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Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Policy experts: Hawaii does not need to be in the retirement fund business
By Selected News Articles @ 4:14 AM :: 340 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

"The state can't even fully fund its own public pension system."

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Sunday, May 22, 2022
Civic involvement is key to saving Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:18 PM :: 410 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... efforts to reform the state’s emergency powers law; reduce barriers to housing; bring taxes, debt and state spending under control ....

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Sunday, May 22, 2022
Senate: Bills on Ige's Desk 'Support our Priorities'
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 322 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Legislature Passes Bills Supporting Senate Priorities in a Historic Legislative Session ....

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Friday, May 20, 2022
VIDEO: 2022 Legislature still addicted to spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:17 PM :: 353 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... praiseworthy was the passage of a bill that will limit the state’s emergency powers, if the governor lets it become law ....

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Sunday, May 15, 2022
More Bills in the Home Stretch
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 628 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Taxes

... Here’s a list of some of the eyebrow-raising bills that have gone to the fifth floor ....

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Friday, May 13, 2022
After Bribery Convictions, Legislators Tout Ethics Reforms
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 432 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

... 8 of the 14 bills identified by Commission were adopted by 2022 Legislature ....

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Grassroot Institute: Legislative Session in Review
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:12 AM :: 468 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... bills to sign or veto ....

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Monday, May 9, 2022
14 'Good Government' Bills Heading to Governor
By Selected News Articles @ 3:42 PM :: 477 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Common Cause Hawaii 2022 Legislative Wrap-Up ....

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Sunday, May 8, 2022
Bills in the Home Stretch
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 462 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Now the important deadlines are June 27, 2022, when the Governor needs to give notice of intent to veto a bill, and July 12, 2022, which is the deadline for the Governor to sign or veto any bills ....

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Sunday, May 8, 2022
UIPA and Sunshine Bills Passed in 2022 Legislative Session
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 623 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... The Hawaii State Legislature has passed the following bills and resolution concerning the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) and Sunshine Law ....

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Thursday, May 5, 2022
Auditor Witch Hunt Over: House Investigators Don't Bother Writing Final Report
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:23 PM :: 934 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... the draft report upon which our comments were based was missing findings, had numerous placeholders, and was missing complete sections altogether ....

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Monday, May 2, 2022
Legislature Burns $1B on 'Affordable Housing'
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 796 Views :: DHHL, Development, Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Cost of Living

... Housing bills that will be sent to the Governor for his signature include ....

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Thursday, April 28, 2022
​Senate and House Money Committees Approve State Budget Bill
By News Release @ 6:46 AM :: 433 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... An operating budget of $8.7 billion in general funds and $16.9 billion through all methods of funding (MOF) for FY23 ... CIP budget of $6 billion (all MOF) for FY22 and FY23 ....

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Sunday, April 24, 2022
Swimming in money, legislators could easily add to debt burden
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 AM :: 785 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... What one hand might be giving, the other might be taking away by spending money on things that could come back to haunt us ....

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Ige Announces $276M CIP
By News Release @ 5:52 AM :: 539 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... These funds were released in February and March of 2022 ....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Reining in the State’s Emergency Powers; Why we Must Restore Checks and Balances
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:06 AM :: 611 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... A bill to limit the governor’s emergency power is nearing the legislative finish line ....

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Saturday, April 9, 2022
Auditor Persecution Continues
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 844 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... DLNR Land Division failed to bill/collect the proper base rents for the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel lease and failed to collect over $500,000 ....

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Friday, April 8, 2022
Hawaii Legislative Session: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:16 PM :: 714 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Numerous bills aimed at increasing our taxes have been shelved, and some good measures actually have a chance of passing ....

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Saturday, April 2, 2022
Security Guards Checking ID of Capitol Visitors
By News Release @ 12:32 AM :: 653 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... New procedures have been put in place to access the Capitol building ....

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
Corruption Reforms: What They Left Out
By Andrew Walden @ 11:51 PM :: 777 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The purpose of the Commission is to dissipate reform energy in order to preserve the status quo. ... 

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
PEW: Hawaii Still Not Meeting Pension Funding Obligations
By Selected News Articles @ 8:09 PM :: 670 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... Hawaii’s contributions have fallen below minimum actuarial standards since 2011, which has caused the state’s funding level to decline from 94% in 2000 to 55% as of 2019 ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Bill would add much-needed oversight of state’s emergency powers
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 PM :: 793 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... SB3089 SD2 HD1 would amend the state’s emergency-management statute to clarify that the powers granted for emergency purposes should not be inconsistent with the Hawaii Constitution, require justification for the suspension of laws and place limits on such suspensions, and allow the Legislature or county councils to terminate an emergency, in part or in whole, by a two-thirds vote. ...

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Friday, March 25, 2022
Many bills, both bad and good, still have chance at Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:53 PM :: 533 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the dust hasn't settled yet ....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Economic Freedom: Ige Ranks 43rd
By Selected News Articles @ 7:55 PM :: 623 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Politicians

... Low taxes, school choice help inform ALEC's ranking of best, worst governors ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
ALOHA homes proposal 'fundamentally flawed'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:49 AM :: 628 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... the ALOHA homes program as currently envisioned in this bill would result in an expensive, nonsustainable government project that would fail to effectively assist those it is intended to help ....

