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Kevin Dayton

Gov. Ige Finally Rules Out Any Public Worker Cuts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gov. Ige Finally Rules Out Any Public Worker Cuts

The new federal pandemic relief bill provides $1.6 billion to shore up the state budget, so furloughs and layoffs aren’t needed.

Hawaii Senate Votes To Legalize Marijuana, Raise Minimum Wage Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Senate Votes To Legalize Marijuana, Raise Minimum Wage

While both proposals appear dead on arrival in the House, lawmakers will still consider scores of other measures related to abortions, taxes and housing development.

Latest Federal Pandemic Relief Bill Will Shore Up The State Budget

Latest Federal Pandemic Relief Bill Will Shore Up The State Budget

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz predicts it will prevent layoffs and furloughs, and have a major impact on the state economy.

Here’s How Tax Increases Are Shaking Out In The Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s How Tax Increases Are Shaking Out In The Hawaii Legislature

Senators moved to raise income taxes on high earners, and the House passed capital gains and inheritance tax increases.

Death Behind Bars: In Hawaii, The Death Of A Prisoner Is Often A Closely Held Secret Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Death Behind Bars: In Hawaii, The Death Of A Prisoner Is Often A Closely Held Secret

The only prison and jail deaths that corrections officials have announced recently have been due to COVID-19.

Hawaii’s Fiscal Picture Is Looking Up. So Why Do Lawmakers Still Want To Raise Taxes? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Fiscal Picture Is Looking Up. So Why Do Lawmakers Still Want To Raise Taxes?

House leaders say they will consider increasing capital gains and state income taxes on high earners in an effort to restore targeted cuts.

Ban On Large-Capacity Rifle Magazines Clears Committee Flickr: Robert Freiberger

Ban On Large-Capacity Rifle Magazines Clears Committee

Magazines that hold more than 10 rounds are already banned in Hawaii for handguns, but not for rifles.

State Has Spent Nearly $10 Million So Far Planning A New Jail At Halawa Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Has Spent Nearly $10 Million So Far Planning A New Jail At Halawa

Corrections chief says planning to replace Oahu Community Correctional Center will continue.

Hawaii’s Tax ‘Imbalance’: Would A New State Property Tax Fix It? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Tax ‘Imbalance’: Would A New State Property Tax Fix It?

A proposal by House leaders would reduce or eliminate state income taxes, and shift part of the tax burden to non-residents.