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Here’s How Tax Increases Are Shaking Out In The Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s How Tax Increases Are Shaking Out In The Hawaii Legislature

Senators moved to raise income taxes on high earners, and the House passed capital gains and inheritance tax increases.

Death Behind Bars: In Hawaii, The Death Of A Prisoner Is Often A Closely Held Secret Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Death Behind Bars: In Hawaii, The Death Of A Prisoner Is Often A Closely Held Secret

The only prison and jail deaths that corrections officials have announced recently have been due to COVID-19.

Hawaii’s Fiscal Picture Is Looking Up. So Why Do Lawmakers Still Want To Raise Taxes? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Fiscal Picture Is Looking Up. So Why Do Lawmakers Still Want To Raise Taxes?

House leaders say they will consider increasing capital gains and state income taxes on high earners in an effort to restore targeted cuts.

Ban On Large-Capacity Rifle Magazines Clears Committee Flickr: Robert Freiberger

Ban On Large-Capacity Rifle Magazines Clears Committee

Magazines that hold more than 10 rounds are already banned in Hawaii for handguns, but not for rifles.

State Has Spent Nearly $10 Million So Far Planning A New Jail At Halawa Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Has Spent Nearly $10 Million So Far Planning A New Jail At Halawa

Corrections chief says planning to replace Oahu Community Correctional Center will continue.

Hawaii’s Tax ‘Imbalance’: Would A New State Property Tax Fix It? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii’s Tax ‘Imbalance’: Would A New State Property Tax Fix It?

A proposal by House leaders would reduce or eliminate state income taxes, and shift part of the tax burden to non-residents.

Senate Committee Advances Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana Flickr: Heath Alseike

Senate Committee Advances Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Another bill approved by the committee would decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of cannabis.

The Fight Between Hawaii’s State Auditor And House Speaker Is Heating Up Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Fight Between Hawaii’s State Auditor And House Speaker Is Heating Up

State Auditor Les Kondo wants House Speaker Scott Saiki to suspend his review of his office’s operations.

State Lottery To Fund Public Education Moves Forward Flickr.com

State Lottery To Fund Public Education Moves Forward

The bill would create a commission to plan for a lottery to help pay for the university and public schools.