Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie is using his fourth State of the State address to tout recent accomplishments and reiterate a push for state-funded preschool, increasing the minimum wage and other legislative priorities.
In his annual speech before lawmakers, the Democratic governor highlighted an $844 million general fund surplus and said it represents a turnaround of more than $1 billion since 2010.
Looking ahead, Abercrombie says other priorities include preserving open spaces at Turtle Bay, supporting the Thirty-Meter Telescope, endorsing initiatives to fund invasive species programs and providing housing for the "chronically homeless and those who suffer from a disability."
He's also pushing for tax relief for the elderly.
It's an election year for Abercrombie, who was sworn into office in December 2010 after 20 years in Congress.