Friday, April 1, 2011

Hawaii profits from gas hikes, Army assures helicopter training won't harm Mauna Kea, Maui mayor cutting workforce, Hawaii Five-0 honored, House committee kills ethics changes, more news

The Tax Foundation reports Hawai‘i is one of nine U.S. states that siphons off more tax revenue when gas prices rise. Garden Island.

The Hawaii State Legislature Thursday honored CBS and Hawaii Five-O Thursday for engaging a new era of viewers and showcasing the beauty of the islands as never seen before. Hawaii News Now.

House Republicans have come out with their own budget plan that they say won't rely on new taxes in the biennium. KHON2.

A much-discussed measure that would have eased ethical restrictions on state legislators and employees appears dead after being deferred today by a House committee. Hawaii Reporter.

A state senate committee has approved a resolution that would reopen a correctional facility at Kulani on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii News Now.

The state Health Department is investigating 12 new cases of suspected dengue fever since a medical alert for the mosquito-borne viral illness was issued last week. Star-Advertiser.

A Senate bill banning the use of restraints on pregnant inmates during childbirth has cleared two key House committees. Star-Advertiser.

Army officials readily accepted fault for community concerns and misconceptions surrounding a plan to increase helicopter training exercises from Pohakuloa Training Area to landing zones on Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. West Hawaii Today.

Honolulu City Council Plans "Significant Cuts" to Mayor's Budget . Civil Beat.

To help gain control of the county's pension liabilities, Mayor Alan Arakawa hopes to reduce the number of county employees through attrition by about 7 percent by the end of his first year in office. Maui News.

Mayor Alan Arakawa said Wednesday that the county could eventually trim as many as 150 employees per year from the county work force through attrition. Maui News.

Time-share industry leaders turned out Wednesday to protest a proposal that would increase their property tax rates.Maui News.

Chalk up DARE, the drug abuse prevention program that sends officers into schools, as another casualty of the tough fiscal times. Star-Advertiser.

The county really needs the money, but it's so far been able to recoup only $370,000 of more than $1.4 million seriously past due from garbage haulers. West Hawaii Today.

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, now the president of the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association, joins us now to talk about Japan Airlines cutting back flights and other tourism issues. Hawaii News Now.

Hawaiian Airlines said it is not reducing flights to Japan even though other airlines have done so after this month's magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunamis. Associated Press.

Matson Navigation Co. on Thursday announced a new fuel surcharge hike, the third since February. KITV4.

One of Hawaii’s last venerable Big Five companies, Alexander & Baldwin Inc., could be under pressure to break itself up. Star-Advertiser.

More than seven out of every 10 Hawaii hotel rooms were full during the week ending March 26, and average room rates were higher compared to a year ago except on the Big Island, according to Smith Travel Research and Hospitality Advisors. Pacific Business News

HECO said it would start pouring locally grown biofuels in its generators in a few years. It signed a contract with a company for 300 million gallons of biofuel. Hawaii Public Radio.

A Kilauea teacher fears vegetables she grows with her homeschool group could be laden with arsenic and dioxin left over from pesticides mixed at the former Kilauea Sugar Mill. Garden Island.

April is Tsunami Awareness Month in Hawaii. Associated Press.