State legislators to discuss economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on ‘Insights on PBS Hawai‘i’

WHO: Senator Donovan Dela Cruz, Chair, Senate Ways and Means Committee and Chair, Senate Special Committee on COVID-19

Representative Sylvia Luke, Chair, House Finance Committee

Representative Richard H.K. Onishi, Chair, House Tourism & International Affairs Committee

WHAT: Legislators to be guests on “Insights on PBS Hawai‘i”

WHEN: 8 p.m. today

WHERE: Live on PBS Hawai‘i

Also streaming live on

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Three key State lawmakers will discuss the economic effects of COVID-19 in Hawaii on the next “Insights on PBS Hawai‘i” airing live at 8 p.m. today.

Guests will be State Senate Ways and Means Chair Donovan Dela Cruz, who is also the Chair of the Senate Special Committee on COVID-19, House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke and Hawaiʻi Island Representative Richard Onishi of the House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness.

At the start of the year, lawmakers had high hopes of addressing Hawaii’s affordable housing crisis, increasing the minimum wage and creating tax breaks for the working class. Early education for pre-K students also was on the wish list. Then the new coronavirus took over.

Now the focus is on how to recover from an economic meltdown while keeping Hawaii’s people healthy.

Questions and comments can be made during tonight’s program by either calling 462-5000 on O‘ahu or 800-238-4847 on the neighbor islands, email at, linking to PBS Hawaii’s Facebook page, or using the hashtag #pbsinsights on Twitter.

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