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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Grassroot: Ige’s fiscal 2021 budget ‘unsustainable’ 
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:45 PM :: 1956 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige’s proposed $15 billion budget for fiscal 2021 is headed toward a fiscal cliff because it would draw on the state’s financial reserves, leaving the state unprepared to deal with a recession....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Ige Unveils Supplemental Budget--Massive Spending Hike
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 3012 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...tax hikes coming....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
​'Gut and replace' has got to go
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:23 PM :: 3270 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...the name game is at the heart of the Legislature’s practice of “gut and replace"....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
Legislature's "Gut-And-Replace" Procedure Violates Hawaii Constitution Three Readings Requirement
By Robert Thomas @ 3:55 AM :: 2718 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Here's the motion we filed today....

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Hawaii Credit Rating Upgraded to Highest Level Ever
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 3120 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Fitch Ratings upgraded the state’s general obligation bond rating from AA to AA+ ....

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Thursday, December 5, 2019
Hawaii Owed $17M due to COFA Undercount?
By News Release @ 10:14 AM :: 2514 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government

...Census error in Hawaii to result in $12M compact funding loss for Guam....

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Thursday, December 5, 2019
Ige Appoints Craig Hirai Director of Budget and Finance
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 2074 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Hirai has served as executive director of the Hawai‘i Housing Finance & Development Corporation (HHFDC), State of Hawai‘i since 2013....

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Sunday, December 1, 2019
TANF: $281M Federal Money We Haven’t Spent
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2285 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...our state is underutilizing this money on a consistent, year-to-year basis....

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Friday, November 29, 2019
Barbers Point Air Museum: A Tale of an Eviction
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 4552 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Military

...“Where are they going to dispose of the planes, at Waimanalo Gulch?”....

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Saturday, November 23, 2019
Board of Taxation Review Seeks Volunteers
By News Release @ 12:26 AM :: 2526 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes
...There are currently three vacancies on the O‘ahu board, five vacancies on the Kaua‘i board, and one each on Maui and Hawai‘i Island....
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Friday, November 22, 2019
Auditor: AG Special Funds 'Do not meet Criteria'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:32 PM :: 2763 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...We also noted that AG did not file statutorily required reports for non-general funds and for administratively created funds....   

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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Financial Transparency: Hawaii Ranks 20th
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 3129 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii ranks 20th with an overall score of 84/100....

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Sunday, November 17, 2019
Invasive Species Inspection Fee for Air-flown Commodities
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3711 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the fee is collected only on shipments by water....

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
‘Driving Report' Tax Hike Propaganda from HDoT Coming to Your Mailbox
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 2809 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... HDoT's fake ‘report’ will make it seem that you will save money with a road usage charge.  Will you believe them? ....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
No Sea Level Rise Here: Moody's Upgrades HDoT Highways Bond Rating
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 2171 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The rating upgrade was announced prior to the Highways Division’s upcoming 2019 revenue bond sale, scheduled for November 13th-14th....

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Hawaii Sitting on $281M Unspent Federal Welfare Block Grant
By Selected News Articles @ 8:28 PM :: 3560 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...Idea: Use the money to FORCE the homeless into shelter with drug treatment and mental health care....

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Friday, November 8, 2019
Are Auditor's Recommendations Implemented?
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:02 PM :: 2737 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...This report covers recommendations made in reports issued from 2014-2017....

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Kauai: Welfare Checks Going 100% Electronic
By News Release @ 6:57 AM :: 2832 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii State Government

...On Tuesday, Oct. 29, WIC will launch on Kaua‘i eWIC, an electronic benefits transfer card, which is used like a debit card and replaces paper checks....

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Thursday, October 24, 2019
Kahuku and Waimanalo Protests show why Hawaii Needs Municipal Government
By Andrew Walden @ 6:03 PM :: 5058 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

...Hawai'i is the ONLY state without any municipal governments below the county level....

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Monday, October 21, 2019
Hawaii Legislature Hiring for 2020 Session
By News Release @ 5:58 AM :: 2319 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Employment Opportunities with the Hawaii State House and Senate....

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Sunday, October 20, 2019
Business Fees Go Down! – Huh?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2911 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...In the news recently was a story about business and licensing fees actually going down....

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
Ige Approval Rate Drops to 36%
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 3723 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Politicians

...Ige's approval rate ranks 48th among US governors....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
COFA: Hawaii Wants Feds to Pay for Welfare
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 2731 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...In 1996, under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (Welfare Reform Act), COFA migrants living and working legally in the United States under the Compacts were deemed ineligible for most federal public benefits. Hawaii, as a U.S. port of entry in the Pacific, has directly borne the cost of public services related to migration under the Compacts....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Ige Names Three to BLNR
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 3298 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...Vernon Char, Wesley “Kaiwi” Yoon, Christopher Yuen....

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Friday, October 11, 2019
Brig. Gen Hara Appointed Adjutant General
By News Release @ 8:22 PM :: 2774 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...Ige has appointed Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara to be the Adjutant General for the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Defense effective Dec. 6, 2019. He replaces Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan who will be retiring....

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Friday, October 11, 2019
How to Avoid ‘Troubled Waters’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:30 PM :: 3069 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...a task force of eminent Hawaii business and other community leaders has just issued a warning that Hawaii’s current rate of government spending is not sustainable....

