The governor also proposed spending nearly $60 million in improvements to University of Hawaii facilities across the state, just a fraction of the $426 million in university construction projects on the books.
Abercrombie also wants lawmakers to approve $50 million for public school improvements, a small percentage of the hundreds of millions of dollars of school projects waiting for funding.
The governor said his budget could have a surplus of up to $199 million at the end of the next fiscal year, assuming the state Council On Revenues? forecast of 14.5 percent general fund tax revenue growth actually happens as predicted in fiscal year 2012. Young said even if revenue growth is as low as 13 percent, the state would still see a budget surplus.
The governor's spokeswoman said a proposal to tax pensions, which generated sharp opposition during the past legislative session, will not be proposed by Abercrombie this year.
But there's a chance the controversial tax on sugary sodas could be re-introduced next legislative session, which convenes January 18. The soda tax died in committee last session and never made it a vote of the full State House or State Senate.
While the governor proposed no new taxes in his supplemental budget plan Monday, he said he?d be willing to consider tax proposals made by lawmakers, if they?re necessary for health and environmental improvements.
?To the degree or extent we have to get new revenue sources to accomplish all that, that has to be discussed,? Abercrombie said.