Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hawaii Gov. Abercrombie delays budget, pumps up employees benefits, Obama's $1.5M vacation spurs Hawaii brand, Aloha Airlines name sold, Maui council ready, Big Island waste-to-energy plant controversial, Kauai plastic bag ban coming, more news

Hawaii tax revenues have dropped 5.5 percent so far during this fiscal year over last year. Associated Press.

Lawmakers will have to deal with a huge budget shortfall when the new session starts in two weeks. They just learned that it may take until March to get the governor's full plan on dealing with the deficit. Hawaii News Now.

A delay in the state budget is worrying lawmakers as a looming deficit still needs to be closed. KHON2.

The Abercrombie administration might not send the Legislature its plan for closing the state's budget deficit until as late as March, the interim state budget director said yesterday, acknowledging that the timetable is later than normal and asking state lawmakers for patience. Star-Advertiser.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expected to ask for more than $100 million in emergency funds, including money to run his office. KITV4.

Neil Abercrombie repeatedly said his administration would be ready from day one to tackle Hawaii's myriad problems, yet — for the second time in as many weeks — his administration is asking for more time when it comes to submitting a state budget. Civil Beat.

Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie is increasing health insurance payments to Hawaii government employees, a move expected to cost the cash-strapped state $18 million over four months. Associated Press.

The state has more than $1 billion in investments that have been frozen and state taxpayers won't get that money back for five years. KITV4.

A visit by President Barack Obama can be a huge boost to business. KITV4.

Mufi Hannemann on media exposure and tourism. Hawaii News Now.

A Hawaiian holiday doesn't come cheap not even if you're the President. At least one report tallies the Obama's vacation at almost $1.5 million dollars with taxpayers footing much of the bill. Hawaii News Now.

President Barack Obama and family have returned to Washington, but his next visit to Hawaii may be sooner than the end-of-the-year holiday season. Associated Press.

President Barack Obama has signed legislation that sets federal rules on the lucrative trade in shark fins nationally, especially off the West Coast. Associated Press.

Aloha Airlines' name has been sold, but go! Mokulele won't be able to use it.Star-Advertiser.

A Delta flight en route to Hawaii was forced to return to Los Angeles International Airport after the pilot reported a problem with the plane's hydraulic system. Associated Press.

Kauai plastic bag law to take effect Jan. 11. KHON2.

A power loss at a Navy-operated waste treatment plant has led to the discharge of 110,000 gallons of treated but undisinfected effluent into the waters near the entrance of Pearl Harbor. Associated Press.

There may have been more fireworks in the sky for New Years, but many Oahu residents were pleased that the smoke cleared quickly. KHON2.

Concerns Raised by Waste to Energy Plant on Big Island. Hawaii Public Radio.

The County Council Finance Committee voted 5-3 Monday night, with one abstention, against the sale of a narrow, unpaved county road near South Point to adjacent property owners. Tribune-Herald.

County Council members got the ball moving on a new public park in Puna's Hawaiian Paradise Park. Tribune-Herald.

Maui County Council members were sworn in to office Monday in a ceremony that focused on optimism and a fresh start. Maui News.

Maui County Council members formalized their organization for the 2011-12 term Monday, electing Council Member Danny Mateo to continue as chairman and picking Council Member Joe Pontanilla for the post of vice chairman. Maui News.

It's hard to pick just one thing to get excited about at Ewa Makai Middle School, Hawaii's newest, most energy-efficient and state-of-the-art public school campus. Star-Advertiser.

While many of us are trying to survive a recession that’s supposed to be over, a grassroots community organizer and university lecturer is coordinating the United States delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. Hawaii Independent.

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