David Ige

Hawaii lawmakers tackle affordable housing, health, fishing

Hawaii lawmakers want the state to build more than 22,000 housing units in the next decade to help deal with an affordable housing shortage.

Nearly all the state senators and several other lawmakers co-introduced bills to issue $2 billion in state-backed bonds to develop affordable housing, about 14 times the amount Gov. David Ige requested in his budget.

The proposals call for money for rentals, homes to purchase, transit-oriented development, public housing and shelters.

"Everyone agrees housing is crucial," Sen. Will Espero said. "We need to build."

Ige told reporters Friday that he believes building affordable housing is important, but...