"The measures we are proposing focus on solutions to meet the state's near-term obligations while planning for the future," -- Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (pictured)

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle this week submitted a package of 168 legislative bills to the Hawaii Legislature.

Among the administration's priorities, as outlined by the governor in her state of the state address on Monday, includes long-term initiatives to upgrade and modernize the state's critical infrastructure, such as the six-year, $4.2 billion Highways Modernization Plan; a five-year, $240 million "Recreational Renaissance" plan to reinvigorate the state's land- and ocean-based recreational facilities to renew and care for state parks, trails, small boat harbors and forest reserves; and the creation of a new Hawaii Communications Commission to focus on enhancing the state's broadband and information technology communications infrastructure.

"The measures we are proposing focus on solutions to meet the state's near-term obligations while planning for the future," said Lingle.  "This is a robust legislative package that will help streamline government, improve the delivery of critical services, keep our citizens and visitors safe, and help ensure a stronger future for Hawaii."