The $26 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund ran out of money almost immediately after it began accepting applications.
Steven Merrill was working at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., before being tapped to lead the agency’s operations in the Aloha State.
Earmarks were banned in 2011 after a series of scandals involving congressionally directed spending. Now Congress has decided to bring the process back with more transparency.
Local politicians, business leaders and labor organizers say Hawaii needs funds to reduce its dependence on petroleum, boost rail and improve wastewater systems.
The president will unveil his American Jobs Plan, which has the potential to infuse huge sums of money into the islands’ transportation and energy infrastructure.
Kenji Price’s replacement will be named by President Joe Biden.
But there is a need for some “labor savings,” although the governor declined to be more specific.
In just two years on the job, Hawaii’s top federal law enforcement officer has taken down some fearsome foes.
Now, Martin Kao faces federal charges of bank fraud and money laundering for allegedly bilking the coronavirus relief program of $12.8 million.