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Anita Hofschneider

Disappearing Farmland: Hoopili Continues the Trend Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Disappearing Farmland: Hoopili Continues the Trend

While the city of Honolulu develops along its rail route, lawmakers get an eye-opening Oahu agriculture update.
Senators Decide to Study Real Estate Tax Break Instead of Removing It Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senators Decide to Study Real Estate Tax Break Instead of Removing It

A legislative panel waters down a bill that would force real estate investment trusts to pay corporate income taxes in Hawaii.
City: Hawaii Sen. Galuteria Owes More Than $7,000 in Back Taxes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

City: Hawaii Sen. Galuteria Owes More Than $7,000 in Back Taxes

The Honolulu City Clerk says there is enough evidence that he lives in Kakaako to justify his right to vote there.
Senate Panel to Take Up Bill To Remove Hawaii Real Estate Tax Break Cory Lum/Civil beat

Senate Panel to Take Up Bill To Remove Hawaii Real Estate Tax Break

The Ways and Means Committee will consider a measure to get rid of a long-standing tax break for real estate investment trusts.
Hawaii Governor Supports Buffer Zones for Pesticide Spraying

Hawaii Governor Supports Buffer Zones for Pesticide Spraying

Three Senate committees approved a bill to require large agricultural companies to abide by buffer zones for spraying restricted-use pesticides around schools and other sensitive areas.
Is Carleton Ching the Man to Protect Hawaii’s Public Lands? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Is Carleton Ching the Man to Protect Hawaii’s Public Lands?

Important issues are ahead for the Department of Land and Natural Resources, and some of them are likely to involve the company that currently employs the nominee to head the agency.
Bill Would Decrease Annual Interest Rate for Payday Loans from 459% to 36% Screenshot of PayDay Hawaii website

Bill Would Decrease Annual Interest Rate for Payday Loans from 459% to 36%

A Hawaii House committee on consumer protection plans to vote Wednesday on the proposal, but opponents fear it could drive them out of business.
Public Housing Is Crumbling, So What’s State Doing About It? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Public Housing Is Crumbling, So What’s State Doing About It?

Gov. David Ige cut funding to repair aging public housing to $5 million despite a 10-year backlog exceeding $820 million.