Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who met with credit rating agencies on the mainland before a vacation with his wife to Paris, warned on Tuesday that the federal government shutdown could compromise the gains Hawaii has made over the past few years to emerge from the recession.
From the governor:
The State of Hawaii cannot substitute for the federal government nor assume its obligations. However, with the report from the Sequestration Impact Response Team in hand, resources funded this past legislative session, and the readiness of all departments in the administration to respond to the shutdown, we are confident in our ability to address immediate contingencies. It is the clear responsibility of Congress to end the shutdown as quickly as possible and to meet continuously until that is accomplished.