Politics

Thursday, May 9 2013

The City and County of Honolulu unveiled a plan for a two year demonstration project that could ease homelessness on Oahu starting next year. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Tuesday, May 7 2013

Envision Hawai’i hosts a monthly First Tuesday get-together to enable its members to connect and share ideas to bring about positive change. As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the social entrepreneurs received a message about the importance of living your values.

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Monday, May 6 2013

The first State interns who participated in the information technology transformation initiative were recognized at the State Capitol today. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

         

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Thursday, May 2 2013

The State Legislature adjourned its 60-day session today, following passage of a state budget and less than 10 percent of the bills that were originally introduced. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Tuesday, April 30 2013

The State Legislature unanimously approved the Executive Operating and Construction Budgets today, which will drive spending for 2014 and 2015. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Wednesday, April 24 2013

The Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee advanced a bill today to establish a fee for the use of County roads and highways. But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, there are many unanswered questions that need to be addressed in the coming months.

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Tuesday, April 23 2013

The Governor signed the Compassionate Care Bill into law yesterday, which provides female sexual assault victims access to emergency contraception upon request. The measure was the top priority for women lawmakers this session, but there are more bills they want passed in the final days before adjournment May 2nd. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports...

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Monday, April 22 2013

More than one billion people in 192 countries were expected to participate in Earth Day activities today, marking the 43rd year of focusing on environmental awareness. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka accompanied a group of hikers yesterday, who celebrate Earth Day more than once a year.

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Thursday, April 18 2013

The state legislature commemorated the 20th anniversary of Hawai’i’s sister-state relationship with Taiwan last week. As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, Taiwanese dignitaries visited the State Capitol to promote future cultural and economic partnerships.

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Wednesday, April 17 2013

The Honolulu City Council passed a bill yesterday aimed at clearing public sidewalks.  The unanimous vote by the 9-member Council advances the measure to the Mayor who is expected to sign it into law.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports  …

         

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Tuesday, April 16 2013

The City Administration is in the process of developing what it hopes will be a comprehensive plan to ease homelessness on O’ahu. The plan is due May 1st.   Meanwhile, as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, UH students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine are also focusing on this growing problem from a medical and social perspective.

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Monday, April 15 2013

The City and County of Honolulu announced it is on track to restore roads over the next five years.  As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, road repair will be the City’s top priority.

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Thursday, April 11 2013

State lawmakers continue to meet in conference committee this week to work on the $12 billion biennium budget. The House and Senate version are more than $340 million apart. But as HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the executive branch launched a last minute push today for one of its top priorities.

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Monday, April 1 2013

Hawai’i lawmakers will meet in conference committee soon to draft an agreement on the state’s 24 billion dollar operating budget for the next two years.   Half of that money will have to come from state taxes …and a panel of lawmakers and government officials discussed fiscal policy as it relates to the 2013 legislative session.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

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Thursday, March 28 2013

Honolulu City Officials are stepping up their effort to ease the Homeless situation --- especially in Waikiki, the state’s top tourist destination.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the City has been trying to address this issue in the visitor Mecca for decades but face a population that is tough to change.

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Wednesday, March 27 2013

The future of growing food in Hawai’i rests on the ability of farmers to continue making a living.   According to one UH study, farmers receive only 19 cents out of each dollar spent on locally grown produce and vegetables.  The rest of the money goes to packaging, marketing, refrigeration and transportation.   But one family-owned farm has revamped its strategy and business model and has branched out into new venues.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports …

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Wednesday, March 20 2013

The Honolulu City Council today voted down a proposal by the Mayor to fund road repairs and public transportation by increasing the tax on gasoline. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports…

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Tuesday, March 19 2013

The Honolulu City Council is expected to make a historic decision tomorrow, by confirming the appointment of a person who is considered the 4th most powerful government official in the state, behind the governor, lieutenant governor and the Mayor of Honolulu.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka caught up with the designated appointee at City Hall.

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Monday, March 18 2013

Visitor arrivals to Hawai’i are expected to top $8.5 million this year, and result in about $16 billion in total spending.   State lawmakers have been discussing ways to either raise taxes or divide the revenue to pay for government operations and infrastructure upgrades.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

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Thursday, March 14 2013

The Honolulu City Council will convene a special meeting this afternoon (Friday,1:30 pm) to discuss homeless housing and services on O’ahu in an effort to look at solutions for this growing problem.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka accompanied a team of outreach workers who meet with the homeless on the streets year-round.

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