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Friday, March 4, 2022
It Took Two Arrests to Do It, but Finally State Capitol Will Reopen to Public
By News Release @ 7:28 PM :: 1121 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... one month after the arrest of English and Cullen, all state facilities managed by DAGS will reopen to the general public ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Hawai'i Supreme Court Ends Deceptive Legislative Practice
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:33 AM :: 1174 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The practice of gut-and-replace allowed state lawmakers to pass laws without a full set of public hearings ....

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022
HGEA Members Finally Returning to Work at DHS Processing Centers
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 958 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The in-person services are available Monday through Friday (except holidays), 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ....

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Friday, February 25, 2022
HD39: Democrats Pick Three to Replace Ty Cullen
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 1672 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Ige will choose one of the three who, remarkably, don't include former HSTA president Rosenlee ....

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Friday, February 25, 2022
SB2967 SD1 frees cryptocurrency from having to hold actual money
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:06 PM :: 1109 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii has been largely left out of the cryptocurrency revolution .... 

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Ban Fundraisers During Session? SB555 Goes to Senate Floor
By Selected News Articles @ 6:36 PM :: 862 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee has recommended approval of a bill that would ban fundraising activities for lawmakers during legislative sessions. ...

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
On the Move in the Legislature: the good, the bad and the ugly
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:57 AM :: 1113 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the Capitol is filled with eager beavers ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Former HSTA Pres and five others on short list to become Next Ty Cullen
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 1258 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Dems will forward Rosenlee and two others to Gov Ige so he can pick Rosenlee ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Chief Investigator: State Attorney General Refusing to Indict Government Corruption Cases
By Andrew Walden @ 1:06 PM :: 3992 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

"The CLFCU unit was to spearhead the criminal prosecution of White Collar and government corruption crimes. So far, completed cases that were sent to the unit have not been forwarded for indictments and are held in abeyance for no reason." -- Chief Investigator Daniel Hanagami

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
Bribery: Saiki Reopens Capitol without Telling Senate, Creates 'Commission' to Stall Reform Until Next Session
By News Release @ 1:10 AM :: 1816 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The House is re-opening the State Capitol to the public beginning March 7, 2022. House members, House staff, and the public will be required to adhere to the state vaccination policy to enter the State Capitol ....

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Former Hawaii State Legislators Plead Guilty to Honest Services Wire Fraud
By News Release @ 12:18 PM :: 1550 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Each defendant faces maximum penalties of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 at their sentencings, which are set before Judge Mollway on July 5, 2022 ....

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Monday, February 14, 2022
More sunshine would help combat corruption in Hawaii Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:14 AM :: 1010 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... At times, it’s nearly impossible to know exactly why a bill was killed or who was for or against it. Such things happen behind the scenes ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
The Legislature is still in session, and your property still is not safe
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:22 AM :: 1470 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

... How many ways can our state legislators make life more miserable for us? ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
SB3089 lacks legislative check on governor’s emergency powers
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:03 AM :: 1065 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... SB3089 would amend the state’s emergency-management statute ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
SB2697 provides best pathway for cryptocurrency in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:50 AM :: 971 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... SB3076 would encumber cryptocurrency, not liberate it ... Digital currency bill SB3025 better than SB3076, but still a rat’s nest ....

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Thursday, February 10, 2022
Naming Names: Who Will Cullen and English Rat Out?
By Andrew Walden @ 6:21 AM :: 5641 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... In the federal system the little fish eats the big fish.  We've got a menu .... 

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Bribery Arrests: "Proof the system is rigged"
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 1586 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... how widespread this corruption is in our government ....

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Feds Bust Two Legislators in Cesspool Bribery Scheme
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 2889 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Rep Ty Cullen and former cocaine dealer J Kalani 'Powdernose' English arrested today ....

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Sunday, February 6, 2022
Republican Legislative Session Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 2:30 AM :: 982 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... We are 17 days through the 31st Legislature. The "People's" building is still closed and it doesn't look like Senator Kouchi, Speaker Saiki or Governor Ige are interested in opening it up. ...

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Saturday, February 5, 2022
VIDEO: Economic freedom key to reviving Hawaii small businesses
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:52 AM :: 3058 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

... Road map to prosperity ....

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Friday, February 4, 2022
Legislative Session Opens and My oh My!
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 2760 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Life

... Historically, according the Legislative Reference Bureau, only 10% of bills introduced become law ....  

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Monday, January 31, 2022
HB1585: Emergency powers reform bill could be stronger
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:54 PM :: 4006 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... HB1585 needs greater clarity about the role of the Legislature and stronger statements about protecting transparency and individual rights ....

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Monday, January 31, 2022
Public Meetings set for Statewide Historic Preservation Plan
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 1695 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

... 5:30-8:30 PM, Tuesday, February 8th ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
​It’s not weird, it’s constitutional
By Selected News Articles @ 7:40 PM :: 1336 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

... Here is the actual wording of the item in the Hawai‘i State Constitution ....

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Monday, January 24, 2022
Full Text: State of the State Address
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 1865 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Governor David Y. Ige to the Thirty-First State Legislature meeting in joint session, January 24, 2022 .... 

