State lawmakers face tough choices amid pandemic recession

  • FILE - This Jan. 23, 2014 file photo shows Hawaii state Rep. Della Au Belatti speaking in HonoluluCut spending, raise taxes, or perhaps both. Hawaii lawmakers face tough choices as they convene a new legislative session this week amid a pandemic that has pummeled tourism, the state’s biggest industry, and depleted tax revenue. Lawmakers expect to spend time addressing how to spend federal funds allocated to help Hawaii test for the coronavirus, distribute vaccines, and bolster hospitals. They’ll also consider how to help Hawaii’s economy recover from the public health crisis. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

  • FILE — This May 2, 2019 file photo shows lawmakers meet on the floor of the state House of Representatives at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu. Cut spending, raise taxes, or perhaps both. Hawaii lawmakers face tough choices as they convene a new legislative session this week amid a pandemic that has pummeled tourism, the state’s biggest industry, and depleted tax revenue. Lawmakers expect to spend time addressing how to spend federal funds allocated to help Hawaii test for the coronavirus, distribute vaccines, and bolster hospitals. They’ll also consider how to help Hawaii’s economy recover from the public health crisis. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, Gov. David Ige speaks to reporters in Honolulu after delivering his state of the state address at the Hawaii State Capitol. Cut spending, raise taxes, or perhaps both. Hawaii lawmakers face tough choices as they convene a new legislative session this week amid a pandemic that has pummeled tourism, the state’s biggest industry, and depleted tax revenue. Lawmakers expect to spend time addressing how to spend federal funds allocated to help Hawaii test for the coronavirus, distribute vaccines, and bolster hospitals. They’ll also consider how to help Hawaii’s economy recover from the public health crisis. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2016 file photo, Democratic Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Honolulu. Cut spending, raise taxes, or perhaps both. Hawaii lawmakers face tough choices as they convene a new legislative session this week amid a pandemic that has pummeled tourism, the state’s biggest industry, and depleted tax revenue. Lawmakers expect to spend time addressing how to spend federal funds allocated to help Hawaii test for the coronavirus, distribute vaccines, and bolster hospitals. They’ll also consider how to help Hawaii’s economy recover from the public health crisis. (AP Photo/Marina Riker, File)

HONOLULU — Cut spending, raise taxes or perhaps both. State lawmakers face tough choices as they convene a new legislative session this week amid a pandemic that has pummeled tourism, Hawaii’s biggest industry, and depleted tax revenue.