Category Archives: Chair’s 3 Minutes

Legislature needs better cesspool plan

Read full version of the Department of Health report HERE In late December, the state Department of Health released a report to the Legislature identifying 14 priority areas throughout the state where cesspool upgrades are critically needed to protect public … Continue reading

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Special session threatens Neighbor Islands

CHAIR’S 3 MINUTES Published in the Maui News, July 16, 2017 By MIKE WHITE The state Legislature has scheduled a special session to discuss the controversial topic of funding Honolulu’s rail project. Planned for Aug. 28 through Sept. 1, the … Continue reading

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Committees gear up to vet important county issues

CHAIR’S 3 MINUTES Published in The Maui News, May 28, 2017 By MIKE WHITE On Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Council Chambers, the county’s $705.2 million fiscal year 2018 budget will be considered for second and final reading by … Continue reading

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Legislators consider Neighbor Island taxes to fund rail

CHAIR’S 3 MINUTES Published in The Maui News, MAY 7, 2017 By MIKE WHITE It has been a roller coaster of a ride at the state Legislature this past week, and as of this column’s deadline, it may not be … Continue reading

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County impacted as Legislature gets set to adjourn

CHAIR’S 3 MINUTES Published in The Maui News, April 30, 2017 By MIKE WHITE It’s budget season and the Maui County Council is faced with many difficult decisions for the coming fiscal year. At the start of the budget session, … Continue reading

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Input encouraged on financial plan

CHAIR’S 3 MINUTES Published in The Maui News, April 16, 2017 By MIKE WHITE The County Council’s Budget and Finance Committee, chaired by Council Member Riki Hokama, is anticipated to wrap up discussions with departments this week on the mayor’s … Continue reading

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Unreasonable actions at Legislature could hurt county

CHAIR’S 3 MINUTES Published in The Maui News, April 9, 2017 By MIKE WHITE An important deadline is approaching at the state Legislature on Thursday called the second crossover of bills. Both the House and Senate must conclude reviewing bills … Continue reading

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Community support is critical in moving state bills

CHAIR’S 3 MINUTES Published in The Maui News, February 26, 2017 By MIKE WHITE In last Sunday’s column, I made a case for the counties to receive a greater share of the transient accommodations tax, also known as TAT or … Continue reading

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State wants to keep TAT at expense of counties

Chair’s 3 Minutes Published in The Maui News, Feb. 19, 2017 By Mike White On Tuesday, the state House Committee on Tourism advanced House Bill 1586, which phases out the counties’ share of the transient accommodations tax, also known as … Continue reading

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Now isn’t time for county officials to receive a raise

CHAIR’S 3 MINUTES Published in The Maui News, December 18, 2016 By MIKE WHITE I was at the final harvest of Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. last Monday, a day that marked the end of Maui’s 145-year sugar cane era … Continue reading

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