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Saturday, August 08, 2015
Hurricane Hilda Now Category 4--Winds 140mph
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 2408 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...ABOUT 870 MI ESE OF HILO HAWAII MOVING W AT 15MPH....

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Saturday, August 08, 2015
New Catastrophic Hurricane Plan Signed By State, Federal Partners
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 2508 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Coordination Efforts Begin for Hurricane Hilda....

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Thursday, August 06, 2015
$40M CIP Released
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 2506 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... $9,318,772 for Aloha Stadium, more than $11M for Honolulu Airport ....

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Track Takes Guillermo Northwest of State, Possibility of Heavy Rainfall
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 2152 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Tropical Storm Guillermo is located 370 miles east of Hilo as of 2:00 p.m. today....

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Sunday, August 02, 2015
You Can Have That Road, Alphonse…No! You Take It, Gaston!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3636 Views :: Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

...the State and counties aren’t clear on which roads they own....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Auditor: Lack of Procurement Controls Exposes Health Department to Waste and Abuse
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:21 PM :: 3304 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

Department provides little support for and minimal oversight of staff involved in procurements....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Truth in Accounting: Hawaii Hiding 71 Percent of Retirement Debt
By News Release @ 6:01 PM :: 3337 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Because the state government uses outdated accounting methods, a vast majority of liabilities are excluded from its financial reporting....

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Sunday, July 19, 2015
Post-Employment Benefits Are King
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3309 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor
The Hawaii Constitution says, “Membership in any employees' retirement system of the State or any political subdivision thereof shall be a contractual relationship, the accrued benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.”
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Time Warner to Sell Oceanic to Charter Communications
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 4400 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

DCCA Cable Television Divison received an application from Charter Communications, Inc. and Time Warner Cable, Inc....

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Ige Vetoes Eight Bills
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 2506 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige today vetoed eight bills and sent his statements of objections to the house and senate leadership....

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Video: A Fiscal Cliff for Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:04 PM :: 3376 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Senate Minority Budget Director Paul Harleman about the current economic status of Hawaii and his concerns for the state's future financial stability....

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Ige Releases ‘Intent to Veto’ List
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 3548 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Ige has informed the Hawai‘i State Legislature of his intent to veto the following bills....

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Thursday, June 18, 2015
Hawaii Government Workforce Seventh Least Productive in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:07 PM :: 4609 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii’s employees earn 9 percent more than those in the private sector—the 3rd highest wages and salaries ratio in the country....

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Friday, June 05, 2015
State Technology Transformation 'will not move forward without the right people in place'
By News Release @ 12:07 AM :: 2931 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...hiring and retaining qualified state government IT staff is a top priority, noting the challenge of an aging workforce and lack of millennials....

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Sunday, May 24, 2015
Unfunded Liabilities – Smoke and Mirrors?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3856 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...what actually goes into this “unfunded liability” calculation....

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
A Troubling Excess Of Optimism: Examining the Hawaii State Budget
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:18 PM :: 2497 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the Governor’s projection of state expenditures–and the means by which this forecast is determined–are not transparent....

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Thursday, May 07, 2015
Hawaii State Senate Announces New Committee Chairs
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 3758 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

The Hawaii State Senate today announced a new line up of committees and committee chairs as part of its recent reorganization....

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Kim Out: Marijuana Last Straw as Senate Committee Chairs Overthrow President
By Andrew Walden @ 11:07 AM :: 7732 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Drugs

...The Senate says 'yes' to marijuana and 'no' to anti-GMO protesters....

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
HB321: Gamesmanship and Shenanigans
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 AM :: 3652 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Drugs

...legislative priorities are out-of-touch with reality....

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Slom: Hawaii Will Deplete Cash Reserves by 2021
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:22 AM :: 3498 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...once you tally up the separate appropriation bills the current spending plan is almost identical to the Governor's initial budget request....

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Sunday, May 03, 2015
Full List: $28M Grants in Aid Funded in State Budget
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 3188 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...$20 million in capital improvement projects (CIP) funding and $8 million in operating funds....

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Friday, May 01, 2015
Conference Committee
By Selected News Articles @ 6:25 PM :: 3115 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government
“Conference committee is where good bills go to die.”
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Powdered Alcohol Prohibition Wins in Hawaii Senate
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:05 PM :: 4587 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Small Business

"Whenever there is a new product, whether it be powdered alcohol or e-cigarettes, we want to jump on it, and ban it."

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Monday, April 27, 2015
Hawaii Open Budget: Online Conference Committee Tracking Tool
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:20 PM :: 2894 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...will be updated daily, shortly after decisions are made in the Conference Committee budget meetings....

