Abercrombie pitches new priorities and new taxes

By B.J. Reyes

POSTED: 10:35 a.m. HST, Jan 24, 2011

Recalling the “New Day” theme from his campaign, Gov. Neil Abercrombie promised to confront head-on the challenge of an $844 million budget deficit through a restructuring of government and proposals for new taxes.

“A new day for me begins, I hope, with an honest account of the state of our government,” Abercrombie said at the outset of his first State of the State address.

Getting choked up, Abercrombie spent the first five minutes of his speech reminiscing about his time in the Legislature, recognizing former colleagues such as Sens. Clayton Hee and Malama Solomon and former Gov. Ben Cayetano, with whom he also served in the House.

Contributed by Star Adviser and Staff B.J. Reyes. For more information about this article, click here to visit http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/Abercrombie_pitches_soda_tax_in_State_of_the_State_.html