State legislators to move COVID-19 funds beyond the governor’s reach.
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|Lawmakers try to move COVID-19 relief money out of Ige’s reach
Simmering frustration between Gov. David Ige and the state Legislature approached the boiling point Thursday as lawmakers voted to move more than $1.3 billion into the state’s “rainy day” budget reserve fund — where lawmakers would control it — and the Senate authorized a committee to issue subpoenas to pry information loose from the administration. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.
Ige’s top economic development official accuses senators of harassment
Accusing senators of creating a hostile environment for him and his staff, Mike McCartney, director of the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism on Thursday refused to answer questions before a joint Senate panel seeking information about the administration’s plan to rebound economically from the COVID-19 crisis. McCartney also declined to have staff testify before the committee. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. KITV4.
Hawaiʻi lawmakers recess after addressing budget shortfall, plan to return in June
Lawmakers on Thursday recessed after passing multiple funding bills designed to cope with the shock of the coronavirus pandemic that has hammered the state’s tourism-dependent economy. House and Senate leaders said they expected to reconvene around June 15 to continue their work. Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat.
Hawaiʻi’s economic situation is so dire that state government could run out of operating funds by June 2021 if lawmakers and officials don’t find a way to slash expenses and increase tax collections. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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|Churches, restaurants prepare to reopen under social distancing guidelines
Oʻahu churches will be able to resume in-person services with restrictions on Saturday under a new emergency order signed by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. Restaurants will be allowed to reopen for indoor dining on June 5. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat. KITV4.
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