Comment: Here are today’s top Hawaii State news stories from “Hawaii Business Magazine”, published in Honolulu, Hawaii. Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.
TOP STORIES Ige, Tupola discuss how to fund Hawaii’s public schools
Governor Ige believes since Hawaii is the only public school system in the country that doesn’t get money from property taxes, it’s a conversation that needs to continue. Republican challenger, Representative Andria Tupola, thinks the DOE’s $2 billion budget might need to be cut from the top to provide more at the school level. Hawaii News Now.
With ConAm invalidated, supporters and opponents ponder next moves
If there was one shared sentiment Monday following the Hawaii Supreme Court’s Friday decision to invalidate a proposed constitutional amendment to impose a state tax on investment property for public education, it was disappointment. If Hawaii is going to spend more on public education, it’s unclear where the money will come from. Civil Beat.Hawaii Public Radio.Hawaii News Now.KHON2.
Hawaii teachers’ salaries will not afford a home in the aloha state, study says
Hawaii has found itself ranked as the worst state for teachers. Teachers in Hawaii earn the lowest average starting salary and lowest average salary. In order to make that assessment, JustAddTutor.com mapped the average teacher’s salary vs. the salary required to buy a home.Maui Now.
Ige, Caldwell urge bargaining as hotel worker’s strike hits 15 days
Unite Here Local 5, which represents 2,700 striking hotel workers in Hawaii, and Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts will return to the bargaining table Friday and Saturday. The strike, which is now into its 15th day, began Oct. 8 when negotiations between Local 5 and Kyo-ya, reached an impasse. Star-Advertiser.KHON.Hawaii Public Radio.
Gun crimes are on the rise, but still below historic levels
The number of violent crimes committed in Hawaii by suspects with firearms increased by 24 percent from 283 in 2014 to 351 in 2017. Early fall has brought a rash of shootings and conflicts that can make it seem as if Hawaii is in an unprecedented crime wave involving guns. Not so, according to Paul Perrone, research chief for the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General.Civil Beat.
Hurricane Walaka wipes out remote Hawaiian island
Using satellite imagery, federal scientists confirmed Monday that East Island, a critical habitat for endangered Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles, was almost entirely washed away earlier this month. Civil Beat.
Hearing underway for OHA trustee
The State Ethics Commission began a contested case hearing on allegations of improper gifts and spending by OHA Trustee Rowena Akana. She is accused of using her trustee allowance to pay personal expenses. Hawaii News Now.Civil Beat.
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