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Economists: Financial Challenges Are Looming For Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Economists: Financial Challenges Are Looming For Hawaii

Economists caution legislators about the housing shortage, the possibility of lower tax revenue and reduced tourist spending.

‘From Bad To Worse:’ Hawaii’s $1.75 Billion Cesspool Problem Courtesy: Teresa Dawson

‘From Bad To Worse:’ Hawaii’s $1.75 Billion Cesspool Problem

The risks posed by the state’s 88,000 remaining cesspools will likely be amplified by climate change.

4 Hawaii Lawmakers Have Received Sexual Misconduct Complaints Since 2008 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

4 Hawaii Lawmakers Have Received Sexual Misconduct Complaints Since 2008

But the Legislature says state law requires it to withhold the names of the three House members and one senator.

Ige Seeks $1.5 Billion Budget Hike For Infrastructure, Capital Improvements Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Ige Seeks $1.5 Billion Budget Hike For Infrastructure, Capital Improvements

The Legislature will consider approving the governor’s supplemental spending request when lawmakers reconvene next year.

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Used To Hearing About Potential Conflicts Of Interest AP

Hawaii Lawmakers Are Used To Hearing About Potential Conflicts Of Interest

Legislators argue there are good reasons to vote even on issues where they may have potential conflicts.

Why Is This Hawaii State House Seat Vacant? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Is This Hawaii State House Seat Vacant?

Gov. Ige has until Dec. 22 to replace Marcus Oshiro, the veteran Democratic lawmaker who took a job with the state labor board. 

Honolulu Rail Deal Fallout: Neighbor Islands Want A More Open Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Deal Fallout: Neighbor Islands Want A More Open Legislature

County councils say state lawmakers should follow open meeting laws, even though they’re not legally required to.

Nuclear Blast Preparations: Inside Legislators’ Secret Meeting Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Nuclear Blast Preparations: Inside Legislators’ Secret Meeting

Lawmakers and their staffs got briefed Tuesday on a possible North Korea attack, but the public wasn’t invited.

Chad Blair: Showering Hawaii Officials With Manapua Flickr: sese_87

Chad Blair: Showering Hawaii Officials With Manapua

Gifts to elected and appointed leaders include sticky notes valued at $1, PB&Js at up to $5, and trips to Taiwan worth $5,750.

The Fight Over Abortion In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Fight Over Abortion In Hawaii

State attorneys are headed to court to defend a new state law that requires pregnancy clinics to tell women about abortion services.

Honolulu Rail: Hawaii Lawmakers Deserve Credit For Doing Their Job Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail: Hawaii Lawmakers Deserve Credit For Doing Their Job

Whether you support rail or not, it’s OK to applaud the Legislature for finding the best solution possible to a very sticky political problem.

Commercial Catching Of Aquarium Fish Halted By Hawaii Supreme Court FromSandToGlass/Flickr

Commercial Catching Of Aquarium Fish Halted By Hawaii Supreme Court

UPDATED Justices rule the state’s practice of approving all properly prepared applications is inadequate.