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Hawaii Places A Bet On Shanghai Expo

Hawaii Places A Bet On Shanghai Expo

The state is spending nearly half a million dollars to promote Hawaii for one week at the Shanghai World Expo in June. Is it a worthwhile investment?

How The State Auditor Determined Frozen Investments Included General Funds

As much as $333 million of the General Fund, the state's operating fund, could be tied up in controversial auction-rate securities. Here's how the auditor came up with her estimate.
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Mail-In Voting The Winner In Special Election

No matter who wins the 1st Congressional District special election Saturday, the ultimate victor may be mail-in balloting. Turnout is already well ahead of earlier special elections.
UH Professors Guaranteed Raises Despite Economy

UH Professors Guaranteed Raises Despite Economy

Six-year contract with faculty union could pose challenge if economy doesn't come roaring back. University could be forced to have to raise tuition even further to cover raises.
Study: Civil Unions Could Bring Millions To State

Study: Civil Unions Could Bring Millions To State

A UH economist updates his research on the economic impact of civil unions. Conclusion: It won't cost Hawaii and may actually help the state's bottom line.
Tax-Exempt Bonds Getting Little Use By Private Schools

Tax-Exempt Bonds Getting Little Use By Private Schools

Hawaii Legislature gave private schools an unusual financing opportunity, under which the state subsidizes construction projects by giving up tax revenue from interest on bonds. But only four have participated because process is so complex.
UPDATE: State Will Begin Issuing Delayed Tax Refunds

UPDATE: State Will Begin Issuing Delayed Tax Refunds

Improved tax collections allow the state to issue delayed tax refunds to 43 percent of taxpayers ahead of schedule.

UPDATE: Hundreds Of Hawaii Nonprofits Could Lose Tax Exemptions Today

Nonprofits that haven't filled out required IRS form by end of day in danger of losing tax exempt status.
Majority of 1st District Voters Likely To Be Unrepresented

Majority of 1st District Voters Likely To Be Unrepresented

Opinion polls suggest the winner of the 1st Congressional District race will not have a majority of the vote. Is that representation?
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