A bill to cut nearly $1.3 billion from the city’s budget has been approved by the Hawaii state legislature, despite criticism that it could lead to the closure of some hospitals.
The measure passed on Thursday, with no opposition from lawmakers.
The legislation will go to Gov.
David Ige, who is expected to sign it into law if it becomes law.
The bill would allow the city to cut its budget by $1,000 annually to offset the cuts that would take place in 2019-2020, when the Legislature adjourns for the year.
The city also would lose about $1 million in revenue from a cut to the city budget in 2019.
It is not clear whether any of the cuts would be offset by increases in state and local taxes, but the governor could sign the bill into law without having to do so.
The budget cuts come after months of a slow-moving process that has led some lawmakers to call the governor’s office to express concerns about the bill.
The mayor has pushed for more resources for the city and called on Ige to veto the measure.
Ige has repeatedly said he would not veto the bill, despite the criticism.
The bill is not likely to pass the Senate and Gov.
Brian Schimel has said he will veto it.
Ige has said the cuts will have minimal impact on Honolulu, which is already dealing with a $1-billion budget shortfall.
He has said it will be up to the state Legislature to make those decisions.
The city budget has a $3.9 billion deficit, and the state has said Honolulu must raise more money from taxing properties.
Iged and his legislative allies have repeatedly pushed for greater state aid to cover those cuts, saying they will not affect residents.
The mayor and others have argued that the cuts could have a negative impact on people with pre-existing health problems and on the city itself.
Iger has said that those concerns are not being addressed in the budget and he will be working with the state on its response.