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Friday, August 24, 2018
Lane: Ige Forms Joint Task Force with Military
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 4011 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...Ige’s formal request to appoint Brig. Gen. Kenneth Hara was submitted on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 and approved by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis earlier today....

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Friday, August 24, 2018
Weakening Quickly, Lane Now a Tropical Storm
By News Release @ 10:01 AM :: 11123 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...ABOUT 145 MI SW OF HONOLULU HAWAII ... PRESENT MOVEMENT...W 7mph ....Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts....

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018
HIEMA Gets New Executive Officer
By News Release @ 12:49 AM :: 4451 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...Luke P. Meyers, a Certified Emergency Manager who most recently served in a variety of posts in the Pacific Northwest, has joined the Hawai’i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) as Executive Officer....

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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Rosy assumptions could be thorny for Hawaii ERS
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:01 PM :: 4264 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...end date could drag out far longer if the investments of the state’s Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) do not perform as well as expected....

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Thursday, August 16, 2018
The State Con-Con Papers
By J. H. Snider Ph.D. @ 4:39 PM :: 4957 Views :: Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

...42 short essays on the history, democratic function, and politics of the periodic state constitutional convention referendum, including Hawaii’s November 6, 2018 convention referendum....

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Hawaii Chosen as Captive Insurance Domicile of the Year
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 3268 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Finalists for this year’s awards were Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Delaware, Hawaii, North Carolina, and Vermont....

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Monday, August 6, 2018
State Rolls Out Phase Two of Payroll Modernization
By News Release @ 8:55 PM :: 4780 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary, OHA

...This second phase included an additional 20,000 employees of the Legislature, Judiciary, Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Executive branch departments....

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Saturday, August 4, 2018
Together we can resolve Hawaii's pension crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:10 PM :: 3859 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... what works, what doesn’t, and what might help Hawaii move out of its position as one of the nation’s worst “sinkhole states” ....

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Friday, August 3, 2018
Analysis of Candidate Position Statements on the Nov. 6 ConCon Referendum
By J. H. Snider Ph.D. @ 6:14 AM :: 5594 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...when candidates say they’ll support whatever voters decide—one can be confident that the candidate’s actual position is to oppose a convention....

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Thursday, August 2, 2018
Grassroot Institute releases report on fixing pension debt crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:29 PM :: 4844 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...how to bring under control the almost $13 billion in unfunded liabilities of Hawaii’s public pension system....

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Thursday, August 2, 2018
Hawaii Budget and Policy Center Releases Budget Primer
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 2944 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...a Budget Primer that serves as an entry-level course covering the components of the state budget, how it is created, and the priorities and choices it reflects....

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Ethics: Big Island's Top Sheriff Busted Padding Payroll
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 6446 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Police

...securing compensation for himself and his subordinate employees for more hours than they actually worked....

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Ige Appoints Jon Yoshimura to Espero's Senate Seat
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 4270 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...Yoshimura will represent District 19 until a new senator is elected in November’s General Election. Yoshimura is not running for the seat....

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Saturday, July 28, 2018
Special Action Team on Affordable Rental Housing Presents 10-Year Plan
By News Release @ 3:52 AM :: 3990 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...of the projects awarded during the current administration, 433 affordable units are now under construction. In addition, 5,946 units are in the pipeline/pending phase, of which 5,235 are affordable....

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Friday, July 27, 2018
How to resolve Hawaii’s public pension debt crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:33 PM :: 6388 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is releasing a new report that outlines how policymakers could resolve Hawaii’s financially dangerous public pension crisis....

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
HDOT Sitting on $468M Unspent Federal Funds
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 4526 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail

...With HART repaving Kamehmeha Hwy out of its own budget, this is money that could be used to pay for rail--but HDOT refuses....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018
HDOT Touts Public-Private Partnership at Airport
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 3955 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Airports Division is proud to be working in partnership with DFS and global restaurateur HMSHost on more than $69 million worth of improvements....

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Sunday, July 22, 2018
Staffer for Sen Stanley Chang Accused of Sex Assault
By Andrew Walden @ 10:04 PM :: 12535 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...Asami Kobayashi, co-founder of Young Progressives Demanding Action (YPDA), has a story to tell.... 

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Thursday, July 19, 2018
Blackmailed by DCCA, Spectrum Rolls out 'Free' Wi-Fi Statewide
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 3152 Views :: Hawaii State Government

“DCCA also negotiated a Public WiFi Partnership program to be deployed in the coming years as a condition of the Hawaiian Telcom-Cincinnati Bell transfer.”

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Thursday, July 19, 2018
Hawaii's false ballistic-missile warning spurs senators to propose fixing national alert system
By Selected News Articles @ 2:13 AM :: 5047 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government, Military

...The proposal is sponsored by Sen. Brian Schatz, Hawaii Democrat, and Sen. John Thune, South Dakota....

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Thursday, July 12, 2018
The FCC is changing up the country’s emergency alert system to prevent another Hawaii incident
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 5297 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government, Military

...Action Supports More Effective Local Emergency Alert Tests and PSAs, Addresses False Alerts, and Seeks to Improve Wireless Alerts....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Ige Vetoes Eight -- Allows Law Enforcement Standards Board to Become Law
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 6297 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Police, Taxes

...Gov. David Ige has notified legislative leaders and key lawmakers that he is vetoing eight out of 11 bills on his Intent to Veto list....

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Monday, July 9, 2018
Tech Debacle: Hawaii v Ciber Stays in State Courts, Guaranteeing Big Money Payoff
By News Release @ 6:10 PM :: 3049 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the State defeated a recent attempt by Ciber’s insurers to move the lawsuit out of state....

