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Friday, February 28, 2014
FACE Ad campaign pushes minimum wage hike
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:24 PM :: 4120 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

FACE said the increase is needed because Hawaii’s utilities are 110 percent higher than the national average, housing is 104 percent higher and groceries are 57 percent higher than other states...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
HI leaders worry military cuts will compromise Pacific security
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:51 PM :: 3087 Views :: Military

Hawaii’s political and military leaders are worried proposed cuts to the military will affect the state’s economy and national security....

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Monday, February 24, 2014
Can they get up? HI Legislature to fund coordinator to help seniors avoid falls
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:59 PM :: 2670 Views :: Hawaii State Government

“Government wants a coordinator for all of life’s risks,” Slom said. “Taxpayers should not fall for more bureaucracy.”....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
Is your baby carrying excess fat? Hawaii wants to know
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:26 PM :: 3382 Views :: Family, Health Care

Hawaii’s children may be adored by their parents, but all Hawaii government sees is their “body fat”....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Report: Hawaii ranks worst for Obamacare signups
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:03 PM :: 3605 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Just 3,614 people enrolled in the state’s exchange, but the report does not disclose how many of those who registered also paid for their health care policies....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Fiscal watchdog disputes Hawaii governor’s surplus claims
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:30 PM :: 3770 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

How vibrant Hawaii’s fiscal health is depends on who you ask....

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Friday, February 07, 2014
Taken: HI convict pleads guilty to stealing $200,000 in gov’t welfare
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:57 PM :: 2701 Views

...Hawaii has some of the most generous welfare benefits in the country, and one man took full advantage of them....

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Thursday, February 06, 2014
HI lawmakers: Obamacare exchange failures warrant state takeover
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:07 PM :: 2408 Views :: Health Care

Several House Democrats want the state to take over the Hawaii Health Connector, set up last year as a private, nonprofit....

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Monday, February 03, 2014
HI lawmaker renews fight to end or revise controversial sex ed program
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:16 PM :: 5035 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Health Care

...McDermott, who enrolled his eight children in Hawaii’s public schools, doesn’t want his 11-year-old son exposed to a controversial taxpayer-funded sex education program....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Hawaii’s minority leaders push for more power for the people
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:43 PM :: 3575 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Hawaii is the only state without any form of referendum, recall and initiative on a statewide level....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court approves military exclusion from reapportionment plan
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:15 AM :: 3357 Views :: Office of Elections

Minors, incarcerated criminals and illegal immigrants are represented in the 2012 Hawaii Reapportionment Plan. Military members and their “attached” spouses, as well as non-resident students, are not....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Taxpayers fund at least $350K in security costs for Obama Hawaiian vacations
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:18 PM :: 3895 Views :: Law Enforcement, Politicians

During her recent visit to Maui and the home of close family friend Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama was escorted by Maui police....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Marijuana export could pay off Hawaii’s debts, lawmaker says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:37 PM :: 165442 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians, Drugs

“This state would turn into a manufacturing state." -- Rep Rida Cabanilla

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Minority leaders dispute governor’s claims that Hawaii is on solid financial ground
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:23 PM :: 3374 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

"the governor is not getting high marks for performance from real people.”

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Prominent labor leader convicted of mortgage fraud
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:44 PM :: 4348 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Rail

Perry Artates, a former Maui Hawaiian Homeland commissioner and prominent labor leader, will spend 45 days in federal prison for his role in a mortgage fraud case that left a Maui family homeless....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Bureaucracy, high prices, keep local business from into buying Obamacare
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:25 PM :: 3422 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

Of Hawaii’s 30,000 small businesses, 296 registered for insurance through the Hawaii Health Connector by the Dec. 25 deadline....

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Not so nifty: Taxpayers chip in on gift for first lady, who turns 50
By Malia Zimmerman @ 11:41 PM :: 3660 Views :: Obama

...Michelle Obama extended her own vacation, flying to the island of Maui, where she is spending time with family friend Oprah Winfrey....

