"I realize this is an election year. Political agendas and ambitions are being formulated, but let us take children out of these equations," said Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
With a call for more cooperation and less controversy the governor laid out his bookend plan -- to help our neediest children and the elderly.
Abercrombie is suggesting a new model for public-private preschools for those who can least afford the added $8,000 annual price tag.
House and Senate money committees who control the purse strings are wary of this new approach.
"One of the questions we have is whether there is a need for a constitutional amendment if the administration's approach is to go to a public sector model," said House Finance Chairwoman Sylvia Luke.
The governor does have support in both houses for a way to help low income seniors. He wants to assure that some 25,000 seniors will not have their retirement income taxed.
And he would like to expand a program that will allow aging seniors to remain in their homes.
"I also propose to double the refundable food tax excise credit for taxpayers 65 years or older. This is a direct payment to the senior taxpayer. This will affect 110,000 seniors or more," said Abercrombie.
The governor suggested his budget didn't need to rely on any new taxes -- but the House Speaker suggested the credit for a budget surplus should also go to the previous administration, legislators and others.
"We saw labor taking a five percent pay cut and furloughs. A lot of people contributed to what we have right now," said House Speaker Joe Souki.
The governor said he is committed to strengthen state finances with a plan to build our state reserves so future economic downturns won't lead to cuts in government service as we have seen in recent years.