Civil Beat Reporter

Blaze Lovell

Ige Signs All-Mail Voting, Automatic Recount Bills Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Signs All-Mail Voting, Automatic Recount Bills

The two voting reform measures were a top priority for the Legislature this year.

Ige Set To Veto $56 Million In New Taxes On Real Estate Trusts And Vacation Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Set To Veto $56 Million In New Taxes On Real Estate Trusts And Vacation Rentals

But bills to decriminalize the use of pot, allow mail-in balloting, create a new state prison oversight commission and provide funds to replace aging Aloha Stadium will all become law.

Ige Likely To Veto Vacation Rentals, REIT Tax Bills Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Likely To Veto Vacation Rentals, REIT Tax Bills

The two measures are among 20 bills total Hawaii’s governor indicates he will not allow to become law.

The Problem With Hawaiian Homestead Land? Much Of It Can’t Be Developed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Problem With Hawaiian Homestead Land? Much Of It Can’t Be Developed

Some senators question why the agency charged with providing homes for Native Hawaiian beneficiaries must also manage so much land where building can’t occur.

Spending Big On Lobbying Didn’t Guarantee Success At Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Spending Big On Lobbying Didn’t Guarantee Success At Legislature

UPDATED: Opponents of taxes on real estate trusts and vacation rentals couldn’t kill the bills last session, while a retirement savings program was rejected despite AARP support.

Project To Help Homeless Imperiled By Major Donor’s Bankruptcy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Project To Help Homeless Imperiled By Major Donor’s Bankruptcy

Blake Tek Yoon, whose criminal past stirred skepticism about his plans, had announced he would sell his Kahala home and donate the proceeds. Now the money seems to be going to creditors.

Survey: Most UH Manoa Students Don’t Support Increase To Athletic Fee Cory Lum / Civil Beat

Survey: Most UH Manoa Students Don’t Support Increase To Athletic Fee

Even though most think athletics enhances the university’s image, they don’t want to pay higher fees.

Caldwell Unveils Tax Plans To Increase Affordable Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Caldwell Unveils Tax Plans To Increase Affordable Housing

The Honolulu mayor wants the City Council to consider a new vacancy tax and an increase in the property tax for certain high-end parcels.

Alexander & Baldwin Had A Tough Legislative Session Despite Its Lobbying Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Alexander & Baldwin Had A Tough Legislative Session Despite Its Lobbying

The development company was one of the opponents of a tax on real estate investment trusts, which nevertheless was approved and is now on the governor’s desk.

State Makes No Conclusion On Whether DPS Deputy Director Violated Ethics Code Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Makes No Conclusion On Whether DPS Deputy Director Violated Ethics Code

UPDATED: But some employees felt coerced to support Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda’s confirmation, the Ethics Commission writes in a guidance letter to Jodie Maesaka-Hirata.

UH Lab Gets $77M Contract For Defense Research Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

UH Lab Gets $77M Contract For Defense Research

Core subjet areas for the Applied Research Laboratory at the University of Hawaii Manoa include ocean science, astronomy, sensor development and renewable energy .

Hilton Hawaiian Village Workers To Protest For Wage Increases Flickr.com

Hilton Hawaiian Village Workers To Protest For Wage Increases

There’s no strike yet, but hotel workers authorized one should contract negotiations fall through.