Hawaii State News, 01 Nov 2018

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“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 01 November 2018.

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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.

Mark Fukunaga named Hawaii Business’ CEO of the Year
Mark Fukunaga is chairman and CEO of Servco Pacific Inc. and CEO of Servco Pacific Capital. Under Fukunaga’s leadership, Servco Pacific Inc. has grown into the state’s largest privately owned company, employing more than 2,000 people and is heading into 2019 with anticipated revenues of $2 billion. Fukunaga will be profiled in the December issue of the magazine and headlines a breakfast event Dec. 6 with the CEOs of Matson and Foodland. Hawaii Business.

Ships vying for fuel oil expected to boost Hawaii electric bills
Hawaii could see electric bills jump by as much as 20 percent in just two years thanks to new regulations on fuel use in oceangoing ships. The state depends on mostly low-sulfur fuel oil for about 70 percent of its power. In 2020 demand for that fuel is expected to surge due to maritime rules that require ships worldwide to lower the amount of sulfur in their fuel. Bloomberg News Service.

Legal options limited as TMT opponents consider the road ahead
Opponents of the Thirty Meter Telescope say they plan to meet Monday to discuss their legal options in the wake of Tuesday’s Hawaii Supreme Court ruling that gives the green light for construction of the $1.4 billion project.
But options are limited and the outlook for reversal is highly improbable, according to attorneys who have been following the case closely. Star-Advertiser.

State Supreme Court rules those who solicit prostitutes can wipe record
Under current state law, prostitutes and those who solicit prostitutes are punished differently. Those who receive money for sex can get the charge cleared from their record and it’s called a deferral. But those who pay money for sex, often referred to as “Johns” can’t. The ruling from the Hawaii Supreme Court says that is not fair and “Johns” should be able clear their records too.Hawaii News Now.

Ballot issues draw $2.7M in campaign spending
Teachers, bankers, attorneys, developers and others unintentionally flushed more than $2 million down the drain in their battle over a proposed constitutional amendment to raise taxes on investment properties to fund public education. The Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the ballot issue Oct. 19, rendering meaningless all the money spent trying to sway voters. Civil Beat.

Hawaii’s reported rate of teen bullying on par with U.S. average
Hawaii high school students reported fewer physical fights but more suicide attempts than their U.S. peers, while bullying rates approached the national average, according to data to be presented to the school board today. Star-Advertiser.

UH wants $40 million to help students lower tuition costs
Providing more direct financial support to students will be the highest budget priority for the University of Hawaii heading into the 2019 legislative session. A draft budget proposal from the university includes nearly $40 million over the next two fiscal years to expand the Hawaii Promise program to UH’s four-year campuses at Manoa, Hilo and West Oahu. The scholarship program covers the unmet financial need of students who have exhausted other scholarship and federal grant money. Civil Beat.

HMSA to switch about 3,000 customers on older plans to Obamacare
Hawaii Medical Service Association is notifying some members currently enrolled in older health plans that they will be moved to coverage compliant with the federal Affordable Care Act as of Jan. 1. Star-Advertiser. 

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Russ Roberts