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Saturday, May 10, 2014
DoT Director Glenn Okimoto Flees Abercrombie Administration
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 6581 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the name of Okimoto's interim replacement, Ford Fuchigami, pops up on page 14 of the sex-harassment lawsuit ....

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Saturday, May 3, 2014
State Senate Adjourns Session Approving More than 240 Bills
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 3390 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii State Senate today adjourned the 2014 session passing more than 240 bills....

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
House Passes Final Group of Bills for 2014 Session
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 3370 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Measures relate to state budget, minimum wage, TAT, Health Connector, seniors, invasive species, mandatory kindergarten, police misconduct, abuse of minors....

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Budget: Spend now, pay later
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:34 PM :: 4032 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Senator Sam Slom said  "It is not a budget, it is a spending bill."
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Legislature Passes State Budget
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 5683 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

The budget, which provides $6.189 billion in general funds and $12.147 billion in all means of financing, was characterized by House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke as measured and prudent....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
VIDEO: House Republicans Speak out on State Budget
By Video @ 6:41 PM :: 5597 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Republican Party

VIDEO: House Republicans speak out on Hawaii State Budget during final debate today....

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Monday, April 28, 2014
$52.4M CIP for Public Housing Renovation, DHS IT Planning
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 3701 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Design funds for plans to modernize the case management system for the Social Services Division. The current system is approximately 25-years-old....

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Complete List of Bills up for Final reading in House and Senate
By Andrew Walden @ 1:55 PM :: 3745 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...bills up for final reading in the Senate and House on Tuesday, April 29....

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Power of the Money Committees
By News Release @ 3:29 AM :: 3543 Views :: Hawaii State Government

A quick glance at the table below, and you see how powerful the money committees are....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Ige: Pay for Turtle Bay by Refinancing Hawaii Convention Center
By News Release @ 5:17 PM :: 6127 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government

"It would be an opportunity for us to within the existing resources acquire the easement." --Ige

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
VIDEO: Grassroot Institute Looks at One Party States Idaho and Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:17 PM :: 4744 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

...the lack of meaningful competition between political parties can be stifling to new ideas, regardless of the underlying ideology....

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Monday, April 21, 2014
$335M Airport CIP Released
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 3200 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $335 million for various capital improvement projects....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
House Republican Leaders Address Budget Negotiations
By Video @ 3:05 PM :: 4140 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Representative Aaron Ling Johanson, Minority leader and Representative Beth Fukumoto Chang, Minority Floor Leader address the House of Representatives Budget at Mid-session in 2014.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
HCDA Restructuring Among Bills Landing on Abercrombie's Desk
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 4427 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

HB1866 HD2 SD2 is one of a number of bills that originated in the House, was amended by the Senate, and now goes to the Governor for his review....

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Law would give Hawaii gov’t unprecedented emergency powers
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:46 AM :: 4900 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...the governor and the mayors of Kauai; Maui; Hawaii; and the city and county of Honolulu, encompassing Oahu, are authorized to use all services, materials and facilities owned by partnerships, corporations and small businesses, including media outlets....

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Sunday, April 13, 2014
Conference Committee: Let the Games Begin!
By News Release @ 3:05 AM :: 3163 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Bullies get pushier; dealers posture; trouble-makers know just when and where to light the match....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hawaii gets better marks for new online transparency system
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:06 AM :: 3850 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

The government watchdog group called this a “huge improvement” for Hawaii, because in the past the state received an “F” grade....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Auditor Updates Progress on Public Housing, Charter Schools
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 4412 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

The 2008 Legislature amended the Auditor’s governing statute to require follow-up reporting on recommendations made in various audit reports....

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
House passes over 150 measures on second crossover
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 4116 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The majority of these bills, along with House bills passed by the Senate, will go into conference committees where House and Senate conferees will negotiate differences in the measures and determine which will be presented for final consideration....

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Second Crossover: Complete List of House and Senate Bills
By Andrew Walden @ 3:59 PM :: 3339 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Here is a complete list of the bills under consideration for Third Reading before Crossover....

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Video: Grassroot Institute Think Tank Talk
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:41 PM :: 3523 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot President Keli’i Akina and Policy Director Malia Hill consider the relationship between think tanks and the development of free market solutions....

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Friday, April 4, 2014
Slom Slims Budget: "If we don't change our course, we are headed for fiscal disaster"
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:03 PM :: 4302 Views :: Hawaii State Government
"The numbers are real... The issues are real...The question is the solution.”
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
HCDA ‘Small Business’ Reps: Kobayashi & Mitsunaga
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 6701 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the Kobayashi Group is an investor in a hui that plans to build one or more luxury developments in Kaka’ako....

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Legislative Playbook: Whack-a-Mole With Bad Bills
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 3724 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...sometimes the Legislature feels like a Whack-a-Mole game, where you knock down a bad bill, only to find the contents pop up again in another bill....

