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Kevin Dayton

HART’s Expecting Fewer Riders — Even Absent The Pandemic Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART’s Expecting Fewer Riders — Even Absent The Pandemic

The most recent rail ridership estimates are down almost 18%, largely based on a pre-pandemic drop in bus ridership.

Inmate Deaths In Hawaii Prisons And Jails Are On The Upswing This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Inmate Deaths In Hawaii Prisons And Jails Are On The Upswing This Year

The state is on track to have more fatalities in correctional facilities in 2021 than in any year in the past decade.

A New Oahu Jail May Need To Be A Lot Bigger In The Near Future Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

A New Oahu Jail May Need To Be A Lot Bigger In The Near Future

Consultant projections show hundreds more people will need to be incarcerated if no significant policy changes such as bail reform don’t reduce the number of inmates.

Former First Lady Vicky Cayetano Is Mulling A Run For Governor Daniel Ramirez/Wikimedia

Former First Lady Vicky Cayetano Is Mulling A Run For Governor

She would join Lt. Gov. Josh Green and former Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell as the best-known contenders for governor in the August 2022 Democratic primary.

Federal Judge Rules Prison System Has Failed To Protect Inmates From COVID-19 Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Federal Judge Rules Prison System Has Failed To Protect Inmates From COVID-19

Prison officials must immediately provide sanitary living conditions and take appropriate measures to protect inmates.

State Tax Collections Soared Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels In The Past Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

State Tax Collections Soared Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels In The Past Year

The stunning rebound in general treasury tax revenue was driven by increased state income tax collections.

Federal Court Case: Corrections Officials Botched COVID-19 Response In Prisons Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Federal Court Case: Corrections Officials Botched COVID-19 Response In Prisons

The lawsuit on behalf of Hawaii inmates asks that a public health expert be appointed to oversee the pandemic response in Hawaii prisons and jails.

Legislature Overrides Ige’s Objections, Defunds Tourism Authority Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Legislature Overrides Ige’s Objections, Defunds Tourism Authority

Lawmakers overrode five of the governor’s vetoes on Tuesday, including a bill that will require disclosure of COVID-19 cases in public schools.

House Speaker: Lawmakers Will Return To The Capitol July 6 Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

House Speaker: Lawmakers Will Return To The Capitol July 6

Scott Saiki says he’s unsure if there will be any veto overrides, but Hawaii legislators need to make some technical budget fixes.