Hawaii State News, afternoon edition, 03 April 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 news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Paid family leave legislation advances in House and Senate
State lawmakers are on the verge of passing legislation for paid family leave in Hawaii. If passed by the House and Senate, the governor is expected to sign the measure into law. Hawaii Public Radio.

Leading the nation? State polystyrene ban would be first of it’s kind
First it was Maui County then Hawaii County, and now the State is considering a ban on polystyrene food containers. Similar bans have been passed in cities and counties across the country, but this could make Hawaii the first state to do so. Hawaii Public Radio.

Taxes paid in Hawaii yield worst return in nation, study finds
Hawaii ranked last in the nation for taxpayer return on investment in 2018, according to a WalletHub study released today. Star-Advertiser.

#MeToo: One woman’s story of sexual harassment by Senator Dan Inouye
Megan Bailiff says her treatment by the late U.S. senator – and the staffers who protected him – changed her life. Civil Beat.

Airline pilots report pair of mid-air near misses with drones
Two near misses with drones have rattled Hawaii airline pilots in recent weeks, and the Federal Aviation Administration confirms they’re concerned with the increased number of reported drone sightings nationwide. Hawaii News Now

Commentary: Legislature ethics too lax
“Following the rules” ordinarily equates to ethical behavior, except where the rules themselves set a ridiculously low standard. Star-Advertiser.

Super PAC’s attack reveals gaps in campaign finance law
Voters can’t find out who’s funding a new website with claims of domestic violence against a candidate for governor until after the primary election. Civil Beat.

Police union backing Hanabusa
State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers endorses Hanabusa for governor. Hawaii News Now.

Chinese tariffs target US pork, sparkling wine, fruit and Hawaii mac nuts
Two of the world’s biggest economies are on the brink of an all-out trade war. And Hawaii’s mac nuts could get stuck in the middle. Hawaii News Now

For rent: your local library
A bill that would rent out library land and facilities as a way to generate revenue is proceeding through the state Legislature as quietly as libraries themselves. West Hawaii Today

Visitor industry looks to attract high schoolers 
A visitor industry-supported workforce development program kicks off this week to encourage young people to pursue tourism careers, an important recruitment step at a time when the state’s visitor industry is vying to attract candidates amid record unemployment lows. Star-Advertiser.

Humpbacks are being seen in smaller numbers
The number of humpback whales seen in coastal waters fell once again during this weekend’s Sanctuary Ocean Count, continuing a trend this season and beyond. Star-Advertiser.

Hotel takes action to protect reefs
Aqua-Aston Hospitality’s statewide initiative steers tourists away from Oxybenzone, and does so in the most effective way possible: Giving away reef-safe sunscreen for free. KITV.

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts

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