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New Public Union Deals Will Be Costly For State

A handful of union contracts have yet to be finalized, but the state’s top budget official says the estimated cost so far tops $460 million.

Online Posting Of Day Care Inspection Reports Won’t Be Required — Yet

But lawmakers are moving forward a bill to require day cares to have liability insurance.

Why Oahu’s Neighborhood Boards Are ‘The Pulse Of The Community’

Elections are underway for members of the island’s 33 volunteer advisory panels.

No More Bailouts For Honolulu Rail

Rep. Sylvia Luke and Sen. Jill Tokuda are taking courageous stands, and they deserve the support of their legislative colleagues.

Denby Fawcett: Restoring Oahu’s Nearly Vanished Native Forests

An ambitious plan will soon get underway to restore a long-lost native forest near Laie by replanting massive numbers of koa, milo and sandalwood trees.

Battle Lines Are Reforming In Hawaii Over Papahanaumokuakea

Obama’s massive expansion of the national monument was divisive in the islands. Trump’s review will be equally so.

Community Voices

Dumb and Dumber: Why Honolulu Should Abandon Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Dumb and Dumber: Why Honolulu Should Abandon Rail

It’s dumb to ditch a half-built rail project after spending $4 billion. It’s even dumber to spend another $6 billion to $9 billion for slight traffic improvement and serious environmental harm.

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Why Hawaii Isn’t Taken Seriously As A State

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent dis of Hawaii as merely “an island in the Pacific” has roots in mainland perceptions.

Lawmakers Were Wrong To Kill School-Funding Measure Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Were Wrong To Kill School-Funding Measure

The proposed constitutional amendment to pay for schools should have at least gotten a vote by the full Legislature.

Tom Yamachika: Hospital Severance Plan Imperils Retirement System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Hospital Severance Plan Imperils Retirement System

The IRS says the governor was right: A bill to help workers at hospitals getting privatized could affect all ERS beneficiaries.