By Derrick DePledge
Gov. Neil Abercrombie highlights the state's economic turnaround in a new television advertisement for his re-election campaign.
The ad, which debuts Tuesday evening, parallels the message of the governor's State of the State address.
When I took office, we were facing a serious crisis: Furlough Fridays, a $200 million deficit, and even your tax refunds were delayed. We had to make some tough decisions, but I can report to you today a state budget surplus of more than $800 million. Now we can invest in our children; rebuild our roads and airports. We’re creating jobs, reducing unemployment and none of this would have been possible without you. Mahalo for your patience and support.