Template:Hawaii budget process

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Hawaii operates on a biennial budget cycle, with each biennium beginning in July. The sequence of key events in the budget process is as follows:[1][2]

  1. Budget instructions are sent to state agencies in July or August of the year preceding the start of the new biennium.
  2. State agencies submit their budget requests to the governor by September.
  3. Agency hearings are held in November.
  4. The governor submits his or her proposed budget to the state legislature in December.
  5. In April and May the legislature debates the budget. A simple majority is required to pass a budget.

Hawaii is one of 44 states in which the governor has line item veto authority.[2]

The governor is required by law to submit a balanced budget to the legislature. Though the legislature is not required to pass a balanced budget, the budget must to balanced for the governor to sign it into law.[2]