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Sunday, November 1, 2020
Someone Was Listening to the Howl in the Woods
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2403 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... the Governor issued a Fourteenth Supplementary Proclamation, in which the language suspending the Procurement Code was radically changed ....

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Saturday, October 31, 2020
Auditor Slams "Rush to get COVID Money out the door without proper scrutiny"
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:33 PM :: 2614 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... last-minute “spend-for-the-sake-of-spending” mentality ....

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
OIP Proposes Permanent Virtual Meeting Legislation
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 1510 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...a permanent change to the Sunshine Law that would allow, but not mandate, boards to conduct “virtual” online public meetings, while continuing to require at least one physical meeting location where people ... could still testify and participate in person....

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Monday, October 26, 2020
Pension Debt: Hawaii Among 5 Worst
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 2819 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Five states continue to carry elevated long-term liability burdens above 20% of personal income in fiscal 2019, including Illinois (at 27% of personal income), Connecticut, New Jersey, Hawaii and Alaska. For all of them, pensions remain the driver of elevated liabilities....

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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Making Up for Budget Shortfalls
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2216 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...we have a state budget hole of more than 2 billion dollars....

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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Ige 45th: ALEC Ranks Governors
By News Release @ 12:23 AM :: 2179 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Laffer-ALEC Report on Economic Freedom: Grading America’s 50 Governors....

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Sunday, October 18, 2020
Circuit Court Decision Upholds Lawfulness of Governor’s Emergency Proclamations
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 2313 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...In Partal et al. v. Ige et al., the plaintiffs argued that the Governor’s emergency powers under Hawaiʻi law were time-limited....

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Friday, October 16, 2020
Auditor Reports on Hawaii COVID Quarantine System
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:47 AM :: 2200 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Limited Scope Review of the State of Hawai‘i’s Mandatory Travel Self-Quarantine Program ....

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Thursday, October 15, 2020
COVID: Hawaii debt increases by $9 billion
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:12 PM :: 2483 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s unfunded liabilities for infrastructure and public health benefits have increased so far this year to $97 billion....

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Sunday, October 11, 2020
Academic Leadership
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2771 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Labor, COVID-19

...an example of leadership in the face of the COVID-19 crisis....

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Friday, October 9, 2020
Ige Grade 'D' -- Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors 2020
By Cato Foundation @ 3:28 AM :: 2547 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Hawaii’s general fund spending rose a hefty 5.7 percent in 2020, thus reducing the governor’s score in this report....

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Conservative Rankings of Hawaii State Legislators-2019 Session
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 2070 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...ACUF reviewed selected pieces of legislation voted on in both the Hawaii Senate and House to produce average scores of each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member....

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Friday, October 2, 2020
Ige Appoints Parole Authority Chair Director of Public Safety Department
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1860 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement
... Ige announced today that he has appointed Edmund (“Fred”) Hyun to serve as the temporary acting director overseeing the state Department of Public Safety, effective October 1 through November 30 ....
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Thursday, October 1, 2020
Doing the Job HGEA Cannot--DLIR Contractor Launches Unemployment Call Center
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 1992 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... 200 Trained Operators Will Answer Phones ....

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Sunday, September 27, 2020
Veto of the “Revolving Door” Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1990 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The bill addresses the appearance of corruption....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Pollyana approach not working
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:08 PM :: 2627 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... At the beginning of the year, our governor boasted about his efforts to put the state on a “sound financial footing.” What a difference a few months can make ....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Common Cause 2020 Legislative Wrap Up
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 2368 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

...Ige’s deadline to veto bills has passed, so we know which of the bills that made it through this most unusual session will become law....

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Sunday, September 20, 2020
Abercrombie and Waihee on COVID Leadership
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2165 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The governors zeroed in on two principal drivers of our government’s response, namely structural capability and leadership....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Ige Appoints new Director and Deputy at DLIR
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 2442 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Meanwhile: Top Three Failure Reward: Former DLIR Director Scott Murakami takes job at DBEDT....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Ige Releases Final Veto List
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 2047 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Gov. Ige vetoes bill limiting “revolving door” between government and lobbyists....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
State Auditor’s Review of GET Exemptions and Exclusions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2374 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... The Auditor was supposed to start on the first chunk last year and finish the report before the start of the 2020 legislature, but ....

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Saturday, September 12, 2020
Lt Governor Josh Green Tests Positive for COVID
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 2316 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Lt. Gov. Green plans to continue his duties from his home as long as he’s feeling well ....

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Kokua Council files action with the Hawaii Supreme Court to compel the Department of Health to increase the number of contact tracers in Hawaii
By News Release @ 7:40 AM :: 2084 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Kokua Council has filed a petition for mandamus with the Supreme Court ....

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Saturday, September 5, 2020
DOBOR Alerts Contain 'Geofencing' Spy Program
By News Release @ 7:07 AM :: 2162 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... The AlertMedia software offers a host of benefits aside from quick and efficient message dissemination.  It also offers message tracking, “geofencing” and weather alerts.  Geofencing, allows the system administrator to encircle an area on a map and transmit messages just to users inside that geographic area ....

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Friday, September 4, 2020
We weren't crying "Wolf" after all
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:38 PM :: 2939 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...that crisis finally came, and we were unprepared for it....

