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Friday, March 12, 2021
Does the American Rescue Plan Ban State Tax Cuts?
By Tax Foundation @ 1:47 PM :: 1190 Views :: Taxes, COVID-19

... Some states have experienced meaningful revenue declines. But many don’t have losses to offset, so they would have to identify other ways to spend a large infusion of one-time money ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Vaccinations for Age 65+ and Tourism Industry Workers Begin Monday
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 1535 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

"...This includes people who work in hotels and hospitality, food service, banking and finance, transportation, construction, media, logistics, information technology and more...."

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Ige: "Furloughs are off the table"
By News Release @ 6:37 PM :: 1673 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Translation: Wage hikes coming on June 30 ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Pharmacists Vaccinate 90% of Patients in Care Homes on Oahu, Big Island
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 1400 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, COVID-19

... Independent pharmacies on O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island have administered first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to about 10,000 residents and caregivers in approximately 1,700 small care homes and have now begun returning to administer second doses ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Honolulu Tier Three Modifications Allow Team Sports and Competitive Games
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 1216 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... effective immediately, with the exception of the permitted team sports activities, which may begin as early as April 12, 2021 ....

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Monday, March 8, 2021
VIDEO: Have Medical Professionals Been Forgotten Now That the Vaccine Has Arrived?
By Video @ 2:24 PM :: 1785 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... The oversized postcard measures eight by twelve feet long is now on display at Castle Medical Center ....

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Monday, March 8, 2021
Nurses at Maui Health System Vote to Approve Contract
By News Release @ 1:22 PM :: 1555 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor, COVID-19

... The contract rewards the risks taken and sacrifices made by these workers during the pandemic ....

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Sunday, March 7, 2021
Grassroot Institute supports Alaska bid seeking exemption from cruising ban
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:50 PM :: 1505 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... Alaska's tourism industry is in deep trouble because foreign cruise ships may not carry passengers between U.S. ports without a foreign stop ....

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Sunday, March 7, 2021
HIDOE releases guidelines to allow athletic workouts and practices
By News Release @ 1:16 AM :: 1133 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

... restarting student athletic programming for high schools beginning Monday ....

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Saturday, March 6, 2021
COVID Cash: $6 Billion Coming To Hawai‘i
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 1702 Views :: Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... Free Money from The Sky ....

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Saturday, March 6, 2021
'Safe Travels' App to Become Vaccination Passport?
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 2493 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... vaccination records will be supported by the standards being developed under the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Federal COVID Aid: Hawaii Gets 143% of Losses
By Tax Foundation @ 7:47 PM :: 1422 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Under the American Rescue Plan Act, states would receive $195.3 billion in aid, divided according to each state’s share of national unemployed workers ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Ige Approves Kauai Return to 'Safe Travels' Program
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 1384 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism, COVID-19

... with the legislature threatening to force Kauai back into the fold, it's 'game over' for anti-tourism activists--for now .... 

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Friday, March 5, 2021
New Survey: 50% of Hawaii businesses not paying rent
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 1714 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

... 1,126 Hawaiʻi business owners share their feedback ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
UHERO: Recovery Poised to Accelerate
By UHERO @ 7:00 AM :: 1441 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Falling virus counts and vaccination progress set the stage for a strengthening visitor industry recovery ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Vaccinations for age 70 and older begin Monday, March 8
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 1313 Views :: COVID-19

"... We will closely monitor how quickly vaccines are used and may open to people age 65 and up and those in phase 1c in a couple of weeks,” Char said....

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
OHA releases $2.92 million in grant solicitations
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 1180 Views :: OHA, COVID-19

... Applications are being solicited from nonprofit organizations that administer community-based projects designed to strengthen Hawaiian beneficiaries, families, and communities ....  

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Kauai asks to rejoin Hawaii Safe Travels program in April
By News Release @ 2:49 AM :: 1489 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism, COVID-19

... At this time, more than 24,000 doses of vaccine have been administered on Kaua‘i, and by April we are confident that employees in the hospitality and food service industries will be offered vaccines ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Ige Signs Bill Lowering Unemployment Tax
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 1641 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... The measure allows employers to pay, on average, less than half of what they would otherwise pay into the system ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
DLIR: Decades-old Mainframe Behind Delays
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 AM :: 1354 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... the technological backbone of the state’s UI program is an antiquated mainframe system that runs on a Natural database language ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
Hawaii Economy Projected to Grow 2.7% in 2021
By News Release @ 2:06 PM :: 1238 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...DBEDT estimates that Hawaii’s real GDP fell by approximately 7.5 percent in 2020, a smaller decline than the 11.7 percent contraction forecast in the previous quarter....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Hawaii Among States Taxing Forgiven PPP Loans
By Tax Foundation @ 7:36 PM :: 3507 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... If policymakers wish to avoid imposing taxes on these small business lifelines  they need to act quickly, as tax deadlines are fast approaching ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
January 2021 visitor arrivals drop 80.1%
By News Release @ 12:04 AM :: 1755 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... In January, a total of 171,976 visitors traveled to Hawaii by air service, compared to 862,574 ....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
HIDOE Allows In-person School Graduation Ceremonies
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 1488 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

"...allow additional flexibility for our schools beyond virtual options in bringing our graduates together for this momentous occasion...."

