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Kevin Dayton

Lawmakers Advance Bail Reform To Fix A ‘Broken’ System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Advance Bail Reform To Fix A ‘Broken’ System

Both the House and Senate seem open to the idea of releasing more minor offenders without bail.

Two Pay Raises For Lawmakers Over The Next Year Are Raising Eyebrows Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Two Pay Raises For Lawmakers Over The Next Year Are Raising Eyebrows

The salary commission approved the wage hikes two years ago but critics now question the optics of government officials getting pay raises during an economic crisis.

Questions Raised Over COVID Outbreak At Maui Jail Bryan Berkowitz

Questions Raised Over COVID Outbreak At Maui Jail

But the state public safety director says the case count in the jail dropped from a peak of 43 down to 12.

Special House Committee Will Investigate Hawaii Lawmaker’s DUI Arrest Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Special House Committee Will Investigate Hawaii Lawmaker’s DUI Arrest

Speaker Scott Saiki says the House must act after a formal complaint was filed over Rep. Sharon Har’s arrest.

House Spending Plan Fills State Budget Holes — And Then Some Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

House Spending Plan Fills State Budget Holes — And Then Some

Money from the $1.6 billion American Rescue Plan could be used to continue paying into state employees’ retirements fund, something the governor had suspended.

The Hike In State Income Taxes On Top Earners Is As Good As Dead Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Hike In State Income Taxes On Top Earners Is As Good As Dead

The federal COVID-19 bailout and strong objections from constituents are helping to sink the bill.

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.