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<strong>“This would severely, if not permanently, affect our local economy.”</strong>
                                <strong>Randy Perreira</strong>
                                <em>Executive director, Hawaii Government Employees Association</em>
Public worker union urges Ige to borrow from feds instead of cutting workers’ pay

The head of the state’s largest public worker union is urging Gov. David Ige to borrow money from the federal government if necessary to avoid deep pay cuts for public workers, and U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said Tuesday he also wants to explore the borrowing option to help close a $1.5 billion state budget shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

                                In this April 2, 2020, file photo a nurse holds a vial and a swab at a drive-up coronavirus testing station at a hospital.
Researchers offer draft plan for coronavirus recovery

Police detectives, teachers and government workers who have been idled by the pandemic might need to be drafted into service to work on a more aggressive coronavirus contact tracing program in Hawaii, according to the authors of a new paper published by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization. Read more

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