Civil Beat: How much are state workers making?UPDATED 9:04 AM HST Sep 30, 2013Video Transcript
Joining us over skype is CIVIL- BEAT-DOT-COM reporter, Chad Blair. 1. Civil Beat has updated its reporting on the salaries of state 1. Civil Beat has updated its reporting on the salaries of state workers. What's new? The state is employing more people and paying them higher salaries than in 2012. Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Legislature restored the cuts this past legislative session and funded pay raises for thousands of union workers at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. The state has spent almost $2 billion on salaries alone for the past few years. When health and retirement benefits are factored in, payroll accounts for more than half of the state operating budget. A look at the 2013 state salaries shows the medical profession still pays the most. The top three highest paid employees on the DHRD's payroll all worked in the public health sector, just like last year. Note: this story does not include DOE, Legislature, Judiciary, OHA, and a couple other obscure agencies. Nor does it include City of Honolulu. But all are still to come. CB believes it is the media's job to provide transparency, especily when tax llars are involved. Major advancei battery storage chnolog not to ntion sharp cost ductions, could help ght the wafor waii's troubled solar dustry.he path rward uld, it seems creasingly plausible, volve do-it-yourself solar users disconnecting themselves from the power ialtogether, and ill flourishing. And whileajor questions mainbout the cost, e technolynthe ce of adaptation of fhe-grid solar, it is gnificant that ere is a possible pathway forward. The industry has eed thousands of new jobs across the state and helped Hawaii meet its renewable energy gls, but it is suffering a riod of sudden tnchment after years historic growth http://www.civilbeat. com/voices/23/07 /09/ 19464-darkening-skies- over-hawaii-solar-indu stry/ . Now companies nd themselves competi a shrinking market as they wrestle with the mitations of a public ility that owns the w grids on Oahu, the g Island and Maui County. But new and proved battery storage y help save the dustry. 3. A 7-minute clip from e Atralian oadcasting Corporation portshe story of 3. A 7-minute clip from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports the story of Marshallese woman Darleen Keju-Johnson's address to a World Council of Churches assembly 30 years ago. The address raised attention about compensation for the U.S. nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands. Keju-Johnson died in 1996, and her husband Giff Johnson has written a book about her and health programs tied to the testing entitled "Don't Ever Whisper." Johnson will visit Hawaii in late October and early November for a book tour. NOTE: THERE IS A VIDEO LINK, GIFF JOHNSON GAVE PERMISSION Here's the nk to the story -- tp://ha.news.bl ogs.civilbeac/st 2645522379/videoh -marshall-islands-unfo ettable-voice You can find the complete story we just discussed on CIVIL-BEAT-DOT-COM.