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Gov. David Ige has alarmed government watchdogs with his proclamations that shut the public out of public meetings and eliminates the release of public records.
The public can expect a more concerted effort to close gun loopholes but proposals to address Native Hawaiian issues remain uncertain.
The immediate goal of the five-year plan is to increase the number of pre-K classrooms in the state by 100 a year.
Protesters of the Thirty Meter Telescope project are contemplating their next move in the face of a Dec. 26 deadline to either leave or risk arrest.
Two-thirds of Hawaii voters polled want the telescope built on Mauna Kea. But Native Hawaiians and residents under 50 were more likely to oppose the project.
The Big Island mayor moves much more comfortably among the Mauna Kea protesters than Hawaii’s governor could ever hope to do.
UPDATED: The governor finally visits the mountain on Day 9 of massive protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope construction.
UPDATED: The governor also killed tax proposals approved by the Legislature for vacation rentals and real estate investment trusts.
Gov. Ige sports a moustache, but most of our elected officials prefer the clean shave.
But bills to decriminalize the use of pot, allow mail-in balloting, create a new state prison oversight commission and provide funds to replace aging Aloha Stadium will all become law.
The two measures are among 20 bills total Hawaii’s governor indicates he will not allow to become law.