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The Conversation: Hawaii Economic Forecast Down Due to COVID-19


Economist Paul Brewbaker on COVID-19 effects on Hawaii; Council on Revenues changes forecast in wake of virus; Carbon tax credits moves through the Legislature; HiSAM exhibit celebrates centennial of women's suffrage.

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Economist Paul Brewbaker on COVID-19 effects on Hawaii

Paul Brewbaker of TZ Economics sat down with us earlier this week. Since the beginning of the year, he had been warning the community to brace for the unexpected. He discusses potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paul Brewbaker, Principal, TZ Economics

Council on Revenues changes forecast in wake of virus

Fears over the coronavirus could mean a $300 million hit to state tax collections. Civil Beat reporter Stewart Yerton briefs us on the state's Council on Revenues yesterday and how retailers are already seeing the economic effects of the novel coronavirus. Click here to read the full story on

Civil Beat Reporter Stewart Yerton

Carbon tax credits moves through the Legislature

Leaders in state government say they want to figh climate change and de-carbonize Hawaii's economy. One popular idea for doing that is to put a tax on carbon emissions. At least one bill to make that happen is moving in the state Legislature. HPR's Ryan Finnerty tells us how that might work.

HPR Reporter Ryan Finnerty
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Helen Hamilton Gardener, Carrie Chapman Catt and Maud Wood Park (from left to right) on the balcony of Suffrage House, the Washington headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association

HiSAM exhibit celebrates centennial of women's suffrage

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the women's suffrage movement. Joyce Nakano of the Friends of HiSAM and local artist Reem Bassous tells us about a fundraising effort for the state art museum.

Joyce Nakano, Friends of the Hawaii State Art Museum, and Reem Bassous, artist

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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