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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.

Some UH Manoa Grad Students Will Get Tuition Cuts in 2020 PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Some UH Manoa Grad Students Will Get Tuition Cuts in 2020

The tuition cuts are part of a new tuition schedule that will also freeze other rates through 2023.

Ige Signs Bill To Cover $5.1 Million In Repairs After Maui Jail Riot Department of Public Safety

Ige Signs Bill To Cover $5.1 Million In Repairs After Maui Jail Riot

The measure also includes $2 million to temporarily house 248 additional Hawaii inmates at a private prison in Arizona.

UH Wants To Cut Tuition For Some Grad Students — Especially Out-Of-Staters PF Bentley/Civil Beat

UH Wants To Cut Tuition For Some Grad Students — Especially Out-Of-Staters

UPDATED: Proposed new tuition rates being considered by the Board of Regents seek to reverse declines in graduate student enrollment.

Condo Associations May Be On Verge Of Gaining More Foreclosure Power Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Condo Associations May Be On Verge Of Gaining More Foreclosure Power

A bill on the governor’s desk seeks to bail the associations out of legal jeopardy and clarify they can take away property even if their bylaws don’t say so.

Housing Advocates Might Love This Project, But The Neighbors Don’t Screenshot from Hawaii Community Development Board

Housing Advocates Might Love This Project, But The Neighbors Don’t

A private developer wants to “get some of the homeless people off the streets.” Maili residents are concerned about traffic and infrastructure.

Lunchbox Thief Could Get $125K From State Settlement Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lunchbox Thief Could Get $125K From State Settlement

The settlement stems from a 2014 incident in which two Big Island corrections officers allegedly assaulted an inmate.

Senate Closes The 2019 Session With Some Sharp Divisions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Closes The 2019 Session With Some Sharp Divisions

The state House adjourned while highlighting its successes. The Senate, meanwhile, is left reflecting on its compromises and splits.