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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Airports Division Signs $518M Energy Contract
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 3209 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...to design, manage and install energy efficiency measures that will upgrade facilities, reduce energy usage by about 49 percent and with additional operational improvements save a total of $518 million at 12 state-operated airports....

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Monday, December 16, 2013
FULL TEXT: Abercrombie Releases Supplemental Budget
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 2357 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Abercrombie Administration on Monday submitted its Executive Supplemental Budget for Fiscal Biennium 2013-2015 and updated Program and Financial Plan for 2013-2019 to the state Legislature....

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Friday, December 13, 2013
Election Season: Abercrombie Gives $3M to Nonprofits
By News Release @ 8:25 PM :: 2284 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $3.03 million for various capital improvement grants to Hawaii-based nonprofit organizations whose missions benefit ....

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Friday, December 13, 2013
Hawaii’s retirement system tackles $8.5 billion shortfall
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:54 PM :: 3331 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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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Senate Committees Set Two-Day Budget Briefing
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 2617 Views :: Hawaii State Government
  • DATE: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
  • TIME: 1:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: Auditorium, State Capitol
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Saturday, December 07, 2013
Abercrombie Finds $844M, Wants to Spend it on Preschool Vouchers
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 3346 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Abercrombie today announced that the State of Hawaii ended fiscal year 2013 with a positive fund balance of $844 million....

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Thursday, December 05, 2013
"We the Powerful!" Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 2386 Views :: Hawaii State Government

These meetings are designed to demystify the State lawmaking process, and will demonstrate ways that you can speak out at the legislature....

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Thursday, December 05, 2013
Senate Committees to Examine ERS Financial status
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 3303 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...informational briefing is to provide the legislature with an update on the ERS’ financial status and actuarial valuation report prepared by Gabriel Roeder Smith and Company....

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
State of Hawaii Sued for Short-Changing Foster Parents and Children
By News Release @ 10:44 PM :: 3934 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...violating federal law by failing to pay foster parents enough to adequately care for the foster children in their homes....

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
HCDA, BoE, HHC, LUC: Abercrombie Announces Appointments
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 3768 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Hawaii State Government

Grant Y.M. Chun to the Board of Education (BOE); Doreen Napua Gomes to the Hawaiian Homes Commission; Aaron D. Mahi to the Land Use Commission (LUC); and Brian T. Tamamoto to the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), Kakaako District....

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Monday, December 02, 2013
Ethics Comm: Mitsunaga Showers DoT Engineer with Free Golf, Flights, Oakleys and Rolex
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 5121 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

The DOT vendors that appear to have paid for John Doe’s golf are Mitsunaga & Associates, Inc., TM Designers, Inc., Bowers + Kubota Consulting, Inc., and R. M. Towill Corporation....

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Monday, December 02, 2013
Ethics Comm Fines Non-Responsive Elevator Commission Board Member
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 3696 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

An administrative fine of ONE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FORTY DOLLARS ($1,940.00) for the violations ....

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Monday, December 02, 2013
Young Legislators Launch Hawaii Future Caucus
By Video @ 8:16 PM :: 3087 Views :: Hawaii State Government

A bipartisan group of state and county leaders age 40 and under ....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Resignations Abound
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 6:06 PM :: 3189 Views :: Hawaii State Government
...union officials and politicians wanted the talented and experienced Eva Laird Smith out of that job....
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Legislative Working Group to Discuss Foster Family Homes
By News Release @ 1:58 PM :: 3676 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Health Care
  • DATE: Monday, December 02, 2013
  • TIME: 2:00 pm
  • PLACE: Conference Room 329 State Capitol
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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Talking Turkey about Hawaii’s Spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:19 AM :: 3690 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes
Hawaii state spending for fiscal year 2012 outstripped income yet again....
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Friday, November 22, 2013
Criminal charge for hangar golf cart? DoT Aviation Div. Harasses Pilots
By News Release @ 1:46 AM :: 3336 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business
“Good people are now in jeopardy of losing their security clearances and careers if a criminal conviction appears in their file … This unreasonable approach by (Aviation Division) management is unacceptable and the ramifications are catastrophic for GA in Hawaii.”
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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Abercrombie Appoints Sarah Allen to Head State Procurement Office
By News Release @ 1:23 PM :: 2485 Views :: Hawaii State Government

From 2007 to 2013, Allen was a senior manager for ASI Government, Inc. in Arlington, Va.....

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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 :: 3743 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 Government IT Transformation: What to Expect from 2014 Legislature
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 2375 Views :: Hawaii State Government
OIMT may be presenting policy/administrative legislation to better organize the structure within which the transformation is occurring....
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Informational Hearing to Consider Foster Care, Adult Residential Care
By News Release @ 7:18 PM :: 2175 Views :: Hawaii State Government
  • DATE: Monday, November 25, 2013
  • TIME: 1:30 pm
  • PLACE: Conference Room 329, State Capitol
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Friday, November 08, 2013
Hawaii tax department under scrutiny for waste, mismanagement
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:44 PM :: 2939 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, October 31, 2013
Study detailing Hawaii’s hidden retirement liabilities should haunt taxpayers
By Malia Zimmerman @ 6:25 PM :: 3830 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
Lawsuit: Hawaii Constitution Forbids Legislature from Creating Gay Marriage
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 9:50 PM :: 6732 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

Representative Bob McDermott filed a lawsuit today seeking a Declaratory Judgment regarding the 1998 ballot issue pertaining to same-sex marriage....

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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Education Committee to Consider Two School Board Nominees
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 3153 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Amy Asselbaye and Patricia Halagao ....

