Hawaii lawmakers heard Tuesday that for the second straight year the state closed its fiscal year in the red, a violation of the Constitutional requirement. But officials face no consequences for the error.
A trip to a Human Services office reveals the staff is working to speed up its services and put in place new policies — after the Legislature fought off efforts by Gov. Lingle to consolidate and shrink the operation.
The former Honolulu mayor brought in the most contributions among all governor candidates in the first half of 2010, and has more than four times as much money on hand as his Sept. 18 primary opponent, former congressman Abercrombie. Hannemann doubles Lt. Gov. Aiona's totals.
The former city managing director leads former city prosecutor Carlisle, raising almost 50 percent more money in the period from Jan. 1 to June 30. UH engineering professor Prevedouros raised only 10 percent of Caldwell's total. Councilman Tam raised barely more than $5,000.