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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.

Proposed State Budget Would Cut 30% From Sex Abuse Treatment Funding Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Proposed State Budget Would Cut 30% From Sex Abuse Treatment Funding

The Ige administration budget would also “eviscerate” state enforcement of anti-discrimination laws.

Will Hawaii Legislature Reverse Ige’s Suspension Of The Public Records Law? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Hawaii Legislature Reverse Ige’s Suspension Of The Public Records Law?

The governor’s order has been in effect since March, but it’s unclear if lawmakers will do anything about it next session despite their opposition to it.

Ige’s New Budget Proposal Would Wipe Out The Jobs Of 149 State Workers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige’s New Budget Proposal Would Wipe Out The Jobs Of 149 State Workers

The proposed spending cuts may result in the first state government layoffs in more than a decade.