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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Hearings: 18 Board Nominees to be Considered
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 3015 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Legislative Committee Hearings set Oct 29-31 ....

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Saturday, October 26, 2013
Emergency Appropriation for HHSC Hospitals to be Considered Monday
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 3087 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care
  • TIME:     1:30 p.m.
  • PLACE:  Conference Room 309 State Capitol 415 South Beretania St
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Obamacare Website Mess: 2010 Hawaii Audit Should Have Been ‘Red Flag’
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 3987 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc., another subsidiary, had been responsible for overhauling the IT systems for the Hawaii tax department....

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Abercrombie Proposes More Items for Special Session Agenda
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 3976 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Abercrombie has asked the Hawaii State Legislature to expand the agenda....

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Monday, October 21, 2013
Court Orders Abercrombie Admin to Pay Lawyers who Forced him to Reveal Names of Judicial Nominees
By Robert Thomas @ 10:32 PM :: 3599 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary
Remember the case from late last year in which the Honolulu Star-Advertiser brought a freedom of information/open records lawsuit against the Hawaii governor to force him to disclose the names of judicial nominees? 
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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Abercrombie Issues Statement Upon Conclusion of his French Vacation
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 2505 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is in Washington, D.C. just after returning from vacation in France....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Senators: Abercrombie Should Fill HCDA Vacancies
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 4178 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Hawaii State Government

In 2008, the Legislature amended H.R.S. §206E·3 to require Kakaako small business representation on HCDA. The cultural expert and Kakaako resident members were added last year by Act 323. At present, HCDA does not meet these membership requirements....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
UPDATE: Feds Shutdown? Obamacare a Mess? Abercrombie Secretly Vacations in France--Adds 9 Days to Trip
By News Release @ 8:38 PM :: 5727 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

On Friday (Sept. 27), the governor and his wife Nancie Caraway will travel to France.  Originally scheduled to return Oct 11, the governor is now planning to be back in Hawaii Oct. 20....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
AG Louie Issues Formal Opinion Claiming Legislature Has Authority to Enact Gay Marriage
By News Release @ 2:52 PM :: 3392 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

Attorney General Louie has announced that he has issued Formal Opinion No. 13-1 (Op. No. 13-1) in which he has concluded that ... the Legislature has the authority... to consider and enact a bill relating to marriage ....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
"Where was the Governor?" Grassroot Institute Calls for Greater Transparency on Governor's Travel
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:47 PM :: 2984 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

legislative action might be required to remedy an apparent effort to frustrate state open records law....

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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Tsutsui Orders Hiring Freeze
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 2912 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui has announced the State of Hawaii is under a temporary hiring freeze on vacant positions within the Executive Branch....

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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 :: 3514 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, September 26, 2013
HPR: Grassroot Institute on the “Critical State of Hawaii’s Unfunded Liabilities”
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:14 PM :: 3743 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...listen to Dr. Akina further discuss the problem on HPR’s “The Conversation”....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Abercrombie Appoints Kido, Lau to Staff Positions
By News Release @ 10:26 PM :: 2988 Views :: Hawaii State Government

C. Mike Kido as legislative advisor, effective immediately, and Yvonne W.M. Lau as education policy analyst, effective Oct. 1....

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Saturday, September 21, 2013
State RFP for "Integrated Financial and Human Resources Management System"
By News Release @ 5:55 PM :: 3014 Views :: Hawaii State Government

RFP submission deadline 2pm, Dec 3, 2013....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Hawaii.gov Ranked Among Top 10 State Government Websites
By News Release @ 2:39 PM :: 2573 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii's newly redesigned web portal and department websites recognized in the Center for Digital Government's Best of the Web awards....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
GOP: Make Your Voice Heard in Special Session
By David S Chang @ 2:34 PM :: 4235 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

This debate should be in public and suggestions and changes to the legislation should be transparent....

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Friday, September 13, 2013
$340K in Fines: Hawaii Wins Back OSHA Job After Unicold Raid
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 6413 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business
Feds Let Hawaii Resume Control of Regulating Manufacturing Industries....
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Friday, September 13, 2013
Molasses Mess: Abercrombie Deflects Blame for Lax Inspections
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 4700 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Jones Act
Abercrombie is deflecting blame away from his Department of Transportation and Department of Health for failure to inspect Matson's molasses loading operations....
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
New Study Demonstrates Critical State of Hawaii's Unfunded Liabilities
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:00 PM :: 3356 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...new study from State Budget Solutions on the funded status of public employee pension plans....

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Hawaii Unfunded Pension Liability Nears $27B, Your Share: $19,357
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 4449 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii is present in the top ten of both lists, showing large unfunded liabilities compared to their populations and economic output ....

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Saturday, August 31, 2013
VIDEO: Jay Fidell Talks to Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:12 PM :: 3337 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government
Whether it’s the traffic, under-development of technology, economic woes, or government-sponsored boondoggles....
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
$18.7 Million Released for State Facilities, Schools
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 2912 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

...capital improvement project (CIP) and grant funds for priority repairs and improvements at state facilities and public schools, as well as installation of a new photovoltaic system....

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Friday, August 23, 2013
Keeping the Promise: State Solutions for Government Pension Reform
By NCPA @ 2:48 PM :: 3246 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Once they establish principles for reform, legislators can choose from a menu of options. Tinkering with existing plans is the most obvious, and sometimes the easiest....

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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Hawaii Captive Insurance Administrator Resigns
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 2766 Views :: Hawaii State Government

After serving as the Hawaii Captive Insurance Administrator and Deputy Insurance Commissioner for 3 ½ years, George Sumner has resigned his position, effective August 29....

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