Rent control proposal

If you’ve ever looked for a place to live, you know prices aren’t cheap. If you want to rent a house in Honolulu, expect to pay an average of almost $2,700 a month, and that’s up almost five percent from last year. The issue has one lawmaker considering what’s already happening in other expensive large cities on the mainland: rent control. Rent control would place … Continue reading Rent control proposal

No government in healthcare?

Tom Price — congressman, orthopedic surgeon, warrior against government intrusion into medical care — was three minutes into a speech condemning the Affordable Care Act when he asked his hotel ballroom audience of physicians whether they all were on the list to get emails from the federal agency overseeing Medicare and Medicaid. “If you’re not, you ought to get on it,” Price said. “Because, you know, … Continue reading No government in healthcare?

All talk, no plan

The Obamacare repeal effort was already in unstable condition. Now its status must be downgraded to critical — and completely unserious. After years of Republican yammering about the urgent need to repeal the Affordable Care Act and months of fruitless pursuit of an alternative, President Trump now says he may not unveil a replacement this year at all. And from Capitol Hill comes new word … Continue reading All talk, no plan

Conflicts of interest in the White House

The White House on Thursday said that a top adviser to President Trump had been “counseled” after using a television appearance from the West Wing to promote the clothing and jewelry line sold under the brand of Trump’s daughter. The endorsement, in which Kellyanne Conway told Fox News Channel viewers to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff,” appeared to violate a key ethics rule barring federal employees … Continue reading Conflicts of interest in the White House

Education budget cuts could spell danger

The state is working with less money. That could mean important programs will not be getting the money they want. That’s because the state will not collect as much taxes as it thought it would. Tax revenue was expected to grow by 5.5 percent but instead it only grew by 3 percent. Lawmakers say that equates to $155 million less to spend this year. The … Continue reading Education budget cuts could spell danger

Illegal lava viewing gets a crack down

By Web Staff Published: February 8, 2017, 8:01 pm Updated: February 8, 2017, 9:40 pm Kilauea volcano on Hawaii island has been putting on quite a show recently, and it’s attracting illegal business. In 24 hours, the U.S. Coast Guard has identified two tour boats operating illegally out of Pohoiki Boat Ramp. Officials are ramping up enforcement against illegal charters operating in the area to … Continue reading Illegal lava viewing gets a crack down