State House seeks solutions to fill budget gap without tax hike

  • House Speaker Scott Saiki addresses lawmakers at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers opened a new legislative session in the middle of a pandemic while wearing face masks and sitting next to clear plastic shields separating their seats. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

  • Members of the state House are sworn in Honolulu on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers opened a new legislative session in the middle of a pandemic while wearing face masks and sitting next to clear plastic shields separating their seats. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

  • Rep. Lauren Matsumoto, center, takes a selfie with Rep. Justin Woodson, left, and Rep. Jeanne Kapela on the House floor in Honolulu on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Lawmakers opened a new legislative session in the middle of a pandemic while wearing face masks and sitting next to clear plastic shields separating their seats. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Although Hawaii faces a massive budget deficit, leaders of the state House of Representatives said Wednesday that they have no desire to raise taxes.