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|State agencies in an uproar as budget eliminates hundreds of positions
The budget that passed last week in the House used federal stimulus funds to plug a massive hole, but it wasn’t enough. So House leaders eliminated 800 government positions classified as vacant and tapped $150 million in unspent special funds. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Lawmakers advance capital gains tax increase
A proposal to jack up the top rates for state capital gains taxes on businesses and wealthier individuals cleared an important hurdle Monday by winning unanimous approval in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Civil Beat.
Labor director asks lawmakers for millions to expand unemployment services
“What about us?”: Retailers struggle to find their way through the pandemic
Hawai‘i’s private schools see enrollment drop more than 20% for preschoolers
With Love’s Bakery closure a day away, its brand will live on
Lt. Gov. Josh Green warns of surge if people let down their guard
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Medium Companies That Made This Year’s Best Places to Work List
All of these companies face two tests: a confidential survey of their employees, which accounts for 75% of each company’s score, and an extensive questionnaire on company benefits and policies. Today we release the list of medium companies that made the Best Places to Work in Hawaiʻi list. Click here to view the list!
|Honolulu to receive half of its $365 million federal funds by early May
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said that the city can use the funds from the new stimulus package to make up for lost tax revenue, which last year’s CARES Act did not allow for. Honolulu Star-Advertiser.Lawmakers want new group to determine future of OHA Kaka‘ako Makai
But the Office of Hawaiian Affairs says it does not plan to cooperate with the group if two resolutions pass the Legislature. Sylvia Hussey, OHA’s CEO, told lawmakers on Monday that participating in discussions would only set OHA back since the 2012 deal should have settled the land claims. Civil Beat.
Turtle Bay Resort to reopen July 1
$1,000 a day to rent a car? Low supply, surging demand are pushing up prices
UH to reopen campus next fall with more classes offered in-person
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|Nā Leo TV president to be placed on leave following federal plea deal
Stacy Higa, CEO and president of the public-access cable TV nonprofit, was placed on leave after a former associate alleged in federal court that he and Higa were involved in a scheme to fraudulently funnel federal coronavirus relief funds to the nonprofit. Tribune-Herald.Nishimoto leaves Department of Public Works
Just four months into his four-year term, Mayor Mitch Roth has lost his first top official, with Merrick Nishimoto leaving his position as deputy director. West Hawaii Today.
Hawai‘i County considers changes to post-travel testing program
East Hawai‘i a “hot spot” for new virus cases
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|$11M in economic relief coming to 5 airports in Maui County
The Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation Airports Division received authorization for $11,098,912 to be distributed to five county airports. Maui Now.Mokulele Airlines completes Maui terminal renovation
A blessing was held to mark the completion of a long-awaited facelift of its Kahului Commuter Terminal on Maui. Maui Now.
Visitors to Maui hit post-pandemic high in February
|Kaua‘i County expands vaccine eligibility to residents 16 and up
The expansion is a major step forward as the county prepares to rejoin the Safe Travels program for trans-Pacific visitors. Hawaii News Now. KITV4.The county is behind on landfill closing costs
The estimated closing costs are about $26.2 million but the county only has $15.4 million saved, according to the acting head of the Solid Waste Management Division. Garden Island.
Former educator arrested for child exploitation is scheduled for hearings in April
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