George D. Szigeti, Hawaii Tourism Authority president and CEO, has heard the critics of his agency. He’s heard them say tourism is ruining the islands, especially Kauai. He’s heard them say the HTA is not needed. He’s heard them say Hawaii doesn’t need more tourists. He’s heard them say money that goes to HTA could be used elsewhere for the benefit of the state (oh, no it can’t).
Programs and policies designed to boost student achievement and strengthen successful transitions between high school, college and career are continuing to prove effective, according to the latest College and Career Readiness Indicators Report, just released by Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education for the Class of 2017.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, put it like this in describing the recent federal spending bill and what it means for Hawaii: “This is the best appropriations bill that we’ve seen for our state since I got here. This appropriations bill will give our state funding to create jobs, help our veterans, protect our environment and strengthen education and health care programs.”
Supporters are saying House Bill 2739 provides more protections for terminally ill patients than any other state. You’ll have to decide for yourself if that’s a good thing. The state House Health and Human Services Committee and Judiciary Committee on Wednesday passed the “Our Care, Our Choice Act.”