Lawmakers Highlight Need for More Affordable Housing and Statewide Coordination at Informational Briefing with State and City Agencies

With the shortage of affordable housing options for the moderate income workforce, Hawaii lawmakers today held a joint Senate and House informational briefing to learn more about affordable housing needs in Hawaii. Senators and representatives heard from various government agencies to learn about the status of existing and planned affordable housing projects, and their plans to address the growing need for affordable housing as the state’s population and housing demands increase. “We convened this informational…

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State Senate Adjourns Session Approving More than 240 Bills Including Key Measures that Improve the Lives of Hawaii’s People

Lawmakers remain vigilant throughout legislative session striking a balance on measures supporting keiki, kupuna, workers and environment The Hawaii State Senate today adjourned the 2014 session passing more than 240 bills that align with its initial priorities to make Hawaii a better place for everyone now and in the future through initiatives supporting Hawaii’s keiki, kupuna, workers and the environment. “The ability to compromise and work together is essential to making good laws that help…

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Lieutenant Governor Signs Bill to Support HI’s Aerospace Industry

This afternoon Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui signed into law Senate Bill 1256, relating to the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES). The measure appropriates fund for PISCES to help foster the development and expansion of the aerospace, robotics, and related industries in Hawaii. Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui is serving as Acting Governor while Governor Abercrombie is in Taiwan from July 9 to 12.

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Lieutenant Governor Signs Bills to Help Build State’s Innovation Economy

Honolulu- Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui signed into law today two measures aimed at supporting the development of Hawaii’s innovation economy and growing our State’s research industry. House Bill 858, relating to the HI Growth Initiative, appropriates $6,000,000 to the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation to implement the HI Growth Initiative.  The initiative is an investment program to develop and promote the creation of competitive high-growth companies in Hawaii.  In order for Hawaii to thrive in today’s…

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Statement by Senator Mike Gabbard in Response to Governor’s Signing of Green Infrastructure Financing Bill

Honolulu- Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law today Senate Bill (SB) 1087, which establishes a green infrastructure financing program. Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment, issued this statement in response to the enactment of SB 1087: This innovative, first in the nation legislation allows us to do something unprecedented and that’s to join bond financing with on-bill repayment,” said Senate Committee on Energy and Environment Chair Mike Gabbard. “This…

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Governor Enacts Measure to Promote Hawaii’s Clean Energy Goals

Honolulu- Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law today a measure aimed at helping the State of Hawaii achieve its clean energy goals by establishing a green infrastructure financing program. Senate Bill 1087 provides a lower cost financing alternative for Hawaii businesses and residents to utilize green infrastructure equipment and technology to reduce electricity consumption by leveraging clean energy technology. Building Hawaii’s clean energy infrastructure at a rate which is affordable for consumers is an essential…

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Governor Signs Measures to Encourage Economic Development and Innovation

Honolulu- On June 27, 2012 Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law bills aimed at promoting economic and high technology development in the State. Among the measures enacted include House Bill (HB) 2319, Relating to Economic Development, and HB 2873, Relating to The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES). HB 2319 establishes a $2 million dollar venture accelerator funding program under the Hawai’i Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC) to assist the State’s technology start-ups compete…

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Keiki Caucus on collecting money Hawaii is already owed

The Keiki Caucus along with local retailers, employers and union members gathered at the State Capitol to discuss Hawaii’s Use Tax Law and SB 2405, SD1/HB 2352.  This legislation adopts amendments to Hawaii tax laws to implement the streamlined sales and use tax agreement. The Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Recovery project is a national initiative that enables out-of-state retailers to electronically collect/remit uncollected taxes at the point of sale.  It levels the playing field…

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In support of streamlined sales tax proposal

The Keiki Caucus, along with business and community leaders, yesterday gathered in support of SB 2405 and HB 2352, which would allow Hawaii to implement the streamlined sales and use tax agreement and collect taxes on out-of-state sales. Currently, Hawaii is unable to collect sales tax on out-of-state purchases, including those made through catalogs and over the Internet. The proposed measures would adopt amendments to Hawaii tax laws to implement the existing streamlined sales and…

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Proposal for State Purchase of 1.6-Acre Waiehu Beach Park Advances in the Senate

In an effort to keep the 1.6- acre Waiehu Beach Park on Maui in public hands, the Senate Committee on Business and Economic Development voted in support of Senate Bill 3110, which appropriates $750,000 to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources to purchase the park from Wailuku Agribusiness. The bill’s author, Senator Shan S. Tsutsui, praised the committee for taking an important step towards preserving public access to Waiehu Beach Park for generations…

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