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Friday, August 23, 2013
Keeping the Promise: State Solutions for Government Pension Reform
By NCPA @ 2:48 PM :: 3249 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 :: 2773 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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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Senate Hearing to Consider Kahoolawe Trust Fund, State Historic Preservation
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 2861 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Conference Room 229 State Capitol 415 South Beretania Street....
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Monday, August 12, 2013
DLNR Seeks Applications for SHPD Administrator
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 3615 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail

Closing date for applications is August 30, 2013....

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Friday, August 09, 2013
Ten Principles for Better Regulation
By NCPA @ 2:59 PM :: 3071 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

In 1993, President Clinton's Executive Order 12866 laid out the fundamental requirements that have governed regulatory analysis and review ever since....

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Friday, August 09, 2013
Report: Feds Have No Idea Why $200M Hawaii Harbors Contract Doubled in Cost
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 4327 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

MARAD could not provide documentation showing who developed the various port project estimates or explain why they doubled over time....

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Thursday, August 08, 2013
Report: Hawaii third highest in per capita interest costs
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:13 PM :: 3524 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Last year, Hawaii spent more than $175 per person — $244 million in all — just to fund its interest payments, the third highest rate per person in the country....

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Thursday, August 08, 2013
PUC Chief Counsel Quits
By News Release @ 3:31 AM :: 3823 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Awakuni has served as chief counsel for the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) since 2011....

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013
State Procurement Office Announces eProcurement System Update
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 3632 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Over the next few months state agencies will be transitioning from the current eProcurement system, HePS, to the new Hawaii State eProcurement application, HIePRO....

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Monday, August 05, 2013
Governor Releases $12.9 Million for National Guard, Civil Defense and Health Facilities
By News Release @ 9:03 PM :: 2551 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$12.9 million for capital improvement projects....

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Sunday, July 28, 2013
UPDATE: Flossie Weakening East of Hana
By News Release @ 1:39 PM :: 7059 Views :: Hawaii State Government
AT 8 AM HST...TROPICAL STORM FLOSSIE WAS LOCATED 90 MILES NE OF HILO MOVING WNW AT 20 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS 40 MPH....
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Abercrombie Signs Ocean Resources Management Plan
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 3826 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Tracking the success of the plan will be coordinated with the state Office of Information Management and Technology....

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
S&P Pleased by Tax Hikes, Concerned About Abercrombie's Spending
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 4292 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"...the budget includes new spending on program enhancements that could eventually result in fiscal pressure...."

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Saturday, July 20, 2013
State Spending $9.4M to Move Out of OHA-Owned Kakaako Building
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 4295 Views :: Hawaii State Government, OHA

The AAFES building was recently transferred to OHA, and DOH intends to transfer 325 employees from the Environmental Health Administration – 260 from AAFES....

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Saturday, July 20, 2013
DLNR Names Interim SHPD Administrator
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 2475 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Process begins to select new administrator....

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Governor Releases $3.09 Million in Capital Improvement Grants
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 3187 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

capital improvement grants to Maui and Hawaii Counties as well as two local nonprofit organizations....

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Monday, July 15, 2013
New Business Immediately Attacked by DLNR
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 3874 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

DLNR will hold a public information meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18....

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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Ethics Investigation: Legislators Accepting "Significant Gifts and Prizes" from State Contractors
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 4547 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Some of the gifts are valued at up to $1,000....

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Abercrombie Vetoes 3 Bills, 12 Become Law Without Signature
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 2714 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Governor this year signed a total of 269 bills into law, and Lt. Gov. Shan S. Tsutsui this afternoon will sign seven as Acting Governor. Twelve other measures will become law without signature....

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Got Land? DLNR Wants to Give You Money
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 3560 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

DLNR is seeking new projects for its Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program....

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Monday, July 08, 2013
Tsutsui to Sign Six Bills While Abercrombie Enjoys Taiwan Junket
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 3304 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

Tsutsui will sign the following bills passed by the 2013 Hawaii State Legislature....

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Abercrombie Signs 9 Bills: Wind Farms Must Pay for Decommissioning
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 3394 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

HB1149 (Relating to Wind Energy Facilities) requires a wind energy facility owner to be responsible for facility decommissioning and provide evidence of financial security....

