Friday, April 23, 2010

State budget pau, Neighbor Islands income gap widens, congressional race a national fight, Thirty Meter telescope advances, more Hawaii news

With last-minute negotiations still under way, House and Senate leaders say they have finished a budget that is about the same size as the one proposed by Gov. Linda Lingle in December.

State House and Senate leaders reached agreement last night on a $10.2 billion state budget, but they will not decide until today whether they need to take hotel room tax revenue from the counties to close the deficit and balance the state's six-year financial plan.

State lawmakers approved $48 million for the long-awaited University of Hawaii West Oahu campus in Kapolei. The budget committee voted on the state’s construction budget late last night.

The DOH announced Thursday that 10 people on Oahu recently became ill after eating raw ahi.

As the state struggles with agonizing school furloughs and a widely criticized power structure, a man who wants to be Hawaii's next governor says he has a plan to make things better.

National Democrats took another swipe at Charles Djou while Djou took aim at Colleen Hanabusa and Ed Case's wife made an appeal for funds as the major candidates for the special election for Congress head into the final week before ballots are mailed to voters next Friday.

The personal income disparity between Honolulu and the Neighbor Islands grew in 2008, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Hoteliers turned out Wednesday to beg Maui County officials not to impose a property tax rate increase on them, saying it would be so burdensome it could lead to more layoffs at resorts that are already in the red.

Gov. Linda Lingle said that state legislators are so overwhelmed by budget issues that they have lost sight of the need to create jobs.

The final environmental impact statement for the Thirty Meter Telescope cleared another hurdle.

The governor has yet to select one of two names submitted as candidates for East Hawaii's spot on the University of Hawaii Board of Regents.

Two people died Wednesday morning when the microlight aircraft they were flying in crashed into Kealakekua Bay.

An agreement signed Wednesday morning by Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr. on behalf of the county and Kevin Showe of Kaua‘i Development LLC conveyed 138 acres of oceanfront property adjacent to Lihu‘e Airport from Kaua‘i Development LLC to the County of Kaua‘i.

Two Radford High School teachers accused of soliciting a prostitute pleaded no contest Thursday, and will likely avoid being officially convicted.

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