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Saturday, September 17, 2022
Auditor: No Need for Regulation of Community Health Workers
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:45 PM :: 660 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Life

... The Hawai‘i Regulatory Licensing Reform Act requires that professions should be regulated only when reasonably necessary to protect the health, safety, or welfare of consumers of their services ....

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Thursday, September 1, 2022
Should sacrifices go just one way?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:15 PM :: 632 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Does the state have a responsibility to “go without,” if that would be better for the people? ....

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Monday, August 29, 2022
Better Budgeting for a Better Economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:46 AM :: 579 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... lawmakers are allowed to waive the state’s spending cap by a two-thirds vote, which they routinely do ....

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Monday, August 8, 2022
How to Ensure Better Budgeting for a Better Economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:02 PM :: 748 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Tired of runaway government taxes, spending and debt?  Learn what we can do about it from budget expert Daniel Mitchell ....

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Hawaii’s NASED -- Another sports venue that fails to generate promised revenue
By Selected News Articles @ 10:51 PM :: 1142 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Tourism

... Decades of studies have shown that publicly financed stadiums, even those that include housing and retail projects, do not bring in enough money to offset public investments ....

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Friday, July 15, 2022
Governor comes through on ‘gut and replace’ but disappoints on emergency powers reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 AM :: 794 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Gov. Ige vetoed HB1147, which the Legislature approved via an illegal practice, but also vetoed SB3089, which was a setback for liberty ....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022
DLNR Releases Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor Vision Report
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 693 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

... no mention of a fuel dock ....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022
State Tax Receipts up 34.8%
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 939 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... FY2022 corporate income tax collections up 60.1% from the previous year, IIT collections up 22.3% from the previous year, and General Fund tax collections up 34.8% ....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022
Ige Vetoes 28 of 30 Bills on 'Intent to Veto' List
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 847 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... In addition, there are six bills that are becoming law without the governor’s signature. ...

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Sunday, July 10, 2022
Emergency powers reform tops ‘veto list’ discussion
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:54 AM :: 764 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Ige has until July 12th to veto ....

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Saturday, July 9, 2022
Ige Signs HB2171 Establishing State Department of Law Enforcement
By News Release @ 2:54 AM :: 967 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Police

... “Hawaiʻi is the only state in the country that doesn’t have a centralized, independent state law enforcement agency. The new department will allow more efficient and effective emergency response, criminal law enforcement, investigations and homeland security operations” ....

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Thursday, July 7, 2022
Ige Announces Line-Item Vetoes--First Responder Tech Campus Slashed
By News Release @ 12:04 AM :: 821 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Police

... The total estimated cost of all six phases is $315M to $470M ....

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Former Hawaii Senate Majority Leader and Cocaine Dealer Sentenced to 40 Months in Federal Prison
By News Release @ 12:15 PM :: 1754 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... tip of the iceberg ....

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Sunday, July 3, 2022
Support emergency powers reform in spirit of July 4th
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:55 PM :: 680 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Earlier this week, Gov. David Ige announced his “intent to veto” SB3089, a bill that aims to reform the state’s emergency powers law ....

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Friday, July 1, 2022
Ige appoints Leo Asuncion to lead Public Utilities Commission
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 924 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

... Asuncion’s current term on the PUC began on July 1, 2020 and ends on June 30, 2026 .... 

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
SB3089: Ige Threatens Veto of Emergency Powers Reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:26 AM :: 747 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... SB3089 would ensure checks and balances during times of emergency ....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Ige 'Intent to Veto' List -- 30 Bills
By News Release @ 4:50 AM :: 994 Views :: Hawaii State Government

 ... including cash bail and Hu Honua -- but not Mauna Kea ....

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Good news/bad news about cryptocurrency in Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:15 PM :: 1005 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii’s policymakers haven’t given up the dream of regulating it into oblivion ....

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Saturday, June 11, 2022
Hawaii Per-Capita Pension Liability 4th Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:04 PM :: 837 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii per-capita pension liability $39,939.43 ....

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022
2022 State of the States Municipal Credit Report -- Hawaii Moves out of Basement
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 706 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Hawaii improved significantly in 2021 after initially being hard hit by the pandemic ....

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Sunday, May 29, 2022
What went down at the 2022 Hawaii Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:38 PM :: 922 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the good, the bad and the ugly ....

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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 :: 1087 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 :: 910 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 :: 629 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 :: 872 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 :: 1025 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 :: 800 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 :: 731 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 :: 749 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 :: 669 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 :: 999 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 :: 1198 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 :: 1290 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 :: 605 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 :: 1116 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 :: 705 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 :: 917 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 :: 1186 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 :: 964 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 :: 867 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 :: 1025 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 :: 909 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 :: 1002 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 :: 701 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 :: 882 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 :: 819 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 :: 1494 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 :: 1111 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 :: 1116 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 :: 1116 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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