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Thursday, December 16, 2021
Soaring Unfunded Pension Liabilities Threaten Taxpayers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 1530 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... As Crisis Intensifies, Union Dons Push For Even More Spending ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Hawaii Ethics and Audit Function at Lowest Level in Years
By Andrew Walden @ 3:41 AM :: 2808 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... This proves there is much more corruption to be ferreted out--and the crooks know it ....

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Ige Appoints Holly T.M. Shikada Attorney General
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 1299 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... Valerie M. Kato has been selected as the new First Deputy Attorney General ....

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Ethics: Officials Quietly form Non-Profit to Contract with their Department
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 1990 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Agency employs the relevant employees at state-run facilities. Recently, it has allowed some employees to become employees of the Non-Profit, which can offer additional benefits beyond those typically offered to state employees ....

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Sunday, December 5, 2021
Legislature to Resume Awarding Grants-In-Aid
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 997 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Applications due January 21, 2022 ....

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Sunday, December 5, 2021
Ending Government by Fiat
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1302 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... a “state of emergency,” which causes the Governor’s powers to kick in, is supposed to terminate automatically after sixty days ....

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Ige Seeking Two BLNR Nominees
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 1442 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... Ige is recruiting qualified and dedicated individuals from Kauaʻi and Hawaiʻi Island who are interested in serving on the State Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) ....

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
State Completes implementation of new electronic time and leave system
By News Release @ 1:05 AM :: 1518 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... 13,000 employees in the Executive and Legislative branches, and the Office of the Hawaiian Affairs produce 90,000 electronic leave records each month ....

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Saturday, November 27, 2021
Conservative Rankings of Hawaii State Legislators --2020 Session
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 1676 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... How Does Your Legislator Rank? ....

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Is This the End for Gut and Replace?
By Video @ 3:44 AM :: 1405 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Court Strikes Down ‘Gut and Replace’ -- Legal Expert Robert Thomas Weighs in ....

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Monday, November 22, 2021
Hawaii Ranks 47th in the Nation in Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness
By News Release @ 5:36 PM :: 1441 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... The state’s pavement quality is very poor, among the worst in the country and the primary driver for the state’s low ranking ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Ige Announces $365M in CIP
By News Release @ 3:05 AM :: 1583 Views :: DHHL, Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

... These funds were released in October 2021 ....

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021
State Financial Reports 84% Transparent
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 1065 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... Twenty-two states earned distinction this year for providing the public with candid and transparent information about their government’s fiscal health ....

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Sunday, November 14, 2021
NOT the End of Gut-n-Replace
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1562 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... A person challenging a bill still needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the bill is unconstitutional.  And remember, it took a 3-2 vote to hold that recidivism and hurricane shelters are unrelated ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Hawaii Supreme Court Guts-And-Replaces The Legislature's "Gut-And-Replace" Switcheroo
By Robert Thomas @ 8:01 PM :: 1468 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... a well-functioning republic presumes that those tasked with vigilance -- the public -- have the opportunity to understand the substance of what those whom we elect to represent us are actually doing ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Survey shows concern about government spending and debt
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:48 PM :: 1775 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... The poll of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents also found significant agreement that private firms should be more involved in delivering public services ....

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
Good riddance to ‘gut and replace’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:23 PM :: 1373 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Grassroot Institute submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of the plaintiffs, arguing that the practice was eroding public trust in government and short-circuiting the democratic process ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
"Gut and Replace" Held Unconstitutional  
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 1801 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Hawaii Supreme Court, in a 3-2 decision, dealt a serious blow to the Legislature’s “gut and replace” tactic ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Spewing CO2 Governor Jets off to Scotland Global Warming Confab
By News Release @ 5:31 AM :: 1539 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

... Jeff Bezos' Gulf Stream leads parade of 400 private jets into COP26 ....

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Sunday, October 31, 2021
The Perils of Being a Watch Doggie
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2294 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

... The story you are about to read is true.  The names have not been changed to protect the innocent .... 

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Use the Interim to Prepare for Legislative Session
By News Release @ 7:59 PM :: 2440 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... Get active at the legislature! ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
State of Hawaii Launches 'Non-Fungible Token' Scheme
By News Release @ 2:20 PM :: 1528 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Eminem is an 'investor' ....

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Saturday, October 2, 2021
Full Text: Ige Extends Emergency to December 1st
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 1540 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Restores civil service recruitment requirements which were previously suspended ....

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Hawaii Among Five Worst 'Sinkhole States'
By News Release @ 7:22 PM :: 2698 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... Financial State of the States 2021 ....

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Hawaii’s Big Government Bureaucracy; How Red Tape Threatens the Individual
By Video @ 3:45 AM :: 1650 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... Hawaii government bureaucracy often it serves itself instead of the public ....

