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Anita Hofschneider

Housing and Homelessness Bills Before Hawaii Senate Commitee Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Housing and Homelessness Bills Before Hawaii Senate Commitee

Lawmakers plan to hear a slew of bills on Saturday afternoon intended to alleviate Hawaii's affordable housing crisis.
Maui County Isn’t Sticking Up For Its GMO Farming Moratorium PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Maui County Isn’t Sticking Up For Its GMO Farming Moratorium

A Maui County spokesman said that it's up to the SHAKA Movement to defend the bill now that the group has intervened in a lawsuit.
300 Hawaii Residents to Receive Section 8 Housing Vouchers

300 Hawaii Residents to Receive Section 8 Housing Vouchers

Some families have been stuck on the waitlist since 2006. The Legislature is also considering a bill that would prohibit discrimination against Section 8 tenants.
Hawaii Rents Up More Than 10 Percent Since 2012 Ricky Cassiday

Hawaii Rents Up More Than 10 Percent Since 2012

One of every three Hawaii households earn less than the area median income, a new study finds, making it tough to afford high housing costs.
Ige’s State of the State Highlights Finances, Energy and Education Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige’s State of the State Highlights Finances, Energy and Education

Meanwhile, environmental and cultural groups are already criticizing Hawaii's new governor for his nominee to head the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Environmentalists Criticize Gov. Ige’s Land Board Nominee Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Environmentalists Criticize Gov. Ige’s Land Board Nominee

A MoveOn.org petition urges the state Senate to reject the appointment of Carleton Ching to chair the Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Nearly Half of Hawaii House Backs Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Anita Hofschneider/Civil Beat

Nearly Half of Hawaii House Backs Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Twenty-one representatives signed onto a bill to finally bring dispensaries to the Aloha State. Senate Health Committee Chairman Josh Green plans to introduce a similar bill.
Measures Would Force Real Estate Trusts to Pay Hawaii Taxes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Measures Would Force Real Estate Trusts to Pay Hawaii Taxes

Hawaii lawmakers introduce two bills to remove a tax break for real estate investment trusts that own over $13 billion worth of property in Hawaii.
Tiny Apartments, Shipping Containers Proposed to Address Housing Crisis Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tiny Apartments, Shipping Containers Proposed to Address Housing Crisis

City and state policymakers introduce measures to alleviate the high cost of housing in Hawaii.