Ige asks residents to ‘do more with less’ as state grapples with budget shortfall

  • Gov. David Ige speaks Thursday during his annual State of the State address. Ige asked residents to be ready for more tough times ahead as the state grapples with a large budget shortfall caused by a coronavirus pandemic that’s pummeled the tourism industry, but said improved tax revenue forecasts mean he’s not currently seeking broad-based tax increases. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Gov. David Ige speaks Thursday during his annual State of the State address. Ige asked residents to be ready for more tough times ahead as the state grapples with a large budget shortfall caused by a coronavirus pandemic that’s pummeled the tourism industry, but said improved tax revenue forecasts mean he’s not currently seeking broad-based tax increases. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Gov. David Ige speaks Thursday during his annual State of the State address. Ige asked residents to be ready for more tough times ahead as the state grapples with a large budget shortfall caused by a coronavirus pandemic that’s pummeled the tourism industry, but said improved tax revenue forecasts mean he’s not currently seeking broad-based tax increases. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige on Monday asked residents to be ready for more tough times ahead as the state grapples with a large budget shortfall caused by a coronavirus pandemic that’s pummeled the tourism industry, but said improved tax revenue forecasts mean he’s not currently seeking broad-based tax increases.