May 2010

May 22, 2010

Frozen Investments Could Have Helped Solve State Budget Crisis

Frozen Investments Could Have Helped Solve State Budget Crisis

The State Auditor says roughly $333 million of general fund money is tied up in controversial auction-rate securities, the subject of a bitter fight between governor and auditor. What would that have bought us?

May 21, 2010

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UPDATE: Education In The News May 21

A roundup of the day's key education stories. Newsworthy today: Gov. Lingle prepares to sign bills, including one that might end Furlough Fridays; half the children of Hawaii's policymakers attend private schools; UH looking at possible tuition increases.

UPDATE: Land Links for Friday, May 21

Today's roundup: cultural concerns delay the Kauai path, opponents speak out against Koa Ridge, and the Kilauea eruption reaches its 10,000th day.
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Mail-In Voting The Winner In Special Election

No matter who wins the 1st Congressional District special election Saturday, the ultimate victor may be mail-in balloting. Turnout is already well ahead of earlier special elections.
UPDATE: The Public Hearing That Wasn’t

UPDATE: The Public Hearing That Wasn’t

Thursday's Land Use Commission hearing on the Koa Ridge project was held in a surprisingly small conference room, minimizing testimony and dialog.

May 20, 2010

UPDATE: The Ticker: Today’s Money Stories From Around the Web

A glimpse at the some of the money stories we're reading.
Land Limits Hawaii’s Quest For Food, Energy Independence

Land Limits Hawaii’s Quest For Food, Energy Independence

How much land would it take to sustain a biofuel operation sufficient to replace the state's supply of fossil fuel? How many acres would be needed to grow enough food to feed its population?
UH Professors Guaranteed Raises Despite Economy

UH Professors Guaranteed Raises Despite Economy

Six-year contract with faculty union could pose challenge if economy doesn't come roaring back. University could be forced to have to raise tuition even further to cover raises.

UPDATE: Lingle To Promote Tourism, Clean Energy In China And Japan

Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle will lead a delegation to China and Japan in June. The goal is to draw more tourists and investment dollars to Hawaii.

UPDATE: Education In The News May 20

A roundup of the day's key education stories. Newsworthy today: California schools are suing the state for not spending enough on education, D.C. students' reading scores are rising fast, many districts have more teachers applicants than they have jobs.
Study: Civil Unions Could Bring Millions To State

Study: Civil Unions Could Bring Millions To State

A UH economist updates his research on the economic impact of civil unions. Conclusion: It won't cost Hawaii and may actually help the state's bottom line.

UPDATE: U.S. Education Chief Calls For Teacher Bailout

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said 300,000 teachers nationwide could lose their jobs if Congress doesn't act quickly.

UPDATE: Tax Revenue for $5.5 Billion Rail Project Short $2 Million

The economic downturn has hurt collections, but only by 0.4 percent.

UPDATE: Same-Sex Marriage Means Big Bucks In Other States

Recent studies on the economic impact of extending marriage rights to gay couples suggest they can add millions of dollars to state coffers.

May 19, 2010

UPDATE: Land Links for Thursday, May 20

Today's round up: a USGS report on Maui's streams, a USDOJ indictment for Kauai's birds and money trouble for the Big Island's Hokulia.
“This is not Mufi’s train.”

“This is not Mufi’s train.”

Dedicated team at Honolulu Hale make the case for $5.5 billion rail project and why it will be the people's train. Change is difficult, they say, but if system isn't allowed to roll, it could be another 20 years before it's tried again. Imagine the traffic then.
Clean Energy Splits Environmentalists

Clean Energy Splits Environmentalists

Several ambitious ideas for clean energy could help Hawaii become self-sufficient, but concerns about endangered species, open space and other issues have pit environmentalists against each other.

UPDATE: Education In The News May 19

A roundup of the day's key education stories. Newsworthy today: Stabbing at Kalani HS impacts students' ability to learn, Hawaii considers consolidating Haleiwa Elementary into Waialua and D.C. may raise teacher salaries 21.6 percent.

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