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                                Travelers are screened after arriving on transpacific flights on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Editorial: Fixing budget will be tough balance

The state Council on Revenues has drafted a relatively sunny updated economic forecast, pinned on hopes that the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden will accelerate rollout of COVID-19 vaccine and testing for infection, which in turn will encourage more travel to tourism-dependent Hawaii. Read more

                                Beach activity along the Waikiki shores as seen on Thursday, December 31, 2020, near the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Resort.
Off the News: Stop paying high price with gatherings

While there’s no pinpointing blame for last week’s largest single-day spike in new COVID-19 cases, there’s an obvious top suspect: social gatherings related to Christmas and New Year’s holidays. And with the infection rate on the rise recently, the hospitalization rate has increased, too. Read more

Hawaii Gov. Ige wary of furloughs and tax increases

Despite Hawaii’s COVID-19-related money troubles, Gov. David Ige said Friday that “the last thing we want to do is raise taxes during an economic downturn. The last thing we want to do is have furloughs or layoffs, because we know it exacerbates the slowdown in our economy.” Read more

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