Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle proposed a five-year, $240 million bond-funded capital improvement plan for state parks.
The “Recreational Renaissance Plan” comes as state lawmakers are struggling with a slowing economy and a growing budget gap. Budget officers estimate that the state’s current fiscal 2008-2009 budget needs to be trimmed by $125 million. The deficit balloons to an estimated $1.8 billion over a three-year time horizon.