii Welfare-to-Work: In 1998, Hawaii received $5.1 million in Federal welfare-to-work state formula grants (the state matched $2.5 million in funding), helping Hawaii welfare recipients get and keep jobs. In addition, $4.2 million in competitive grants were awarded to Hawaii localities to support innovative welfare-to-work strategies. Part of the President's comprehensive efforts to move recipients from welfare to work, this funding was included in the $3 billion welfare to work fund in the 1997 Balanced Budget Act.
INVESTING IN HAWAII'S HEALTH
Health Care for Uninsured Children: The balanced budget included the largest single investment in health care for children since the passage of Medicaid in 1965 -- an unprecedented $24 billion over five years to cover as many as five million children throughout the nation. This investment guarantees the full range of benefits-from checkups to surgery -- that children need to grow up strong and healthy. It ensures that prescription drugs, vision, hearing, and mental health coverage now offered at the state level are extended to millions of uninsured children. To expand health coverage to more uninsured children in Hawaii the Balanced Budget provided $9 million. This compares to the 1995 Republican plan vetoed by President Clinton that would have denied health care coverage to 14,500 children in Hawaii. Helping 34,000 Hawaii Women and Children with WIC: The Clinton Administration is committed to full funding in the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). In FY98, Hawaii received $27.4 million in total WIC grant funding, helping 34,000 women, infants and children in need receive health and food assistance, 9,000 more than in 1994. More Toddlers Are Being Immunized: As a result of the President's 1993 Childhood Immunization Initiative, childhood immunization rates have reached an historic high. According to the CDC,by 1996, 90% or more of America's toddlers received the most critical doses of each of the routinely recommended vaccines-surpassing the President's 1993 goal. In Hawaii in 1997, 94% of two-year olds received the vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis; 90% received the vaccine for polio; 93% received the vaccine for measles, and 92% received the vaccine for Haemophilus influenzae B, the bacteria causing a form of meningitis. Increased Funding for Ryan White by $6.3 Million: Between 1993 and 1998, Hawaii communities received $6.3 million in Ryan White formula and other HIV/AIDS program funds. This funding provides people living with HIV and AIDS medical and support services, including the AIDS Drug Assistance Program which helps those without insurance obtain much needed prescription drugs. [HHS, Health Resources and Services Administration, 12/98] Tobacco Plan Will Cut Smoking and Premature Deaths by 39% in Hawaii: The Clinton Administration's tobacco proposal, combined with the recently enacted state tobacco settlements, will cut youth smoking and resulting premature deaths 39% in Hawaii by 2004. Between 2000 and 2004, 11,700 of Hawaii's youth will be kept from smoking and 3,700 will be spared a premature tobacco-related death. [Treasury Dept., 2/99] 500,000 Americans in Hawaii Cannot Be Assured They Have Patient Protections: Even if Hawaii enacted all the protections in the Patients' Bill of Rights, 500,000 people in Hawaii cannot be assured they have the comprehensive patient protections recommended by the President's Advisory Commission. This is because the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may preempt state-enacted protections. That is why the President has called on Congress to pass a federally enforceable patients' bill of rights so that everyone enrolled in managed care may have a basic set of protections. Notably, 250,000 Hawaii women are in ERISA health plans and are therefore not necessarily protected. Women are particularly vulnerable without these protections because they are greater users of health care services, they make three-quarters of the health care decisions for their families, and they have specific health care needs addressed by a patients' bill of rights.
PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
Superfund Clean-Up Site in Wahiawa: Since 1993, the EPA has completed a Superfund toxic waste cleanup in Wahiawa, Hawaii [through 6/99]. In contrast, no sites were cleaned up during the previous two administrations.
SPEARHEADING RURAL AND URBAN RENEWAL EFFORTS
Revitalizing Hawaii's Communities: Helping to create more jobs, housing, and economic opportunity for Hawaii's residents, Kaunakakai has been designated a Rural Enterprise Community. Helping Rural Hawaiians: Since 1993, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has invested more than $301.4 million in Hawaii for rural economic development efforts including rural water and sewer, housing and business assistance.[through FY98]
PROVIDING DISASTER RELIEF
$6.9 Million in Federal Emergency Assistance: Since 1993, Hawaii has received $6.9 million in disaster relief. This includes $504,000 in assistance to those suffering from fires in 1998. [FEMA, 12/98]
EXPANDING FUNDS FOR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT
Over $962 Million in Federal Highway Aid: Since 1993, Hawaii has received over $962 million in federal highway aid. Included in this funding is $4.4 million for emergency relief in response to natural disasters and $200,000 for scenic byways. These funds have helped generate 40,530 jobs. [through FY98] Over $117 Million in Airport Improvement Program Funds: From FY93-FY98 Hawaii received over $117 million in Airport Improvement Program funds to help build and renovate airports, and, when necessary, to provide funds for noise abatement to improve the quality of life for residents who live near airports. Over $117 Million in Transit Funds: Since 1993, Hawaii has received over $117 million in Federal Transit Funding. Saving Lives and Property: In 1997 the United States Coast Guard saved 160 lives and over $8.8 million of property in Hawaii.
Last Updated August 1999