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Monday, February 22, 2021
Hawaii Republican Legislative Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 3:41 AM :: 513 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... upcoming hearings ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Stop playing with the numbers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:36 AM :: 697 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... When it comes to budgets and accounting, politicians have successfully convinced voters that the ordinary rules of fiscal accountability shouldn’t apply to government ....

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
VIDEO: Hawaii's flawed accounting practices
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:06 AM :: 577 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... flawed government accounting standards allow lawmakers to spend more and sweep debt under the rug ....

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Monday, February 15, 2021
Honest budgeting practices? Loans are not revenues
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:15 PM :: 561 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The Governmental Accounting Standards Boards is considering letting states count loans as "revenues" to balance their budgets ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
DLIR Fixes Antique Computers--PEUC Checks Coming
By News Release @ 2:15 PM :: 646 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... DLIR announced that it has completed system updates for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program that was extended by the Continued Assistance Act ....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Hawaii Republican Legislative Update
By News Release @ 2:25 AM :: 700 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Life, Republican Party, Second Amendment

... upcoming hearings ....

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
2021 Legislature might actually do some good
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:44 AM :: 1311 Views :: Hawaii State Government

" ... I don’t remember a legislative session that began with so many bills worthy of our support .... "

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Friday, February 5, 2021
HB103: Rein in Power of Governor During State of Emergency
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:45 PM :: 1287 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

"...By requiring legislative approval for the extension of an emergency past a 60-day time limit, the bill would take a positive step toward protecting the balance of powers and the public trust...."

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Republican Legislative Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 4:03 AM :: 662 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... JAN 27–LAST DAY TO INTRODUCE BILLS ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Legislators introduce dozens of tax hike bills
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 AM :: 1489 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Hawaii's economy is on the ropes right now, but that hasn't stopped some legislators from going all in with new tax-increase proposals ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Ethics: Legislator Wants to Hire 'Intern', Pay Under the Table
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 1326 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"... Soliciting, selling, or otherwise engaging in a substantial financial transaction with a subordinate or a person or business whom the legislator or employee inspects or supervises in the legislator's or employee's official capacity ...."

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Monday, January 25, 2021
Legislature Stages Vaccination Party for 500 Cronies and Insiders
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 2284 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... all Legislative employees working in the Hawaiʻi State Capitol will be able to be vaccinated as members of its prioritized vaccination system's Phase 1b (i.e., individuals essential for government operations), on January 28, 2021 ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
Hawaii Opens Door to More Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Schemes
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 1004 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

... This is made possible with the issuance of a “no action message” by DFI, which will not take any action against these companies during the two-year period of the program ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
State of State: Ige Punts Tax Hike to Legislature
By Video @ 6:16 PM :: 931 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... House speaker calls Ige’s State of the State address ‘risk averse’ ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Let's get our voice back
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:50 AM :: 647 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... a perpetual emergency status ....

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Friday, January 22, 2021
Hawai‘i State Senate Updates Leadership and Committee Assignments
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 620 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Senator Laura Acasio was appointed by Governor Ige to the Senate District 1 seat ....

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
HSTA Tells School Board that Donald Trump Ordered Hawaii to Raise Taxes to Fund Vacant DoE Positions
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 1273 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... As a service to our readers we are providing a line-by-line debunk of HSTA's argument in parenthesis below ....

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Sunday, January 17, 2021
Barreling Toward a Tax Hike!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1119 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Cost of Living

... “the carbon tax” is most likely the “barrel tax” ....

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Saturday, January 16, 2021
GOP Guide to 2021 Legislative Session
By Brett Kulbis @ 10:03 PM :: 723 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... 2021 Key Dates in Legislative Calendar ....

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Friday, January 15, 2021
When saving money isn't really
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:31 PM :: 939 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes, COVID-19

... that $2 billion in “savings” is going to end up costing the taxpayers almost four times as much in the long term ....

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Friday, January 15, 2021
30 Years Without a Plan -- Auditor Rips Agribusiness Development Corp.
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:36 AM :: 1758 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

"...ADC has done little – if anything – to facilitate the development of agricultural enterprises...the State can no longer wait for ADC to figure out what it is, what it is supposed to do, and how it is supposed to do it...."

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Delaying health benefits fund payments will add $8 billion to Hawaii taxpayer debt
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:29 PM :: 1205 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Efforts to save money now will cost taxpayers more later while putting government employees and retirees at risk, says Grassroot Institute of Hawaii ....

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Sunday, January 10, 2021
Scrutinize the Big Agencies!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 856 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... There is still a lot of real estate between $0.3 billion and $1.4 billion a year ....

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Friday, January 8, 2021
Don't rely on pennies from heaven
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:40 PM :: 778 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... This week, we got our first real glimpse of Gov. David Ige’s proposed budget. ...

