The governor’s economic development leaders say they want to carefully craft a plan that will hold up for the long term. But legislative leaders aren’t convinced.
In what amounted to a speech to kick off the legislative session, House Speaker Scott Saiki called for unity and leadership, saying elected officials should fight for principles but be prepared to compromise.
It takes a lot of creativity and hard work to overcome the high cost of running a farm in the islands.
The report by University of Hawaii economists follows a critical report by the Hawaii State Auditor.
In a statement, Gov. David Ige said he knew about Sen. Laura Acasio’s background opposing the Thirty Meter Telescope when he appointed her.
House Speaker Scott Saiki said late and unfinished reports could be cause for lawmakers to remove state Auditor Les Kondo.
But it may be too late for some businesses, particularly restaurants.
After 25 years, the Agribusiness Development Corp. hasn’t helped Hawaii re-fashion former sugar and pineapple plantations into viable economic engines, audit says.
But state officials say the pace will pick up with mass vaccination centers, including one due to open Monday.