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Sylvia Luke

Hawaii Energy Office — And Other Programs — May Face The Budget Ax Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Energy Office — And Other Programs — May Face The Budget Ax

Money for several programs will be eliminated from a current House budget bill as lawmakers press the fiscal reset button and ask agencies to justify their funding.

Budget Hawk Sylvia Luke: ‘I Try To Know More Than Them’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Budget Hawk Sylvia Luke: ‘I Try To Know More Than Them’

The House Finance Committee chair can be fearsome in budget briefings. She’s also not afraid to dive deep into state money matters, like the $3 billion tucked away in special funds.

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.

Capitol Finance: How Top Lawmakers Build Their Power With Campaign Cash Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Capitol Finance: How Top Lawmakers Build Their Power With Campaign Cash

Top Hawaii House and Senate leaders have given out nearly $200,000 to other candidates since 2006.

House Shaves $35 Million From Governor’s Budget Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

House Shaves $35 Million From Governor’s Budget

The Finance Committee’s cuts create a balanced budget over six years, but the spending plans could still change.

Ige’s Wish List: More Money For Schools, Housing, Homelessness Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige’s Wish List: More Money For Schools, Housing, Homelessness

Legislative leaders warn that state revenues have slowed and pay raises for unions are not factored into the governor’s proposed budget.

2016 Session: AC For Schools, Help For Housing And Homeless Cory Lum/Civil Beat

2016 Session: AC For Schools, Help For Housing And Homeless

The House and Senate also killed bills to let psychologists prescribe drugs and fund a new jail on Oahu, but did hand water permits to A&B on Maui.
Hawaii Lawmakers Recommend $12M For Homeless Initiatives Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Recommend $12M For Homeless Initiatives

But Sen. Jill Tokuda and Rep. Sylvia Luke want the Ige administration to set benchmarks for progress and report back to the Legislature.
Luke’s Bait-and-Switch on Payday Lending Must be Fixed Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Luke’s Bait-and-Switch on Payday Lending Must be Fixed

The powerful House committee chair eliminated the legislation's limit on interest rates after assuring colleagues a rate cap was included in the bill.
Sylvia Luke Raises Campaign Cash During Session PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Sylvia Luke Raises Campaign Cash During Session

The chairwoman of the Hawaii House Finance Committee seeks contributions of up to $250 per person.
Hawaii Rock Climbers File Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Sylvia Luke

Hawaii Rock Climbers File Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Sylvia Luke

Group claims Luke, a personal injury lawyer, had a conflict of interest when she changed a bill aimed at protecting the state from being sued.
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