Latest Hawaii state government News

Justices weigh effort to balance Washington state's tax code

Jan. 26, 2023 14:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An effort to balance what is considered the nation's most regressive state tax code came before the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday, with justices hearing arguments about whether they should overturn a prohibition on income taxes that dates to the 1930s. ...

Hawaii governor proposes tax relief to lower cost of living

Jan. 23, 2023 22:32 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Josh Green on Monday proposed investing $1 billion in affordable housing and giving tax breaks to people of all income levels to lower the cost of living in the islands. Green told lawmakers during his first State of the State address at a joint session...

Public viewing at palace for 'last Hawaiian princess'

Jan. 23, 2023 00:10 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The casket bearing the 96-year-old heiress long considered the last Hawaiian princess went on public display Sunday in the downtown Honolulu palace that benefited from her wealth. Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa's casket, handcrafted from a 165-year-old koa...

Tax the rich? Liberals renew push for state wealth taxes

Jan. 20, 2023 18:40 PM EST

Supporters of taxes on the very rich contend that people are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic with a bigger appetite for what they’re calling “tax justice.” Bills announced Thursday in California, New York, Illinois, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington and Connecticut...

Hawaii housing woes top agenda as lawmakers return next week

Jan. 13, 2023 18:14 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Affordable housing, expanding pre-K education and addressing corruption are top of the agenda as Hawaii lawmakers return to the state Capitol next week. The state Legislature on Wednesday is scheduled to open a new session that will last through early May. ...

Today in History: JAN 13, US House impeaches Trump

Jan. 13, 2023 00:10 AM EST

Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2023. There are 352 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 13, 2021, President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House over the violent Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol,...

New class of Georgia state lawmakers grows more diverse

Jan. 10, 2023 17:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's population has been growing more diverse for decades. Now its lawmakers are catching up. Georgia swore in 85 lawmakers on Monday who are of Hispanic, Black, Asian or Arab descent, bringing such lawmakers to 36% of the legislature once vacancies are filled...

Today in History: December 17, Wright Brothers' first flight

Dec. 17, 2022 00:11 AM EST

Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2022. There are 14 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manned powered-airplane...

Report: Native Hawaiians hit by missing and murdered scourge

Dec. 14, 2022 22:19 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The average profile of a missing child in Hawaii: 15 years old, female, from the island of Oahu and Native Hawaiian. That's according to a report released Wednesday that says much more disaggregated racial and gender data is needed to combat the scourge of missing and murdered...

Kawānanakoa, 'last Hawaiian princess,' dies at 96

Dec. 12, 2022 21:48 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa, the so-called last Hawaiian princess whose lineage included the royal family that once ruled the islands and an Irish businessman who became one of Hawaii’s largest landowners, died on Sunday. She was 96. Her death was...