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Many on Hawaii Island oppose bill to fund light rail project for Honolulu


Hawaii News Digest, 27 August 2017, 15:10 hrs, UTC, Post #15494.

Source:

http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/news/local-news/who-pays-price-many-big-island-not-board-fund-rail-honolulu

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer (West Hawaii Today).

Accessed on 27 August 2017, 15:10 hrs, UTC.

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Comment:

Hawaii County officials, the hotel industry, the chambers of commerce, and all four Hawaii Island State Senators are opposing Bill 4, which would require neighbor island residents to support the financially troubled Honolulu Light Rail project.

Proponents of the bill claim that local government will hardly feel the small 1% increase in the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT), while opponents say “neighbor islands shouldn’t be taxed for a Honolulu project.”

In a letter to local legislators, William Walter, the president of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, says we shouldn’t have to pay for the financial troubles of the Oahu project:

“Uncomfortable as it is to point out, the shortfall is primarily the result of management decisions made by an agency of the City and County of Honolulu. Neighbor islands were not part of either the management or the process,” said William Walter, president of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, in a Thursday letter to Big Island legislators. “Asking the residents and visitors of the neighbor islands to pay for this process gone awry is not reasonable.”

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Mayor releases budget plan; Preliminary numbers show higher property values will allow county to bump up spending | Hawaii Tribune-Herald


Higher property values are enabling the county to bump up its spending plan this year by $23.9 million — or 5.5 percent — according to a preliminary budget released Tuesday by Mayor Billy Kenoi.

Source: Mayor releases budget plan; Preliminary numbers show higher property values will allow county to bump up spending | Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/local-news/mayor-releases-budget-plan-preliminary-numbers-show-property-values-will-allow-county-to-bump-up-spending).

Accessed on 02 March 2016, 15:36 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer, “West Hawaii Today.”

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Mayor Billy Kenoi has submitted a preliminary budget of $462.7 million to the Hawaii County Council.  According to reporter Nancy Cook Lauer, the “biggest chunk” of the spending plan will be used for Public Safety, with negotiated pay raises for police officers and firefighters being absorbed in the budget.

Opinion:  Thanks to the increased value of property on Hawaii Island, the county administration will be able to hire extra Parks and Recreation personnel and help retire the county’s debt a bit faster. Although there is no increase in the property tax rate, a re-evaluation of property values will raise an extra 7.9 percent of income for the county. In effect, your property tax will go up, but not as a direct tax.

The mayor will submit his final county budget plan by early May.  The Hawaii County Council will soon schedule public hearings to discuss the mayor’s budget.

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Ethics bills address travel, pCards, contracts and Board of Ethics | West Hawaii Today


The Hawaii County Council on Tuesday mulled a trio of ethics bills covering everything from official travel and pCard use to county contracts to the composition of the Board of Ethics itself.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.westhawaiitoday.com

According to “West Hawaii Today” reporter Nancy Cook Lauer, the Hawaii County Council approved Bill 78 on a 9-0 vote.  That bill would tighten “the county code on travel and purchasing card use.”  Bill sponsor Margaret Willie added that “we’re adding some sunshine to these areas…the public is going to know how we’re spending the money in these areas.”  This bill, even in its watered down form, is a step in the right direction.  We’ll see if anything improves.  Aloha, Russ.

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County Council recognizes Hawaiian Independence Day | West Hawaii Today


The Hawaiian Kingdom’s most important national holiday — La Kuokoa, or Independence Day — was officially recognized Wednesday by the Hawaii County Council in a nonbinding resolution asking the state Legislature to add Nov. 28 to its list of state holidays.

Source: County Council recognizes Hawaiian Independence Day | West Hawaii Today (http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/news/local-news/county-council-recognizes-hawaiian-independence-day).

