The Conversation: Hawaii Economic Forecast Down Due to COVID-19

Mar 12, 2020

Economist Paul Brewbaker on COVID-19 effects on Hawaii; Council on Revenues changes forecast in wake of virus; Carbon tax credits moves through the Legislature; HiSAM exhibit celebrates centennial of women's suffrage.

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Economist Paul Brewbaker on COVID-19 effects on Hawaii

Paul Brewbaker of TZ Economics sat down with us earlier this week. Since the beginning of the year, he had been warning the community to brace for the unexpected. He discusses potential impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council on Revenues changes forecast in wake of virus

Fears over the coronavirus could mean a $300 million hit to state tax collections. Civil Beat reporter Stewart Yerton briefs us on the state's Council on Revenues yesterday and how retailers are already seeing the economic effects of the novel coronavirus. Click here to read the full story on civilbeat.org.

Carbon tax credits moves through the Legislature

Leaders in state government say they want to figh climate change and de-carbonize Hawaii's economy. One popular idea for doing that is to put a tax on carbon emissions. At least one bill to make that happen is moving in the state Legislature. HPR's Ryan Finnerty tells us how that might work.

Helen Hamilton Gardener, Carrie Chapman Catt and Maud Wood Park (from left to right) on the balcony of Suffrage House, the Washington headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association
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HiSAM exhibit celebrates centennial of women's suffrage

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the women's suffrage movement. Joyce Nakano of the Friends of HiSAM and local artist Reem Bassous tells us about a fundraising effort for the state art museum.