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April 28, 2010

Johnson on Budget: “You can’t get blood out of a turnip… this is a pretty big vegetable we’re looking at”

“Nothing is easy and I can empathize with many of the decisions that we have to face.  But I do appreciate what the administration is going through, but I also appreciate that you’re (Council Chair Joe Pontanilla) trying to look at the concerns of the general public, interpret that as well as what all nine... Read more »
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November 04, 2009

Political Response Pours in as Plug is Pulled on Pineapple

Many on Maui are calling it the end of an era as Maui Land and Pineapple Company pulls the plug on pineapple production.  An estimated 285 lay offs are planned by the end of the year in a move that was announced to workers Tuesday morning. After losing $115 million in agriculture over the past... Read more »
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November 03, 2009

ML&P to Stop Planting Pineapple, 285 Layoffs Expected

After 97 years of operations, Maui Land & Pineapple Company announced today it will immediately stop planting pineapple and will cease pineapple operations by the end of the year.  The move is part of a structural change that is aimed at making ML&P more competitive, while improving operating efficiencies, and better positioning its Kapalua Resort... Read more »
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September 03, 2009

MAUI BRIEFING TO DISCUSS POTENTIAL IMPACTS OF AG REDUCTIONS

The Hawaii State Senate’s Ad Hoc Committee will conduct an informational briefing on Maui this week to gather information relating to the potential impacts of reductions within the state Department of Agriculture on Maui. In a press release issued today, the committee states that the discussion arises from Governor Linda Lingle’s announced intention to layoff... Read more »
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July 20, 2009

UNIONS RECEIVE NOTIFICATION LIST OF POTENTIAL LAYOFFS

State Director of Human Resources Development Marie Laderta today notified the United Public Workers and the Hawai’i Government Employees Association of possible reductions in force of more than 1,100 state employees covered by collective bargaining agreements. The issuance of the layoff list comes in accordance with a 90-day notification requirement that must be followed before... Read more »
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July 09, 2009

LAYOFFS LOOMING: STATE REVENUES LOWER THAN PROJECTED

An updated assessment of tax revenues shows the state lost an additional $57 million in FY09-worse than the 9 percent decline projected by the Council on Revenues.    Governor Linda Lingle said she will have to make “tough, realistic decisions to close the budget shortfall.”  She did not specify how many workers would be laid... Read more »
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March 17, 2009

Hawaii Superferry to Begin Layoffs on Friday

The Hawaii Superferry will begin releasing employees beginning this Friday, March 20th.
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