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Tops in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:02 AM :: 1955 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

... In December, Hawaii had the highest unemployment rate among the states at 9.3%, followed by Nevada at an unemployment rate of 9.2%. Both of these rates are higher than the national unemployment rate of 6.7%....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Auditor Releases Community Survey of Honolulu Residents
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 1389 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Only a little more than half of Honolulu residents surveyed consider the city and county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic to be effective ....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
COVID Closes Canadian Ports, Alaska Seeks Passenger Vessel Services Act Waiver
By News Release @ 5:23 AM :: 1573 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... Archaic Protectionism Is Set to Sink Alaska Cruises ....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
HTA: January Hotel Occupancy 23.3%
By News Release @ 5:05 AM :: 1505 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... statewide RevPAR decreased to $58 ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available for 18+ in Micronesia
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 1511 Views :: COVID-19

... Federated States of Micronesia is one of the most advanced countries on Earth ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
COVID Vax to be Available for Age 70+
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 1594 Views :: COVID-19

... The Department of Health will announce when sites are prepared to accept registration for this new age group ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
How to prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency law
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:56 AM :: 1498 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... The governor’s continued exercise of extended unilateral power also has called into question the legality of the state’s emergency powers law ....

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Friday, February 19, 2021
Salaries Restored for 216 top UH Executives
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 1736 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... Laissez les bon temps rouler! ....

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Monday, February 15, 2021
Bumpy Kanahele's lawyer tops an Associated Press list of worldwide COVID conspiracy quacks and cranks
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 PM :: 3805 Views :: Hawaii History, COVID-19
... Hawaiian Sovereignty 'Expert' a Superspreader of COVID Conspiracy Theories ....
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Friday, February 12, 2021
DLIR Fixes Antique Computers--PEUC Checks Coming
By News Release @ 2:15 PM :: 1579 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... DLIR announced that it has completed system updates for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program that was extended by the Continued Assistance Act ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Bills on the Move: Conveyance Tax, Pension Suspension, Un-Affordable Housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:28 AM :: 1978 Views :: Maui County, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... increasing Hawaii's tax burden at a time when its economy is in its worst depression ever ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Survey: Pandemic Affecting Mental Health
By News Release @ 3:16 AM :: 1360 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... COVID-19 is affecting the mental health of all Hawai‘i residents, but especially for young adults and those whose household income is less than $50,000 ....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Congressman Case On His Vote on HCR 11 -- COVID Aid
By Ed Case @ 11:09 PM :: 508 Views :: Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... He explains his vote in detail ....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Poll: 91% Want COVID Vax
By News Release @ 8:19 PM :: 1406 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... According to the survey commissioned by the Hawai‘i Department of Health, 55% plan to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible and 36% will wait before receiving their vaccinations ....

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
Bill 31: Former Meth-head Helps Sand Island Lobby for Property Tax Cap
By Andrew Walden @ 3:02 AM :: 2857 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... It is naturally hard to say no to an ex-tweeker who, at Bishop Estate, achieved the kind of things most Honolulu politicians can only dream of ....

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
COVID Unemployment Insurance Relief on Fast Track for Approval
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 2066 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Ige must sign a bill into law before March in order to prevent automatic assessment increases from being triggered ....

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
DHHL Rental Relief Program Receives $2.4M Federal Boost
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 1349 Views :: DHHL, COVID-19

... Under the freshly funded relief program, the Department has partnered with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) as its administrator ....

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
$510K Fine for Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 1500 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, COVID-19

... During a follow-up revisit of Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home on Jan. 6, 2021, inspectors found the facility to be in compliance, avoiding a mandatory termination of the facility on April 16, 2021 ....

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Friday, February 5, 2021
HB103: Rein in Power of Governor During State of Emergency
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:45 PM :: 2244 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

"...By requiring legislative approval for the extension of an emergency past a 60-day time limit, the bill would take a positive step toward protecting the balance of powers and the public trust...."

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Friday, February 5, 2021
COVID Restrictions Correlate With Unemployment
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 AM :: 1631 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... but not so much with Corona Virus rates ....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021
How to fix Hawaii's broken emergency powers law
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 1233 Views :: COVID-19

... After nearly a year of the governor exercising unilateral power, it is clear the people need a greater voice in dealing with emergencies ....

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021
HTA Releases Results from Special Visitor COVID-19 Study
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 1273 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... surveyed visitors from the U.S. mainland who visited Hawaii in the first two weeks of December 2020, to gauge their experience with Hawaii’s Safe Travels program ....

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Sunday, January 31, 2021
Grim Reality of Unemployment Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2054 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Our unemployment system, as of January 8, 2021, has paid out $3.4 billion in unemployment benefits ....

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Saturday, January 30, 2021
Flirting with Disaster
By Joni Kamiya @ 8:35 PM :: 1710 Views :: GMOs, COVID-19

... activists were determined to get their way ignoring all of the evidence while creating lots of fake “evidence” ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Managing emergencies and protecting liberties
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:31 PM :: 1203 Views :: COVID-19

... “Lockdowns Versus Liberty,” -- civil liberties in the time of an emergency ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Hawaii Leads Nation in Unspent CARES Act Higher Education Funds
By Selected News Articles @ 5:46 PM :: 1725 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, COVID-19

... Institutions in Hawaii have only spent 40 percent of total allocated funds ....

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