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Sunday, July 8, 2018
If You Don’t Rock the Boat, How Do You Change Its Direction?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4178 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...When many of us in Hawaii grew up, we were taught to go with the flow....

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Saturday, June 30, 2018
State Payroll Modernization Readies for ‘Group 2’ Rollout
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 4019 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The HawaiiPay project is helping the state to replace its mainframe payroll system that is more than 50 years old with a single integrated software system called PeopleSoft....

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
False Missile Alert: HGEA Members Sleeping on the Job
By Selected News Articles @ 11:39 AM :: 6806 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Military

...“On multiple occasions, I’ve observed them watching movies or TV shows.  Usually they are sitting around looking unoccupied. Approximately two weeks ago, it was reported to me by a staff member who came in early that they observed all three SWP staff on shift asleep.”....

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Monday, June 25, 2018
Ige Releases 'Intent to Veto' List
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 3307 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Hawaii Governor May Veto Bill Expanding Hotel Tax....

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Monday, June 25, 2018
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to Host Open Houses
By News Release @ 9:17 PM :: 5384 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...HI-EMA is inviting the community to three open houses as it updates the Hawai’i State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, which addresses ways to reduce the impact of natural hazards on the State....

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Kauai, Oahu Floods: Ige Asks FEMA to Reconsider Individual Assistance
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 4227 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Hawaii State Government

...Of the 187 homes destroyed or severely damaged, 109 were owner-occupied....

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Monday, June 11, 2018
​Public-Private Partnerships in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:41 PM :: 5365 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...how to ease barriers to public-private partnerships in the state, and the benefits that could result if done right....

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
What Does State Constitution Say About Balanced Budget?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4152 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...here is a question for you....

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Friday, June 8, 2018
HB2748: Ige Signs Housing Bill
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 5275 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

...HB2748 appropriates $200 million to the Hawai‘i Housing Finance and Development Corporation’s (HHFDC) Rental Housing Revolving Fund....

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
Ige Releases $12M for Volcano Response
By News Release @ 10:06 PM :: 4909 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Labor

...costs for overtime, equipment and materials are mounting....

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
Is the Hawaii Convention Center Profitable?
By UHERO @ 1:59 AM :: 5074 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...HTA CEO George Szegeti said “In CY2017 the convention center turned a net operating profit of $1.1 million, marking its second consecutive year of profitability.” This is surprising news, indeed....

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Saturday, June 2, 2018
Auditor: Two Years Later State Scores 2-2-1 on IT
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:32 PM :: 3504 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...thus making an accurate and comprehensive compilation of these costs extremely time-consuming, if not impossible to complete....

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Saturday, June 2, 2018
State IT: Several Measures Await Governor’s Signature
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 2808 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...several pieces of priority legislation succeeded in being passed this year. The governor has until June 25 to decide....

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Saturday, May 26, 2018
Analyst: Hawaii Legislators are ‘F***ing Morons’
By Selected News Articles @ 6:09 PM :: 4892 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Michael Pachter, perhaps the most outspoken and well-known analyst in the games industry didn’t spare any words against the Hawaii legislators led by Chris Lee....

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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Lava disaster could worsen Hawaii pension crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:27 PM :: 4898 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Labor

...ERS director warns emergency overtime costs add to state's unfunded liabilities....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Rusty Scalpel: Gut n Replace SB2858 Fails to meet Constitutional requirement
By News Release @ 3:47 PM :: 5016 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The “Rusty Scalpel” award recognizes passage of a bill whose subject has been substantially amended without opportunity for adequate legislative review as required by the Hawaii Constitution....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
After a Few Months of Typing, HGEA Member Scores Lifetime 'Disability' Pension
By Robert Thomas @ 1:23 PM :: 5969 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...with 10 years of back payments thanks to a 3-2 decision of the Hawaii Supreme Court....

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Friday, May 18, 2018
Backbone
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:41 PM :: 7967 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government, GMOs

...With the recent passage of the anti-pesticide bills in our legislature, I received messages and emails from certain legislators apologizing for voting for this....

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Thursday, May 17, 2018
How Well-Funded are Pension Plans in Your State? -- Hawaii 45th
By Tax Foundation @ 5:56 PM :: 4878 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... the Hawaii ERS is only 51% funded -- 5th worst in USA ....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Republican Caucus: Legislative Session in Review
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 2:58 PM :: 4364 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

The 2018 Legislative Session has come to a close. Close to 200 bills sit on the Governor's desk awaiting his signature....

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Friday, May 11, 2018
Pressler out at DoH
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 4384 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Anderson will be taking over for Pressler.  He has served as administrator of the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Aquatic Resources since October 2015....

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Hawaii Constitutional Convention--The Basics
By Video @ 7:23 PM :: 4644 Views :: Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

...basic questions that will elucidate the nature of the institution....

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Follow the Money? Not so Easy in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 6478 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits

... Following the Money 2018 -- How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data ...

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Friday, May 4, 2018
Was 2018 Hawaii Legislature a success?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:05 PM :: 4522 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Saiki said that after passing last year’s rail tax hike, he feels like “the Legislature can do anything.”....

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Thursday, May 3, 2018
Navigating risk at Hawaii's public pension system
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:43 PM :: 3722 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...$12.9 billion in unfunded liabilities, a huge risk for government employees and all Hawaii families alike....

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Thursday, May 3, 2018
Ige Requests Disaster Declaration for Kauai, Oahu
By News Release @ 2:28 AM :: 4916 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Hawaii State Government

...the floods caused more than $19.7 million in damage....

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Final Passage: House, Senate Move Bills
By News Release @ 10:54 PM :: 3383 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The 2018 Legislature will adjourn on Thursday, May 3....

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