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Friday, November 15, 2013
HI lawmakers critical of developer that created health-care, tax websites
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:03 PM :: 5283 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

The state Department of Taxation paid CGI Group more than $87 million over 12 years....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Hawaii Government IT Transformation: What to Expect from 2014 Legislature
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 3460 Views :: Hawaii State Government
OIMT may be presenting policy/administrative legislation to better organize the structure within which the transformation is occurring....
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Informational Hearing to Consider Foster Care, Adult Residential Care
By News Release @ 7:18 PM :: 3190 Views :: Hawaii State Government
  • DATE: Monday, November 25, 2013
  • TIME: 1:30 pm
  • PLACE: Conference Room 329, State Capitol
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Friday, November 8, 2013
Hawaii tax department under scrutiny for waste, mismanagement
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:44 PM :: 4150 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Twenty-five people in the state Department of Taxation were put on leave in December 2011 for unauthorized access to tax records....

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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Study detailing Hawaii’s hidden retirement liabilities should haunt taxpayers
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:25 PM :: 5451 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This Halloween, the Chicago-based government watchdog group, Truth in Accounting, issued what its authors call a “haunting” report....

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Lawsuit: Hawaii Constitution Forbids Legislature from Creating Gay Marriage
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 9:50 PM :: 9501 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

Representative Bob McDermott filed a lawsuit today seeking a Declaratory Judgment regarding the 1998 ballot issue pertaining to same-sex marriage....

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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Education Committee to Consider Two School Board Nominees
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 4620 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Amy Asselbaye and Patricia Halagao ....

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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Hearings: 18 Board Nominees to be Considered
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 4286 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Legislative Committee Hearings set Oct 29-31 ....

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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Emergency Appropriation for HHSC Hospitals to be Considered Monday
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 4496 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care
  • TIME:     1:30 p.m.
  • PLACE:  Conference Room 309 State Capitol 415 South Beretania St
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Obamacare Website Mess: 2010 Hawaii Audit Should Have Been ‘Red Flag’
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 5297 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc., another subsidiary, had been responsible for overhauling the IT systems for the Hawaii tax department....

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Abercrombie Proposes More Items for Special Session Agenda
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 5715 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Abercrombie has asked the Hawaii State Legislature to expand the agenda....

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Monday, October 21, 2013
Court Orders Abercrombie Admin to Pay Lawyers who Forced him to Reveal Names of Judicial Nominees
By Robert Thomas @ 10:32 PM :: 5413 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary
Remember the case from late last year in which the Honolulu Star-Advertiser brought a freedom of information/open records lawsuit against the Hawaii governor to force him to disclose the names of judicial nominees? 
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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Abercrombie Issues Statement Upon Conclusion of his French Vacation
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 3514 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is in Washington, D.C. just after returning from vacation in France....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Senators: Abercrombie Should Fill HCDA Vacancies
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 6162 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Hawaii State Government

In 2008, the Legislature amended H.R.S. §206E·3 to require Kakaako small business representation on HCDA. The cultural expert and Kakaako resident members were added last year by Act 323. At present, HCDA does not meet these membership requirements....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
UPDATE: Feds Shutdown? Obamacare a Mess? Abercrombie Secretly Vacations in France--Adds 9 Days to Trip
By News Release @ 8:38 PM :: 7371 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

On Friday (Sept. 27), the governor and his wife Nancie Caraway will travel to France.  Originally scheduled to return Oct 11, the governor is now planning to be back in Hawaii Oct. 20....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
AG Louie Issues Formal Opinion Claiming Legislature Has Authority to Enact Gay Marriage
By News Release @ 2:52 PM :: 4852 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

Attorney General Louie has announced that he has issued Formal Opinion No. 13-1 (Op. No. 13-1) in which he has concluded that ... the Legislature has the authority... to consider and enact a bill relating to marriage ....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
"Where was the Governor?" Grassroot Institute Calls for Greater Transparency on Governor's Travel
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:47 PM :: 4102 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

legislative action might be required to remedy an apparent effort to frustrate state open records law....

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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Tsutsui Orders Hiring Freeze
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 3801 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui has announced the State of Hawaii is under a temporary hiring freeze on vacant positions within the Executive Branch....

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Friday, October 4, 2013
Feel rich? Average Hawaii Resident needs to pony up $40K to pay off state debt
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:10 PM :: 4984 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Do you feel rich? The Wall Street Journal claims you are, as a fiscal watchdog group says the opposite, citing crushing amounts of government debt....

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Thursday, September 26, 2013
HPR: Grassroot Institute on the “Critical State of Hawaii’s Unfunded Liabilities”
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:14 PM :: 5384 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...listen to Dr. Akina further discuss the problem on HPR’s “The Conversation”....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Abercrombie Appoints Kido, Lau to Staff Positions
By News Release @ 10:26 PM :: 4119 Views :: Hawaii State Government

C. Mike Kido as legislative advisor, effective immediately, and Yvonne W.M. Lau as education policy analyst, effective Oct. 1....

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Saturday, September 21, 2013
State RFP for "Integrated Financial and Human Resources Management System"
By News Release @ 5:55 PM :: 4001 Views :: Hawaii State Government

RFP submission deadline 2pm, Dec 3, 2013....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Hawaii.gov Ranked Among Top 10 State Government Websites
By News Release @ 2:39 PM :: 3598 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii's newly redesigned web portal and department websites recognized in the Center for Digital Government's Best of the Web awards....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
GOP: Make Your Voice Heard in Special Session
By David S Chang @ 2:34 PM :: 6458 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

This debate should be in public and suggestions and changes to the legislation should be transparent....

