“Hawaii Business Magazine”, published on 01 March 2018 in Honolulu Hawaii.
Please click link or scroll down to read your selections.
Here are the top Hawaii State news stories from “Hawaii Business Magazine” for Thursday, 01 March 2018. Views expressed in these articles are those of the reporters and correspondents unless otherwise stated.
TOP STORIES Airbnb revenue loss leaves a $33M hole in executive budget
State lawmakers are tallying spending bills to balance the budget. Hawaii Public Radio.
Record breaking visitor numbers and spending so far in 2018
Hawaii tourism kicked off the new year with solid gains in visitor arrivals and spending, which rose to the highest statewide total for visitor spending ever recorded for a single month in Hawaii’s history. Star-Advertiser.
HTA faces $30M budget cut after abusive spending
On the heels of a scathing audit of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, some state lawmakers want to cut the HTA’s marketing budget and get rid of its exemption to state procurement laws. Hawaii News Now.
Lawmakers question, then debate tourism agency’s spending
A public hearing Wednesday on a state audit that found the Hawaii Tourism Authority suffered from “lax oversight (and) deficient internal controls” turned into a debate about whether the state’s record-setting tourism performance should override concerns about how the marketing agency operates. Star-Advertiser.
Report finds PUC still struggling with internal problems
14 years after audit blasted Public Utilities Commission, new report finds not much has changed. The Public Utilities Commission staff is overloaded and lacks the proper tools and guidance, according to a state report. Hawaii News Now.Civil Beat.
Bill would provide grants to study, grow disease-tolerant tropical flora
U.S. Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa introduced a bill that could give floriculture research in Hawaii a boost. The State Assistance for Tropical Floriculture Research Act of 2018 would allow states to seek grants of at least $250k per year to research and develop disease-resistant varieties of tropical flowers. Tribune-Herald.
Tax dollars may be tapped to fly homeless out of Hawaii
Privately financed relocation programs have already flown hundreds back to the mainland. Now there’s a move afoot to spend public money as well. Civil Beat.
Costly error keeps hundreds of inmates on the mainland
A major construction delay at Halawa Correctional Facility will keep hundreds of Hawaii inmates on the mainland, and cost millions of our tax dollars. KHON2.
Study says stock of Hawaii’s Deep 7 species still sustainable
There’s still plenty of opakapaka in Hawaii’s waters, according to a recently released federal assessment of Hawaii’s Deep 7 bottomfish stock. Garden Island.
Monthly siren test for March 2018
The state’s monthly test of the Statewide Outdoor Warning Siren System, coordinated with the test of the Live Audio Broadcast segment of the Emergency Alert System, is scheduled for today, at 11:45 a.m. Maui Now.
For the latest Hawaii State, Hawaii Island, West Hawaii, and local sports news, please check the blog sidebars and links. These news feeds are updated daily. Thanks for joining us today.