By John Radcliffe.
The 2015 Legislative Session, began, proceeded, and ended as I had predicted it would–as far as the University System and the UHPA are concerned. And not because I am an oracle, but because we all worked hard to make it happen that way. In my address to the UHPA Faculty Forum in early February, I was able to predict that while the UHPA contract would be properly funded, I expected that there would be no “bad” legislation passed that directly affected the union–because we had the means of killing them.
At the same time, I was able to report that there were dozens of anti-university bills going through the process and that I expected that all or most of them would also die. I did add that the Legislature is sending “a message” to the University: Shape up or else. Please note that from just about every avenue available, from every voice, from every quarter, the message is the same: The University of Hawaii is politically inept.
And it impinges on the rest of us. This could be fixed, but most likely will not be.
Your lobbying team worked on and tracked one hundred and eleven (111) bills and resolutions. One hundred and two (102) of them died and seven (7) passed. No “bad” bills passed. Below, please find the UH Budget items and PDF links to all bills and resolutions that we worked on during the Session.
16. UOH100 - UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, MANOA 3,232.24* 3,232.24* OPERATING UOH 194,372,784A 194,796,866A 416.25* 416.25* UOH 361,154,425B 361,082,295B 78.06* 78.06* UOH 6,880,575N 6,873,565N 30.25* 30.25* UOH 65,054,713W 65,039,713W INVESTMENT CAPITAL UOH 8,950,000C C 17. UOH110 - UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, JOHN A. BURNS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE 243.10* 243.10* OPERATING UOH 17,933,214A 17,937,727A UOH 27,758,949B 27,758,949B UOH 6,603,547W 6,603,547W 18. UOH210 - UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, HILO 523.75* 523.75* OPERATING UOH 31,071,988A 31,133,744A 95.00* 95.00* UOH 45,834,600B 45,842,307B UOH 443,962N 443,962N 8.50* 8.50* UOH 7,251,666W 7,261,666W 19. UOH220 - SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OPERATING UOH 978,941A 978,941A 20. UOH700 - UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, WEST OAHU 215.00* 215.00* OPERATING UOH 13,190,416A 13,196,948A UOH 20,272,479B 20,272,479B UOH 33,544N 33,544N UOH 2,000,000W 2,000,000W INVESTMENT CAPITAL UOH 24,000,000C C 21. UOH800 - UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, COMMUNITY COLLEGES 1,880.00* 1,880.00* OPERATING UOH 119,990,760A 120,208,842A 48.00* 48.00* UOH 98,435,547B 98,465,109B 0.50* 0.50* UOH 4,428,296N 4,428,296N UOH 5,044,753W 5,044,753W INVESTMENT CAPITAL UOH 15,000,000C C 22. UOH900 - UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, SYSTEMWIDE SUPPORT 449.00* 449.00* OPERATING UOH 49,389,105A 49,389,105A 33.00* 33.00* UOH 15,899,318B 16,017,434B 4.00* 4.00* UOH 950,311N 957,327N 15.00* 15.00* UOH 17,233,795W 17,238,873W INVESTMENT CAPITAL UOH 44,434,000C C 23. BUF748 - RETIREMENT BENEFITS PAYMENTS - UH OPERATING BUF 143,117,530A 146,188,884A 24. BUF768 - HEALTH PREMIUM PAYMENTS - UH OPERATING BUF 91,093,213A 96,912,969A 25. BUF728 - DEBT SERVICE PAYMENTS - UH OPERATING BUF 106,789,267A 114,707,632A