Hawaii Public Radio: COVID-19 Budget Moves Out For Passage, But Not Without Controversy

June 24, 2020 - Hawaii lawmakers have agreed on a plan that allocates millions in CARES Act money to cover some of the unemployment benefits people will lose at the end of July. This is one of the many items in the budget proposal to use the federal money to address issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic but social service organizations on the island say the plan does not address every issue. 

“Families could’ve used more help with food and many have lost their health insurance — the current bill doesn’t address these needs,” said Deborah Zysman, executive director of Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network in a statement. “Our kūpuna remain vulnerable, and many immigrants still havenʻt received any government support.” Read the full article here.

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