RELEASE: Legislature snubs public input on federal relief funds

Undemocratic process leaves urgent community needs unaddressed

HONOLULU, June 23, 2020 — This afternoon, on the second day of the legislature’s three-week reconvened session, a powerful committee unilaterally passed a bill to spend $635 million in CARES Act funds without allowing any public hearings. The Hawaiʻi Working Families Coalition condemns this move, calling it a breach of public trust and an affront to the democratic process.

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Star-Advertiser Column: Funding for mental health is critical during COVID-19

Arlene Yamashiro, Bryan Talisayan and Rachelle Chang write in the Star-Advertiser: "We need to focus on creating a structurally sound mental health system to address the long-lasting impacts of COVID-19 and to ensure that a comprehensive continuum of care is maintained for the health and well-being of our consumers."

 

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