Hawaii finance director Machida urges financial caution

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are hearing about a flurry of financial requests pouring into Gov. David Ige's office. State finance director Wes Machida said Wednesday that requests for more than 1,000 new state government positions were made since Ige took office on Dec. 1. He says the departments were asked to revise their requests. The Council on Revenues had predicted an improved financial situation in mid-January. But Machida says the state still has to be cautious because it's spending more than it's bringing in. Machida says the state will request emergency funds for issues that need immediate attention. Some of those issues include expenses for ongoing legislation, a deficit in the emergency revolving fund, and vacation payouts and operational shortfalls in the governor's office.

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