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Kevin Dayton

Ige: Twice Monthly Furloughs Not Necessary This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige: Twice Monthly Furloughs Not Necessary This Year

But there is a need for some “labor savings,” although the governor declined to be more specific.

Senate Committee Scraps Proposal For Rent Control Law Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Committee Scraps Proposal For Rent Control Law

But a measure to end the income tax deduction for mortgage interest on second homes advances.

State Seeks Someone To Build And Finance New Oahu Jail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Seeks Someone To Build And Finance New Oahu Jail

It appears lawmakers won’t fund a new jail to replace OCCC, so the state is looking to the private sector.

Proposed Tourist Tax Could Help Hawaii Deal With Climate Change Impacts Flickr: Anson Chappell

Proposed Tourist Tax Could Help Hawaii Deal With Climate Change Impacts

Legislative leaders want to bump up taxes that could be assessed on the kinds of things sought by higher-spending tourists and travelers.

Ige’s Proposed ‘Sugar Tax’ Could Generate $60 Million A Year For The State Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige’s Proposed ‘Sugar Tax’ Could Generate $60 Million A Year For The State

Critics call it a regressive new tax and legislative leaders doubt it will pass.

Bill Would Give Lawmakers Control Over Auditor’s Paycheck Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Would Give Lawmakers Control Over Auditor’s Paycheck

The State Auditor continues to be a target of legislative leaders.

Ige’s State Of The State Speech Skips The Difficult Details Screenshot

Ige’s State Of The State Speech Skips The Difficult Details

The Hawaii governor recapped impacts from the pandemic, but never mentioned furloughs, layoffs or possible tax increases.

Proposed Budget Cuts Would ‘Basically Gut’ Hawaii State Auditor’s Office Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Proposed Budget Cuts Would ‘Basically Gut’ Hawaii State Auditor’s Office

Days after he ordered an investigation into the office, the House Speaker wants to cut the watchdog agency’s budget in half — far more than any other state agency.

New HART Board Member Wants A Fraud Hotline

New HART Board Member Wants A Fraud Hotline

An outside auditor for HART describes Natalie Iwasa’s idea for a hotline as a “best practice.”