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She Took Her Fight For Her Grandson Public. A Hawaii Judge Said She Went Too Far Courtesy: Deborah Goodwin

She Took Her Fight For Her Grandson Public. A Hawaii Judge Said She Went Too Far

Big Island resident Deborah Goodwin says she had no choice but to speak to a reporter and file a lawsuit about her case because the confidential system had treated her unfairly. It backfired.

A Judge Took Away These Kids For Good — Until A Higher Court Found A Mistake Courtesy: Shandon Cabinatan and Mahlonna Mawae-Callison

A Judge Took Away These Kids For Good — Until A Higher Court Found A Mistake

An appeals court found that parents in three cases should have had court-appointed lawyers throughout. How many other parents were denied this right?

Effort To Transfer State Agricultural Land Survives Latest Hurdle Thomas Heaton/Civil Beat/2022

Effort To Transfer State Agricultural Land Survives Latest Hurdle

Legislative amendments would introduce new requirements for the land swap.

Hawaii House Proposes 48 New Positions To Beef Up Child Welfare Services Hawaii News Now/2021

Hawaii House Proposes 48 New Positions To Beef Up Child Welfare Services

Public outcry over the disappearance of Isabella Kalua and concerns about CWS’ role in the case of a Big Island fifth grader raised concerns about the agency.

Ige: Twice Monthly Furloughs Not Necessary This Year Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Ige: Twice Monthly Furloughs Not Necessary This Year

But there is a need for some “labor savings,” although the governor declined to be more specific.

Ige Seeks $30 Million To Repair Capitol Reflecting Pools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Seeks $30 Million To Repair Capitol Reflecting Pools

Some lawmakers questioned the project, with one calling the maintenance costs a “nightmare.”

Hawaii Governor Weighs Income Tax Increases On Wealthy Residents Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor Weighs Income Tax Increases On Wealthy Residents

Ige’s chief of staff also suggests upping the “barrel tax” on fossil fuels to help balance the budget.

State Finance Director Says Carbon And Sugar Taxes May Be Among Increases Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

State Finance Director Says Carbon And Sugar Taxes May Be Among Increases

Craig Hirai stressed that nothing is settled but dropped some hints about possible tax increases in a House Finance Committee hearing.

Proposed State Budget Would Cut 30% From Sex Abuse Treatment Funding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Proposed State Budget Would Cut 30% From Sex Abuse Treatment Funding

The Ige administration budget would also “eviscerate” state enforcement of anti-discrimination laws.

Ige’s New Budget Proposal Would Wipe Out The Jobs Of 149 State Workers Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2020

Ige’s New Budget Proposal Would Wipe Out The Jobs Of 149 State Workers

The proposed spending cuts may result in the first state government layoffs in more than a decade.