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Micronesian Health care could have Hawaii moneyUPDATED 9:13 AM HST May 15, 2013Video Transcript
115 million dollars each year to cover the costs of providing health care to Micronesian migrants living here. But the state took a big step toward recouping a large chuck of money. Our media partners at Civil Beat are working on this story and more. Joining us this morning is political reporter Chad Blair. The Senate Judiciary Committee added a provision pushed by Hirono to allow Micronesians and others living in the United States through the Compact of Free Association to be eligible for Medicaid. The immigration bill still has a long way to go in Washington, but if approved, the provision would save Hawaii about $40 million in unreimbursed health care costs. Congresswoman about $40 million in unreimbursed health care costs. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa has introduced similar legislation in the House. A state senator is letting a top lobbyist A state senator is letting a top lobbyist use his parking stall at the Capitol. Senate rules appear to give senators great latitude when it comes to parking. As you probably know, it can be very difficult to find public parking at the Capitol during session. Well, Big Island Senator Josh Green lets lobbyist John Radcliffe use his stall some of the time. Both say there is not quid pro quo, and Green -- from the Big Island - doesn't have a car on Oahu anyway. Talks about the UH presidency following MRC Greenwood's retirement will be closed to the public at the Board of Regents' Thursday meeting. Critics said the board could be violating Hawaii's open meetings law by placing in executive session a Thursday agenda item concerning the UH president. But the agenda cites the Sunshine Law's privacy exception, which allows boards to keep discussions about specific individuals closed to the public. Still, critics question whether the board is really making a concerted effort to regain the public's confidence. Labor costs are going up, up, up for the city of Honolulu and the mayor and city council are at odds over how to for the city of Honolulu and the mayor and city council are at odds over how to pay for them. The city had initially estimated -- and allowed for in the mayor's budget -- about $20 million in costs. They now estimate that arbitration rulings expected soon will boost that to more than $37 million. City budget officials want the council members to back off at least $10 million in earmarks for special projects and nonprofit groups in their districts. It's all coming to a head as the council moves toward a June 5 vote on the 2 C1 You can find the complete story we just discussed on CIVIL-BEAT-DOT-COM.