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Dot Ridings to Speak at Council
Water Water Everywhere, Is it Safe to Drink? (Linda Lai Hipp)
Education at Koolau: Can We Do Better? (Marty McGurk)
O Where O Where Does the Money Go!!? (Carol Whitesell)
Peter's Principles (Peter Herman)
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What Happened at the Legislature (Marion Saunders)
Have You Analyzed Your Reapportionment Plan Today?? (Anne Lee)
ERA Lives!
Comparable Worth or How Much Is Your Job Worth?

O Where O Where Does the Money Go!!?

One of the major tasks facing delegates to the 1984 State Council will be the adoption of the 1984-85 State League Budget. A budget is a plan which directs the use of resources and the priorities for such spending. (The charts below broadly illustrate how the State League's income is derived and what the priorities are for expending these funds in the coming year.) The proposed budget, currently being reviewed by local League boards, was prepared by a Budget committee chaired by Anna Hoover. The State Board approved the budget at its March 1984 meeting.

Where the Money Comes From

The projected total budget for 1984-85 is $8,150, almost equivalent to the preceding year. Over 40 percent of this total will come from local League pledges supporting the State League. This also includes member-at-large dues from Maui, where no local league exists as yet.

Another 20 percent, or $1,600, is projected to be raised by the corporate finance drive, a joint effort with the Honolulu League.

Playing an increasingly significant part in the League's budget is earned income from ABC News elections reporting and the League's contract with the Bureau of National Affairs. These incomes account for $1900, or 26 percent, of the total proposed budget.

Where the Money is Spent

The two major responsibilities of a State League are to fund services and support for local League development, and to direct State programs and voter service activities. Development, which accounts for nearly half of the expenditures, includes assistance to local Leagues in membership, leadership and financial development, field service travel to Neighbor Islands, and public relations. About 38 percent of development expenditures cover State Convention expenses.

Another expenditure, Voter Services, accounts for only nine percent of spending. This expenditure appears small, especially in an election year. However, there are several reasons for this: voter service plans are still to be drawn and voter service projects can be paid for using tax deductible (Education Fund) money rather than operating funds.

State programs account for 29 percent of total spending. In this area, priority is given to government (initiative, elections, reapportionment, sunshine law, etc.), juvenile justice and human resources.

Carol Whitesell

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