Accessed on 23 March 2018, 2122 UTC, Post #16544.
“Hawaii Business Magazine”–Hawaii State news update for 23 March 2018.
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Here are today’s top Hawaii State news stories from “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii. Views expressed in this post are those of the reporters and correspondents.
Federal budget bill is “best by far for Hawaii” in years
A $1.3 trillion government spending bill will add millions in funding for Hawaii in an appropriations package approved by Congress that is a rebuke to spending cuts sought by President Donald Trump. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now. Big Island Now.
Unemployment holds at record low
Hawaii’s number of unemployed fell to its lowest level in more than 28 years as the jobless rate in February held at 2.1 percent for the fifth month in a row. Star-Advertiser.
Ige administration: House budget cuts go too far
Several department heads and the University of Hawaii urged the Senate to restore Gov. David Ige’s proposed spending increases. Civil Beat.
Report: Out-of-state buyers, vacation rentals squeeze local housing market
A new report estimates that a quarter of homes sold in Hawaii during recent years were bought by non-residents. Civil Beat.
Bill to diversify pot shop product offerings still alive
With today the deadline for bills to move to their final committees, only one of the dozens of marijuana bills introduced this year in the state Legislature remains in discussion. Tribune-Herald.
No decision about OHA CEO, investigation will continue
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees Thursday held off any disciplinary action against CEO Kamanaopono Crabbe and instead decided to delve further into claims of financial improprieties that may be linked to the agency’s director. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio. Hawaii News Now.
Former governor Waihee defends OHA
A critical management audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is continuing to ripple. Hawaii Public Radio.
Computer crash destroys documents of 66,500 Hawaii driver’s license holders
A city contractor disclosed Thursday that it can’t retrieve scanned images of documents with personal information – including Social Security cards and birth certificates – for 66,500 people statewide who were issued licenses or state ID cards last year between Feb. 25 and Sept. 15. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. KHON2.
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