The most recent rail ridership estimates are down almost 18%, largely based on a pre-pandemic drop in bus ridership.
The state is on track to have more fatalities in correctional facilities in 2021 than in any year in the past decade.
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.
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.
Prison officials must immediately provide sanitary living conditions and take appropriate measures to protect inmates.
The stunning rebound in general treasury tax revenue was driven by increased state income tax collections.
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.
Lawmakers overrode five of the governor’s vetoes on Tuesday, including a bill that will require disclosure of COVID-19 cases in public schools.
Scott Saiki says he’s unsure if there will be any veto overrides, but Hawaii legislators need to make some technical budget fixes.