Oh look, more bad news about the financial state of Hawaii residents. This shouldn’t surprise anyone reading this, but things are bad out there. Sure, unemployment’s very low, but for the most part the jobs that are available are low-paying. In fact, income levels for just about all jobs in Hawaii fall below the national averages. On Feb. 27, the state Department of … [Read more...] about Hawaii consumer debt is bad, getting worse
Bail reform is one of those civil justice issues that's finally getting a lot more attention nationwide. I mean, even Jay-Z has written about it. “If you’re from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you’re unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can’t afford bail,” Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) wrote in … [Read more...] about You need to read ACLU Hawaii’s new report on bail reform
By the Editors at Andrews McMeel AUDACIOUS Kristi Lyn Goss, 44, former administrative assistant to the Garland County (Arkansas) judge, went all out when she racked up about $200,000 worth of debt on the county credit card between 2011 and May 2016, according to The Hot Springs Sentinel-Record. Among the many items Goss purchased on the county’s account were tickets to … [Read more...] about NOTW: Public debt, ancient free love and mischievous vampires
At a time when the right-wing in this nation gets energized from politicians who advocate border walls, another Middle Eastern ground invasion and the banning of Muslims from entering the U.S., left-wing candidates and legislators are trying to appeal to voters with a very different idea: debt-free college. Earlier this month, 10 legislators in 10 states said that they’d … [Read more...] about Can Maui Rep. Kaniela Ing help bring about debt-free college?
FITCHRATINGS SAYS COUNTY FINANCES GOOD, HAWAII PENSION DEBT WORSE THAN EVER And now I’d like to take a few moments to talk about something near and dear to all of our hearts: Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) liabilities. I know, topics as sexy and provocative as this are rarely suitable for even alternative papers, but hey–we’re all adults here, right? Basically, we’re … [Read more...] about FitchRatings Says Hawaii Pension Debt Is Worse Than We Thought While Someone Spent Six Billion Bucks On Political Ads