“The state is proud of its partnership with MEO, and these [state] funds are part of our continuing effort to ensure that those who need assistance, such as Maui’s dialysis patients, will continue to have access to MEO’s invaluable services.”
What she didn’t say:
On the same day the News reported the above quote—on the same page, in fact—the paper also ran a story on a recent University of Hawai’i study showing the gap between rich and poor in the state has widened ever further. In the last three decades, the poorest fifth of the state population has lost seven percent of its income while the richest fifth has benefited from a 31 percent income increase. So it’s good Lingle supports groups like MEO, because they’re going to need all the help they can get.