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Friday, January 8, 2021
'You can't spend money you don't have'
By Video @ 4:15 AM :: 803 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Barabara Marumoto, architect of the state's legal spending cap, continues to believe Hawaii needs better budgeting practices ....

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Friday, January 8, 2021
Rep. Mizuno Says he is Victim of Unemployment Fraud
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 940 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Law Enforcement

"I was just notified that someone had filed an unemployment claim using my name, work title, Social Security number, and work address."

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Friday, January 8, 2021
Spying on You: Department of Health Launches AlohaSafe Alert App
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 810 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Free app augments contact tracing, (claims to) keep data private, sends notice of potential exposure ...

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Friday, January 8, 2021
COVID Session: How the Hawaii Legislative 2021 Session will be Conducted
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 1145 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Legislative Advocacy During COVID - A Virtual Seminar - How the Hawaii Legislative 2021 Session will be Conducted ....

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Friday, January 1, 2021
HDOT Highways Division Annual Report Released
By News Release @ 3:59 PM :: 590 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... This annual report includes HDOT Highways Division goals, progress made towards those goals (including statistics), and expenditure breakdown .... 

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
''A virus like any other virus" Auditor Slams DAGS COVID Cleaning
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:07 AM :: 931 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

"... A 25-year lack of progress is unacceptable .... "

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Sunday, December 27, 2020
Collective Bargaining Agreement:  Supreme Law of the Land?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1399 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... “The following specific provisions of law are suspended, as allowed by federal law … Chapter 89, HRS, collective bargaining in public employment.” ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
$1 billion tax hike ahead?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 2481 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Governor being coy in new budget about tax increases totaling $1 billion ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
‘We are going through one of the worst financial crises the state has ever faced’
By Audio @ 8:15 PM :: 880 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... steps state officials could take to turn things around ....

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Monday, December 21, 2020
Ige Outlines 2021-23 Budget--'Sharp Reductions'
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 677 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...“I’m hopeful that federal aid will allow us to refrain from imposing furloughs until later.”...

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Saturday, December 19, 2020
Tax hikes coming — really?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:15 AM :: 1177 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the only two things that are certain in life are debt and taxes ....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
State's $1.4B deficit is equal to its overspending since 2012
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:31 PM :: 700 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Respecting the state’s legal spending cap might have saved the state from having to consider furloughs for its employees ....

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Thursday, December 10, 2020
Next Boondoggle: 3 Finalists Named for Aloha Stadium Project
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 1227 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

... This RFQ includes the new Aloha Stadium complemented by a mix of developments that will connect to the rail station ....  

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Unions Seek to Create Chaos, Drown Furloughs in Confusion
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 1342 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

"...Many public workers have already lost their second jobs in the tourism industry...."

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Case Bill: Shift State COFA Costs to Federal Government
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 823 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

... Compact Impact Fairness Act Aims At Growing Burden On States and Territories, Now $200 Million Annually for Hawai’i Alone, For Uncovered Services To Resident Migrants From The Marshall Islands, Palau and Micronesia ....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Ige: State Employee Furloughs Begin January 1
By News Release @ 7:51 PM :: 972 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...About 10,160 employees will be subject to the furloughs. The number will be even larger when Department of Education and University of Hawaii employees are included....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Med-Quest RFP for Medicaid Plans
By News Release @ 5:43 PM :: 794 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, COVID-19

... for up to five health plans to ensure access and continuity of care for Medicaid beneficiaries ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Ige Appoints Max Otani Director of Department of Public Safety
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 676 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Otani replaces Nolan Espinda, who retired in September....

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Friday, November 27, 2020
After 40 Years, RFP for State Financial Software Overhaul
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 872 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... DAGS and Office of Enterprise Technology Services, November 16, 2020, issued the RFP for an Enterprise Financial Solution ....

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Sunday, November 22, 2020
​Standardless Spending, Part 2?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 794 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...B&F basically told the departments, “Here’s your money. Go spend it.”....

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
Hawaii Ranks 42nd in the Nation in Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 731 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... This is a five-spot improvement from the previous report, where Hawaii ranked 47th overall ....

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
DBEDT Releases Hawai‘i Broadband Strategic Plan
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 692 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... an update to the original Hawai‘i Broadband Strategic Plan released in 2012 ....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
Ige Names Tommy Johnson DPS Deputy Director for Corrections
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 617 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Johnson is currently the Parole and Pardons Administrator for the Hawai‘i Paroling Authority (HPA), a position he has held since 2001....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
State unemployment tax slated to automatically triple in 2021
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:52 AM :: 1605 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...Failure to address the legally required increase could discourage employers from hiring back employees after the lockdowns....

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Sunday, November 15, 2020
Hawai‘i Department of Health a founding member of the Cannabis Regulators Association
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 649 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Drugs

... to remain at the forefront in developing policies and regulations ....

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Sunday, November 15, 2020
Where’s All the Money?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1122 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...$2.28 billion within 257 accounts....

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