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Friday, September 25, 2020
Pollyana approach not working
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:08 PM :: 221 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... At the beginning of the year, our governor boasted about his efforts to put the state on a “sound financial footing.” What a difference a few months can make ....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Common Cause 2020 Legislative Wrap Up
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 249 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

...Ige’s deadline to veto bills has passed, so we know which of the bills that made it through this most unusual session will become law....

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Sunday, September 20, 2020
Abercrombie and Waihee on COVID Leadership
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 656 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The governors zeroed in on two principal drivers of our government’s response, namely structural capability and leadership....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Ige Appoints new Director and Deputy at DLIR
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 539 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Meanwhile: Top Three Failure Reward: Former DLIR Director Scott Murakami takes job at DBEDT....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Ige Releases Final Veto List
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 496 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Gov. Ige vetoes bill limiting “revolving door” between government and lobbyists....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
State Auditor’s Review of GET Exemptions and Exclusions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 472 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... The Auditor was supposed to start on the first chunk last year and finish the report before the start of the 2020 legislature, but ....

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Saturday, September 12, 2020
Lt Governor Josh Green Tests Positive for COVID
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 714 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Lt. Gov. Green plans to continue his duties from his home as long as he’s feeling well ....

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Kokua Council files action with the Hawaii Supreme Court to compel the Department of Health to increase the number of contact tracers in Hawaii
By News Release @ 7:40 AM :: 645 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Kokua Council has filed a petition for mandamus with the Supreme Court ....

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Saturday, September 5, 2020
DOBOR Alerts Contain 'Geofencing' Spy Program
By News Release @ 7:07 AM :: 593 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... The AlertMedia software offers a host of benefits aside from quick and efficient message dissemination.  It also offers message tracking, “geofencing” and weather alerts.  Geofencing, allows the system administrator to encircle an area on a map and transmit messages just to users inside that geographic area ....

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Friday, September 4, 2020
We weren't crying "Wolf" after all
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:38 PM :: 1234 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...that crisis finally came, and we were unprepared for it....

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Governor Releases 'Intent to Veto' List
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 797 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Second Amendment

...Gov. David Ige has notified legislative leaders and key lawmakers of his Intent to Veto the following 6 measures....

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Monday, August 31, 2020
Heads Roll: Espinda, Anderson Out
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 590 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Gov. David Ige announced today that Dr. Bruce Anderson and Director Nolan Espinda will be retiring in September ....

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Sunday, August 30, 2020
Case of the Missing Contact Tracer Millions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:06 AM :: 1980 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...I’m not the only one trying to dig up information on where the money went....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Watchdog group urges Ige to release COVID records
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:02 PM :: 901 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says the lack of transparency is ‘eroding public trust in the management of the pandemic’....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Hawaii Opens Door to 12 Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Schemes
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 1133 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

"...Through the issuance of a 'no action message,' DFI is not taking any action against these companies...."

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Saturday, August 15, 2020
​Lockdown reveals Hawaii's economic house of cards
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:42 AM :: 1511 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Growing the budget and approving government employee pay raises when Hawaii is running out of money is an unsustainable way to run a state....

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Friday, August 14, 2020
HGEA: Pay us to 'work' at home again
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 628 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...COVID surge prompts HGEA to tell Departments: Limit physical presence at worksites....

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Monday, August 10, 2020
Ige Replaces DoTax, DLIR Directors
By News Release @ 8:11 PM :: 705 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Scott Murakami resigned on Aug. 5 as director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations....

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Monday, August 3, 2020
Ige Appoints Cathy Betts to Head DHS
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 625 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Betts will replace Pankaj Bhanot who is stepping down as the department’s director for health and family reasons on Aug. 31, 2020....

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Thursday, July 30, 2020
SB126: Ige Vetoes Parts of COVID Relief Spending Bill
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 846 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Decreased from $230M to 0, the appropriation out of the Emergency and Budget Reserve Fund to provide an additional weekly unemployment benefit of $100 per week ....

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Saturday, July 25, 2020
DLIR: Fraudsters got $35.98M from Hawaii Unemployment
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 1123 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...Through July 14, the department has issued $35,980,789 to imposter fraud claimants....

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Friday, July 24, 2020
Cesspools: EPA Hits DLNR, Hawaii County with Big Fines
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 1047 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Hawaii State Government

...EPA banned LCCs in 2005....

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Saturday, July 18, 2020
Ige COVID Solution: Just Stop Paying EUTF
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 1229 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Waiving the entire “annual required contribution” or ARC payment to EUTF for this year would save the state about $840 million, according to one official….

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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Highlights of 2020 Legislative Session
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 880 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...a list of all bills passed during the 2020 session....

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Legislative Session: The good, the bad and the ugly
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:42 PM :: 1070 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... donning rose-colored glasses and approaching the budget shortfall as a temporary setback ....

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Ige appoints Bennette Misalucha to State Senate until Special Election
By News Release @ 3:21 AM :: 642 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

...to fill the late Sen. Breene Harimoto’s state Senate seat. State Senate District 16 includes Pearl City....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
COVID Legislature: "This will be a shell of a democracy"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:49 PM :: 891 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

"...The people of Hawaii are facing a dead economy, and thousands are waiting in food lines to feed their families...."

