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Newsletter, Free Workshop, and Credit Protection


Hawaii News Digest, 29 September 2017, 0615 UTC, Post #15676.

Source:

Personal mailing from Hawaii Island State Representative Mark Nakashima, dated 28 September 2017, 4:45 p.m.

Accessed on 29 September 2017, 0615 UTC.

Comment:

Hawaii Island State Representative Mark Nakashima has scheduled two public meetings on Hawaii Island to discuss a variety of issues passed by the Hawaii State Legislature.

Here is the text of the message sent by Lori Hasegawa from Mark Nakashima’s office:

“September 28, 2017

 

Aloha!

 

Representative Nakashima would like to share with you the attached information regarding the results of the recent special session on rail, news about a free workshop, tips on how to protect your credit, along with his attached September Newsletter.

 

The workshop will explain why it is important to decide what kind of care you want if you become unable to speak for yourself. By creating an advance health care directive, you will have a written statement about your wishes for your medical care so your family and friends will not have to guess.

 

Advanced Health Care Directive Workshop

Hilo Coast United Church of Christ in Honomu

28-1630 Old Mamalahoa Highway, Honomu

Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 – 11:30 am.

Saturday, October 28, 2107 at 10:00

 

A Community First team will help you fill out these important documents. Two weeks later, they will review and help you legalize the final copy for you to take home. Even if you already have a directive, it is good to review and perhaps update the one you have. Community First, Hospice of Hilo and the Hilo Coast United Church of Christ sponsor the workshop.  For more information, please contact Katherine Rycraft at (808) 895-4165 or email krycraft@yahoo.com

 

Also, the state is urging consumers to take advantage of one-year free credit monitoring in wake of the Equifax security breach.  Please read the attached flyer for details to obtain your free credit monitoring. You will need to enroll at www.equifaxsecurity2017.com by November 21, 2017.

 

Should you wish to be removed from this list, please reply to this email with the subject “please remove”

 

Mahalo,

 

Lori Hasegawa

House District 1

Representative Mark M. Nakashima

Tel: (808) 586-6680

Hawaii Island toll free:  974-4000 ext 6-6680

email: l.hasegawa@capitol.hawaii.gov”

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Russ Roberts

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Senate committee votes 6-5 to approve rail bailout bill


Hawaii News Digest, 29August 2017, 1420 hrs, UTC, Post #15507.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/08/28/breaking-news/legislature-opens-in-special-session-will-debate-rail-bailout-at-3-p-m/

Reporter:  Nanea Kalani.

Accessed on 29 August 2017, 1420 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

The Hawaii state Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 6-5 to pass out Senate Bill 4 unamended to bailout Honolulu’s “financially troubled” rail project.  Senate Bill 4 would cover the $2.37 million needed to resolve the project’s budget deficit by raising the statewide hotel room tax by 1 percent for 13 years and extending the half-percent general excise tax on Oahu for another three years.

“Honolulu Star-Advertiser” reporter Nanea Kalani says the rail debt is large:

“The partially built rail project is hugely over budget, with the estimated cost ballooning from $5.26 billion in late 2014 to nearly $10 billion, including financing costs.”

“City officials now say the project is facing a $3 billion shortfall to complete. The city has to show the Federal Transit Administration by Sept. 15 how it plans to raise the money to cover the budget gap.”

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Mayor Caldwell says state lawmakers’ rail-funding plans falls short


Hawaii News Digest, 25 August 2017, 06:05 hrs, UTC, Post #15477.

Source:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/08/24/breaking-news/caldwell-says-state-lawmakerss-rail-funding-plan-falls-short

Reporter:  Keith Dayton.

Accessed on 25 August 2017, 06:05 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Despite a pledge of $2.37 billion from the Hawaii State Legislature to cover Honolulu’s financially stressed rail project, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell warns that the new support package “is still not sufficient” to reverse the budget shortfall for troubled project.

Reporter Keith Dayton says even more money may be needed to keep the rail project solvent:

“The partially built rail line is vastly over budget, with the estimated price tag for the project increasing from $5.26 billion in late 2014 to nearly $10 billion today, including financing costs.”

