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Monday, June 27, 2016
Ige: Captive Insurance Shunts $1.26B to Local Bankers
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 5158 Views :: Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

Since enabling legislation was enacted into law on May 29, 1986....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
DOCARE Chief Forced Out—Retaliation for Investigating DLNR Corruption, Theft of Guns
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 11168 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...in a June 16 letter, Case said she was not extending Friel's employment past his six-month probation period....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Ige to Sign Six Bills
By News Release @ 2:42 AM :: 3454 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...at ceremonies on Oahu and Maui....

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Thursday, June 2, 2016
Financial Solvency: Hawaii Ranks 45th
By Selected News Articles @ 4:16 AM :: 4366 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...liabilities are equal to 73 percent of total state personal income....

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Duke Aiona Legislative Wrapup
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 4:00 PM :: 6958 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Life

...in a recent Star-Advertiser online poll, 50% of respondents gave the 2016 Legislative Session a “D” or “F” grade....

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Friday, May 20, 2016
Auditor: Ag Department Still Not Checking Weights, Measures
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:22 PM :: 4966 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

...despite having secured state funding since 2012, the chairperson of the Board of Agriculture has neither re-established nor filled the branch’s program manager and inspector positions....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
State of Hawaii Files First Lawsuit Relating to Faulty Takata Airbags
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 3059 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Hawai’i is the first state to file a lawsuit against these companies for their roles in causing millions of cars to be sold with airbags that could explode, posing grave, sometimes fatal, dangers to the cars’ occupants....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
UHERO: How State Shares Transient Accommodation Tax With Counties
By UHERO @ 9:49 PM :: 3865 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

This paper examines Hawaii’s recent effort at developing a model to allocate the state’s transient accommodation tax....

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Sunday, May 8, 2016
Complete List: All Bills that Passed the Legislature in 2016
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 10:40 PM :: 5548 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Nearly 300 bills passed the legislature this session....

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Friday, May 6, 2016
Moody’s: Hawaii #3 in State Debt
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 4908 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Thirty-five states experienced a decrease in absolute debt levels....

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Thursday, May 5, 2016
Ige: Hawaii has a Grade B Legislature
By News Release @ 12:22 AM :: 4306 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Disagreements are inevitable ....

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Taxpayers Bear the Burden of the State's Promises
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:55 PM :: 3126 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...new accounting rules require the state to report pension debt in its balance sheet....

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
CQ Roll Call: Top 5 Issues in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 6277 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

Native Hawaiians continue to disagree on the future of the sovereignty movement, or even whether there should be one....

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Status of Bills in Conference
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 5:02 PM :: 4015 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Tuesday (5/3) will be the second to last floor session where many of the bills will be heard for final passage. The 2016 Legislative session officially ends Thursday (5/5)....

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Friday, April 29, 2016
How a Bill Becomes a Law Part 3
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 4:55 PM :: 4515 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...three different scenarios a bill can go through after passing Second Crossover....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Hawaii Taxpayers Still Not Getting Truthful Financial Reports
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 3866 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

A new accounting standard is requiring Hawaii to come clean about its pension debt, but the state is still hiding billions of pension and health care debt from its financial reports....

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Sunday, April 17, 2016
House Passes More than 100 Senate Bills on Final Crossover
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 2931 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Bills include heat abatement for schools, crime victims’ rights, body cameras for police, senior care facility inspections, affordable housing, and the Judiciary budget....

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Sunday, April 17, 2016
Senate Passes more than 250 Bills on Second Crossover
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 2921 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Measures include teacher travel exception, water rights, assistance for displaced Maui sugar workers....

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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Second Crossover—Bills Head for Conference Committee
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 10:36 PM :: 3747 Views :: Hawaii State Government

On April 14th, the Legislature hit the second crossover deadline of the 2016 legislative session....

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
States Employ Temporary Workers, But Often Know Little About Them
By Selected News Articles @ 6:32 PM :: 4159 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

The investigative division at the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office relies heavily on retired law enforcement officers hired as temps....

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Auditor: Kahoolawe Trust Fund Gone After 20 years Without a Plan
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:29 PM :: 5384 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, OHA

...the Kaho‘olawe Rehabilitation Trust Fund will be depleted by FY2018....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Slom hits Bad Bills—Reckless, Wasteful Legislation
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 3:15 PM :: 3704 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...measures to raise taxes, mandate insurance coverage, increase funding for collective bargaining, establish a special fund, infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms, or further enlarge state government....

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
Legislative Deadlines: Second Decking, Third Reading
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 8:56 PM :: 3721 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...April 8 makes the Second Decking deadline for the 2016 Legislative Session....

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Friday, April 8, 2016
Ige Announces Nominees for Board of Education, Land Use Commission
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 6187 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate....

