Wayne Yoshioka

Political reports from HPR's Wayne Yoshioka

Minimum Hourly Wage Increase Bills Pass out of House and Senate Committees

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Legislation to raise Hawai’i’s minimum wage has been on the fast track this session …passing key committees in both Houses this week.    While it’s too early to predict their outcomes … minority Republicans …as expected … are leading the charge against any raise.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

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House Lawmakers Attempt to Ease Homelessness for Native Hawaiians.

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Between 12 and 15,000 people are homeless at any given time in Hawai’i.  The state legislature is proposing a number of bills this session that attempt to ease the situation on all islands…especially for Native Hawaiians who comprise the largest segment of the homeless.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

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UH Officials Brief Lawmakers on Tuition Policy and Rates

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Tuition increases at all 10 campuses of the University of Hawaii System are scheduled to bring in about 50-million dollars more over the next 4 years.   But … as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports … UH administrators told state Senators in a joint committee session today… students and/or parents will likely have to pay more in the future  …

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GMO Products Targeted by House Bill

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More than 1,200 people signed up to testify at the Capitol yesterday on a House Bill that would require the labeling of food containing genetically engineered materials.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …the issue has been debated long and hard in recent years and has a good chance of advancing this legislative session …

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Honolulu City Council Bill Proposes Chickens in Residential Areas

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 The first Honolulu City Council bill introduced this calendar year has already created quite a stir.  The measure has to do with allowing certain farm animals to be kept in residential areas.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka explains …

 

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