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Accessed on 26 December 2018, 2136 UTC, Post 18172.
“Hawaii Business Magazine”, 26 December 2018, published in Honolulu, Hawaii.
TOP STORIES Amid already hot housing market, foreign investment in properties soars
A Hawaii News Now analysis of real estate records shows that foreign investors purchased about $1 billion in residential properties in both 2016 and 2017. And for the first nine months of this year, they’ve acquired about $841 million worth of properties. That’s up sharply from the $500 million to $600 million a year seen from 2008 to 2015. Hawaii News Now.
DOE to roll out database to track school repair backlog
The state Department of Education plans to launch the database early next year to show when money is appropriated for projects, when it is allocated, when contracts are awarded and how much of the contract has been paid. Hawaii schools have about 3,800 pending projects that are broken down into 11 categories. Roofing projects make up the biggest category at $196 million followed by grounds projects at $185 million. Associated Press.
Medicaid dollars will help homeless find housing
Homeless people in Hawaii who are enrolled in Med-QUEST, the state’s Medicaid program, will have access to housing support services starting Jan. 1. Medicaid dollars can’t pay for rent, but under a waiver granted to the state by the federal government in October, Med-QUEST plans will cover the cost for caseworkers who do the legwork of getting people into housing and keeping them housed. Civil Beat.
Case wants to bring change to Washington
As Ed Case prepares to be sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives in January, he’s been hiring key staff and gearing up for what he hopes will be major reforms in Congress. His class of 60 newly elected Democratic members of the House make up more than one-fourth of the Democratic caucus and represent the largest Democratic gains in the House since Watergate.Star-Advertiser.
Ige updates carnival rules
Circus and carnivals in Hawaii can’t bring lions, tigers or bears in for the show thanks to updated state rules signed by Gov. David Ige, and the head of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture says it’s been a long time coming. Garden Island.
Economic indicators remain strong
According to an annual financial report released last week by the Department of Accounting and General Services, the state’s economy saw continued job growth, increasing wages and tax revenues that exceeded government projections for 2018. Garden Island.
Images of 2018: A year of alarms, elections, lava and a notable passing
The mother of all false alerts preceded very real disasters that flooded Kauai with rainwater and the Big Island with lava. Then came the threat of Hurricane Lane. Civil Beat.
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