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Friday, September 13, 2013
$340K in Fines: Hawaii Wins Back OSHA Job After Unicold Raid
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 8022 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business
Feds Let Hawaii Resume Control of Regulating Manufacturing Industries....
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Friday, September 13, 2013
Molasses Mess: Abercrombie Deflects Blame for Lax Inspections
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 6300 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Jones Act
Abercrombie is deflecting blame away from his Department of Transportation and Department of Health for failure to inspect Matson's molasses loading operations....
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
New Study Demonstrates Critical State of Hawaii's Unfunded Liabilities
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:00 PM :: 4571 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...new study from State Budget Solutions on the funded status of public employee pension plans....

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Hawaii Unfunded Pension Liability Nears $27B, Your Share: $19,357
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 6317 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii is present in the top ten of both lists, showing large unfunded liabilities compared to their populations and economic output ....

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Saturday, August 31, 2013
VIDEO: Jay Fidell Talks to Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:12 PM :: 4920 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government
Whether it’s the traffic, under-development of technology, economic woes, or government-sponsored boondoggles....
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
$18.7 Million Released for State Facilities, Schools
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 4201 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

...capital improvement project (CIP) and grant funds for priority repairs and improvements at state facilities and public schools, as well as installation of a new photovoltaic system....

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Friday, August 23, 2013
Keeping the Promise: State Solutions for Government Pension Reform
By NCPA @ 2:48 PM :: 4821 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Once they establish principles for reform, legislators can choose from a menu of options. Tinkering with existing plans is the most obvious, and sometimes the easiest....

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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Hawaii Captive Insurance Administrator Resigns
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 3690 Views :: Hawaii State Government

After serving as the Hawaii Captive Insurance Administrator and Deputy Insurance Commissioner for 3 ½ years, George Sumner has resigned his position, effective August 29....

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Senate Hearing to Consider Kahoolawe Trust Fund, State Historic Preservation
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 3898 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Conference Room 229 State Capitol 415 South Beretania Street....
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Monday, August 12, 2013
DLNR Seeks Applications for SHPD Administrator
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 4938 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail

Closing date for applications is August 30, 2013....

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Friday, August 9, 2013
Ten Principles for Better Regulation
By NCPA @ 2:59 PM :: 4353 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

In 1993, President Clinton's Executive Order 12866 laid out the fundamental requirements that have governed regulatory analysis and review ever since....

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Friday, August 9, 2013
Report: Feds Have No Idea Why $200M Hawaii Harbors Contract Doubled in Cost
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 6025 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

MARAD could not provide documentation showing who developed the various port project estimates or explain why they doubled over time....

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
Report: Hawaii third highest in per capita interest costs
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:13 PM :: 4938 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Last year, Hawaii spent more than $175 per person — $244 million in all — just to fund its interest payments, the third highest rate per person in the country....

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Thursday, August 8, 2013
PUC Chief Counsel Quits
By News Release @ 3:31 AM :: 5093 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Awakuni has served as chief counsel for the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) since 2011....

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
State Procurement Office Announces eProcurement System Update
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 4812 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Over the next few months state agencies will be transitioning from the current eProcurement system, HePS, to the new Hawaii State eProcurement application, HIePRO....

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Monday, August 5, 2013
Governor Releases $12.9 Million for National Guard, Civil Defense and Health Facilities
By News Release @ 9:03 PM :: 3504 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$12.9 million for capital improvement projects....

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Sunday, July 28, 2013
UPDATE: Flossie Weakening East of Hana
By News Release @ 1:39 PM :: 8867 Views :: Hawaii State Government
AT 8 AM HST...TROPICAL STORM FLOSSIE WAS LOCATED 90 MILES NE OF HILO MOVING WNW AT 20 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS 40 MPH....
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Abercrombie Signs Ocean Resources Management Plan
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 5069 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Tracking the success of the plan will be coordinated with the state Office of Information Management and Technology....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
S&P Pleased by Tax Hikes, Concerned About Abercrombie's Spending
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 6297 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"...the budget includes new spending on program enhancements that could eventually result in fiscal pressure...."

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Saturday, July 20, 2013
State Spending $9.4M to Move Out of OHA-Owned Kakaako Building
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 5674 Views :: Hawaii State Government, OHA

The AAFES building was recently transferred to OHA, and DOH intends to transfer 325 employees from the Environmental Health Administration – 260 from AAFES....

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Saturday, July 20, 2013
DLNR Names Interim SHPD Administrator
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 3363 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Process begins to select new administrator....

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Governor Releases $3.09 Million in Capital Improvement Grants
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 4340 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

capital improvement grants to Maui and Hawaii Counties as well as two local nonprofit organizations....

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Monday, July 15, 2013
New Business Immediately Attacked by DLNR
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 5441 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

DLNR will hold a public information meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18....

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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Ethics Investigation: Legislators Accepting "Significant Gifts and Prizes" from State Contractors
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 5782 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Some of the gifts are valued at up to $1,000....

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Abercrombie Vetoes 3 Bills, 12 Become Law Without Signature
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 3675 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Governor this year signed a total of 269 bills into law, and Lt. Gov. Shan S. Tsutsui this afternoon will sign seven as Acting Governor. Twelve other measures will become law without signature....

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Got Land? DLNR Wants to Give You Money
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 5223 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

DLNR is seeking new projects for its Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program....

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