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
GOP: Reopen the State Capitol
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 3603 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, COVID-19

... The word now is that leaders are reconsidering ....

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Thursday, January 20, 2022
VIDEO: Day One Speeches at Hawaii Legislature
By Video @ 4:37 AM :: 2171 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government

... House Speaker Scott Saiki announced plans in an unusually specific, brief speech ....

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Closed to the People: 2022 Legislative Session Begins Today
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:03 PM :: 2032 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, Second Amendment

... we’re also being told that we can’t fully open the State Capitol to public interaction because it isn’t safe ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
ARPA: Where did $1.6B Go?
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 2443 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Ige today said the State of Hawaiʻi allocated all the $1.6 billion received last May ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Before Pandemic, Spending Exceeded Long-Term Revenue in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 7:59 PM :: 1729 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Insights From Fiscal 50’s Key Measures of State Fiscal Health ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Legislature to Consider Auto-IRA Saving for Private Sector Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 7:48 PM :: 3426 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

... workers at employers of a minimum size would be enrolled automatically in the program with the ability to opt out ....

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Sunday, January 16, 2022
Under the Big Top
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2960 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... With this kind of money projected to come in the door, politicians of all stripes are staying up nights plotting and planning how to spend it ....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
Put state budget on a diet, Akina says on ‘Perry & The Posse’ show
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:50 PM :: 1459 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... What to do with the state’s $3 billion budget surplus ....

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Hawaii Tax Foundation to Host 2022 Legislative Briefing series
By Tom Yamachika @ 9:51 PM :: 1292 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The 2022 Legislative Briefings will be held via Zoom on the following Tuesdays from 7:30 am- 8:30 am ....

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Monday, January 10, 2022
Cryptocurrency in Hawaii at a crossroads
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:38 PM :: 1321 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Will Hawaii be able to benefit from the cryptocurrency boom? ....

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Sunday, January 9, 2022
TANF Hoarding
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1504 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...  So what have we done with the federal TANF money?  We’ve let it pile up unused ....

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Saturday, January 8, 2022
PUC Chair James Griffin to Step Down
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 1166 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

... Griffin will serve until June 30, 2022.  Gov. Ige will nominate Griffin’s replacement in the coming months ....

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Thursday, January 6, 2022
TANF: Hawaii Hoards $364M Federal Welfare Money
By Selected News Articles @ 6:32 PM :: 1460 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii has $364 million idling in an account, equivalent to $2,923 per person living in poverty ....

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Thursday, January 6, 2022
California Global Warmer Returns to Hawaii, Quickly Named to BLNR
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 1563 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... Aimee’s political experience includes working on Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign, helping to draft her “Climate Plan for the People,” and on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, where she led the Bay Area Idealists4Hillary group ....

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Lobbyists Welcome--But Legislature will Continue to Exclude Public
By News Release @ 4:25 PM :: 1153 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... “The decision to keep the building closed ... was made to minimize the spread of COVID-19 among members, staff, visitors (ie lobbyists and other insiders), and other building occupants (ie lobbyists and other insiders). The building status will be reevaluated in the coming weeks (ie after the session is over)” ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Hawaii budget needs lifestyle change in 2022
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:55 PM :: 1140 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the result of years of indulgence and bad habits ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Senate Budget Briefings Begin
By News Release @ 3:05 AM :: 886 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... twenty informational briefings Senate Ways and Means (WAM) committee will be conducting between January 4–18, 2022 ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
7-Eleven Hawaii to Accept SNAP for Online Orders With Vroom Delivery
By News Release @ 1:24 AM :: 1032 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... The island retailer will be the first convenience store chain in the U.S. to launch online SNAP payment capabilities ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Removing Hawaii’s Barriers to Bitcoin
By Video @ 1:10 AM :: 1183 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii has higher legal barriers to virtual-currency companies than any other state ....

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Monday, January 3, 2022
Hawaii could be more transparent about CARES Act spending, report says
By Selected News Articles @ 5:22 PM :: 1270 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s website falls short of breaking down what money was spent on beyond the vague spending category descriptions, which leave a lot of gray area ....

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Saturday, January 1, 2022
Act 90: 19,000 DLNR Acres Transferred to Agriculture Department
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 1268 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

... fulfilling the purposes of Act 90, Session Laws of Hawaii 2003 ....

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Friday, December 31, 2021
Ige's Latest COVID Emergency Proclamation Does Only One Thing: Suspend Part of Sunshine Law
By News Release @ 1:27 AM :: 1597 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Ige has signed an emergency proclamation temporarily suspending an upcoming provision in Hawaiʻi’s Sunshine Law that would have mandated at least one in-person location be held for public meetings ....

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Friday, December 31, 2021
DHS Waiver Makes Life Easier for Welfare Cheats
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 1371 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... beginning January 1, 2022 through March 31, 2022, the interview requirement for new applications and renewals will be waived ....

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Thursday, December 23, 2021
State budget windfall opens way for tax cuts
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:15 PM :: 1190 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... calculations show there is plenty of room for the Legislature to break its habit of continually increasing taxes ....

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Ige Releases Supplemental Budget--Boosts Spending 12.2%
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 1142 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... $942.3 million over the current appropriation level of $7.759 billion ....

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