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Kevin Dayton

Hawaii Legislature Launches ‘Laser Beam’ Session In A Locked Down Capitol Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Launches ‘Laser Beam’ Session In A Locked Down Capitol

Traditional festivities and speeches were all canceled amid security concerns and the threat of COVID-19.

Hawaii Owes The Feds $700 Million. Businesses May Have To Pay The Tab Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Owes The Feds $700 Million. Businesses May Have To Pay The Tab

The state borrowed $700 million to pay unemployment benefits, but businesses may have to repay it.

The Battered State Budget Will Dominate The Next Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Battered State Budget Will Dominate The Next Hawaii Legislature

With money tight, lawmakers are looking to the Biden administration and Congress to help shore up a huge deficit as the 2021 session opens this week.

Ige Seeks $30 Million To Repair Capitol Reflecting Pools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Seeks $30 Million To Repair Capitol Reflecting Pools

Some lawmakers questioned the project, with one calling the maintenance costs a “nightmare.”

Autopsy: Hawaii’s Longest Serving Prison Inmate Died Of COVID-19 Hawaii Department of Public Safety

Autopsy: Hawaii’s Longest Serving Prison Inmate Died Of COVID-19

George Shimabuku, 84, is one of four Hawaii prisoners serving time in Arizona who died with the disease.

Hawaii Governor Weighs Income Tax Increases On Wealthy Residents Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor Weighs Income Tax Increases On Wealthy Residents

Ige’s chief of staff also suggests upping the “barrel tax” on fossil fuels to help balance the budget.

ACLU Urges State To Allow At-Risk Inmates To Be Vaccinated Early Cory Lum/Civil Beat

ACLU Urges State To Allow At-Risk Inmates To Be Vaccinated Early

Inmates and staff at correctional facilities are being infected at a higher rate than anyone else.

Hawaii Will Collect More Taxes Than Expected, State Panel Says Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Will Collect More Taxes Than Expected, State Panel Says

The state Council on Revenues says Hawaii will collect $300 million more in taxes this year than previously projected.

State Finance Director Says Carbon And Sugar Taxes May Be Among Increases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Finance Director Says Carbon And Sugar Taxes May Be Among Increases

Craig Hirai stressed that nothing is settled but dropped some hints about possible tax increases in a House Finance Committee hearing.