The economy is improving BUT…. The host for this episode is Jay Fidell. The guest for this episode is Tom Yamachika. Layoffs are no longer part of Gov. David Ige’s plan. The administration has delayed furloughs indefinitely and the worst of the proposed cuts to public education have been averted. Ige still wants money-saving concessions from the public worker unions, but says tax increases won’t be necessary. Despite Ige’s claims, House Finance Committee Chairwoman Sylvia Luke said Monday she is determined to restore funding to a number of state programs the administration has targeted for cuts, and contends the state should step up and pay back about $700 million it borrowed from the federal government to cover unemployment benefits for state residents.