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The state awarded $289.1 million in tax credits in 2016, including $16.3 million for a program that no longer exists.
Tim Chey had charged the state film office discriminated against him because it didn’t like his Christian-themed historical drama.
The House Finance Committee chair questions the trustworthiness and organizational structure of the governor’s administration.
While calls for a crackdown on short-term rentals grow louder, their rapid expansion accounts for a big chunk of the recent growth in the state’s largest industry.
Agencies should have to justify every penny they ask for, says the House Finance Committee chair.
The governor’s two-year budget plan also includes $315 million for affordable housing and $400 million for education infrastructure projects.
There’s no rule that prohibits Honolulu’s elected prosecutor from telling the public whether he is the target of a Justice Department probe.
The Kokua Market is on life support, trying to survive in a marketplace where Whole Foods is ubiquitous and even McDonald’s serves quinoa.
But experts say there is a silver lining: higher fuel prices will make renewable energy sources in Hawaii even more competitive.
Critics fear rules for opening a swath of ocean bed between Mexico and Hawaii won’t protect “the most pristine wilderness on the planet.”
But local Republicans took solace in their expanded majority in the U.S. Senate.