Hawaii State News, evening edition, Wednesday, 25 April 2018

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Today’s top Hawaii news stories come from the 25 April 2018 edition of “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Views expressed in this news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

Lawmakers commit $200M to affordable housing fund
State lawmakers Tuesday tentatively agreed on a bill to deposit $200 million into the state Rental Housing Revolving Fund – the biggest single cash contribution ever for the fund – and to dramatically expand an excise tax exemption for construction of affordable rental housing to help cope with the severe housing shortage. Star-Advertiser.

Scale tipping toward President in travel ban case
President Donald Trump appears likely to win his Trump. v. Hawaii travel ban case at the Supreme Court. Associated Press.

Electricity Ratepayer Protection Act signed into law
The Hawaii Ratepayer Protection Act will require the Public Utilities Commission, to develop incentives for local electric companies to modernize and manage costs.  Governor David Ige signed the measure into law, and said, performance-based rates will allow utilities to earn profits when they provide cheaper, cleaner energy. Hawaii Public Radio.

Ige dedicates day to imperiled ohia
In an effort to recognize the significance and precariousness of the state’s most abundant native tree, Gov. David Ige has proclaimed today Ohia Lehua Day in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.

Governor reminds voters of his roots
Ige emphasizes education and working families in his first re-election television commercial. Civil Beat.

Hawaii hotels most expensive in nation
On average, visitors paid almost $293 to stay in a Hawaii hotel during the first quarter, the highest rate in the nation, according to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report released Tuesday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Star-Advertiser.

Hawaiian Airlines posts record revenues but expenses hurt earnings
Hawaiian Airlines generated more revenue and carried more passengers during any first quarter ever for the company despite increased competition and delivery delays on the carrier’s new aircraft. Star-Advertiser.

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