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Governor says “labor savings” are still needed

Hawaii Governor David Ige proposes $285 million in cuts to public employee costs and benefits over the next two years.

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Ige says ‘labor savings’ are still needed, proposes cuts to pay, benefits
The governor’s latest financial plan calls for $285 million in cuts to public employee costs over 2 years. Ige declined to say exactly what he has proposed during the ongoing negotiations with the public worker unions, but the Hawaii State Teachers Association notified its members this week the administration has proposed reductions in pay and benefits to save the state money. Civil Beat. KHON2. KITV4. Big Island Now. Big Island Video News.

Ige reduces budget cut for public schools
Instead of a 10% cut to the state Department of Education budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, Ige instead said he would propose a 2.5% reduction. West Hawaii Today.

State officials explain why Hawai‘i’s recovery plan will take 2 years
The governor’s economic development leaders say they want to carefully craft a plan that will hold up for the long term. But legislative leaders aren’t convinced. Civil Beat.

Bill would ban side gigs for Hawai‘i lieutenant governors
Last year, lawmakers passed a similar ban on outside employment for county mayors and the governor. HB 1075 cleared the House Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs Committee Tuesday afternoon and now awaits a vote by the full 51-member House. Civil Beat.

Bill seeks to lower blood-alcohol content to 0.05
A senate bill introduced by the Committee of Transportation seeks to lower the threshold for drunken driving from the legal limit for a blood-alcohol level of .08 to .05. This would put Hawai‘i as the second state to do so – after Utah did in 2018. KITV4.

Three fireworks bills clear committee
HB 508, passed by the House Consumer Protection Committee with amendments, would increase minimum fines for illegal use of fireworks from $500 to $1,000 and maximum fines from $2,000 to $4,000. Tribune-Herald. KHON2. KITV4.

Vaccinate 65 and older, Lt. Gov. Josh Green urges
Green is recommending Gov. David Ige make the policy change to speed up immunizations for the lower-priority group as the federal government considers approving a single-dose vaccine by Johnson & Johnson, which could ease vaccine shortages across the nation. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Bill would place historical markers at 9 sites to honor Barack Obama
State Sen. Stanley Chang is seeking once again to honor significant sites in the life of Hawai‘i-born President Barack Obama with historical markers. Honolulu Star-AdvertiserHawaii News Now.

20 for the Next 20: Danya Hakeem
Danya Hakeem takes a unique approach to her work: She’s always looking for ways to build bridges. “There’s no time to waste when it comes to stopping climate disaster and diversifying our economy and building a more equitable, just world… read more.
The Honolulu Police Commission is at a crossroads
Almost a year after national protests demanded increased accountability for police, Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi has an important decision to make: his first appointment to the Honolulu Police Commission. Civil Beat.

Bill proposes a casino in Waikīkī
House Bill 772, which has a hearing Wednesday, would grant a 10-year license for a single, stand-alone, members-only casino in Waikīkī, but not in a hotel. The bill would also establish a Hawai‘i gaming control commission, wagering taxes would be imposed on gross receipts, and there would be a state gaming fund and compulsive gambler program. Civil Beat.

Gov. Ige casts doubt on new Aloha Stadium with comments
Governor David Ige declared Tuesday at his press conference that he’d prefer the state put money into the upkeep of the current stadium. Opponents are concerned about the safety and economic viability of the current stadium, as well as the toll it could take on the economy. KHON2.

Mākaha Valley resort developer is headed for liquidation
A company that has been trying to turn Mākaha Valley into a resort with help from golf legend Tiger Woods has filed for bankruptcy. The filing by Canadian firm Pacific Links US Holdings Inc. and seven affiliates last week throws the ambitious $300 million project into further uncertainty following a failed 2019 effort to sell the Mākaha lands. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

New clinic ensures Pacific Islander community has access to COVID vaccine
The organization We Are Oceania teamed up with Kalihi-Palama Health Center to launch a COVID vaccination clinic at St. Elizabeth’s Church. Interest among the community surpassed anticipated demand. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.

Building Community Through Collaboration: G70 Civil Engineering

G70’s Civil Engineering division celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2021. A full-service practice that serves a wide variety of local clients in both public and private sectors, the Civil Engineering team has become Hawaii’s go-to for the most unique and challenging site development… read more.

Keck Observatory astronomers win prestigious science prize
A historic feat — successfully zeroing in on the precise location of a non-repeating fast radio burst — has earned the highest recognition from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. West Hawaii Today.
Last chance to register for the Small Business Summit

Tomorrow (2/11) we’ll bring together key business leaders, policymakers and local experts for actionable insights, workshops and discussions on the issues that matter most to Hawaiʻi’s small businesses. Ticket holders have access to all the content through May 11, 2021. Register today!
Maui’s vaccination clinics to begin first doses again
Maui Memorial Medical Center is set to begin this week and the state Department of Health site at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College will start next week. Maui News.

Maui County Council urging Legislature to legalize, regulate, tax cannabis
Council vice-chair Keani Rawlins-Fernandez announced Resolution 21-19 was adopted by a 9-0 vote on Friday, Feb. 5, citing states like Colorado have accumulated billions of dollars in tax revenue and seen an increase in job growth from legalization. KHON2.

Ho‘olehua Post Office reopens today
The facility had been temporarily closed since last Wednesday due to structural concerns. It was cleared for operational use after a thorough assessment by a structural engineer. Maui Now.

Proposal to scrap Kaua‘i’s two-test protocol for arriving travelers advances
The measure introduced by House Speaker Scott Saiki would prevent Kaua‘i from requiring the extra test. The bill would create a uniform and simplified travel policy for visitors and residents returning to Hawai‘i or flying between islands. Civil Beat. Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Garden IslandHawaii News Now.

Hanapēpē bridge closed until further notice
According to consultants, the closure is required pending repair to the bridge’s structural support system. Garden Island.

Destruction of Kaua‘i state park raises concerns from state, Native Hawaiians
Sand dunes at Kaua‘i’s Polihale State Park have been destroyed by vehicles, raising concern for safety, state officials said. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

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