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Saturday, March 12, 2022
VIDEO: Grassroot Institute Celebrates 20 Years
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:16 AM :: 1037 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Republican Party, Small Business, Taxes

... several hundred attendees were treated to good food, inspirational speakers, terrific entertainment and great camaraderie ....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Ige appoints Luella Costales to House District 39 Seat
By News Release @ 11:19 PM :: 899 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... Costales fills the vacancy left by former Rep. Ty Cullen, who resigned on Feb. 8, 2022 ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Special Funds? In 2022 Legislature 100% Fail Analysis
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:14 PM :: 834 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... We reviewed 104 Senate and House bills introduced during the 2022 legislative session proposing 63 special and revolving funds.  None satisfied the criteria set forth in section 23-11, HRS ....

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Friday, March 4, 2022
It Took Two Arrests to Do It, but Finally State Capitol Will Reopen to Public
By News Release @ 7:28 PM :: 900 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... one month after the arrest of English and Cullen, all state facilities managed by DAGS will reopen to the general public ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Hawai'i Supreme Court Ends Deceptive Legislative Practice
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:33 AM :: 976 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The practice of gut-and-replace allowed state lawmakers to pass laws without a full set of public hearings ....

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022
HGEA Members Finally Returning to Work at DHS Processing Centers
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 779 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The in-person services are available Monday through Friday (except holidays), 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ....

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Friday, February 25, 2022
HD39: Democrats Pick Three to Replace Ty Cullen
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 1382 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Ige will choose one of the three who, remarkably, don't include former HSTA president Rosenlee ....

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Friday, February 25, 2022
SB2967 SD1 frees cryptocurrency from having to hold actual money
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:06 PM :: 911 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii has been largely left out of the cryptocurrency revolution .... 

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Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Ban Fundraisers During Session? SB555 Goes to Senate Floor
By Selected News Articles @ 6:36 PM :: 668 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee has recommended approval of a bill that would ban fundraising activities for lawmakers during legislative sessions. ...

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
On the Move in the Legislature: the good, the bad and the ugly
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:57 AM :: 978 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the Capitol is filled with eager beavers ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Former HSTA Pres and five others on short list to become Next Ty Cullen
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 999 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Dems will forward Rosenlee and two others to Gov Ige so he can pick Rosenlee ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Chief Investigator: State Attorney General Refusing to Indict Government Corruption Cases
By Andrew Walden @ 1:06 PM :: 3586 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

"The CLFCU unit was to spearhead the criminal prosecution of White Collar and government corruption crimes. So far, completed cases that were sent to the unit have not been forwarded for indictments and are held in abeyance for no reason." -- Chief Investigator Daniel Hanagami

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
Bribery: Saiki Reopens Capitol without Telling Senate, Creates 'Commission' to Stall Reform Until Next Session
By News Release @ 1:10 AM :: 1527 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The House is re-opening the State Capitol to the public beginning March 7, 2022. House members, House staff, and the public will be required to adhere to the state vaccination policy to enter the State Capitol ....

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Former Hawaii State Legislators Plead Guilty to Honest Services Wire Fraud
By News Release @ 12:18 PM :: 1373 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Each defendant faces maximum penalties of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 at their sentencings, which are set before Judge Mollway on July 5, 2022 ....

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Monday, February 14, 2022
More sunshine would help combat corruption in Hawaii Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:14 AM :: 844 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... At times, it’s nearly impossible to know exactly why a bill was killed or who was for or against it. Such things happen behind the scenes ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
The Legislature is still in session, and your property still is not safe
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:22 AM :: 1282 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

... How many ways can our state legislators make life more miserable for us? ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
SB3089 lacks legislative check on governor’s emergency powers
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:03 AM :: 894 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... SB3089 would amend the state’s emergency-management statute ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
SB2697 provides best pathway for cryptocurrency in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:50 AM :: 797 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... SB3076 would encumber cryptocurrency, not liberate it ... Digital currency bill SB3025 better than SB3076, but still a rat’s nest ....

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Thursday, February 10, 2022
Naming Names: Who Will Cullen and English Rat Out?
By Andrew Walden @ 6:21 AM :: 5017 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... In the federal system the little fish eats the big fish.  We've got a menu .... 

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Bribery Arrests: "Proof the system is rigged"
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 1219 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... how widespread this corruption is in our government ....

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Feds Bust Two Legislators in Cesspool Bribery Scheme
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 2306 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Rep Ty Cullen and former cocaine dealer J Kalani 'Powdernose' English arrested today ....

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Sunday, February 6, 2022
Republican Legislative Session Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 2:30 AM :: 767 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... We are 17 days through the 31st Legislature. The "People's" building is still closed and it doesn't look like Senator Kouchi, Speaker Saiki or Governor Ige are interested in opening it up. ...

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Saturday, February 5, 2022
VIDEO: Economic freedom key to reviving Hawaii small businesses
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:52 AM :: 863 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

... Road map to prosperity ....

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Friday, February 4, 2022
Legislative Session Opens and My oh My!
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 1213 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Life

... Historically, according the Legislative Reference Bureau, only 10% of bills introduced become law ....  

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Monday, January 31, 2022
HB1585: Emergency powers reform bill could be stronger
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:54 PM :: 1041 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... HB1585 needs greater clarity about the role of the Legislature and stronger statements about protecting transparency and individual rights ....

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