Happy New Year! Its now 2020 and talk already has begun about raising our minimum wage. $10.10 an hour is not a living wage, some say, so we should be hoisting our minimum wage to say $15 or $17, which some say is the minimum required to make ends meet here in Hawaii assuming you are working 40 hours a week.
It wasnt long ago that, in response to numerous complaints of students sweltering in their classrooms, Gov. David Ige proclaimed that he would commit $100 million to cool 1,000 classrooms. At the end of the 2016 legislative session, he signed Act 47 of 2016 appropriating the funds to the Department of Education (DOE), and in 2018 he trumpeted this accomplishment during his re-election campaign.
HONOLULU – Fifteen years of giving by a Hawaii Island family foundation has generated almost half a million dollars in funding for the protection of 12,000 acres of native forest on the slopes of Mauna Loa.
HONOLULU A unique city, state and police homelessness pilot program using inflatable tents at Waipahu Cultural Garden Park and offering short-term shelter 24 hours a day has been a big success in its first two weeks, the Honolulu Police Department said Friday.
Recently, the website howmuch.net, a financial literacy website with interesting visualizations about various financial topics, came out with a comparison called, This is How Long You Need to Work to Live Comfortably in Every State.
Piling on, for those of you who arent football fans, happens when a player or group of players jump on top of a runner who already has been tackled, just to make sure the runner is not going anywhere. The tackling team can get no advantage from piling on, and injuries can and often do result from the pile-up, so piling on is against the rules at nearly every level of competition.
HONOLULU A nonprofit group that has been working to build an inclusive playground at Ala Moana Regional Park announced Saturday that it now will focus on building the playground at Kakaako Makai Gateway Park.
KAILUA-KONA Papa Kona Restaurant and Bar offered guests a VIP sneak peek to their menu Friday night at the new restaurants Alii Drive location.
Some folks ask me if I have any radical ideas to change the tax system in Hawaii. Heres one: Stop taxing transportation of goods and people.
KAILUA-KONA The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Business Registration Division will be suspending its Business Action Center (BAC) Kona Resource Days at the end of the year.
I know a thing or two about small business, having owned one for 30 years and having worked with West Hawaii small businesses on a daily basis for the last four years.
A recent op-ed column in Real Clear Politics by Scott Hodge, president of the national Tax Foundation (not related to the Tax Foundation of Hawaii although the names are similar) brought up some interesting ideas, spurred by the announced plans of Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to enact a tax on wealth.
HONOLULU Securitas, the nations leading security provider, is hiring for 200 new job positions, for the holiday season and beyond, available throughout the Hawaiian islands, the company announced in a press release Friday.
Hawaii is an island state that is home to a unique set of flora and fauna. Its vulnerable to invasive species not only from foreign countries but also from the mainland United States, and our Department of Agriculture has traditionally worked hard to keep the bad stuff out.