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Ige: ‘The Future Is Personal’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige: ‘The Future Is Personal’

UPDATED: Hawaii’s governor calls for a statewide preschool system and more hotel tax revenue for the counties. Legislative leaders are receptive, but ask where the money will come from.

Minimum Wage Hike Gets Immediate Support As Legislature Convenes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage Hike Gets Immediate Support As Legislature Convenes

UPDATED: Disaster relief for Kauai and the Big Island and addressing illegal vacation rentals are also top priorities.

Minimum Wage And Marijuana: What To Expect In The 2019 Hawaii Legislature Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Minimum Wage And Marijuana: What To Expect In The 2019 Hawaii Legislature

Lawmakers will tackle familiar issues like public school funding. They’re also likely to raise the minimum wage and might even legalize recreational marijuana.

Why Critics Say New House Sexual Harassment Policy Doesn’t Go Far Enough Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Critics Say New House Sexual Harassment Policy Doesn’t Go Far Enough

They say the policy is a “good first step” that meets many national best practices, but it lacks an appeals process and requires secrecy even after cases are resolved.

If You Thought Legislature Would Bury The Hatchet With Ige, Think Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

If You Thought Legislature Would Bury The Hatchet With Ige, Think Again

The House Finance Committee chair questions the trustworthiness and organizational structure of the governor’s administration.

Injured Workers Still Searching For Relief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Injured Workers Still Searching For Relief

A key lawmaker is promising to again pursue reforms in Hawaii’s workers’ comp system during the upcoming legislative session.

Chad Blair: Some Grumbling Over Senate Committee Posts Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Some Grumbling Over Senate Committee Posts

A few senators are upset about their assignments and say traditions are not being followed, but President Ron Kouchi says any complaints are baseless.

Sylvia Luke Wants To Change The Way The State Spends Money Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Sylvia Luke Wants To Change The Way The State Spends Money

Agencies should have to justify every penny they ask for, says the House Finance Committee chair.

Danny De Gracia: How To Get What You Want From The Legislature Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Danny De Gracia: How To Get What You Want From The Legislature

You really can affect what happens at the Capitol. Here are some of the “secrets to the temple.”

State Claims ‘Dramatic’ Improvement In Adult Home Care Oversight Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State Claims ‘Dramatic’ Improvement In Adult Home Care Oversight

But in the face of a harsh audit of the program last week, some lawmakers were skeptical that there has been such a swift turnaround.

Colleen Hanabusa Is Now The Legislature’s Attorney In Case Against The State Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Colleen Hanabusa Is Now The Legislature’s Attorney In Case Against The State

Two nonprofits filed a lawsuit in September to improve government transparency in the lawmaking process.

Hawaii Climate Commission Pushes For State Carbon Tax Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Climate Commission Pushes For State Carbon Tax

The group of state and county officials said it’s the most effective method to reduce emissions from cars, trucks and buses.