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
GAO: Hawaii’s COFA migrant cost math inaccurate
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 5268 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

...the Department of the Interior provided approximately $409 million to affected jurisdictions .... In contrast, affected jurisdictions estimated costs of $2.1 billion....

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Monday, April 4, 2016
Auditor: Every Special Fund Proposed in 2016 Legislature out of Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:16 PM :: 3593 Views :: Hawaii State Government

None of the 47 new special and revolving funds proposed during the 2016 legislative session met amended statutory criteria....

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Sunday, April 3, 2016
State Saves $32M by refinancing general obligation bonds
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 3224 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...State’s improved financial outlook leads to lower interest rates on refunding general obligation bonds....

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Saturday, April 2, 2016
Republican Appointments to Hawaii State Boards and Commissions
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 4:16 PM :: 5991 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Currently, there is an appointment open with the Elections Commission for Hawaii County....

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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Triple Referral Lateral
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 5:00 PM :: 4013 Views :: Hawaii State Government

All bills referred to three or more committees had to be passed through their first committee....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Duke Aiona Legislative Update March 17, 2016
By Video @ 7:02 PM :: 7404 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Life

From Hawaii Family Advocates ....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
State Hands IT Systems to New UH Tech Center
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 4420 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

Lassner noted that “The state has had IT facilities challenges for years...."

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Monday, March 14, 2016
Complete List: Bills that Passed First Crossover
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 11:14 PM :: 3784 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House and Senate debated nearly 200 third reading bills each on Tuesday....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
AP: Only Senator Sam Slom Responded Fully to Our Open Records Request
By Selected News Articles @ 4:38 PM :: 3919 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Of the lawmakers, only the state’s lone Republican Senator, Sam Slom, divulged the requested information....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
SB 2840–Kill Zombie Pensions
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:00 PM :: 3419 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state of Hawaii paid $538,519.25 of public pension money to people who were deceased....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Auditor: Incompetence Prevents Management of State IT Resources
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:37 AM :: 3573 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Office of Enterprise Technology Services agreed....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
AM940 -- Grassroot Institute on the Air
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:57 PM :: 2976 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Tune in every Monday morning at 7:00 am to KKNE AM 940 on Oahu, broadcasting island-wide! ....

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Thursday, March 10, 2016
Hawaii’s Deficit Disaster: Learning from Illinois
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:37 PM :: 3508 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics
“Spending by the state is growing faster than the revenues are growing”
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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
2016 Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. Government
By Rachelle Chang @ 10:17 AM :: 3669 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...bills in the 2016 Legislative Session that test the balance between government’s power and the power of the people....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Fitch: Hawaii debt levels are high
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 4005 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii's debt levels are high for a U.S. state government, and Fitch expects them to remain so....

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Sunday, March 6, 2016
First Decking: Complete List of Crossover Bills
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 7:57 PM :: 4095 Views :: Hawaii State Government

All bills under consideration for crossing over to the other chamber must be in their final form 48 hours prior to Third Reading....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
HB1473: Help Legislators Buy Influence, Spread Campaign Cash
By Selected News Articles @ 2:22 AM :: 5230 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

This culture of “vote buying” creates a false majority....

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Sunday, February 28, 2016
Last Week of Hearings—What’s on the Move?
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 3725 Views :: Hawaii State Government

We are down to the final week for hearings before bills cross into the other chamber....

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
List of Bills Still Alive After First Lateral
By News Release @ 1:43 AM :: 3606 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...all bills must have moved to a final committee in the originating Chamber by the end of the day Feb 18 in order to continue through the Legislative process....

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
ADP Anyone? State RFP Seeks Proposals to Modernize Payroll, Attendance Systems
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 3873 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...serving more than 75,000 full- and part-time employees statewide....

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Ige Appoints Kai Kahele to Senate
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 5978 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Kahele will take office once the state senate qualifies him and administers the oath of office....

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Saturday, February 13, 2016
February 11: First Triple Referral Deadline of the Legislative Session
By News Release @ 1:37 AM :: 3089 Views :: Hawaii State Government

All bills with three or more committee referrals must have passed through their first committee....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
Shenanigans continue—House Waives 48 hour notice for Hearings
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 AM :: 4599 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

The purpose of the 48-hour notice rule is so that the public may participate meaningfully in the legislative process....

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Saturday, February 6, 2016
Legislative Update: Death, Taxes, and Extracurricular Activities
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:43 PM :: 3087 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot Institute Legislative Update....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Hawaii Superferry Eyed for Maine-Nova Scotia Route
By Selected News Articles @ 8:51 PM :: 6291 Views :: Environment, Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

...the USNS Puerto Rico is the ship being considered by Bay Ferries....

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Friday, February 5, 2016
Ige Admin Denies Proposing Superferry Revival
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 3801 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... just when you thought you were seeing a glimmer of leadership ....

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