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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hawaii Pedestrian Plan Wins National Recognition
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 4168 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

...the first in the nation to have a statewide, pedestrian-only focus....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Minority leaders dispute governor’s claims that Hawaii is on solid financial ground
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:23 PM :: 4575 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

"the governor is not getting high marks for performance from real people.”

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Kelii Akina: Fiscal Responsibility with Community Focus
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:32 AM :: 3208 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...“best practices” for a healthier state economy. Listen to the entire interview....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Full Text: Office of Information Management Report to Legislature
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 3534 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Areas Where the Transformation Effort Fell Short in 2013....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Ige: $844M Surplus Direct Result of $800M Cuts in Abercrombie Spending
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 3030 Views :: Hawaii State Government

We must address the unfunded liabilities of public employees before we can truly begin talking about a surplus in the budget....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Full Text: State of the State Address
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 3225 Views :: Hawaii State Government

I believe we may be able to reduce taxes in key areas....

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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Furloughs: Abercrombie Caught in Lie as He Launches First Campaign Ad
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 8764 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Politicians

Sound financial management required making tough decisions and hard choices. All with NO furloughs** (this is a lie, Abercrombie continued Furloughs, renamed as DLWOP Days)....

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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Four Bills in House, Senate Democrat Package
By News Release @ 2:34 PM :: 5872 Views :: Democratic Party, Environment, Hawaii State Government

This is the first combined House-Senate Majority package since 2008....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
House Republican Caucus 2014 Legislative Package
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 4261 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party
“Empowering Hawaii’s People to Improve Our Quality of Life”
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Friday, January 17, 2014
State CON Laws Drive up Health Care Costs
By NCPA @ 1:53 PM :: 3700 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

Thirty-six states (including Hawaii) require that health care providers seeking to offer or expand their services obtain what are known as Certificates of Need (CON)....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Should ERS Project 8% Rate of Return?
By NCPA @ 1:41 PM :: 3815 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Today, riskier investments appear to improve public pension funding. Current accounting rules mean that riskier investments are given higher expected rates of return....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Audit: Repealed Special Fund Accounts Never Closed
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 3200 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...although some funds have been repealed or are no longer active, their appropriation accounts have not been closed and balances remain....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
House Approves 2014 Committee Assignments
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 3411 Views :: Hawaii State Government

This morning, the House voted to approve HR2, which details changes to committee assignments as follows....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Omnibus Laden With $744M Federal Pork for Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:18 AM :: 5586 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

... more than $744 million directly for Hawaii projects ....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Sen. Sam Slom Opening Day Comments
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:49 PM :: 4778 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Many of us are glad that 2013 is behind us, because the year did not live up to expectations of change or measurable improvement and was difficult for our local families and small businesses....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Speaker Souki Opening Day Remarks
By News Release @ 10:32 PM :: 3313 Views :: Hawaii State Government

My fellow members and guests, aloha and welcome to the 2014 Regular Session of the Hawaii State Legislature....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Opening Day: Johanson Outlines Republican Caucus Goals
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 4463 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

These include citizen participation in democracy and government, a high cost of living, educational opportunities, and the health of our people....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Opening Day Legislative Preview
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 3446 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii state legislature opens today at 10 a.m....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Budget Solvency: Hawaii Ranks 47th
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 5742 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... state budget challenges have far outlasted the Great Recession ....

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Monday, January 13, 2014
Former KITV Weatherman to Head Abercrombie Communications
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 3381 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Fujioka will work alongside other team members who are also stepping into new roles....
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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Abercrombie: Less Revenue--What, Me Worry?
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 3140 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie today commented on the state Council on Revenues’ revised forecast....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Insurance Div Submits Four Reports to Legislature
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 2984 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Annual Report of the Insurance Division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs....

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Sunday, January 5, 2014
OPEB, Pre-K and a 10% Reserve: Abercrombie Says we can Have it all
By News Release @ 12:25 PM :: 3220 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...But fiscal sustainability is essential; to this we remain committed....

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Friday, January 3, 2014
Governor Releases $9.3 Million for Various CIPs Statewide
By News Release @ 11:38 AM :: 3770 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$4,742,845 – Department of Public Safety Facilities....

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Thursday, January 2, 2014
DCCA: 300 Mortgage Loan Originators Lose License
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 5091 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...a list of more than 300 mortgage loan originators (MLOs) and mortgage loan originator companies (MLOCs) that failed to renew their licenses....

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Saturday, December 28, 2013
$14.3M CIP for Harbors, Highways Statewide
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 3739 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$3,055,000 (in addition to $10,200,000 in federal funds) – Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements at Nanakuli Avenue and Haleakala Ave....

