Ige requests $31 billion budget, increase to state’s disaster fund

LAURA RUMINSKI/West Hawaii Today file photo Gov. David Ige talks invasive species during the Western Governors' Association Winter Meeting on Dec. 10 at The Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast.

HILO — Gov. David Ige’s requested budget for the next two years includes an increase in the state’s disaster fund as well as increased staff to manage the lingering effects of 2018’s natural disasters.