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Thursday, October 10, 2019
$88B Debt: Hawaii CHANGE Initiative highlights state's future financial obligations
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:06 PM :: 3355 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

...Troubled Waters: Charting a New Fiscal Course for Hawaii....

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Monday, October 7, 2019
Ige Heralded for 'Worst Policy Proposals' of 2019
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 3153 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The latest entry of the State of the States publication breaks down each governor’s “state of the state” address and identifies strong and weak policy prescriptions within....

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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Small Business Regulatory Review Board Launches New Website
By News Release @ 9:04 PM :: 2882 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...user-friendly tool to assist Hawai‘i’s business community, rule-drafting agencies, business chambers and trade organizations in providing current information on the status of state and county new and proposed HARs....

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Hawaii’s One-Stop Solution for Professional Licensees Wins State Government Project Experience Award
By News Release @ 9:12 PM :: 3725 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...“A recent enhancement that allowed new applications to be submitted online has cut Guard Employee (GDE) processing time from 15 days to two!”....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Debt: Hawaii Owes $31,200 Per Taxpayer
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 3779 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii is tied with Massachussets for 4th-highest debt per taxpayer....

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Hawaii retiree health care severely underfunded
By News Release @ 4:37 AM :: 3219 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hawaii's OPEB plans are only 12.7 percent funded. Hawaii, like many others, treats OPEB on a pay-as-you-go basis, whereby benefits are paid when retirees receive the health care. This leaves future taxpayers stuck paying for OPEB benefits earned by current employees....

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019
DoTax Deploys Final Phase of Tech Upgrade
By News Release @ 4:12 AM :: 2673 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...With this final installment, the department will add cigarette/tobacco, fuel and liquor taxes to the new system, completing the configurations needed to administer all Hawaiʻi taxes....

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Thursday, August 29, 2019
Workshops: How to Participate in Legislative Process
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 3259 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...The workshop/presentation "Your Voice!" is about an hour in length and covers the Legislature and how to effectively participate in the legislative process....

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Saturday, August 24, 2019
DoT Among Most Inefficient: Hawaii Highways Rank 47th
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 3291 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Study Ranks Every State’s Highway System, Finds Road Conditions Worsening In Important Categories....

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019
BLNR Nominees Sought
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 4871 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...Ige is recruiting qualified and dedicated people who are interested in serving on the State Board of Land and Natural Resources....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Ige names Rona Suzuki interim director of DOTAX
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 2660 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Current director Linda Chu Takayama to take chief of staff position in Ige Administration August 1....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
$350M Stadium Bill: "Abusive Gut and Replace" Scheme being Challenged in Court
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 4849 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

"...the Legislature should have fully and seriously considered HB 1586 and allowed the public to weigh in on the measure, given the major financial effects on the State, instead of using the ‘gut and replace’ practice currently being challenged in court....”

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Sunday, July 28, 2019
A Veil of Secrecy Around Revenue Estimates
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3072 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...attempt by a government agency to shroud its operations in the shadows....

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Sunday, July 21, 2019
The Special Land and Development Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3157 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...Stop shooting the messenger and concentrate on cleaning house!....

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Thursday, July 18, 2019
Hawaii Pension Funds Only 55% Funded
By Tax Foundation @ 4:50 PM :: 4279 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...How Well-Funded are Pension Plans in Your State?....

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Friday, July 12, 2019
Ige Appoints New Chief of Staff, COO
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 2669 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige has appointed Linda Chu Takayama as his chief of staff, effective Aug. 1 an Keith Yamamoto as chief operating officer.... 

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Ige Vetoes 18 Bills, Allows Two to Become Law
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 2444 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Ige boosts film tax credit and allows condo associations to conduct non-judicial forclosures ....

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Ige Signs More Bills into Law
By News Release @ 10:36 AM :: 4756 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...ACT 268 establishes the Stadium Development District and puts the state’s Aloha Stadium lands under the jurisdiction of the Stadium Authority....

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Saturday, June 29, 2019
Ige Appoints New Budget and Finance Director
By News Release @ 9:59 AM :: 2955 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Neal Miyahira starts as Budget and Finance director on July 1. His appointment is subject to Senate confirmation....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Ige: Intent to Veto 20 Bills--Including AirBnB Tax
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 5562 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...Ige notified legislative leaders and key lawmakers of his Intent to Veto the following 20 measures....

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Friday, June 21, 2019
​Why doesn’t Hawaii privatize more public services?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 4765 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...Hawaii’s state and county governments aren’t known for delivering high-quality public services in a cost-efficient manner....

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Friday, June 21, 2019
Inspired by ‘simplicity and efficiency’
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:45 PM :: 3485 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

...the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii “quietly chips away at the stone of economic issues in Hawaii”....

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Auditor: No More Silly Talk About Profits at the Convention Center
By Andrew Walden @ 9:41 PM :: 3683 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Released today, a State Auditor’s report shows the Convention Center ‘s operating loss has jumped up from an anemic $4.3M in 2017 to a much more robust $8.3M in calendar year 2018....

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Conservative Rankings of Hawaii State Legislators
By Selected News Articles @ 9:15 PM :: 3666 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...nineteen Senators and two Representatives – all Democrats – earned membership in the ‘Coalition of the Radical Left’ by scoring 10% or less.... 

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