January 1, 2014
 
 
Dear Friends,
 
Happy New Year!
 
Working together over the past nine years, we have achieved great results for West Hawaii. We have brought over $800 million to our region to build new roads, improve our schools and hospitals, modernize our airport and harbors, and begin important new projects like the West Hawaii Community College campus at Palamanui and the new Kona Judiciary Complex.
 
The new investments we have made in West Hawaii over the last decade will continue to create jobs, stimulate our economy, and build our community for years to come.
 
In 2013, the Legislature continued its commitment to complete the Kona Judiciary Complex, a major new facility which will house more than 200 full-time employees when completed and will improve the security and efficiency of our judicial system. Over the past several years, the Legislature appropriated $12 million for land acquisition and design of the complex, and approved an additional $9 million to begin construction. In 2014, my office will continue to work closely with the State Judiciary to secure an additional $81 million to complete construction of this important project.
 
Last year the Legislature also approved an additional $2.4 million to complete the construction of phase I of the new West Hawaii Community College Campus at Palamanui, bringing the state investment in the new campus to $14.9 million. This new campus will give our young people the option of pursuing higher education in West Hawaii, and will serve as an educational resource for our entire community.
 
In 2013, the Legislature renewed the Hospital Sustainability Act, which brought more than $37 million in federal money to strengthen and support hospitals in Hawaii, including over $4 million to North Hawaii Community Hospital on the Big Island. In the coming year we can expect a renewal of the Hospital Sustainability Act, which will bring more needed healthcare resources to the Big Island.
 
Other important priorities for West Hawaii in 2014 will include funding our community health centers, providing new water resources for local communities, further improvements to our harbors, and renewed investment in our beach parks and open spaces.
 
As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, my legislative priorities this year will include measures to strengthen our healthcare system and fund our hospitals, a proposal guaranteeing health insurance coverage for those who have autism, legislation aimed at decreasing smoking among young people, a measure addressing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse and overdoses, and legislation ensuring that home births in Hawaii are done in a safe and healthy way for mothers and infants.
 
Thank you again for your support over the last nine years, and please continue to contact me any time to share your ideas and concerns. Let’s keep working together to achieve even greater results for our community and to make Hawaii an even better place to live.
 
It is a great honor to serve as your Senator at the State Capitol. From my family to yours, have a safe and happy New Year!
 
Aloha,

Josh Green
State Senator
District 3, West Hawai‘i