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Get Ready For An Economic Slowdown, State Economist Says Blaze Lovell/CivilBeat

Get Ready For An Economic Slowdown, State Economist Says

It’s not a recession yet but government should consider picking up some of the private sector’s slack as the construction industry wanes.

Economists: High Living Costs Continue Driving Hawaii Residents Away Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: High Living Costs Continue Driving Hawaii Residents Away

A new UH study predicts tourism to drive moderate growth in 2020, despite recent population declines.

Conflicts, Antitrust Questions Raised Regarding Maui Solar Farm Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Conflicts, Antitrust Questions Raised Regarding Maui Solar Farm

Utilities and others are concerned that the same lawyers are representing multiple parties in a competitive bidding process.

$88 Billion: A New Price Tag For Fixing Hawaii’s Infrastructure And Retirement Systems Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$88 Billion: A New Price Tag For Fixing Hawaii’s Infrastructure And Retirement Systems

A new report from the Hawaii Executive Conference details the state’s worsening financial problems, but it doesn’t offer any solutions.

Kauai: Island’s Biggest Credit Union Grows Bigger In Effort To Remain Independent Allan Parachini

Kauai: Island’s Biggest Credit Union Grows Bigger In Effort To Remain Independent

Gather Federal Credit Union’s CEO estimates the number of credit unions in Hawaii has shrunk from nearly 100 to slightly more than 50 in the last decade.

How ‘Green Fees’ Might Offset The Hidden Costs Of Tourism In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How ‘Green Fees’ Might Offset The Hidden Costs Of Tourism In Hawaii

A growing number of tourism hot spots, ranging from Mallorca to Bhutan to New Zealand, are imposing new taxes and fees on visitors.

Why No One Knows How Many Green Energy Jobs Exist In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why No One Knows How Many Green Energy Jobs Exist In Hawaii

Hawaii’s shift to renewable energy was meant to trigger an explosion of new jobs, but officials aren’t closely tracking employment in the sector.

Economists: Airbnb Crackdown Will Likely Cause Big Drop In Oahu Tourism Cory Lum/Civil Beat/2018

Economists: Airbnb Crackdown Will Likely Cause Big Drop In Oahu Tourism

The expected decline could cost the island more than $30 million per month in direct spending, based on state tourism data.

Looming Recession Expected To Take A Bite Out Of State Revenues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Looming Recession Expected To Take A Bite Out Of State Revenues

A slew of tax legislation passed by the Legislature in 2019 was offset by tax breaks and will make little difference.

Hawaii Economy