Work-from-home program proposed

HONOLULU — State Rep. Takashi Ohno (Nu‘uanu, Liliha, Pu‘unui, Alewa Heights) has introduced a bill to mitigate traffic on Hawai‘i roads.

House Bill 1293 would establish a remote-work-transition-grant program within the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism focused on helping small businesses convert to virtual offices.

If the bill becomes law, eligible small businesses could apply and receive grant money that may be used for costs associated with setting up home offices, such as purchase of laptops, or funds to pay a portion of employees’ electric bills. Preference would be given to small businesses that can reduce the miles driven by their employees. “Traffic was solved during the pandemic months, and this was a result of individuals staying at home,” said Ohno. “Implementing this program will reduce the number of people commuting to an office space and ease the congestion in our roads.”

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