Hawai’i Airports & Air Transportation
Acting NOW for Trump’s Flow of Airport Funds
Hawai’i is one of two states which own and operate all of its commercial airports. Air transportation is crucial to this island state. Its eight airfields provide the nodes to intrastate, intrastate and international economies. Airplanes support the 50th State’s primary business—tourism and hospitality.
The airlines of Hawai’i are supporting legislation which would transfer the state’s airports from part of the Governor’s cabinet to a semi-independent airport authority. Senate Bill 658 would create a state agency run by a CEO and a nine-member board to manage all of the airports. Blaine Miyasato, co-chair of the Airlines Committee of Hawaii, explained that his group supports S 658 because the existing state procurement laws are causing delays to major construction projects and small repairs alike.
TRULY INDEPENDENT AVIATION AUTHORITIES HAVE GENERALLY PROVED TO BE MORE EFFICIENT THAN AIRPORTS RUN BY OFFICES OF ELECTED OFFICIALS. Whether a new authority would be more efficient than the existing HI Department of Transportation is a question which only can be answered by careful parsing of S 658. No opinion is expressed here on that legislative review.
Hawai’i needs to be prepared for the next few years of Infrastructure spending by the Trump Administration. ANY LACK OF PLANNING, INABILITY TO SUBMIT FUNDING APPLICATIONS QUICKLY, POSSIBLE DELAYS IN AWARDING CONTRACTS, ANY WEAKNESS IN BEING ABLE TO MANAGE NEPA REVIEWS, ANY UNCERTAINTY ABOUT STATE MATCHING FUNDS, ETC. WILL HURT THE ALOHA STATE’S FUTURE.
These articles, among a host of other similar reports, demonstrate the need for being ready for the Trump Infrastructure $$$ tsunami:
S 658 OR WHATEVER MAKES SENSE NEEDS TO BE ENACTED NOW TO MAKE HAWAI’I READY FOR THIS ONCE-IN-A-DECADE FLOW OF AIRPORT FUNDS.