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Governor Releases 'Intent to Veto' List
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 3347 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Second Amendment

...Gov. David Ige has notified legislative leaders and key lawmakers of his Intent to Veto the following 6 measures....

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Monday, August 31, 2020
Heads Roll: Espinda, Anderson Out
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 2020 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Gov. David Ige announced today that Dr. Bruce Anderson and Director Nolan Espinda will be retiring in September ....

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Sunday, August 30, 2020
Case of the Missing Contact Tracer Millions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:06 AM :: 4073 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...I’m not the only one trying to dig up information on where the money went....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Watchdog group urges Ige to release COVID records
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:02 PM :: 2729 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says the lack of transparency is ‘eroding public trust in the management of the pandemic’....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Hawaii Opens Door to 12 Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Schemes
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 4058 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

"...Through the issuance of a 'no action message,' DFI is not taking any action against these companies...."

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Saturday, August 15, 2020
​Lockdown reveals Hawaii's economic house of cards
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:42 AM :: 3344 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Growing the budget and approving government employee pay raises when Hawaii is running out of money is an unsustainable way to run a state....

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Friday, August 14, 2020
HGEA: Pay us to 'work' at home again
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 2252 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...COVID surge prompts HGEA to tell Departments: Limit physical presence at worksites....

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Monday, August 10, 2020
Ige Replaces DoTax, DLIR Directors
By News Release @ 8:11 PM :: 1763 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Scott Murakami resigned on Aug. 5 as director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations....

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Monday, August 3, 2020
Ige Appoints Cathy Betts to Head DHS
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 1597 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Betts will replace Pankaj Bhanot who is stepping down as the department’s director for health and family reasons on Aug. 31, 2020....

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Thursday, July 30, 2020
SB126: Ige Vetoes Parts of COVID Relief Spending Bill
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 2438 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Decreased from $230M to 0, the appropriation out of the Emergency and Budget Reserve Fund to provide an additional weekly unemployment benefit of $100 per week ....

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Saturday, July 25, 2020
DLIR: Fraudsters got $35.98M from Hawaii Unemployment
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 3311 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...Through July 14, the department has issued $35,980,789 to imposter fraud claimants....

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Friday, July 24, 2020
Cesspools: EPA Hits DLNR, Hawaii County with Big Fines
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 3242 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Hawaii State Government

...EPA banned LCCs in 2005....

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Saturday, July 18, 2020
Ige COVID Solution: Just Stop Paying EUTF
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 3076 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Waiving the entire “annual required contribution” or ARC payment to EUTF for this year would save the state about $840 million, according to one official….

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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Highlights of 2020 Legislative Session
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 2135 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...a list of all bills passed during the 2020 session....

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Legislative Session: The good, the bad and the ugly
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:42 PM :: 3223 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... donning rose-colored glasses and approaching the budget shortfall as a temporary setback ....

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Ige appoints Bennette Misalucha to State Senate until Special Election
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 2130 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

...to fill the late Sen. Breene Harimoto’s state Senate seat. State Senate District 16 includes Pearl City....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
COVID Legislature: "This will be a shell of a democracy"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:49 PM :: 2534 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

"...The people of Hawaii are facing a dead economy, and thousands are waiting in food lines to feed their families...."

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Friday, July 10, 2020
COVID Economy: State Much More Susceptible than Counties
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 3170 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Tourism, COVID-19

"...The revenue profiles of the state and the city and county are quite different. The state is much more exposed to volatile revenue sources such as general excise tax and transient accommodation tax (TAT)...."

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Ige Vetoes $432M CARES Rainy Day Deposit
By Andrew Walden @ 5:45 PM :: 2763 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...according to Senator Thielen CARES money was put in the Rainy Day fund so the governor couldn’t touch it....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
HB2457: Senate Fails to Protect Kids by Voting to Allow Continued Sale of Menthol E-Cigarettes and Cigarettes
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 2491 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...Statement of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association and American Lung Association....

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Thursday, July 2, 2020
HB2502 Still Dangerous: Grassroot Institute warns again about granting wide powers to health director
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:09 AM :: 2435 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...the institute said it "continues to have grave concerns," since "the powers contemplated in this bill are so sweeping and broad as to raise significant questions about privacy, civil liberties and constitutionality."....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
​Gender neutral option available for state credentials beginning July 1, 2020
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 2248 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...Those seeking to apply, renew, or obtain a duplicate credential can now choose “X” or “Not Specified” in the gender category instead of the binary “M” (Male) or “F” (Female)....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
SB785 --$150M Raises for Public Employees-- How They Voted
By Selected News Articles @ 5:53 PM :: 3871 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Laughing at your sacrifice: Senate votes 21-3, House votes 45-4....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
Video: "Lockdown, Testing and Tracking: Are They Really Legal?"
By Video @ 5:11 AM :: 2196 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Honolulu lawyers Robert Thomas and Jeff Portnoy address questions that have arisen during the coronavirus shut-down....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
Note to Legislature: Focus!
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:28 PM :: 2154 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...With Hawaii facing its greatest financial crisis in generations, the state Legislature is finally taking action on balloon launches, a “climate innovation technology park” and red light cameras....

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