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Rebuild Aloha Stadium? That’s Not A Good Idea Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

Rebuild Aloha Stadium? That’s Not A Good Idea

The state’s plan is a huge risk of taxpayer funds for a facility Hawaii doesn’t need anymore.
Extending State Land Leases Could Benefit Businesses, But At What Cost To Taxpayers? Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2014

Extending State Land Leases Could Benefit Businesses, But At What Cost To Taxpayers?

Opponents worry that the long-term leases, which may last 100 years or more, amount to a sale of public lands.
Senate Bill Would Make It Harder To Scrutinize Government Contract Awards, Critics Say Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Senate Bill Would Make It Harder To Scrutinize Government Contract Awards, Critics Say

State officials say the measure would speed up the cumbersome procurement process, but others worry it would make legitimate bid appeals unaffordable.
Legislature Directs Federal Funds To Patch Up Hawaii’s Shaky Broadband System Tim Wright/Civil Beat/2021

Legislature Directs Federal Funds To Patch Up Hawaii’s Shaky Broadband System

Federal pandemic relief funding is slated to help pay for badly needed connectivity improvements, especially in rural areas of the state.
Six Democrats Apply For Senate District 7 Seat

Six Democrats Apply For Senate District 7 Seat

Three names chosen by party members Saturday will be transmitted to the governor.
Hawaii Gov Should Veto New Red-Light Camera Program Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2021

Hawaii Gov Should Veto New Red-Light Camera Program

Past experience and the likelihood that innocent car owners may be penalized are big red flags for the red-light program.
Taxpayers On The Hook For $2.3M To Settle Legal Claims Against The State Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Taxpayers On The Hook For $2.3M To Settle Legal Claims Against The State

UPDATED: Two incidents on state highways accounted for more than $1 million in settlements the state entered in 2020.
The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Hawaii House Leaders Screenshot

The Civil Beat Editorial Board Interview: Hawaii House Leaders

Speaker Scott Saiki says the Legislature “stopped the bleeding” from the pandemic and recession.

Saiki Finalizes Mauna Kea Working Group Membership Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2019

Saiki Finalizes Mauna Kea Working Group Membership

Protest leaders, UH officials and astronomers will all have seats on the panel.
University Of Hawaii Officials Push Back Against Proposed Budget Cuts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

University Of Hawaii Officials Push Back Against Proposed Budget Cuts

The system could still see about $90 million in federal relief funds, half of which must be distributed as grants to students.