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Lawmakers open 2020 session with big plans for taxes, preschool, housing

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                                House Minority Leader Gene Ward addressed fellow representatives Wednesday about Hawaii’s high cost of living with a bag of groceries at his side.

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    House Minority Leader Gene Ward addressed fellow representatives Wednesday about Hawaii’s high cost of living with a bag of groceries at his side.

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                                Maui Mayor Mike Victorino, right, greets Big Island Mayor Harry Kim prior to joining the other mayors.

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    Maui Mayor Mike Victorino, right, greets Big Island Mayor Harry Kim prior to joining the other mayors.

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                                Kauai Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami joined other neighbor island mayors in going before state lawmakers to explain their legislative requests.

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    Kauai Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami joined other neighbor island mayors in going before state lawmakers to explain their legislative requests.

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                                Senate President Ron Kouchi, left, and Majority Leader Kalani English participated in an informal question-and-answer session Wednesday on the Senate floor.

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    Senate President Ron Kouchi, left, and Majority Leader Kalani English participated in an informal question-and-answer session Wednesday on the Senate floor.

Hawaii lawmakers thumped the gavels to open the 2020 session of the state Legislature Wednesday with an unusually detailed plan for the laws they plan to pass this year, and with a large demonstration by Hawaiian activists rumbling in the background. Read more

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