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Where’s The Money, DOE? Time To Turn Over Public Financial Records Meliha Gojak/iStock

Where’s The Money, DOE? Time To Turn Over Public Financial Records

A nonprofit organization with the willingness and the resources to produce a financial transparency model for education spending is being thwarted by the state.

Wespac: Fisheries Management Council Needs To Be Fully Investigated Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Wespac: Fisheries Management Council Needs To Be Fully Investigated

It’s time for a deep look into how the council is operating, particularly how it has been spending millions of dollars in grants and contracts.

Paying For Trash Pickup: This Is One New Fee That Makes Sense Richard Wiens/Civil Beat

Paying For Trash Pickup: This Is One New Fee That Makes Sense

Honolulu can’t afford to keep bucking the national trend by both providing refuse and recycling containers and picking them up — all free of charge.

The Governor And His Agencies Must Decide Where Public Water Will Flow Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

The Governor And His Agencies Must Decide Where Public Water Will Flow

Let the judicial system determine the fate of Alexander & Baldwin’s claim, but the state needs to address the rights of other water-users.

Election Reform: A Step Forward But Still Much To Be Done James Gonser

Election Reform: A Step Forward But Still Much To Be Done

Gov. David Ige should quickly sign the bills that survived the session, including all-mail voting and the addition of more timely campaign finance reports.

 

Police Misconduct Bill Is Not Just About Naming Bad Cops Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Police Misconduct Bill Is Not Just About Naming Bad Cops

House Bill 285 is teetering on the political edge. Lawmakers should give it a solid push forward.

Don’t Let Petty Politics Block A Project To Prevent Ala Wai Canal Flooding Courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Don’t Let Petty Politics Block A Project To Prevent Ala Wai Canal Flooding

An 11th-hour rescue is needed for legislation to provide local matching funds to secure a $345 million federal grant to safeguard Waikiki.

Governor Ige, It’s Time For A New Public Safety Director Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Governor Ige, It’s Time For A New Public Safety Director

A stubborn insistence on sticking with flawed nominee Nolan Espinda seems to value loyalty over leadership.

Stop Anti-Vaxxers From Putting Hawaii Kids At Risk Getty Images/iStockphoto

Stop Anti-Vaxxers From Putting Hawaii Kids At Risk

Now that it has provided data on school immunization rates, the state needs to get more aggressive to protect against communicable diseases.

Feed Hawaii’s Hungry Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Feed Hawaii’s Hungry

Lawmakers must help the tens of thousands of children who don’t have enough to eat.

An Inmate Riot In An Overcrowded Jail Shows Legislators Should Not Bail On Bail Reform Hawaii DPS

An Inmate Riot In An Overcrowded Jail Shows Legislators Should Not Bail On Bail Reform

One key bill is dead but lawmakers should still act on other legislation that could improve our jam-packed, aging correctional facilities.

Finish The Job: Legislators Making Progress On Elections, Government Ethics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Finish The Job: Legislators Making Progress On Elections, Government Ethics

Dozens of bills introduced by the state House and Senate augur well for major improvements if lawmakers can actually seal the deals.

June 2019

Wednesday, June 12

Where’s The Money, DOE? Time To Turn Over Public Financial Records

Monday, June 10

Wespac: Fisheries Management Council Needs To Be Fully Investigated

Monday, June 3

Paying For Trash Pickup: This Is One New Fee That Makes Sense

May 2019

Friday, May 10

The Governor And His Agencies Must Decide Where Public Water Will Flow

Wednesday, May 8

Election Reform: A Step Forward But Still Much To Be Done

April 2019

Wednesday, April 24

Police Misconduct Bill Is Not Just About Naming Bad Cops

Thursday, April 18

Don’t Let Petty Politics Block A Project To Prevent Ala Wai Canal Flooding

Monday, April 15

Governor Ige, It’s Time For A New Public Safety Director

Monday, April 8

Stop Anti-Vaxxers From Putting Hawaii Kids At Risk

March 2019

Monday, March 25

Feed Hawaii’s Hungry

Tuesday, March 19

An Inmate Riot In An Overcrowded Jail Shows Legislators Should Not Bail On Bail Reform

Monday, March 11

Finish The Job: Legislators Making Progress On Elections, Government Ethics

February 2019

Tuesday, February 26

Don’t Let The Cop Misconduct Bill Die — Again

Monday, February 25

We Can Save On Electricity And Help The Environment

Friday, February 15

Legislature Should Stop Shooting Down Hawaii’s Most-Needed Reforms

Thursday, February 14

Stop This End Run Around Hawaii Public Records Law

Tuesday, February 12

Hawaii Should Be The Next State To Legalize Marijuana

Thursday, February 7

Raise The Minimum Wage To At Least $15 An Hour

Friday, February 1

Honolulu’s Mayor Must Own Up To Rail’s Failures

January 2019

Wednesday, January 30

Quit Stalling On The New Police Standards Board

Monday, January 14

Don’t Blow This Chance To Reform Hawaii’s Terrible Prison System

Wednesday, January 9

Reopen Government And Argue About The Wall Later

Wednesday, January 2

Lawmakers Must Resist Any Effort To Undercut Hawaii’s Public Records Law