Hawaii State News, evening edition, 03 October 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 03 October 2018.

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Comment:  Here are today’s top Hawaii State news from “Hawaii Business News” published in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

On citizen initiatives, courts – not voters – often have the last word
The courts, not the city of Honolulu or its voters, made one of the most important decisions launching Honolulu’s multi-billion dollar rail project. Stop Rail Now, a group that fought rail development in 2008, argued that they collected enough petition signatures for a ballot initiative that would allow Oahu’s registered voters to decide on an ordinance prohibiting development of the rail transit system. Hawaii courts blocked the proposed ordinance from the ballot. Civil Beat.

Parties going all in on battle over property tax for education amendment
The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii donated $600,000 Monday to a political action committee formed to encourage residents to vote “no” on a ballot measure in the general election that asks whether the state should be empowered to levy property taxes in support of public education. Star-Advertiser. KITV.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers airfare deal to bring travelers back to isles
NCL’s new “Free At Sea” offer, which begins Thursday will provide passengers with free or reduced airfare from 37 airports nationwide as well as from Vancouver, Canada. NCL’s Pride of America, which is the only U.S. flagged ship offering an interisland itinerary, brings roughly 111,000 travelers and adds close to $436 million to the state’s economy annually. Star-Advertiser. Tribune-Herald. KHON2.

Statewide drive-thru voter registrations to be held
Individuals may visit any of the following locations where election officials will be on hand to assist voters in registering from the convenience of their vehicle. Voters who have moved or changed their name since the last election will need to update their registration. KHON2.

Debate continues over whether psychologists should be able to prescribe meds
For people in Hawaii with mental illness, the road to treatment is filled with roadblocks. Perhaps the biggest challenge is securing a timely appointment with a psychiatrist who can diagnose mental illness and prescribe medication. A statewide psychiatrist shortage means many patients must wait up to several months. Lawmakers have confronted this question for decades. Proponents say it could boost access to treatment, while opponents warn of opening up patients to subpar care. Civil Beat.”

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Until next time,

Russ Roberts