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Sunday, May 24, 2020
Auditor Finds Another $483M
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:36 PM :: 1007 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...More than $483 million in excess moneys may be available to be transferred from 57 special and revolving fund accounts to the General Fund without adversely affecting programs....

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Sunday, May 24, 2020
Money Laying Around?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 877 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...the State Auditor has been busy at work trying to find options for legislators to consider for getting the state budget back on track....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
Nigerian Princes Apply for Hawaii Unemployment
By News Release @ 12:19 AM :: 3201 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...as of Sunday, May 17, Hawaii became Scattered Canary’s latest unemployment fraud victim....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
Legislature Passes $1B Stop-gap Budget Cuts, Adjourns
By News Release @ 5:41 AM :: 858 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Bills passed during the past two weeks include....

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Thursday, May 21, 2020
Hochberg: Governor can be sued over State of Emergency
By Video @ 8:34 PM :: 1441 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, COVID-19

...the State of Emergency is not justified by the numbers.... 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
House Passes Bills to Allocate CARES Funds--Keeps $635M for a 'Rainy Day'
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 850 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The House also passed SB 3139 SD1 HD1 to transfer the remaining $635 million of the CARES Act money into the State’s Emergency Budget Reserve or “rainy day” fund to hold until decision can be made in June how to best use the funds....

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Could Hawaii go bankrupt?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:39 PM :: 3193 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s economy has tanked and local tax revenues are plummeting, leaving the state and counties in danger of going bankrupt — starting with the state's public pension and health-benefits systems....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
​The Legislature’s Dangerous Illusion
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:12 PM :: 1143 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...state policymakers seem to believe that the answer to the worst economic crisis in decades is to borrow and spend — and very likely raise taxes....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
HB117: Legislators Defer Raises for a Year
By News Release @ 5:34 AM :: 1093 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The bill calls for no increases until July 1, 2021....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
COVID Borrow and Spend Plan will Burden Taxpayers for Years to Come
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:49 PM :: 1006 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...Keli'i Akina Challenges Lawmakers' Plan to Increase Borrowing and Spending....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Forcing United Public Workers to Enter New Era
By Selected News Articles @ 6:26 PM :: 1536 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...it isn’t the kind its leaders were counting on....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Executive Pay Hikes on Senate WAM Agenda Wednesday
By News Release @ 5:20 AM :: 641 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Politician's Trick: Put off future raises rather than cancelling them outright and/or giving back past raises....

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
We can’t turn back the clock, and for some policies we don’t want to
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:01 PM :: 846 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...the state deficit for fiscal year 2021 could grow to between $710 million and $1.8 billion....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
Legislature must rein in state budget
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:25 PM :: 795 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...Grassroot testimony outlines the problem and suggests some reforms....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
DoE and DHS: Auditor Finds Significant Deficiencies
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:00 AM :: 851 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...significant deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting....

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Sunday, May 10, 2020
‘Multiplier effect’ is poor justification for increased government spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:56 AM :: 1248 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...if Hawaii’s lawmakers wish to save our state economy from its current freefall, they must not be afraid to reduce state spending....

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Saturday, May 9, 2020
Looking for $1.5B? Auditor Provides Handy List of GE Tax Hikes and Special Funds to Raid
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:49 PM :: 1465 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... stopgap measures which could help prevent public employees from feeling the slightest suffering...for now....

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Friday, May 8, 2020
Hawaii Women's Commission 'Could be Easily Dismissed' ... but
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 AM :: 993 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... spending their time while social distancing daydreaming about how to restructure society into a progressive paradise ....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Contact Tracing: Hawaii Falls Far Short Even After Expansion
By Selected News Articles @ 3:10 AM :: 1379 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Hawaii DoH is seeking 60 more contact tracers to total 90.  420 are needed ....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Hawaii ERS headed for disaster if economy keeps heading south
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:57 PM :: 2492 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Major reforms could help the pension system honor its promises ....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
How Well-Funded Are Pension Plans in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:59 PM :: 952 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii pension plan only 55% funded ranks 43rd among states....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
Rep Case, Legislators Challenge Ige on Union Pay Cuts
By News Release @ 3:56 AM :: 1030 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Representative Case says money from the CARES Act should be used for covering revenue losses....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Petition: Hawaii COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits Not Being Paid!
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 1783 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Department of Labor and Industrial Relations seem to have dropped the ball ....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
State Administration of Federal Programs: Auditors Find Weaknesses
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:35 AM :: 749 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Single Audit of Federal Financial Assistance Programs of the State of Hawai‘i....

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Sunday, April 12, 2020
And We Aren’t Moving People Around Because?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1656 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...The emergency proclamation suspends several laws, including chapters 89 and 89C, HRS, relating to collective bargaining....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
​Airports Corporation takes on new sense of urgency
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:16 PM :: 791 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...The Hawaii Legislature suspended its 2020 session in early March because of the coronavirus situation, but eventually it will get back to business....

