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Thursday, May 13, 2021
DoT Hosts Public Meetings for 'Statewide Transportation Improvement Program'
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 813 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"... The STIP is a four-year programming implementation document that identifies State and County transportation projects to be funded in part with federal funds ...."

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Friday, May 7, 2021
Creating Facts on the Ground: Stadium Authority Rushes Decision to Demolish Aloha Stadium
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 1909 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

... In a special Stadium Authority Board Meeting this morning (Thursday, May 6), the Board confirmed and voted for an early demolition of the existing stadium location ....

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
Senate Reorganizes Leadership, Committees
By News Release @ 2:31 PM :: 1314 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... appointment of Senator Dru Kanuha (District 3 – Kona and Kaʻū) as the new Senate Majority Leader ....

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Sunday, May 2, 2021
Legislators Sum up 2021 Session
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 1741 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The Governor has until June 21, 2021, to provide the Legislature with notification of his intent to veto ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
Legislature allows governor to act without restraint for another year
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:26 PM :: 1620 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... This bill was so close to the finish line that the only question seemed to be whether Gov. Ige would agree to limit his power ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
Surprise! Another Cash Giveaway to HSTA Members -- $2,200 This Time
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 2827 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... The payments aim for “workforce stabilization to retain teachers” and will be made to full- and half-time teachers. (Translation: Incumbent stabilization to retain HSTA endorsement for 2022.) ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Bills would Increase efficiency of State procurement
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 1783 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... HB526 and SB1329 ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Real ID enforcement deadline extended to May 2023
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 1515 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... Oahu residents now have an additional 19 months to get the REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and state identification cards before they will need it to board domestic flights and enter some federal buildings ....

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Lock and dam system for Honolulu? Is this just the beginning?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:55 PM :: 2127 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government

... Chow believes there is “a good chance that the feasibility study will be funded in Federal fiscal year 2022 by the application of Congress’ Community Project Funding (CPF)” and asks for support from the harbors’ group “convincing Congress to fund the Honolulu Harbor feasibility study.”….

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Capital improvement procurement protests grind to a halt
By Andrew Walden @ 11:30 PM :: 1609 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... a “potential catastrophe” enabling “abuse of discretion… (which) …will promote and enable favoritism and/or corruption in public procurement.” ....

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Sen J Kalani 'Powdernose' English Resigns--Ige to Appoint Replacement
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 2148 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... In accordance with State law, Democratic Party officers from the fifteen precincts in Senate District 7 will convene to identify three names that will be transmitted to Governor Ige for consideration. The Governor has sixty days to fill the vacancy ....

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Sunday, April 25, 2021
The Whackee Strikes Back!
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:38 PM :: 2321 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... and he pulls no punches ....

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Sunday, April 25, 2021
Union Contract Talks: HGEA, UPW, UHPA Ratify and Reject--HSTA Still Holding Out
By News Release @ 12:54 AM :: 2083 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... HGEA BU13 and UPW BU10 rejected contract proposals ....

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
​How to tell which bills to veto
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:34 PM :: 1536 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the spotlight is moving toward Gov. David Ige .... 

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
HB200: Final Budget Deal Approved by Conference Committee
By News Release @ 6:17 PM :: 1279 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... $31.17 billion through all methods of funding (MOF) for the fiscal biennium beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2023 ....

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Ige releases $278M for infrastructure projects
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 1292 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the state released more than $278 million for Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) in the month of March ....

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
State Auditor Facing a Whack Job?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2850 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

... the report spends lots of time reviewing the Auditor’s recent actions involving the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ....

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
VIDEO: Should Government Account for Long-Term Liabilities?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:36 PM :: 1120 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the private Government Accounting Standards Board is considering rule changes that would make it easier for governments to ignore long-term liabilities when crafting short-term budgets .... 

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
2021 UH Legislative Update, including proposed budget cuts
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 1632 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, COVID-19

... Many of the reductions are hopefully made up with federal stimulus funding ....

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
SB1350: Hawaii House Votes to Suspend Pay Raises for Legislators
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 1846 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The House voted for a suspension running through December 31, 2022 ....

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Auditor: Working Group Report "Slipshod and riddled with errors and omissions"
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:06 PM :: 2150 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

... Scathing ‘audit’ of Hawaii state auditor Les Kondo is met with scathing rebuttal ....

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Saturday, April 10, 2021
Rep Ward Questions Inaction on Legislative Pay Hikes
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:48 AM :: 1764 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

.... Speaker Saiki and Senate President Kochi have until April 28 (Adjournment Day) to rectify the situation if they so desire ....

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Republican ​Legislative Week in Review
By Brett Kulbis @ 9:46 PM :: 1416 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... we warned you about SB56 ....

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Monday, April 5, 2021
Fiscal notes could help Hawaii avoid fiscal calamity
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:50 PM :: 1261 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... for the most part, Hawaii lawmakers are just guessing about how their proposed bills will affect Hawaii’s economy ....

