Hawaii Island News, 23 Dec 2018.

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Comment:  Here are today’s top Hawaii Island News stories from the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald”, based in Hilo, Hawaii. Views expressed in this Hawaii news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

The Big Squeeze: An analysis of tax and fee increases island residents are expected to pay

An analysis: From water to sewer to garbage and vehicle registration, fees have increased lately. If they haven’t yet, they soon will, as some raises will usher in the new year. Taxes, too, have risen. From property to fuel to a general excise tax soon to hit most retail goods, taxes have steadily climbed over the last year. Little wonder residents across the island grumble about government picking their pocketbooks dry. This 2-day, 3-part series looks at the bevy of fee and tax hikes everyone is expected to pay.

NOAA releases regulations on water-based military training

KAILUA-KONA — A federal agency has put in place what it described as “the most protective authorizations to date” to regulate environmental impact stemming from water-based military training exercises, but opponents of those actions aren’t convinced.

HVNP open during federal shutdown

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains open today after parts of the federal government entered a shutdown due to a lapse of appropriations.

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Russ Roberts