Accessed on 08 October 2015, 16:45 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

The Hawaii County Council approved the non-binding resolution Wednesday (07 October 2015) by an 8-0 vote, with Puna Councilman Dan Paleka absent.  Hawaiian Rights activist Kale Gumapac told reporter Nancy Cook Lauer that the resolution “is the beginning of the reawakening of our history…we need to restore what was erased from Hawaii schoolbooks.  Worse, it was erased from kanaka memory.” Kalaniakea Wilson, another Hawaiian Rights advocate. told council members that it’s time for reparations for the Hawaiian people.  Councilman Aaron Chung said he found it “quite odd that we as an illegal body are being asked to send to the state Legislature another illegal body,” a bill recognizing a Hawaiian holiday. Chung was concerned about other council members supporting a “baby step” toward Native Hawaiian recognition.  Chung added that he’d support the resolution as a sign of respect for the Hawaiian people.  On the other hand Chung, speaking as a citizen of the United States, said, “It this is a baby step to a Kingdom of Hawaii trumping the United States of America, my support doesn’t go that far.”  As passed, the non-binding resolution would establish 28 November as La Kuokoa or Hawaiian Independence Day.

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All Hawaii News: Gov. Ige goes paperless, auditor targets growing IT problems, Hawaii tourism dollars fly homeless back to mainland, online travel companies to pay $53M in back taxes, 209 vie for 40 Native Hawaiian delegate slots, Maui homeless next project, Big Island opposes NextEra utility purchase, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands


Source: All Hawaii News: Gov. Ige goes paperless, auditor targets growing IT problems, Hawaii tourism dollars fly homeless back to mainland, online travel companies to pay $53M in back taxes, 209 vie for 40 Native Hawaiian delegate slots, Maui homeless next project, Big Island opposes NextEra utility purchase, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands (http://www.allhawaiinews.com/2015/10/gov-ige-paperless-auditor-target.html).

Accessed on 02 October 2015, 08:20 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

Here is the top Hawaii government and political news from all the Hawaiian Islands, compiled by award-winning journalist Nancy Cook Lauer.  Lauer writes for the “Hawaii Tribune-Herald” and “West Hawaii Today.”

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All Hawaii News: Council ethics scandals mar $6B Honolulu rail, 11,750-unit Hoopili development projects, 8 more arrested on Mauna Kea, new federal judge named, Molokai coconut grove protected, Kamehameha statue spear recovered, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands


Source: All Hawaii News: Council ethics scandals mar $6B Honolulu rail, 11,750-unit Hoopili development projects, 8 more arrested on Mauna Kea, new federal judge named, Molokai coconut grove protected, Kamehameha statue spear recovered, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands (http://www.allhawaiinews.com/2015/09/council-ethics-scandals-mar-6b-honolulu).

Accessed on 10 September 2015, 15:19 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Nancy Cook Lauer.

Here’s the daily summary of key Hawaii news from award-winning journalist, Nancy Cook Lauer.  Ms. Lauer reviews the top stories from each island in the state and gives a quick analysis of its importance in the state news mix.  She also provides helpful links for those wishing to investigate stories further.

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All Hawaii News: Native Hawaiian roll published, Ellison Lanai documents to be kept secret, solar subsidies at issue, telescopes opposed on two mountaintops, Kakaako homeless roust nears, 12 nations in trade talks on Maui, Honolulu rail nears milestone, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands


All Hawaii News: Native Hawaiian roll published, Ellison Lanai documents to be kept secret, solar subsidies at issue, telescopes opposed on two mountaintops, Kakaako homeless roust nears, 12 nations in trade talks on Maui, Honolulu rail nears milestone, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands.

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Source:  http://www.allhawaiinews.com/2015/07/native-hawaiian-roll-published-ellison.html.  Accessed on 30 July 2015, 07:31 hrs, UTC.

Here is the latest compilation of Hawaii state news from award-winning journalist Nancy Cook Lauer.  Among the topics discussed are:

Native Hawaiian Roll is published.

Ellison Lanai documents will be kept secret.

Telescopes opposed on two Hawaiian summits,

Kakaako homeless rout nears.

A clash over rooftop solar systems.

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