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
UH first state department to adopt electronic payroll statements
By News Release @ 12:55 PM :: 4572 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...The new (to the State) application is expected to save money, improve security, and enhance sustainability (everybody else has been doing this for years, but hey) ....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
$58.4M CIP for UH
By News Release @ 5:54 AM :: 3925 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$38,213,000 – Honolulu Community College Advanced Technology Training Center, Oahu....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. government
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:02 AM :: 4908 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...highlighting those bills that champion taxpayers and residents; and bills that affect our rights and freedoms....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: Education
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:58 AM :: 5627 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...highlighting education proposals, spending, and reforms....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Hawaii to run out of cash reserves in 2016
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:51 AM :: 7789 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Constitutionally, the state can only engage in annual deficit spending as long as there are enough cash reserves to absorb these deficits....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Senate Informer: Life of a Bill
By Video @ 2:14 PM :: 4228 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Video traces a bill through Hawaii's legislative process....

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Sunday, March 23, 2014
Legislators Consider Permanent Hunt for Old Child Molesters--Except those Employed by Government
By Selected News Articles @ 10:21 PM :: 6108 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Religion

Two dozen civil lawsuits have been filed during the past two years in what state lawmakers initially intended as a one-time opportunity....

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Sunday, March 23, 2014
Kakaako: Sneaky Legislative Tactic of the Day
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 4161 Views :: Hawaii State Government

If they do not have the votes, they will keep deferring the bill until they get the right mix of senators to pass the bill....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Auditor: Eight Transportation Special Funds Do Not Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:44 PM :: 3200 Views :: Hawaii State Government

We also found instances where multiple funds were combined as a single fund in reports and did not include specific details of individual funds or accounts....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Reps. Johanson and Fukumoto Mid-Session Report
By Video @ 1:19 AM :: 5444 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Republican Party

Representatives Aaron Ling Johanson, Minority Leader and Beth Fukumoto Minority Floor Leader present a mid-session legislative report for 2014....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Last Year’s $844 Million Surplus is Borrowed from the Future
By Selected News Articles @ 4:49 AM :: 4560 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

The downward forecast means that the state has now fewer projected revenues that could be used to fund some of the proposed spending initiatives....

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
Election Year CIP: Abercrombie Spoons out Another $36.6M
By News Release @ 6:29 AM :: 3487 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$27,695,000 – Kamamalu Building Renovation, Oahu....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
After Mysterious Disappearance, Patricia McManaman Returns as director of the Department of Human Services
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 4708 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Flashback February 9, 2014: Did McManaman Quit Abercrombie Administration or Not?
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Thursday, March 13, 2014
$500M Swept Away by Council on Revenues
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:43 AM :: 3628 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...both the Governor and the House budget drafts are not in balance....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Election Year: Abercrombie Tosses Out Another $64.7M CIP
By News Release @ 10:54 PM :: 3565 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...$64.7 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) that will help stimulate....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
House Approves $211M Judiciary Budget
By News Release @ 9:08 PM :: 3539 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House of Representatives today approved HB1638 HD2, appropriating $161,137,650 for operating expenses and $50,590,000 for capital improvement costs of the Hawaii State Judiciary....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
House Finance Committee Cuts $180M from Abercrombie Budget
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 3814 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...At this point last year, the House had reduced the Governor’s budget by almost $600 million....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Council on Revenues Knocks $478M Hole in Abercrombie Budget
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 5605 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

The council projected zero percent growth for the fiscal year that ends in June, down from 3.3 percent....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Election Year: Abercrombie Writes Check to Kupuna Care as Medicaid Applicants Get Cut Off
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 3950 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

Meanwhile: Get Medicaid? Lose Kupuna Care....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Informational Briefing on Grants-in-Aid
By News Release @ 11:21 AM :: 4506 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Finance will conduct a joint informational briefing on Chapter 42F, HRS grant applications....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Full Text: Souki Reprimands Hanohano—conduct “intimidating, disruptive”
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 4160 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

"If it is confirmed by me that a future incident of this nature has occurred, whether at the Capitol or elsewhere, I will immediately remove you from all committee assignments...."

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Ige Slams Abercrombie over Pension Tax Hypocrisy, Morita Appointment
By News Release @ 2:07 AM :: 5777 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Taxes

The governor may not be following the legislative process closely....

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Rep Wooley Director of Office of Environmental Quality Control
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 6880 Views :: Democratic Party, Environment, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

This is the same worthless job Abercrombie gave to shut Gary Hooser up back in 2011....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Senate Passes More Than 300 Bills
By News Release @ 10:36 PM :: 2663 Views :: Hawaii State Government

In preparation for the first crossover deadline Thursday, the Senate today held a long floor session to move bills out of its chamber so that it may crossover to the House of Representatives....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
House Votes to Move Another 183 Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 2738 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House now stands in recess and will reconvene to take action on final measures for third reading on Thursday, March 6 at 12 p.m....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Election Year: Abercrombie Forks Out $164.7M in CIP
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 3276 Views :: Hawaii State Government

News Releases from Office of the Governor ....

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