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Blaze Lovell

Minimum Wage Increase Could Help Over 200,000 Workers, Report Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Increase Could Help Over 200,000 Workers, Report Says

The Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice analyzed the demographics of workers who could be impacted by an increase.

Legislature Approves Spending Millions For Elderly Care Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Legislature Approves Spending Millions For Elderly Care

Funding for kupuna care programs were some of the outstanding big ticket items that weren’t included in the state’s operating budget in March.

Lawmakers Agree to Emergency Funds For Pali Highway Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Agree to Emergency Funds For Pali Highway

The $7 million approved by lawmakers Tuesday is less than half of the $15 million requested by the Senate in March.

Group Opposed To Taxing Billions In Real Estate Trusts Is A Big Spender At Capital Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Group Opposed To Taxing Billions In Real Estate Trusts Is A Big Spender At Capital

The national association supporting owners of some of Hawaii’s premier commercial locations spent $126,000 in two months — but a bill to tax them is still alive.

Waters Defeats Ozawa In Honolulu City Council Rematch Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Waters Defeats Ozawa In Honolulu City Council Rematch

After being outpolled by Trevor Ozawa by margins of 22 and 41 votes in prior contests, Tommy Waters won by 1,004 in the special election.

DLNR Worker Bought Truck Parts With State Money Flickr.com

DLNR Worker Bought Truck Parts With State Money

The maintenance worker on Kauai faces ethics charges and is expected to be fined $4,500.

Ige Stands By His Public Safety Chief After Senate Panel Calls For Espinda’s Ouster Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Stands By His Public Safety Chief After Senate Panel Calls For Espinda’s Ouster

UPDATED:  A Senate committee harshly criticized Nolan Espinda’s leadership of Hawaii’s prisons and the Sheriff Division.

Hawaii AG Breezes Through Committee Vote Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii AG Breezes Through Committee Vote

Attorney General Clare Connors had no worries heading into a vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senators’ Questions About Jail Riot, Shootings Go Unanswered Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Senators’ Questions About Jail Riot, Shootings Go Unanswered

Committee members grow frustrated during a second hearing on the renomination of Nolan Espinda as director of the Department of Public Safety.

Minimum Wage Increase Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Forward Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Increase Among Hundreds Of Bills Moving Forward

But there was no action on a controversial measure — stymied for now — that would allow continued diversion of stream water.

Bills Lighten Up On Pot Possession, But Add Penalties For Drugged Driving Flickr.com/cagrimmett

Bills Lighten Up On Pot Possession, But Add Penalties For Drugged Driving

A Senate committee passed a measure to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, while a House committee voted to add penalties for drugged drivers.

UH Loses Bid To Expand Scholarship Program To 4-Year Campuses PF Bentley/Civil Beat

UH Loses Bid To Expand Scholarship Program To 4-Year Campuses

The House Finance Committee instead approved spending $2.5 million a year to continue offering the aid to community college students.