A working group that’s trying to figure out how just much hotel tax revenue the state should give the counties is planning to ask the Legislature for $150,000 next session so it can hire a consultant to help.
The 13-member group, created under a law passed last year, released its interim report to state lawmakers Friday.
The final report is due prior to the convening of the 2016 session. It’s expected to recommend to the Legislature the appropriate allocation of the transient accommodations tax revenues between the state and counties based on the division of
Gov. David Ige has appointed Dr. Virginia “Ginny” Pressler to head the Department of Health, taking over where Linda Rosen left off.
“Ginny has more than 35 years of experience in the medical field and has held administrative positions for more than two decades,” Ige said in a statement released Friday. “A well-respected member of Hawaii’s medical and business communities, Ginny’s wealth of knowledge and experience equips her to lead the Department of Health.”
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Pressler’s appointment is subject to Senate confirmation. She is currently
The University of Hawaii Board of Regents on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Kalbert Young as vice president for budget and finance and chief financial officer of the entire UH System, school officials announced.
Young served four years as finance director under Gov. Neil Abercrombie, overseeing the state’s $12 billion operating budget. He’s credited with helping turn Hawaii around financially during his tenure.
But with a new administration comes a new Cabinet, which left Young looking for a new job. Gov. David Ige announced Wednesday that Wes Machida, who headed the Employees’ Retirement System under Abercrombie,
House Speaker Joe Souki and the Democratic majority met in caucus briefly Wednesday afternoon before unveiling the 2015 leadership team and committee chair assignments for next legislative session, which convenes Jan. 21.
“The team that we have formed represents the kind of talents and abilities that will best serve our residents and will address the issues facing our state,” Souki said in a statement. “We look forward to engaging in meaningful discussions with Governor-elect David Ige and his administration to continue to identify ideas and solutions to help Hawaii move forward.”
Two weeks before retired Honolulu car dealership owner James Pflueger was sentenced to jail for his role in the fatal Ka Loko dam breach, he made one of the biggest political donations of his life.
State campaign finance records filed this week show Pflueger gave $4,000 to Jeff Davis, the Libertarian candidate for Hawaii governor, on Sept. 30.
Pflueger, 88, was sentenced Oct. 15 to seven months in jail after pleading no contest in July 2013 to reckless endangering in the first degree. State prosecutors had alleged that Pflueger had illegally filled
Retired Honolulu car dealership owner Jimmy Pflueger was sentenced Wednesday morning to seven months in prison over the Ka Loko dam breach on Kauai that killed seven people more than eight years ago according to a KHON report.
Pflueger, 88, pleaded no contest in July 2013 to reckless endangering in the first degree. The state dropped seven manslaughter charges as part of the plea agreement, which included his company, Pacific 808 Properties, paying $350,000 — $50,000 for each victim.
The state had alleged that Pflueger had illegally filled in the dam’s
Former pro surfer and MMA fighter Dustin Barca got some help in his uphill battle to unseat Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. this fall.
Fightland, a VICE show, released a nine-minute video this week about Barca’s fight against genetically modified seed companies, like Monsanto and Syngenta, that spurred him to seek office.
For a first-time candidate, he put up a strong showing in the Aug. 9 primary, securing 31 percent of the vote to Carvalho’s 58 percent. The general election results next month probably won’t differ too much, but it does say a lot about the
Jeffrey Kissell will take over as head of the state’s beleaguered health insurance marketplace, known as the Hawaii Health Connector, according to an announcement from the board Friday.
Kissell, who spent his career working for energy companies, most recently as CEO of Hawaii GAS, replaces interim Executive Director Tom Matsuda. Matsuda took the reins after the initial executive director, Coral Andrews, resigned in December amid criticism of her management.
“I believe that everyone deserves to have health insurance coverage, and the Hawai‘i Health Connector is a highly viable resource
“Asians. You can work them long hours, they do what you tell them and they don’t complain.”
That’s how one of several new Rock the Vote ads begins, part of the nonprofit’s $250,000 national media campaign that launched Thursday to get young people to the polls on Nov. 4.
The actor delivering those words is portraying a type of voter. This ad, as well as several others like it, is meant to be offensive and spur Millennials in particular to stand up for their beliefs by casting ballots for candidates who support their views.