Sara Lin

Sara Lin Sara Lin is is a former Civil Beat staff member.
$24 Million Difference? Did Hawaii Pay Too Much for Healthcare Software?

$24 Million Difference? Did Hawaii Pay Too Much for Healthcare Software?

Winning bid was a lot more expensive and the losing company's protest resulted in its disqualification.
10 Must Read Stories From the Week of July 15-19

10 Must Read Stories From the Week of July 15-19

Recalling politicians, dancing in bars and Micronesians in Hawaii made the headlines.
Honolulu’s Real Estate Tax Restructuring Proposal Deserves Debate Courtesy of WireLizard via Flickr

Honolulu’s Real Estate Tax Restructuring Proposal Deserves Debate

A closer look at proposals to create new "luxury" residential tax category and to tax bed and breakfasts like hotels.
10 Must Read Stories From the Week of July 8-12

10 Must Read Stories From the Week of July 8-12

We spent a lot of time this week figuring out who is going to pay for what.

Hawaii Police Raises Not an Excuse to Hike Taxes

Counties should trim nonessential programs before looking for "revenue enhancements."

Why Should Disabled and Electric Vehicle Drivers Park For Free?

Age, disability and driving a green car are no indicators of financial need.
Hawaii Gets Tough on ‘Johns’ to Fight Prostitution, Trafficking

Hawaii Gets Tough on ‘Johns’ to Fight Prostitution, Trafficking

Governor signs slew of new measures aimed at helping victims and strengthening punishment.
10 Must-Read Stories From the Week of June 24-28

10 Must-Read Stories From the Week of June 24-28

From same-sex marriage to Waikiki's Venetian nightmare amid rising sea levels, stories of transition dominated this week.

Everyone Should Pay Their Fair Share for Roads

A look at why Honolulu mayor's five-cent gas tax hike didn't fly.
10 Must-Read Stories From the Week of June 17-21

10 Must-Read Stories From the Week of June 17-21

Getting oh-so-close to Kirk Caldwell, the mystery of the missing fish, and hey, how crazy is it that regulators are doing their job!

Why Should Some People be Exempt From Paying for Basic Services?

Property taxes pay for police, fire, protection and recreation. But not everyone pays.