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Saturday, December 28, 2013
House, Senate Schedule Committee Hearings on Budget
By News Release @ 12:47 AM :: 3707 Views :: Hawaii State Government
  • DATE: Monday, January 06 - 14, 2014
  • PLACE: Auditorium, State Capitol
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Gary Gill Appointed Temporary Health Dep’t Director
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 4631 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...the Governor has until Feb. 9, 2014, to name a permanent director....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Full Text: Hawaii State Auditor Gets Audited
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 3745 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...we reviewed the system of quality control of the Hawaii Office of the Auditor in effect for a three-year compliance period from 2011 to 2013....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
$3.46M CIP for Hawaii Film Studio
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 4820 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

...$3.46 million in capital improvement project (CIP) funds for the Hawaii Film Studio, including a new production and multipurpose building....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Abercrombie Releases $74M Airport CIP
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 3592 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...capital improvement projects (CIPs) that further invest in Hawaii’s airports....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Panos: Helmet Law, Jones Act Repeal Top Wish List for 2014
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:58 PM :: 5537 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Rail

My first transportation wish for 2014: Hawaii needs a motorcycle helmet law....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Airports Division Signs $518M Energy Contract
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 4526 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...to design, manage and install energy efficiency measures that will upgrade facilities, reduce energy usage by about 49 percent and with additional operational improvements save a total of $518 million at 12 state-operated airports....

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Monday, December 16, 2013
FULL TEXT: Abercrombie Releases Supplemental Budget
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 3196 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Abercrombie Administration on Monday submitted its Executive Supplemental Budget for Fiscal Biennium 2013-2015 and updated Program and Financial Plan for 2013-2019 to the state Legislature....

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Friday, December 13, 2013
Election Season: Abercrombie Gives $3M to Nonprofits
By News Release @ 8:25 PM :: 3225 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $3.03 million for various capital improvement grants to Hawaii-based nonprofit organizations whose missions benefit ....

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Friday, December 13, 2013
Hawaii’s retirement system tackles $8.5 billion shortfall
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:54 PM :: 4565 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes
About 2,000 state and county employees retire each year, but will there be enough money to pay their retirement, disability and other benefits?
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Senate Committees Set Two-Day Budget Briefing
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 3685 Views :: Hawaii State Government
  • DATE: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
  • TIME: 1:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: Auditorium, State Capitol
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Saturday, December 7, 2013
Abercrombie Finds $844M, Wants to Spend it on Preschool Vouchers
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 4724 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Abercrombie today announced that the State of Hawaii ended fiscal year 2013 with a positive fund balance of $844 million....

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Thursday, December 5, 2013
"We the Powerful!" Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 3321 Views :: Hawaii State Government

These meetings are designed to demystify the State lawmaking process, and will demonstrate ways that you can speak out at the legislature....

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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Senate Committees to Examine ERS Financial status
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 5011 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...informational briefing is to provide the legislature with an update on the ERS’ financial status and actuarial valuation report prepared by Gabriel Roeder Smith and Company....

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
State of Hawaii Sued for Short-Changing Foster Parents and Children
By News Release @ 10:44 PM :: 5412 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...violating federal law by failing to pay foster parents enough to adequately care for the foster children in their homes....

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
HCDA, BoE, HHC, LUC: Abercrombie Announces Appointments
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 5365 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Hawaii State Government

Grant Y.M. Chun to the Board of Education (BOE); Doreen Napua Gomes to the Hawaiian Homes Commission; Aaron D. Mahi to the Land Use Commission (LUC); and Brian T. Tamamoto to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), Kakaako District....

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Monday, December 2, 2013
Ethics Comm: Mitsunaga Showers DoT Engineer with Free Golf, Flights, Oakleys and Rolex
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 6370 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

The DOT vendors that appear to have paid for John Doe’s golf are Mitsunaga & Associates, Inc., TM Designers, Inc., Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Inc., and R. M. Towill Corporation....

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Monday, December 2, 2013
Ethics Comm Fines Non-Responsive Elevator Commission Board Member
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 5033 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

An administrative fine of ONE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FORTY DOLLARS ($1,940.00) for the violations ....

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Monday, December 2, 2013
Young Legislators Launch Hawaii Future Caucus
By Video @ 8:16 PM :: 4187 Views :: Hawaii State Government

A bipartisan group of state and county leaders age 40 and under ....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Resignations Abound
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 6:06 PM :: 4387 Views :: Hawaii State Government
...union officials and politicians wanted the talented and experienced Eva Laird Smith out of that job....
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Legislative Working Group to Discuss Foster Family Homes
By News Release @ 1:58 PM :: 5600 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Health Care
  • DATE: Monday, December 02, 2013
  • TIME: 2:00 pm
  • PLACE: Conference Room 329 State Capitol
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Talking Turkey about Hawaii’s Spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:19 AM :: 5520 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
Hawaii state spending for fiscal year 2012 outstripped income yet again....
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Friday, November 22, 2013
Criminal charge for hangar golf cart? DoT Aviation Div. Harasses Pilots
By News Release @ 1:46 AM :: 4512 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business
“Good people are now in jeopardy of losing their security clearances and careers if a criminal conviction appears in their file … This unreasonable approach by (Aviation Division) management is unacceptable and the ramifications are catastrophic for GA in Hawaii.”
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Abercrombie Appoints Sarah Allen to Head State Procurement Office
By News Release @ 1:23 PM :: 3504 Views :: Hawaii State Government

From 2007 to 2013, Allen was a senior manager for ASI Government, Inc. in Arlington, Va.....

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