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Monday, January 06, 2014
Hawaii GOP refuses request to recruit for Obamacare exchange
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:21 PM :: 2913 Views :: Health Care

Meanwhile, Hawaii’s Democrat lawmakers are also criticizing the exchange....

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Drones may be buzzing Hawaiian skies soon
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:48 PM :: 3371 Views :: Higher Education, Small Business

The FAA this week that the University of Alaska is one of several educational institutions selected to test drones, and Hawaii and Oregon are included in the university’s plan ....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s 9-day Hawaiian vacation overlaps the president’s
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:55 PM :: 2909 Views :: Politicians

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had her own Hawaiian vacation this month....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Hawaii Obamacare exchange not fiscally sustainable, lawmakers told
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:37 PM :: 3203 Views :: Health Care

...the exchange will be expected to fund its $10 million to $14 million in annual operations through fees on local insurance companies....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Hawaii’s education department keeping sex-ed curriculum a secret
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:29 PM :: 4772 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

...McDermott said he should be able to get a copy of the 10-hour curriculum from either the state Department of Education or the University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies, which developed the $800,000 pilot program....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Christmas vacation: Obamas get trip to Hawaii, taxpayers get ‘jelly-of-the-month’ club
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:00 PM :: 3842 Views :: National News

...The president and his friends pay rent for the 17-day trip, about $25,000 per week.  Taxpayers pay for most everything else, about $4 million....

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Friday, December 13, 2013
Hawaii’s retirement system tackles $8.5 billion shortfall
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:54 PM :: 3561 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes
About 2,000 state and county employees retire each year, but will there be enough money to pay their retirement, disability and other benefits?
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Monday, December 09, 2013
HI health exchange has signed up 574 people, for about $348,000 apiece
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:24 PM :: 2868 Views :: Health Care

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, one of the state’s most vocal advocates of Obamacare, predicted at a news conference Sept. 17 that the state’s 100,000 uninsured, plus thousands more, would sign up for insurance once the Health Connector launched Oct. 1....

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Thursday, December 05, 2013
Federal safety inspectors investigating violence at Hawaii State Hospital
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:35 PM :: 3638 Views :: Health Care, Labor

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating  the Hawaii State Hospital, hospital administrators have confirmed....

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
HI health exchange violates federal law, League of Women Voters say
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:28 PM :: 2520 Views :: Health Care

...the AG told the league the health connector is not required to provide voter information on its website because it is an independent, nonprofit agency....

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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Hawaii among 13 ‘turkeys’ for fiscal management
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:09 AM :: 3069 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
A new report from Truth in Accounting’s State Data Lab names Hawaii one of 13 “Turkey States” because the state spent more money than it received and racked up more debt for future taxpayers.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Shipping fees: Union-backed federal law increases transport costs tenfold
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:33 PM :: 3986 Views :: Jones Act

...to ship a 40-foot container from Los Angeles to Shanghai is $790. Matson, Hawaii’s largest carrier, charges $8,700 to ship that same container from Los Angeles to Honolulu....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
Hawaii Health Connector director steps down after health exchange’s failure
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:12 PM :: 2828 Views :: Health Care

As of Nov. 15, just 257 individuals have secured health care through the exchange....

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Assaults at Hawaii hospital for criminally insane prompts Senate investigation
By Malia Zimmerman @ 9:17 PM :: 4741 Views :: Health Care, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

Assaults on workers at the Hawaii State Hospital are all too common, and taxpayers are picking up the tab for the cost of treatment and workers compensation....

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
New medical codes for injuries from duck bites, drone strikes create headaches for doctors
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:56 PM :: 2630 Views :: Health Care

Hospitals may have to invest between $2 million and $5 million, and large health care organizations could spend as much as $20 million....

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Friday, November 15, 2013
HI lawmakers critical of developer that created health-care, tax websites
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:03 PM :: 3976 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

The state Department of Taxation paid CGI Group more than $87 million over 12 years....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Hawaii legalizes gay marriage, but opponents promise challenge to law
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:58 AM :: 4136 Views :: Family, First Amendment
“Churches remain at risk of being required to recognize these marriages and treat them as valid, even for internal church purposes. Those cases will now have to be litigated under the state and federal constitutions instead of being clearly answered in the bill,” Laylock said.
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Friday, November 08, 2013
Hawaii tax department under scrutiny for waste, mismanagement
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:44 PM :: 3134 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Twenty-five people in the state Department of Taxation were put on leave in December 2011 for unauthorized access to tax records....

