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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.R. NO.              
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                                
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                        HOUSE  RESOLUTION

URGING THE DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND
     TOURISM TO PROVIDE FEDERAL PROCUREMENT ASSISTANCE IN SUPPORT
     OF HAWAII'S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.
 
  
  
   1        WHEREAS, at its peak in the early 1990s, construction
   2    represented a $5,000,000,000 industry in 1997 dollars for the
   3    State; and
   4    
   5        WHEREAS, despite declines in recent years, the construction
   6    industry continues to represent a sizable component in Hawaii's
   7    economy; and
   8    
   9        WHEREAS, in 1997, total receipts for public and private
  10    construction were $2,863,900,000, and building permits for
  11    private construction rose 4.7 percent after several years of
  12    declining permit numbers; and
  13    
  14        WHEREAS, total construction receipts are expected to rise
  15    slightly to $2,900,000,000 for 1998; and
  16    
  17        WHEREAS, the Bank of Hawaii's 1998 annual report on
  18    construction in Hawaii forecasts that construction will rise
  19    more quickly in 1999 -- to $3,140,000,000, remaining in the
  20    $3,000,000,000 range in the near future; and
  21    
  22        WHEREAS, while overall government construction contracts
  23    fell 12.7 percent in 1997, they are expected to show a
  24    substantial increase for 1998; and
  25    
  26        WHEREAS, a continuing surge in federal government
  27    construction brought that component of the government total to
  28    a record  high of $329,200,000 -- up 14.2 percent from the
  29    previous year -- as a result of a substantial increase in
  30    military facilities and military housing construction; and
  31    
  32        WHEREAS, the importance of the construction industry to the
  33    economy of Hawaii is not widely acknowledged; and
  34    
  35        WHEREAS, statewide construction activities would benefit
  36    from increased research efforts in support of this vital
  37    industry; and

 
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   1        WHEREAS, a temporary civil service position was established
   2    for this purpose in the past; and
   3    
   4        WHEREAS, the position was financed by a federal grant; and
   5    
   6        WHEREAS, the prior position sorted listings for federal,
   7    state, and county contractors and subcontractors and made them
   8    available to the industry; now, therefore, 
   9    
  10        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
  11    Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
  12    of 1999, that the Department of Business, Economic Development,
  13    and Tourism is urged to reestablish a provision for purchase
  14    services through federal procurement assistance in support of
  15    Hawaii's construction industry; and
  16    
  17        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Director of Business,
  18    Economic Development, and Tourism is requested to report
  19    activities in support of Hawaii's construction industry to the
  20    Legislature at least twenty days before the convening of the
  21    Regular Session of 2000; and
  22    
  23        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this
  24    Resolution be transmitted to the Director of Business, Economic
  25    Development, and Tourism, the Comptroller, and the Director of
  26    Budget and Finance.
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