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
7% Solution Makes Hawaii Pension Debt Seem Smaller
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 PM :: 3821 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor
“The state increased the rate from 4 percent to 7 percent.”
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Friday, April 24, 2015
Auditor: No Special Fund Raids After AG Tightens Enforcement
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:28 PM :: 2367 Views :: Hawaii State Government

On February 27, 2013, the department conducted department-wide training for deputies whose clients administer non-general fund....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Conference Committee Begins Negotiations on State Budget
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 2503 Views :: Hawaii State Government

House and Senate conferees met today to begin negotiations on a final version of HB500, the state budget bill....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Hawaii State Auditor Presents 2014 Annual Report
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:36 AM :: 2169 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...we had a busy 2014—releasing 18 audits, analyses, and studies on everything from alternate uses of recycled glass to the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Inspector General, Special Purpose Revenue Bonds, and Monolithic Monopoly: House Republicans Speak Out
By Video @ 1:49 PM :: 4009 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

House Republican floor speeches ....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Senate Passes Nearly 200 Measures on Crossover
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 2632 Views :: Hawaii State Government

A majority of the bills will go into conference committees where the House and Senate conferees will convene to settle differences....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
House Passes Nearly 150 Senate Bills on Second Crossover
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 2421 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The state House of Representatives passed today nearly 150 Senate measures....

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Alii Place: Where Will the $90M Come From?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:49 AM :: 3358 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Senator Slom says, "We should have learned something from the Kamamalu Building."

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Friday, April 10, 2015
Senate Committee Amends, Approves Interisland Ferry Resolution
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:45 PM :: 3319 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

Formerly, the resolution only considered the Washington State ferry as a model, but now it has been expanded to other possible jurisdictions as well....

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Thursday, April 09, 2015
Rep Luke Gives One Hour Notice for Hearing on Open Government Bill
By Selected News Articles @ 11:10 PM :: 3199 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke provided only one hour notice for a 14-bill hearing she was holding this afternoon....

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Thursday, April 09, 2015
HB500: Hawaii Legislators Vote on Secret Budget
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:23 PM :: 3625 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"It is another example of our state failing to be transparent."

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Thursday, April 09, 2015
DLNR Seeks Comment on 2015 Outdoor Recreation Plan
By News Release @ 10:21 AM :: 3419 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...5-year strategic plan for outdoor recreation....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Ige Names Appointees to Head DLIR, OIMT
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 2949 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige today announced his nominations to lead the Department of Land and Natural Resources and Labor and Industrial Relations and the Office of Information Management and Technology....

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Ige Nominates Suzanne Case to DLNR, Names Three to School Board
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 4487 Views :: Education K-12, Environment, Hawaii State Government

Suzanne Case is a 28-year veteran of The Nature Conservancy and has served as its executive director since 2001....

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Monday, April 06, 2015
Senate Minority Alternative Budget cuts spending, caps collective bargaining
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:13 PM :: 4510 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Republican Party, Taxes

"It brings relief to our beleaguered taxpayers and small businesses, and balances our state finances in the long term."

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Sunday, April 05, 2015
The Turtle Bay Bill, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5255 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...They were under the impression that the bond sale process needed to begin by June 30 of this year. “No,” said the Department of Attorney General, “the law says that the bond sale needs to be DONE by June 30.”...

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Thursday, April 02, 2015
SCR181: Interisland Ferry System Study
By Michael Hansen @ 10:16 PM :: 4350 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

There are several State regulatory issues that need to be resolved prior to attempting to establish a Hawaii interisland ferry and are at least as important as the technical modeling, facilities and feasibility considerations....

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015
61 Hawaii Bridges Need Structural Repair
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 2877 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...cars, trucks and school buses cross Hawaii's 61 structurally compromised bridges 900,643 times every day....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
$11M Spent: Ige Dumps Abercrombie's IT Pipedream
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 3190 Views :: Hawaii State Government
"Why be part of the solution when there's so much money to be made in being part of the problem?"
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Resolutions Urge Audit of State Use of Outside Counsel
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:33 PM :: 4014 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, OHA

"...From agencies like the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to organizations like HART that are entrusted with significant state funds, there is a need for greater accountability...."

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Monday, March 23, 2015
Common Cause to Host Hawaii Open Budget Initiative Demonstration
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 2938 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, from 6-7pm....

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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Auditor Hammers Legislators' Special Funds: 43 of 44 Do Not Meet Criteria
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 2786 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...an analysis of each new special or revolving fund proposed by legislative bills....

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Sunday, March 15, 2015
I Can’t Believe He Said That!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3504 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... hundreds of little (and in some cases, not so little) pots of money sprinkled throughout Hawaii's departments, agencies, and other governmental units ....

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
OpenHawaii.org -- Holding Government Accountable
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 4349 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...county and state salary and overtime records, as well as retirement, health insurance, budgetary, and other data....

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Sunday, March 08, 2015
First Crossover: House Sends 100+ Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 3017 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House today passed over a hundred bills....

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Saturday, March 07, 2015
Call to Action: Stop Bad Legislation at First Crossover
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 2551 Views :: Hawaii State Government
On Tuesday, March 10 (beginning at 10:00 am), both the House and Senate will be in chamber voting on the '1st Crossover bills'.
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