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Friday, July 10, 2020
COVID Economy: State Much More Susceptible than Counties
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 1277 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Tourism, COVID-19

"...The revenue profiles of the state and the city and county are quite different. The state is much more exposed to volatile revenue sources such as general excise tax and transient accommodation tax (TAT)...."

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Ige Vetoes $432M CARES Rainy Day Deposit
By Andrew Walden @ 5:45 PM :: 1057 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...according to Senator Thielen CARES money was put in the Rainy Day fund so the governor couldn’t touch it....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
HB2457: Senate Fails to Protect Kids by Voting to Allow Continued Sale of Menthol E-Cigarettes and Cigarettes
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 791 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...Statement of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Heart Association and American Lung Association....

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Thursday, July 2, 2020
HB2502 Still Dangerous: Grassroot Institute warns again about granting wide powers to health director
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:09 AM :: 1071 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...the institute said it "continues to have grave concerns," since "the powers contemplated in this bill are so sweeping and broad as to raise significant questions about privacy, civil liberties and constitutionality."....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
​Gender neutral option available for state credentials beginning July 1, 2020
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 679 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...Those seeking to apply, renew, or obtain a duplicate credential can now choose “X” or “Not Specified” in the gender category instead of the binary “M” (Male) or “F” (Female)....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
SB785 --$150M Raises for Public Employees-- How They Voted
By Selected News Articles @ 5:53 PM :: 2298 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Laughing at your sacrifice: Senate votes 21-3, House votes 45-4....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
Video: "Lockdown, Testing and Tracking: Are They Really Legal?"
By Video @ 5:11 AM :: 870 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Honolulu lawyers Robert Thomas and Jeff Portnoy address questions that have arisen during the coronavirus shut-down....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
Note to Legislature: Focus!
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:28 PM :: 687 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...With Hawaii facing its greatest financial crisis in generations, the state Legislature is finally taking action on balloon launches, a “climate innovation technology park” and red light cameras....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
The Separation of Powers Limitation on Hawaii’s Emergency Authority
By Robert Thomas @ 10:53 PM :: 832 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, COVID-19

...a hard look at the most important limitation on government power in an emergency, the statutory requirement that any emergency proclamation automatically terminates no later than sixty days after it is issued....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
SB126: Legislative Conference Committee Passes Key Budget Bill
By News Release @ 6:29 PM :: 546 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...A legislative conference committee today approved a conference draft to Senate Bill 126 that amends the state budget and provides support to critical state services needed during the cononavirus pandemic....

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Monday, June 22, 2020
HB2500 Legislators poised to exceed state debt limit to avoid making cuts
By News Release @ 2:28 PM :: 869 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...HB2500 SD1 would allow the state to borrow billions of dollars at a time when revenues are falling and expenses are increasing....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Legislators Outline Plan to use CARES Funds
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 675 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...The plan provides discretion to the Ige Administration to spend the remaining CARES funds to pay for unanticipated and emerging needs....

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Saturday, June 20, 2020
UHERO forecasts dire scenarios for local government budgets
By UHERO @ 4:28 AM :: 864 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...A grim financial outlook is on the horizon for the state of Hawaiʻi due to the impact of COVID-19....

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Friday, June 19, 2020
How to balance the budget in just a few clicks
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:56 PM :: 869 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...just a few quick clicks and Hawaii went from a $1.4 billion deficit to a modest surplus....

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Thursday, June 18, 2020
UHERO: Estimating the Need for Rental Assistance in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 3:02 PM :: 942 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...the augmented unemployment payments have done a fairly good job  preventing the worst from happening so far. But that program is set to expire August 1....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
‘New normal’ requires long-term budget thinking
By Joe Kent @ 11:44 PM :: 846 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...threw Gov. Ige’s multiyear budget off target by a total of $26 billion between fiscal years 2020 and 2025....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
​Legislature to Reconvene on June 22
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 638 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The Legislature will take up a limited number of bills, including budget matters and COVID-19-related legislation....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Hawaii Spending Cap Too Easily Ignored by Lawmakers
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:03 PM :: 646 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Start working now to adopt a meaningful spending cap....

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
State Finally Launches Digital Time and Leave System
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 815 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Timesheets and leave requests are now transmitted electronically to payroll offices, replacing paper-based manual labor-intensive tracking methods in employee pay calculation....  

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Thursday, June 4, 2020
ERS Risks $75M of Your Retirement Fund on Hawaii High Tech Startups
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 948 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Tax Credits

...how many times will Hawaii fall for phony High-Tech scamsters?....

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Sunday, May 31, 2020
The Governor, The Legislature, and The Billion Dollar Mess
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1368 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...figuring out how to spend $1 billion of federal money that is being made available to Hawaii under the CARES Act....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Legislators Short $2B: "We are going to have to look for strategic cuts"
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 1545 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...no details until after the June 2 deadline to file for election....

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Monday, May 25, 2020
Hawaii Proposes ‘Feminist Economic Recovery Plan’ Filled With Sex Discrimination
By Selected News Articles @ 7:29 PM :: 1291 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...attorney Scott Greenfield suggested proposals like these would raise “a great many curious issues” and “would appear to be outrageously unlawful sex discrimination with some serious likelihood of backfiring.”....

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