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Thursday, November 07, 2013
New lawsuit alleges former gubernatorial appointee’s involvement in financial shenanigans at union
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:08 PM :: 6886 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Labor, Rail

Hit men, Yakuza, Hells Angels, the Chinese crime syndicate and Hawaii politicians....

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Thursday, October 31, 2013
Study detailing Hawaii’s hidden retirement liabilities should haunt taxpayers
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:25 PM :: 4115 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This Halloween, the Chicago-based government watchdog group, Truth in Accounting, issued what its authors call a “haunting” report....

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Experts say Hawaii’s gay marriage bill worst at protecting religious freedom
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:25 PM :: 4109 Views :: Family, First Amendment

...people on both sides of the gay marriage debate say the current draft of Senate Bill 1, which would legalize same-sex ceremonies, infringes on religious liberty....

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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Welfare subsidies on the rise in Hawaii
By Malia Zimmerman @ 11:52 PM :: 3629 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Hawaii’s Legislature appropriated $2.75 billion for fiscal year 2013 and $2.83 billion for FY 2014 — or about 20 percent of the state general fund budget — for “social services” operating expense....

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Monday, October 21, 2013
Man allegedly scams taxpayers for 14 years, FBI says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:53 PM :: 3328 Views :: Law Enforcement

The FBI is accusing a Hawaii man of making an art form of scamming local and federal taxpayers during the past 14 years....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange re-launches with more glitches
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:24 PM :: 2659 Views :: Health Care

...while some consumers were able to view the information on plans and pricing, others continued to receive an error message....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
CPA says hype over Obamacare small business tax credit is misleading
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:22 PM :: 3873 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

Think small business owners really are going to get tax credits through Obamacare health exchanges? Think again....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
Federal grand jury subpoenas Matson in Honolulu Harbor molasses spill
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:14 PM :: 4090 Views :: Environment, Jones Act

The subpoena was revealed Thursday in a report obtained by Watchdog.org from the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission....

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
HI lawmakers question Obamacare exchange delays
By Malia Zimmerman @ 11:43 PM :: 2923 Views :: Health Care

The web site went live Oct. 1, but those seeking health care coverage haven’t been able to review pricing or coverage information....

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Monday, October 07, 2013
HI House leader steps down amid campaign spending investigation
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:13 PM :: 4453 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Politicians

State Rep. Karen Awana is out as Democrat House majority leader....

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Friday, October 04, 2013
Feel rich? Average Hawaii Resident needs to pony up $40K to pay off state debt
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:10 PM :: 3720 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Do you feel rich? The Wall Street Journal claims you are, as a fiscal watchdog group says the opposite, citing crushing amounts of government debt....

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Thursday, October 03, 2013
Hawaii residents, lawmakers frustrated with health connector glitches
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:25 PM :: 2755 Views :: Health Care
Hawaii lawmakers plan a briefing Wednesday to look into problems related to the Hawaii Health Connector services....
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Tuesday, October 01, 2013
‘Environmental disaster:’ HI residents want answers over molasses spill
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:34 PM :: 4070 Views :: Environment, Family

State senators have, at last count, gotten 1,539 emails from residents about the spill and 272 emails from supporters of gay marriage; 602 in opposition....

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Thursday, September 26, 2013
HI lawmakers spend campaign cash on mannequin, Pathfinder and other oddities
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:01 PM :: 3571 Views :: Ethics, Politicians
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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Lerner’s out at IRS, but Hawaii tea parties still want answers
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:00 PM :: 4508 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

She was angered when she got an inquiry from the IRS in 2012 demanding she provide detailed information on Honolulu tea party activities, materials, pictures, videos, names of speakers and attendees, as well as copies and recordings of speeches made during events....

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