UHHERO says Hawaii’s economy won’t show any improvement until the middle of 2021.
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|Significant 2021 Hawaiʻi economy rebound not in the forecast
Residents should not expect any meaningful broad recovery in the state economy until the middle of next year. That’s the dour conclusion of a new University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization assessment of where the state economy is headed and how quickly. In addition to the roughly nine-month wait for meaningful economic gains, UHERO said it’s most likely that the rebound — even with COVID-19 decently managed — will be sluggish, starting with a 1.2% gain next year. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Economists seek solid data to make predictions, saying it’s tough to help decision-makers guide economic recovery without consistent information from government and other sources. Civil Beat.
Businesses are dying, is government helping or hurting?
Many local businesses have cut back or closed, putting tens of thousands out of work. Hawaiʻi’s restaurant industry shed more than 40,000 jobs between February and April, declining from about 70,700 to 30,300, according to federal labor data published by the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization. Civil Beat.
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In a stunning reversal, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s board on Thursday refused to fire CEO Andy Robbins ― a week after chairman Toby Martyn claimed he actually had the votes to do so. Robbins’ fate with the problem-plagued rail authority, however, is still up in the air because his three-year contract expires at the end of the year. Hawaii News Now. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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|Federal virus relief funds to be used for 9 temporary health care providers at HMC
The state Department of Health on Thursday announced it will use $14 million of federal coronavirus relief funding to bring more than 200 additional nurses and other specialists to Hawaiʻi’s hospitals during the next four months. That funding will bring nine new health care providers to Hilo Medical Center. Tribune-Herald.
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|Mayor keen on more testing for trans-Pacific visitors
Maui County Mayor Michael Victorino would “prefer” trans-Pacific visitors take a second COVID-19 test upon arrival even after testing negative for the virus prior to making the trip to Maui County. Victorino said trans-Pacific visitors could stay at hotels and resorts and get a second test with results in 24-hours if possible. Experts have said that two tests done in a six-day window will show “more than likely if you have it,” he said. Maui News.
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