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Legislative Leaders: Pay Raises For State Workers May Be Tough This Year Screenshot

Legislative Leaders: Pay Raises For State Workers May Be Tough This Year

The state’s agriculture development agency also is still a target of legislative scrutiny as is the state auditor.

Hawaii Legislature Launches ‘Laser Beam’ Session In A Locked Down Capitol Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Legislature Launches ‘Laser Beam’ Session In A Locked Down Capitol

Traditional festivities and speeches were all canceled amid security concerns and the threat of COVID-19.

Denby Fawcett: Some Want Permanent Security Barriers At Capitol, But At What Cost? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Denby Fawcett: Some Want Permanent Security Barriers At Capitol, But At What Cost?

Fencing and blockades mar the open spaces of one of the most beautiful buildings in Hawaii and reduce public access to the workings of government.

The Battered State Budget Will Dominate The Next Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Battered State Budget Will Dominate The Next Hawaii Legislature

With money tight, lawmakers are looking to the Biden administration and Congress to help shore up a huge deficit as the 2021 session opens this week.

Hawaii Lawmakers May Cut Solar Credits Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers May Cut Solar Credits

The credits help to develop renewable energy projects but also cost the state millions of dollars.

Ige Seeks $30 Million To Repair Capitol Reflecting Pools Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige Seeks $30 Million To Repair Capitol Reflecting Pools

Some lawmakers questioned the project, with one calling the maintenance costs a “nightmare.”

Hawaii Governor Weighs Income Tax Increases On Wealthy Residents Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Governor Weighs Income Tax Increases On Wealthy Residents

Ige’s chief of staff also suggests upping the “barrel tax” on fossil fuels to help balance the budget.

Hawaii Vector Control Branch Faces Budget Cuts (Again) Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Vector Control Branch Faces Budget Cuts (Again)

The job losses could have serious effects on public health if another disease outbreak occurs.

State Finance Director Says Carbon And Sugar Taxes May Be Among Increases Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Finance Director Says Carbon And Sugar Taxes May Be Among Increases

Craig Hirai stressed that nothing is settled but dropped some hints about possible tax increases in a House Finance Committee hearing.