‘Cycle of poverty’ targeted: Lawmakers, Ige unveil legislative package that aims to make Hawaii more affordable

Hawaii Senate President Ron Kouchi speaks at the Hawaii Sate Capitol on Tuesday in Honolulu, surrounded by lawmakers and Gov. David Ige. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

As the Hawaii Legislature gears up for the 2020 session, leaders from the state House and Senate, along with Gov. David Ige, announced on Tuesday a legislation package to tackle critical economic issues that have long-plagued Hawaii’s residents: income inequality, affordable housing and early education.