Hawaii State News, afternoon edition, Wednesday, 04 April 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine” afternoon news summary, 04 April 2018.

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Here are the top Hawaii State news stories for Wednesday, 04 April 2018, from “Hawaii Business Magaine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Constitutional amendment seeks increased taxes for public schools
A plan to ask voters whether the state should create a dedicated funding stream for public schools by taxing investment homes and visitor accommodations is back in play after nearly a month of inaction in the House. Star-Advertiser.

Committee pushes HTA budget cut
The Senate Ways and Means Committee advanced a measure Tuesday to dramatically cut funding to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the state agency responsible for marketing Hawaii to the world. Star-Advertiser.

Tax computer update problems: Lawmakers seek answers
State senators are demanding an audit of the state Tax Department’s $60 million computer modernization project. The digital overhaul is meant to update Hawaii’s antiquated tax system, but has been plagued with turmoil and accusations of mismanagement. Hawaii News Now. Star-Advertiser.

Mandatory or unconstitutional? House debates bill that would tax online sales
The House amended a bill Tuesday whose topic of taxing online sales continues to be a big issue at the Capitol – and may even lead to lawsuits from internet companies. Hawaii News Now.

Senate guts police officer standards bill 
For the fifth year in a row, lawmakers may choose not to put Hawaii on par with the rest of the nation when it comes to having minimum standards for law enforcement officers. Civil Beat first reported in 2013 that Hawaii is the only state without a police standards and training board. Civil Beat.

Panel supports bill to help Hawaiians keep ancestral land
The bill was introduced after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in late 2016 filed lawsuits to identify owners of 14 parcels interspersed within a 700-acre oceanfront estate he owns on Kauai Island. Associated Press.

New push underway to test all students for mental health disorders
Mental health advocates are pushing schools to screen every student for mental health issues. Hawaii News Now.

Gabbard, Hanabusa introduce civil defense bill 
Hawaii Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen civil defense preparedness in Hawaii and across the country. Garden Island.

Little agreement over Toxoplasmosis solution
Toxoplasmosis is a parasite-borne infection that can wreak havoc on wildlife, humans with compromised immune systems, and pregnant women. The debate of what to do largely boils down to one question: should feral cats be eradicated? Hawaii Public Radio.

Protecting highways from climate change could carry a $15B price tag
As the state braces for sea level rise, vulnerable roads could be moved inland – and tunneled through mountains. Civil Beat.

Are there downsides to low unemployment?
In Hawaii, which has the United States’ lowest jobless rate at a minuscule 2.1%, the answer is yes. Associated Press.

Bankruptcies increased in March
Statewide bankruptcies rose for the second time in three months in March, up 10.5% despite continuing signs that the economy remains on strong footing. Star-Advertiser.

A&B finishes mainland real estate sell-off
Alexander & Baldwin Inc. announced Tuesday that it sold its last commercial property on the mainland. Star-Advertiser.

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Russ Roberts

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