Advocates on both sides of the issue are reassessing their next moves in the wake of Gov. Lingle's veto of a divisive anti human trafficking bill that some say should never have reached her desk. Changing of the guard in the Legislature and prosecutor's office is seen as a boon.
Honolulu is asking some workers to take a pay cut, others will lose 24 days of pay to furloughs, but at the same time keeping almost $40 million in its budget for more than 1,000 unfilled full- and part-time positions.
Since Mayor Mufi Hannemann took office in 2005, the city's operating budget has increased 39 percent, from $869 million to $1.2 billion. Where other cities have navigated a brutal recession by slashing jobs, cutting services and reducing spending, Honolulu has grown its workforce every year — and this year is slapping city workers with pay cuts and furloughs.