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Friday, March 20, 2020
Working to protect our freedoms
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:11 PM :: 1089 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...In this uncertain and anxious time, we already are seeing many questionable proposals being put forth....

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Friday, March 20, 2020
COVID: House Speaker 'Implores' Ige to Impose Travel Ban, Order Military Response
By News Release @ 1:18 AM :: 1100 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Military, Small Business

...The handling of this COVID-19 pandemic has been utterly chaotic and there is mass confusion among the public....

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Thursday, March 19, 2020
State Senator Clarence Nishihara tests positive for COVID-19
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 948 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Politicians

...The memo recommends all Senate offices close until further notice....

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Thursday, March 19, 2020
Democracy Still Matters in Time of Pandemic
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 1101 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Ige, by Supplemental Emergency Proclamation dated March 16, 2020, waived many laws pertaining to transparency and accountability, specifically Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 92 dealing with open meetings, and Chapter 91 dealing with rulemaking....

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Thursday, March 19, 2020
Hawaii Residents 10th Most Dependent on Federal Government
By Wallet Hub @ 12:02 AM :: 695 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...but the State government is the least dependent....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020
COVID Circulating at Capitol? Nishihara Tests Positive
By Rep Gene Ward @ 9:28 PM :: 964 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...On March 4, 2020 a Capitol employee was suspected of having been exposed to the virus, and the Public Access was subsequently shuttered....

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Monday, March 16, 2020
Legislative Session Suspended due to Corona Virus
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 905 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...suspension of the legislative session indefinitely, starting on Tuesday, March 17....

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Monday, March 16, 2020
COVID-19: Council, DHHL, Legislators Cut Public Access
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 1722 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Sunshine doesn't cure Corona Virus -- but Corona Virus cures Sunshine....

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Monday, March 9, 2020
Speaker Names Corona Virus Economic Working Group
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 938 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...House Speaker Scott K. Saiki today announced the appointment of individuals to serve on the Select House Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness adopted through House Resolution 54....

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Friday, March 6, 2020
UHERO: Making a High-Quality State Revenue/Tax System
By UHERO @ 7:47 PM :: 806 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Hawaii citizens can count on seeing a slew of bills introduced to raise taxes on somebody....

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
Senate passes bill to establish a carbon tax on fossil fuels
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 1395 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...Carbon Tax to become $15B Slush Fund for Developers....

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
Senate passes housing and education bills from joint legislative package
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 799 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

...Senate Bill 3104, Senate Draft 2, relating to Land Development...and...Senate Bill 3103, Senate Draft 2, relating to a School Facilities Agency....

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
Legislature launches YouTube live streams of hearings and floor sessions
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 815 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...hearing and floor session videos have been and continue to be archived, unedited....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Cocaine: Another Tsuneyoshi Running for Honolulu Council
By Andrew Walden @ 3:24 PM :: 3772 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Drugs

...Convicted cocaine dealer and MMA fight promoter Chad Tsuneyoshi may not be satisfied with just having his wife on the Honolulu Council....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
House Passes Economic package, budget, mental health bills
By News Release @ 12:26 AM :: 773 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...A total of 355 bills have been sent from the House to the Senate for their consideration....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
HR 54 Corona Virus: House Select Committee Formed
By News Release @ 12:12 AM :: 1798 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...During the recession of 2008, the state government was forced to reduce the school week to four days, cut millions of dollars from social programs, and reduce public employee salaries by 5 percent....

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Senate: Bills up for third reading in crossover session
By News Release @ 1:46 AM :: 714 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...A group of bills will be up for third reading in tomorrow’s crossover session in the Hawai‘i State Senate tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, starting at 9:30 a.m....

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Monday, March 2, 2020
Hawaii Republican Legislative Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 9:11 AM :: 964 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Thursday March 5th is the 2020 Legislative session first crossover....

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Sunday, March 1, 2020
House Sends More Than 150 Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 2:24 AM :: 794 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...See all 2019 and 2020 House bills that have crossed over to the Senate this session....

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Friday, February 28, 2020
Where's the cushion?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:06 PM :: 1053 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Emergency preparedness in Hawaii....

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Thursday, February 27, 2020
Supplements to $4.9B CIP Budget Pass House Finance
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 1002 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Projects total $4.9 billion for fiscal years 2020 and 2021....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
'Coronavirus recession' could put Hawaii in $3.8 billion hole by 2025
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:05 PM :: 1307 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Reckless state spending is exhausting our emergency reserves....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Before the Crash: Dillingham Aviator's Last Letter to Airports Division
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 3866 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...Experienced aviators Rick Rogers and Bill Enoka have been identified as the two killed at Dillingham Airfield Saturday, February 22, 2020, when their Cessna crashed on takeoff.  Captain Rogers forwarded this letter to media outlets Wednesday, February 19, 2020.... 

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
100% Fail: Legislators Propose 63 Special Funds, None Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:24 AM :: 1403 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...We reviewed 99 House and Senate bills proposing 63 special and revolving funds during the 2020 legislative session. None satisfied the criteria....

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