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Governor vetoes extra unemployment insurance for those out of work.

Governor David Ige vetoes additional unemployment insurance for Hawaii residents out of work, hoping Congress will act and cover the costs.

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Hawaiʻi’s Top Leadership Conference Helps Point the Way Forward
Hawaii Business Magazine’s 7th annual Leadership Conference was held virtually from July 28 to 30 and attracted over 1,000 attendees from around the islands, the Mainland, Guam and New Zealand. Over the course of 15 sessions, sixty-five different speakers covered a range of topics that were timely and useful. It truly was the leadership conference you would expect, in unexpected times. Here are four takeaways from the three-day event. Hawaii Business Magazine.
Gov. Ige vetoes additional unemployment insurance, hoping Congress acts
Gov. David Ige vetoed a spending plan that would have added $100 in state weekly unemployment benefits in the era of COVID-19, hoping that an embattled Congress will continue supplementing state benefits at something close to the current, weekly level of $600 in additional federal aid. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Tribune Herald. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Garden Island. KITV4.
State and local governments received $150 billion through a federal coronavirus relief program, but a new report shows they have yet to spend much of the money. Civil Beat.Visitor arrivals in June down 98% from 2019
The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority reported Thursday that 17,068 visitors came to Hawaiʻi in June, a 98.2% decrease from June 2019, when there were 951,628 visitors. In June 2019, visitors spent about $1.64 billion. The HTA is no longer tracking visitor spending, which is thought to have nearly zeroed out due to declines in travel. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.
Nearly twice as many visitors arrived in the state in June than in May of 2020. Tribune-Herald.

Revenue council forecasts an income drop for residents as tourism shutdown continues
More businesses will close in the weeks ahead unless tourism resumes soon, financial forecasters say. Total personal income for Hawaiʻi residents will decline by 7% this calendar year and will remain flat in 2021 because of more anticipated fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and the tourism shutdown, according to the state Council on Revenues which projects overall income data and tax collections for the state. Civil Beat.

State looking to speed up Pandemic Unemployment Assistance process
The Department of Labor and Industrial Relations said it will be making an announcement soon on a solution that will speed up the process for many. To stop more money from going out to the wrong people, the state started a new verification process. KHON2.

Some businesses hiring in large numbers
On Thursday, CVS Health announced an effort to hire 300 to 550 workers at its Longs Drugs stores statewide. That call was followed by the local fast-food franchisee of Popeyes saying it needs more than 100 new employees. Emy Yamauchi-Wong, a manager at employment services firm Altres, said certain job sectors — the medical industry, insurance, construction and others — have growing staff needs. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii Board of Education approves delay to new school year
The BOE approved pushing back the date students start the new school year to Aug. 17. Students were originally supposed to start the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday. But a strong push by unions led by the Hawaii State Teachers Association demanded more online training for teachers and more robust health and safety guidelines before 179,000 public school students go back to class. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KITV4. Tribune-Herald. Big Island Now. Garden Island. Maui Now.

Labor unions are spending heavily in lead up to elections
Special interest groups and unions representing police, plumbers, teachers, carpenters and other workers have pumped more than $1.4 million into Hawaiʻi campaigns this year. That accounts for about a quarter of the more than $4 million in total campaign donations that have gone to the hundreds of candidates running for election. Civil Beat.

Can Hawaiʻi continue to avoid large outbreaks at care homes?
Owners of small care homes say existing guidance is confusing, resources are scarce and they are not trained to deal with outbreaks of this nature. Civil Beat.

Yes, We’re Open: Three New Restaurants 
The latest in a series of profiles of new small businesses in Hawai‘i that have launched since the pandemic shutdown… read more
Three-week closure of Oʻahu bars announced
In the first major rollback of Oʻahu’s effort to reopen the economy, Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced the island’s bars will be shuttered again starting today. The order comes after several establishments were shut down for failing to follow safety standards and two bars were both associated with COVID-19 clusters, according to the state Department of Health.  Civil Beat.
For owners of taprooms that also serve food, it could become confusing to know how exactly the mandate applies to them. KHON2.Isle voter turnout surging in first-ever all-mail election
The number of primary election ballots collected by the Honolulu Elections Division to date is eclipsing the number of absentee votes cast in the 2016 primary election — with 10 days to spare before the official Aug. 8 Election Day. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

As Kalihi coronavirus clusters form, so do longer lines at testing centers
As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases increase on Oʻahu, Kalihi has been identified as one of the areas where clusters are popping up ― and on Thursday at the Kalihi Kai Urgent Care, there was a crowd of people outside waiting to get tested. Hawaii News Now.

Two Honolulu firefighters test positive for COVID-19
Everyone who works at the Hawaiʻi Kai fire station has been ordered to quarantine for two weeks. Civil Beat.

Interview: Steven J. Teruya, Finance Factors

“We conducted an email survey of those employees working from home. To our surprise, many employees were “very satisfied” with working from home and just a handful found it difficult and “unsatisfied.” The latter were the employees we focused on bringing back to the office beginning June 1,” says Teruya… read more.

California university might review support for TMT project
The planned Thirty Meter Telescope landed on the meeting agenda of the University of California Board of Regents on Thursday as invited Native Hawaiian speakers on both sides of the hot topic argued their cases before a key TMT partner institution. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Big Island Video News.Kona land purchased for preservation
The purchased lands, 4 oceanfront parcels totaling 12.6 acres on the makai side of Aliʻi Drive, will preserve numerous pre-historic and historic cultural sites and structures on the property, including a burial complex and the Kauakaiakaola Heiau. Big Island Video News. West Hawaii Today.

New vendor taking animal control contract
Starting Saturday, Hawaii Rainbow Rangers — a branch of Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary — will be taking over the animal control responsibilities previously conducted by the Hawaii Island Humane Society. West Hawaii Today.

Tech Entrepreneur Says Shift to Remote Work Offers Opportunity for Hawai‘i

Because of the pandemic, Richard Matsui, the founder and CEO of kWh Analytics, joined the growing number of tech companies in San Francisco who are telecommuting indefinitely and normalizing the remote workforce… read more.
New rules limit social gatherings to 10 people Maui Mayor Michael Victorino announced updated Public Health Emergency Rules that limit indoor and outdoor social gatherings to no more than 10 people, beginning today. Maui Now. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Planning commission, advisory committee chairs face conflict allegations
The Maui Planning Commission began its review of the draft West Maui Community Plan on Tuesday night amid questions about possible separate conflict of interest claims involving the heads of the commission and the West Maui Community Plan Advisory Committee. Maui News.

Workweek hearing continues
The case wades into whether the county willfully and intentionally violated collective-bargaining laws in Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, Chapter 89, by modifying employee work conditions and failing to work toward a mutual-consent agreement before switching to a four-day, 10-hour workweek. Garden Island.Community asks to clean up Polihale
Some community members on Kaua‘i are hoping they’ll be allowed to help clean up Polihale State Park, but the state Department of Land and Natural Resources is asking people to hold off on entering the park so that the place can rest. Garden Island.

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