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Monday, April 5, 2021
Does ARPA Outlaw Hawaii Tech and Film Tax Credit Expansion?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:28 PM :: 1670 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes, COVID-19

"...Hawaii increased the cap on its film incentives and decoupled from federal restrictions on research and development tax credits...."

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Is Bitcoin illegal in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:27 PM :: 1890 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... options to buy crypto are very limited at the moment. That’s because of a little-known rule from a little-known government organization ....

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1703 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

"... The Aa2 rating on the State of Hawaii's general obligation bonds recognizes the significant fiscal challenges posed by the current health and economic crisis...."

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
House Budget: Irresponsible record-breaking spending spree
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:34 PM :: 1574 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Keli’i Akina says House members should have aimed to pay off more debt instead of go on a record-breaking spending spree ....

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
What are the Limits to Hawaii Governors' Emergency Powers?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:51 PM :: 1343 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Hawai‘i’s statute contains a single major check on the executive’s delegated authority: the “automatic termination” provision ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Hawaii: Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment
By Selected News Articles @ 10:23 PM :: 1660 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... do people in high-tax states receive superior government services ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
Hawaii Republican Legislative Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 8:43 PM :: 1293 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... We are less than 30-days to "Sine Die," if we are lucky, the good will outweigh the bad when it's over! ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
Grassroot Institute Legislative Update
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:55 AM :: 1763 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Hawaii's Legislature is about halfway through its 2021 session, and if we're lucky, the good will outweigh the bad when it's over ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
House Finance Committee Approves State Budget – with Amendments
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 1314 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... The $1.6 billion in federal funds allocated to the State in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a temporary reprieve for the State's financial crisis. ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
DLIR: No Gap in Benefits Extended under Latest COVID Stimulus Bill
By News Release @ 4:54 AM :: 1214 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Title IX of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 extends key unemployment insurance and assistance provisions of both the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) as well as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ....

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Monday, March 15, 2021
Senate Sends Housing Bills to House
By News Release @ 6:06 PM :: 1458 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... Establishes the ALOHA homes program to develop low-cost homes on state-owned and county-owned land in urban redevelopment sites to be sold in leasehold by the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Ige: "Furloughs are off the table"
By News Release @ 6:37 PM :: 1673 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Translation: Wage hikes coming on June 30 ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
100% Fail: Auditor Report on Legislators' Proposed Special Funds and Revolving Funds
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:11 AM :: 1129 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... We reviewed 75 House and Senate bills proposing 51 special and revolving funds during the 2021 legislative session. None satisfied the criteria set forth in Section 23-11, HRS, for proposed special and revolving funds ....

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
OIP: UIPA Under COVID Emergency Rules
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 1144 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... SP18 requires an agency that relies on the suspended deadlines to acknowledge receipt of “UIPA Requests”  ....

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Official State Meetings Calendar Updated
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 915 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Sunshine Law requires notice of meetings of state boards to be electronically posted on the State Calendar at least six calendar days before the meeting ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
VIDEO: What to watch out for at the Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:50 AM :: 1132 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Lawmakers are planning to increase taxes and regulations this year, but there are better ways to help Hawaii's economy prosper ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
Hawaii Republican Legislative Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 3:41 AM :: 1393 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... upcoming hearings ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Stop playing with the numbers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:36 AM :: 1487 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... When it comes to budgets and accounting, politicians have successfully convinced voters that the ordinary rules of fiscal accountability shouldn’t apply to government ....

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
VIDEO: Hawaii's flawed accounting practices
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:06 AM :: 1356 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... flawed government accounting standards allow lawmakers to spend more and sweep debt under the rug ....

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Monday, February 15, 2021
Honest budgeting practices? Loans are not revenues
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:15 PM :: 1268 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The Governmental Accounting Standards Boards is considering letting states count loans as "revenues" to balance their budgets ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
DLIR Fixes Antique Computers--PEUC Checks Coming
By News Release @ 2:15 PM :: 1578 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... DLIR announced that it has completed system updates for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program that was extended by the Continued Assistance Act ....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Hawaii Republican Legislative Update
By News Release @ 2:25 AM :: 1765 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Life, Republican Party, Second Amendment

... upcoming hearings ....

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
2021 Legislature might actually do some good
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:44 AM :: 1874 Views :: Hawaii State Government

" ... I don’t remember a legislative session that began with so many bills worthy of our support .... "

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Friday, February 5, 2021
HB103: Rein in Power of Governor During State of Emergency
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:45 PM :: 2244 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

"...By requiring legislative approval for the extension of an emergency past a 60-day time limit, the bill would take a positive step toward protecting the balance of powers and the public trust...."

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Republican Legislative Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 4:03 AM :: 1348 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... JAN 27–LAST DAY TO INTRODUCE BILLS ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Legislators introduce dozens of tax hike bills
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 AM :: 2180 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Hawaii's economy is on the ropes right now, but that hasn't stopped some legislators from going all in with new tax-increase proposals ....

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