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Hawaii State News, evening edition, 12 March 2018

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“Hawaii Business News”, 12 March 2018, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Here are today’s latest Hawaii State news stories from “Hawaii Business News.”  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

TOP STORIES
Social media spurs rise in risky scenic hiking
Within the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the use of the state trails, as well as people going to places that are obviously dangerous, among both visitors and locals alike. Star-Advertiser.

Lawmakers seek tax increases despite booming collections
These are the best of times when it comes to state tax collections, but Hawaii lawmakers are nonetheless considering an array of tax increases to help cope with long-term spending obligations such as pensions and health care for public employees. Star-Advertiser.

Lawmakers ignore tourism industry, pass new taxes targeting visitors
Tourism officials aren’t happy with measures that could raise millions from taxes on timeshares and higher resort fees. Civil Beat.

Bills to strengthen financial plan projected to generate $72M
The State Senate has drafted, discussed, and voted on several bills that leaders say are projected to generate approximately $72 million in revenues based on the Department of Taxation estimates. Maui Now.

Buyback effort proposed to get guns off the street
Law enforcement experts recommend a statewide gun amnesty buyback program that they think would help decrease gun violence in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

Bill seeks to expand protection for tied-up dogs
The state House Judiciary committee has approved legislation that would expand animal-cruelty laws to better protect dogs chained up outdoors. Star-Advertiser.

“Death with dignity” advocate, outliving his cancer prognosis, reflects on issue
John Radcliffe learned in June of 2014 he had Stage 4 cancer that was likely to one day kill him. Radcliffe is now one of many asking that the state allow doctors to prescribe drugs to assist a terminally ill patient to end his or her life. It is a tough and emotional issue, and one that Radcliffe understands better than many. Star-Advertiser.

DOE stands behind student walkouts
The Hawaii Department of Education says it will support students who plan to participate in the school walkouts planned nationwide to protest gun violence. Hawaii News Now.

Who is building affordable housing?
Many high-profile developers include affordable housing as required by law, but some developers specialize in that type of housing. Hawaii Public Radio.

Researchers want to know your missile scare experience
The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center is inviting the public to participate in a survey about residents’ experiences and behaviors during January’s false missile scare. Hawaii News Now.

Joblessness holds at an all time low rate
The state maintained its record low unemployment rate at 2.1% in January, the same as the revised seasonally adjusted rates for December, November and October, according to the state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Star-Advertiser.

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Russ Roberts

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