Statement: Senator David Ige on Minimum Wage

Hawaii State Senator David Ige, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, has issued the following statement regarding increasing of the minimum wage in Hawaii: “We are committed to working with our counterparts in the House and the leadership of both chambers to ensure that we pass a minimum wage bill this legislative session. Currently, there is a bill still in conference that has carried over from the 2013 legislative session as well as new…

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Governor Signs Bills to Protect Hawaii’s Homeowners

On June 28, 2012 Governor Neil Abercrombie signed into law House Bill 1875, Relating to Foreclosures, and House Bill 2375, Relating to Mortgage Rescue Fraud Prevention. House Bill 1875 implements the 2011 recommendations of the mortgage foreclosure task force and other best practices, to address various issues relating to the mortgage foreclosures law and issues affecting homeowner association liens and the collection of unpaid assessments. The measure also makes permanent the mortgage foreclosure dispute resolution…

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WAM Chair Describes Key Aspects of the Senate’s Draft of the State Budget

Earlier this month, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means unanimously voted to pass the Senate’s version of the $11 billion supplemental budget for the State of Hawaii, House Bill (HB) 2012. Following three years of budget cuts totaling more than a billion dollars each year, this year’s budget provided the Senate with a refreshing opportunity to reinforce the safety net where needed, reinstitute core services that have been decimated over the past three years,…

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WAM Chair Talks About Committee’s Decision to Hold the “Dream Act”

Senator David Y. Ige, chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, explained the committee’s decision to hold House Bill 1457, known as Hawaii’s version of the federal “Dream Act.” The measure, which passed out of the Senate Committee on Education on March 19, 2012, would allow Hawaii high school graduates without lawful immigration status to receive state funded financial aid and resident tuition at the University of Hawaii. Senator Ige stated, “It really…

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The Time Is Right to Invest in Hawaii

By Senator Brickwood Galuteria, Senate Majority Leader Senator David Y. Ige, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means Senator Michelle N. Kidani, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Oversees Capital Improvement Projects for the Senate The time to invest in Hawaii’s future is now.  The Hawaii State Senate firmly believes this as evidenced by its recent unanimous and bipartisan passage of The Invest in Hawaii Act of 2012, Senate…

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Senate Ways and Means Committee Passes SB 2986

OAHU – The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed Senate Bill (SB) 2986 on Thursday, February 23, 2012, extending the sunset date on Act 198 of 2009 for five years from 2012 through 2017.  SB 2986 recognizes and affirms the Senate’s belief that utilities like Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) that use environmentally cleaner naptha fuel for power generation should continue to realize reduced tax requirements. In proposing an extension of five years instead of…

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Senator David Y. Ige Offers Remarks on Senate Bill 2819

This afternoon, Senate Committee on Ways and Means Chair David Y. Ige explained Senate Bill 2819, relating to the sales of electronic cigarettes. The committee heard testimony on the bill earlier today, on February 8, 2012. The bill places e-cigarettes with other tobacco products as items prohibited to be sold to a minor and amends the definition of “tobacco products” for purposes of taxation. For more information about the bill and to view the bill’s…

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Senators Brief the Media on Senate Bills 239

Senator Michelle Kidani, who oversees all Capital Improvement Program projects for the Senate and serves as Senate Committee on Ways and Means Vice Chair, and Senator David Y. Ige, Senate Committee on Ways and Means chair, briefed the media on the passage of Senate Bill 809. The bill was passed on final reading by both the Senate and the House Chambers on January 30, 2012. Senate Bill 809 increases University of Hawaii (UH) authorization to…

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Hawaii State Senate Introduces Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Stimulating Economy

HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Senate is united in support of Senate Bill 2012, which will be formally introduced and referred to its respective committee during Session this morning, Friday January 27, 2012.   Garnering bipartisan support, Senate Bill 2012, also known as “The Invest in Hawaii Act of 2012,” is an aggressive general obligation bond-funded $500 million Capital Improvement Program (CIP) package aimed at creating jobs by investing and stimulating our local economy from all…

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