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Thursday, July 03, 2014
Volunteers Sought for Vacancies Opening Up on Boards and Commissions as Ethics law Takes Effect
By News Release @ 4:42 PM :: 2820 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

individuals looking to serve the public should apply for state board or commission openings that will occur as Senate Bill 2682 takes effect on July 8....

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Thursday, July 03, 2014
Stay seated: Hawaii will pay $81K for fall-prevention coordinator
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:31 PM :: 2385 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii seems compelled to pay someone — rather handsomely — to offer such ubiquitous and common-sense advice....

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Abercrombie Jets off to Yacht Club to Sign Bills
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 2333 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

In another first, Gov. Neil Abercrombie today at Hilo Yacht Club enacted measures....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
16 Bills Signed into Law
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 2953 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

Abercrombie today signed House Bill 2590 (Act 166), a measure that will allow voter registration at absentee polling places beginning in 2016 and late voter registration, including on Election Day, beginning in 2018....

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Ige, Slom Question Possible 'Financial Disclosure' Veto
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 4138 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...This is just an example of the "same old, same old," where the Governor and his appointees get to wield power with a distinct lack of public scrutiny....

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Abercrombie Sends Notice to Veto 10 Bills
By News Release @ 5:25 AM :: 2715 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...he must either veto or sign by July 8, 2014, or allow them to become law without his signature....

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Ward Questions DoT Plan for Kalanianaole Hwy
By News Release @ 4:07 AM :: 2737 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

“It took 4 years to add 2 lanes to the old 4-lane Kalanianaole Highway while at the same time paving 6 lanes...."

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Saturday, June 21, 2014
Criminal, Energy, Emergency, Agriculture--Abercrombie Signs Bills
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 2136 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed....

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
High Tech Development Corp still relying on carbon paper and typewriters
By Selected News Articles @ 2:20 AM :: 3091 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

HTDC still relying on carbon paper and typewriters to draft communications with the state, which she says causes more work in the end for her staff....

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Monday, June 16, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Members to BLNR, HTA
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 3947 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Land Use, Tourism

Both are interim appointments subject to state Senate approval....

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Monday, June 16, 2014
Writ to Watch: Oahu Publications, Inc. v. Neil Abercrombie
By Robert Thomas @ 7:31 PM :: 3462 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

On June 13, 2014, the HAWSCT accepted cert in Oahu Publications, Inc., dba The Honolulu Advertiser v. Neil Abercrombie....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Rep Wooley Replacement from Secret List
By News Release @ 5:15 AM :: 3561 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointment of George Okuda to the state House of Representatives seat for District 48....

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Paychecks Hawaii Ratings of the 2014 Legislature
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 3723 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Small Business
Lawmakers are rated on their support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate....
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Slom: Abercrombie Should Cut $46M from CIP not DoE
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 4212 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government
...House Finance chair blames mistake on governor's last-minute Turtle Bay deal....
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Friday, June 06, 2014
Will State Lose $800M in Fed Funding Due to Governor Abercrombie?
By News Release @ 12:03 AM :: 3285 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Since Abercrombie’s tenure as governor, hundreds of millions of dollars that should have been used to repair deteriorating highways and bridges have set untapped....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
Abercrombie Releases CIP for Prisons, Mental Hospital
By News Release @ 4:29 AM :: 3402 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $46 million for various capital improvement projects....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Sen. Sam Slom: Legislative Session in Review
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:30 PM :: 2882 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Senator Slom addresses issues facing Hawaii and our State government....

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Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Turtle Bay Gut and Replace Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4067 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government

...something remarkable happened in the last days of our legislative session....

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Saturday, May 17, 2014
Chamber of Commerce 23 Harmful Bills Stopped in Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 5:15 AM :: 3613 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

Of the 54 bills harmful to business that were introduced this session that we tracked, 23 bills were stopped....

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Friday, May 16, 2014
Search Tool: Where Politicians Spend Your Money
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:38 PM :: 3335 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Sen. Malama Solomon’s office has turned in the most for allowance reimbursements at more than $21,000....

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Hawaii welfare cheat gets 57 months in federal prison
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:28 PM :: 3374 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

Vaughn G. Sherwood sentenced to 57 months for stealing $200,000 in government benefits....

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
DoT Director Glenn Okimoto Flees Abercrombie Administration
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 5044 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the name of Okimoto's interim replacement, Ford Fuchigami, pops up on page 14 of the sex-harassment lawsuit ....

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Saturday, May 03, 2014
State Senate Adjourns Session Approving More than 240 Bills
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 2229 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii State Senate today adjourned the 2014 session passing more than 240 bills....

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Thursday, May 01, 2014
House Passes Final Group of Bills for 2014 Session
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 2336 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Measures relate to state budget, minimum wage, TAT, Health Connector, seniors, invasive species, mandatory kindergarten, police misconduct, abuse of minors....