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Sunday, September 19, 2021
Competition for People
By News Release @ 6:00 AM :: 1481 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... I have seen legislature after legislature consider many, many bills to increase taxes ....

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Thursday, September 9, 2021
Ige Announces 'Vax-or-Test' Requirement to Enter State Facilities
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 1603 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The Order takes effect Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 ....

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Thursday, September 9, 2021
Spying on You: Digital Hawaii SMART Health Card
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 2451 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Foil a Spy: Laminate a photocopy of your CDC vax card.  Score it down the middle to fold to the size of a business card.  Then put it in your wallet ....

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Sunday, August 29, 2021
Jenga game illustrates how government budgets go wrong
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:15 PM :: 1502 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... “Yes,” Weinberg said. “You are going to mess up Hawaii’s finances.” ....

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Saturday, August 14, 2021
DLIR to Accept Telephone Appointments for Complex Unemployment Claims
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 1335 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... Claimants May Request Slots to Speak with an Investigator ....

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Monday, August 9, 2021
HDoT: Global Warming Can be a Real Money Spinner for us
By News Release @ 5:43 PM :: 1558 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

... you believe so we get billions ....

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Friday, August 6, 2021
Ige Mandates Vax or Testing for Public Employees--Unions Resist
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 2044 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Beginning Aug. 16, 2021, all State and county employees must provide their vaccination status to their department ....

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Thursday, August 5, 2021
Are Hawaii's government finances really so bad? Yes. Find out why.
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:10 AM :: 2130 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii’s finances are in worse shape than our state and county officials would have us believe ....

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Monday, August 2, 2021
Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:38 PM :: 2224 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... many Hawaii residents were disappointed by the failure of the Legislature to approve HB103, which would have placed limits on the governor’s emergency powers ....

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Saturday, July 17, 2021
Coalitions are the key to change
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:16 PM :: 1684 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

... Put together a coalition of voices behind one cause and you instantly become “strong,” worthy of attention ....

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Friday, July 9, 2021
Special Session Totals: Six Overrides, Three Amendments
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 1529 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The Governor has until Thursday, July 22 to act on HB1299 and SB589. ...

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Ige Announces Final 26 Vetoes
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 2129 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... Ige announced that he has vetoed 26 of the 28 bills on his Intent to Veto list ....

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Go X Celebrates Hawai‘i’s Electric Foot Scooter Law
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 1989 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

... Electric foot scooter bill signed into law (Act 174) ....

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Sunday, July 4, 2021
Intent to Veto--the Enola Gay Frankenbill
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1936 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Hopefully, the bad stuff will die and remain dead ....

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Friday, July 2, 2021
Let's not forget what makes July Fourth special
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:25 PM :: 1634 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... it would be appropriate if our legislators spent some of that time addressing the balance of powers and the emergency management statute that has ruled our lives for the past year ....

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
​Funding the Hawaii Tourism Authority: TAT vs General Fund…Or?
By UHERO @ 12:04 AM :: 1763 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... According to the U.S. Travel Association, fourteen state tourism offices are funded either partly or entirely by a statewide lodging tax ....

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Ige's intent-to-veto list praised for being 'fiscally responsible'
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:09 PM :: 1514 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii CEO Keli'i Akina says the list reflects a commendable effort to avoid increasing Hawaii's taxpayer burden ....

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Monday, June 21, 2021
Ige Releases 'Intent to Veto' List
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 1457 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Gov. David Ige has notified legislative leaders and key lawmakers of his intent to veto 28 out of 268 bills passed during the 2021 Hawai‘i legislative session .... 

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Monday, June 21, 2021
Four More Unlicensed Crypto Currency Dealers for Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 1956 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Admittance into the DCIL enables the companies to conduct business in Hawaii without first obtaining a state money transmitter license ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
UHERO: Should the Counties Get a Share of the Transient Accommodation Tax?
By UHERO @ 11:05 PM :: 1804 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... The Legislature’s decision to strip the county’s share of TAT revenues is certainly a stark change from just a few years ago ....

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Monday, June 7, 2021
Ige Signs Emergency Order Linking Reopening to Vaccination rate
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 2067 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, COVID-19

... eviction moratorium extended, procurement law restored ....

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Thursday, June 3, 2021
Hawaii pension funds are only 55% funded
By Tax Foundation @ 4:45 AM :: 1768 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii pension funds rank 42nd in USA ....

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021
HGEA Membership Approves Contract
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 3417 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...  HGEA requires voter ID to cast ballot.  UPW has some fun Q&A about ballot handling issues ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
Ige Seeks BLNR Nominees
By News Release @ 6:23 AM :: 1590 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... currently, the designated Maui and O‘ahu land district seats are open ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
UIPA Requests for FY2020
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 1351 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... data about Hawaii’s open records law collected by 284 state, county, and independent agencies on their UIPA Record Request Logs for FY 2020 ....

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