Last week, the state of Hawaii approved its first roll-out of Feed-in Tariffs (FIT), a reward program that allows homes and businesses to get paid for building renewable energy systems such as rooftop solar panels and feeding that energy into the electric grid. To implement the plan, companies that install and maintain a renewable source device receive a Power Purchase Agreement from a utility, while the state government regulates the electricity tariff rate. The Hawaii FIT program roll-out will take place on all of the state's grids within six weeks. Hawaii joins Vermont, Washington, California, and Oregon in introducing statewide feed-in-tariffs.
As pundits attempt to digest what Colorado's primary on Tuesday night means for incumbents and insurgents alike, there is one thing everyone can agree on: voting by mail saved counties much-needed money while boosting turnout.
Who benefits from hyping criminal enforcement as the solution to the
As a Service and Employees International Union (SEIU)
highlights, one key player profiting off the nation's broken
immigration system is the private prison firm, Corrections Corporation
of America (CCA). CCA operates and profits significantly from private
prisons across the country, many of which house immigrants in detention,
a kind of legal limbo in which immigrants are imprisoned while their
cases are being considered, or who are in the process of being deported.
Like the rest of the nation, the Hawaiian legislature made needed
reforms in order to balance the state’s $1.2 billion budget deficit.
The Democrat-led legislature used innovative ways to deal with the
crisis - such as raising the taxes on petroleum products, a measure that
lessens Hawaii’s dependence on foreign oil and reinvests in renewable
energy sources, and voting to reroute sitting monies from the Hurricane
Relief Fund terminate teacher furloughs and ensure that students remain
more days in the classrooms. Notably, the legislature had to override 11
out of 14 vetoes by their Governor.