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Thursday, May 01, 2014
Budget: Spend now, pay later
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:34 PM :: 2486 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Senator Sam Slom said  "It is not a budget, it is a spending bill."
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Legislature Passes State Budget
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 3493 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

The budget, which provides $6.189 billion in general funds and $12.147 billion in all means of financing, was characterized by House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke as measured and prudent....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
VIDEO: House Republicans Speak out on State Budget
By Video @ 6:41 PM :: 3355 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Republican Party

VIDEO: House Republicans speak out on Hawaii State Budget during final debate today....

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Monday, April 28, 2014
$52.4M CIP for Public Housing Renovation, DHS IT Planning
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 2401 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Design funds for plans to modernize the case management system for the Social Services Division. The current system is approximately 25-years-old....

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Complete List of Bills up for Final reading in House and Senate
By Andrew Walden @ 1:55 PM :: 2449 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...bills up for final reading in the Senate and House on Tuesday, April 29....

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Power of the Money Committees
By News Release @ 3:29 AM :: 2273 Views :: Hawaii State Government

A quick glance at the table below, and you see how powerful the money committees are....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Ige: Pay for Turtle Bay by Refinancing Hawaii Convention Center
By News Release @ 5:17 PM :: 3818 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government

"It would be an opportunity for us to within the existing resources acquire the easement." --Ige

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
VIDEO: Grassroot Institute Looks at One Party States Idaho and Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:17 PM :: 3122 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

...the lack of meaningful competition between political parties can be stifling to new ideas, regardless of the underlying ideology....

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Monday, April 21, 2014
$335M Airport CIP Released
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 2066 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $335 million for various capital improvement projects....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
House Republican Leaders Address Budget Negotiations
By Video @ 3:05 PM :: 2591 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Representative Aaron Ling Johanson, Minority leader and Representative Beth Fukumoto Chang, Minority Floor Leader address the House of Representatives Budget at Mid-session in 2014.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
HCDA Restructuring Among Bills Landing on Abercrombie's Desk
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 2783 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

HB1866 HD2 SD2 is one of a number of bills that originated in the House, was amended by the Senate, and now goes to the Governor for his review....

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Law would give Hawaii gov’t unprecedented emergency powers
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:46 AM :: 3342 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...the governor and the mayors of Kauai; Maui; Hawaii; and the city and county of Honolulu, encompassing Oahu, are authorized to use all services, materials and facilities owned by partnerships, corporations and small businesses, including media outlets....

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Sunday, April 13, 2014
Conference Committee: Let the Games Begin!
By News Release @ 3:05 AM :: 2079 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Bullies get pushier; dealers posture; trouble-makers know just when and where to light the match....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hawaii gets better marks for new online transparency system
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:06 AM :: 2410 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

The government watchdog group called this a “huge improvement” for Hawaii, because in the past the state received an “F” grade....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Auditor Updates Progress on Public Housing, Charter Schools
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 2997 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

The 2008 Legislature amended the Auditor’s governing statute to require follow-up reporting on recommendations made in various audit reports....

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014
House passes over 150 measures on second crossover
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 3003 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The majority of these bills, along with House bills passed by the Senate, will go into conference committees where House and Senate conferees will negotiate differences in the measures and determine which will be presented for final consideration....

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Second Crossover: Complete List of House and Senate Bills
By Andrew Walden @ 3:59 PM :: 2208 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Here is a complete list of the bills under consideration for Third Reading before Crossover....

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Monday, April 07, 2014
Video: Grassroot Institute Think Tank Talk
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:41 PM :: 2204 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot President Keli’i Akina and Policy Director Malia Hill consider the relationship between think tanks and the development of free market solutions....

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Friday, April 04, 2014
Slom Slims Budget: "If we don't change our course, we are headed for fiscal disaster"
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:03 PM :: 2822 Views :: Hawaii State Government
"The numbers are real... The issues are real...The question is the solution.”
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
HCDA ‘Small Business’ Reps: Kobayashi & Mitsunaga
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 4116 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the Kobayashi Group is an investor in a hui that plans to build one or more luxury developments in Kaka’ako....

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Legislative Playbook: Whack-a-Mole With Bad Bills
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 2650 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...sometimes the Legislature feels like a Whack-a-Mole game, where you knock down a bad bill, only to find the contents pop up again in another bill....

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
UH first state department to adopt electronic payroll statements
By News Release @ 12:55 PM :: 3191 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...The new (to the State) application is expected to save money, improve security, and enhance sustainability (everybody else has been doing this for years, but hey) ....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
$58.4M CIP for UH
By News Release @ 5:54 AM :: 2530 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$38,213,000 – Honolulu Community College Advanced Technology Training Center, Oahu....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. government
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:02 AM :: 3237 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...highlighting those bills that champion taxpayers and residents; and bills that affect our rights and freedoms....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: Education
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:58 AM :: 3760 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...highlighting education proposals, spending, and reforms....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Hawaii to run out of cash reserves in 2016
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:51 AM :: 5131 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Constitutionally, the state can only engage in annual deficit spending as long as there are enough cash reserves to absorb these deficits....

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