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Summer 2021 Legislative Update

Legislative Update

by Lauren Zirbel

HFIA's success at the Legislature this year was due to our strategy of proactively supporting positive legislation and our ongoing work to build and maintain positive working relationships with our Senators and Representatives.

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Spring 2021 Legislative Update

Legislative Update

by Lauren Zirbel

This year marks the first ever virtual legislative session. While HFIA is still busy with ongoing working groups related to COVID response, local food procurement, and vaccination distribution via zoom, we can now also add legislative hearings to our virtual to do list! Many issues have taken on increased urgency in the light of post-pandemic economic hardship for businesses and residents.

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Legislative Day 2021

2021 Legislative Day

Zoom meeting screen shot This year HFIA had our first ever virtual Legislative Day. Of course we missed getting to see everyone in person and the great refreshments always provided by Coca-Cola and bentos from Zippy’s, but we did have a wonderful high turnout for both our First Government Relations Committee (GRC) Meeting of the year, and out Legislative Talk Story.

 

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Winter 2020 Legislative Update

Winter 2020 Legislative Update

by Lauren Zirbel

COUNTY

City Card Program

HFIA is working with the Ofice of Economic Revitalization and other stakeholders on the development of the City Card Program to provide households impacted by COVID-19 with pre-loaded funds on a MasterCard similar to a debit card. City Card will be used for households to purchase groceries, food, household items such as cleaning supplies, prescriptions and pharmaceutical household needs. The value of the cards has not yet been determined but should be between $500 and $1000.

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Fall 2020 Legislative Update

Fall 2020 Legislative Update

By Lauren Zirbel

COUNTY

HFIA is working with other stakeholders in our business community, including Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Hawaii Restaurant Association, Retail Merchants of Hawaii, and the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, on a plan for the City and County of Honolulu to allocate some of the federal COVID-19 aid money to business landlords and tenants. The business closures and other economic impacts of COVID-19 are leading to many businesses being unable to pay rent, which in turn leaves landlords unable to pay property taxes. Distributing a portion of the federal aid in the form of grant money to those impacted by this aspect of the pandemic, will help reduce some of the negative impacts for our business community and state budget. We’re also advocating for a second round of PPP loans with flexibility in how they can be used. Keep an eye out for additional information on these programs in our Weekly Updates.

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Spring 2021 Legislative Update

Legislative Update

by Lauren Zirbel

This year marks the first ever virtual legislative session. While HFIA is still busy with ongoing working groups related to COVID response, local food procurement, and vaccination distribution via zoom, we can now also add legislative hearings to our virtual to do list! Many issues have taken on increased urgency in the light of post-pandemic economic hardship for businesses and residents.

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