“City officials estimate the project now has a budget deficit of about $3 billion including financing costs, and Caldwell this year asked the legislature to extend the excise tax surcharge on Oahu to cover the shortfall. The surcharge generates about $300 million a year, and now pays most of the construction costs for rail.”

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Nine bills on governor’s intent to veto list | KHON2


On July 12, any measure that has not been signed or vetoed by Gov. Ige will become law with or without his signature.

Source: Nine bills on governor’s intent to veto list | KHON2 (http://khon2.com/2016/06/27/nine-bills-on-governors-intent-to-veto-list/).

Accessed on 28 June 2016, 16:37 hrs, UTC.

Please click link to read the full story.

Comment:

Hawaii Governor David Ige has told legislative leaders that he will veto at least nine bills before Tuesday, 12 July 2016.  Bills not signed or vetoed by that date will become law with or without the governor’s signature.

Most of the bills contain legal language and definitions that Governor Ige wants refined or need a better estimate of the cost involved in implementing the bills.  Many of the potential vetoes involve health and welfare benefits paid to the Hawaii Employer-Union Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF) and compensation for officials and staff of the Hawaii Health Systems Corporation who will lose their jobs from workforce restructuring.


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Voting measures appear dead | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Bills that would have expanded voting by mail and made registering to vote more automatic when renewing a driver’s license appeared to have died in the legislative session that ended this week.

Source: Voting measures appear dead | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/voting-measures-appear-dead).

Accessed on 07 May 2016, 21:45 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Measures that would have allowed voting by mail and voter registration while renewing a driver’s license failed to pass in conference committees and are considered dead for the 2016 legislative session.

HB 1663 would have required the state Office of Elections to start a vote-by-mail campaign gradually, beginning with Kauai.

Bill 401 would have required residents to register to vote when they renewed their driver’s license, unless they opt out.


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Money approved for ferry study | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Will a state-owned ferry system prove seaworthy?

Source: Money approved for ferry study | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/money-approved-ferry-study).

Accessed on 06 May 2016, 14:48 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

This story sounds familiar.  It reminds me of the ill-fated Hawaii Superferry, which sailed between the islands from 2007 to 2009 before a judge shut down the vessels because the ferry system lacked a full environmental review.  If this $50,000 study shows a publicly owned ferry system is viable, such as those in Alaska and Washington State, let’s hope all the required studies are done and adequate public hearings are scheduled.  Even if such a system is approved, expect strong opposition from Hawaii’s major air carriers, environmentalists, and those wishing to protect the “aina” from progress.


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Illegal camping out of bill allowing Airbnb to collect taxes | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have advanced a bill that would allow online brokers such as Airbnb to collect taxes on behalf of people advertising private rentals on the websites, but they removed part of the proposal that would have targeted illegal camping ads by requiring online brokers to verify the legality of their listings.

Source: Illegal camping out of bill allowing Airbnb to collect taxes | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/state/illegal-camping-out-bill-allowing-airbnb-collect-taxes).

Accessed on 30 April 2016, 16:09 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Cathy Bussewitz (Associated Press–Honolulu).

Please click link to read the full story.

Bottom Line:  It’s all about the money.  Despite complaints from residents and some lawmakers that the revised bill would make Hawaii families unable to secure campsites online,  the amended bill should pass.  Oahu Democratic state Senator Laura Thielen, who pushed for targeting illegal ads in the original bill told reporter Cathy Bussewitz “It is unforgivable for us to pass legislation that would allow these practices to continue when we have it within our means to stop it right now.”

So much for theory.  Basically, the revised bill would allow companies such as Airbnb “to collect taxes on behalf of those placing ads on their websites…”  Beth Adair, the director of global tax for Airbnb says her company could generate “an estimated $15 million in tax collections for the state…it’s an administrative burden for them that we’re willing to take on…they want to pay their fair share.”  Oahu Democratic state Representative Jo Jordan closed the argument by saying the revised bill “was intended to be about helping the state bring in tax revenue it’s not currently collecting, and that it wasn’t the right venue to try to get the online private rental-listing industry under control.”  Nicely put.  At least someone is telling it like it is.


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