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Hawaii freeway conditions and costs are ‘disgraceful’
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:06 PM :: 4025 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Rail

The truly “big news,” Slater said: Hawaii’s ranking at No. 49 for administrative costs per mile....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
State Senate Shakes Up Committee Structure
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 4928 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government, OHA, Tourism
Two committees have been added, splitting the current Committee on Tourism and Hawaiians Affairs (THA) into two separate subject matter committees.... 
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Auditor: Continued state regulation of amateur boxing is unnecessary
By Selected News Articles @ 4:27 AM :: 3850 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education
Feasibility Study of Removing Amateur Boxing From the Jurisdiction of the State Boxing Commission....
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Abercrombie Signs 35 Bills
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 2555 Views :: Hawaii State Government
the Office of the Governor provides the below list of most recently signed bills....
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Rep. Ward seeks assurance that public data will be protected under SB1003
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 2373 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Senate Bill 1003 allows for periodic security audits of all Executive Branch departments and agencies to ensure that the state’s computer infrastructure and sensitive data are protected from unauthorized use....

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Monday, June 24, 2013
Abercrombie Sends Notice of ‘Intent to Veto’ 9 Bills, Line-Item 10th
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 2942 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Most of these bills are potentially objectionable because of concerns, raised by state departments or agencies, reflected in testimonies provided during the hearing process...

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Saturday, June 22, 2013
Abercrombie Signs SB1025 Loosening Home Loan Qualifications
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 3114 Views :: Hawaii State Government

adds down payment, closing cost and other assistance as a program feature....

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Friday, June 21, 2013
Rep McDermott: Dep't of Health Obstructing VA Loans
By News Release @ 4:03 AM :: 3556 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

the policy statement on the DOH Website is causing the VA to balk at home loans and re-fi’s for thousands of homes with catchment systems....

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Thursday, June 20, 2013
HI unfunded liabilities: Unpredictable tsunami or government-made disaster?
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:07 PM :: 2804 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state has a constitutionally mandated “balanced budget requirement,” but that’s based on “an outdated cash-based accounting model that recognizes expenses when they are paid instead of when they are incurred”....

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Monday, June 17, 2013
Abercrombie Signs 37 Bills into Law
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 2831 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Abercrombie enacted the following bill on Friday, June 14, 2013....
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Monday, June 10, 2013
Thanks to Pensions, Hawaii Retiree Income Tops Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 9:21 PM :: 4315 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...the prevalence of traditional pensions appears to be a major reason Hawaii leads our study in replacement income....

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Sunday, June 09, 2013
Number of Special Funds Should be Curtailed
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 3897 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

Recently the Chair of the House Finance Committee announced that she will be reviewing the practice of setting up special funds....

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Friday, June 07, 2013
Governor Releases $41.2 Million for Various CIPs Statewide
By News Release @ 4:17 AM :: 2596 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $41.2 million....

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Thursday, June 06, 2013
Paychecks Hawaii Rates Legislators
By News Release @ 6:40 PM :: 4913 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Politicians, Small Business
Paychecks Hawaii rates each of the 76 state legislators on support for small business....
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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Mortgage Settlement: Hundreds of Hawaii Borrowers to get $1480
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 2459 Views :: Hawaii State Government

1,413 Hawaii borrowers who submitted a valid foreclosure payment claim through the National Mortgage Settlement will receive a check this month for approximately $1,480

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Abercrombie Signs Seven More Bills into Law
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 2759 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Abercrombie enacted the following bills on Friday, May 31, 2013....
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Monday, June 03, 2013
Hawaii Data Sharing: 2.2 Million Layers of Information on You
By Selected News Articles @ 11:47 PM :: 3231 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The platform includes 2.2 million layers of information, and it will continue to grow ... That is the Exemplary State idea....

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Monday, June 03, 2013
Transform Hawaii Gov: Tech Mavens Point to Success in Other States
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 2542 Views :: Hawaii State Government

examine efforts of other state and municipal governments in implementing their business and information technology transformations....

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Friday, May 31, 2013
Governor Releases $21.8 Million for Airports, Highways Statewide
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 2739 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved....
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Governor Sees Council on Revenues Forecast as Sign of Strong Economy
By News Release @ 4:05 AM :: 3016 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government
Council on Revenues revised forecast reaffirming its previous General Fund tax revenue projection for the current fiscal year and increasing its projections for the next three fiscal years....
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Friday, May 24, 2013
Hawaii Family Advocates Reviews 2013 Legislative Action
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 4241 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Life

...bills that HFA submitted testimony on....

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Friday, May 24, 2013
Shawn Tsuha Nominated Deputy Director, Department of Public Safety
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 4010 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement
...Abercrombie today announced the nomination of Shawn H. Tsuha to deputy director of law enforcement for the state Department of Public Safety, effective June 1, 2013....
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Friday, May 24, 2013
House GOP Cites ‘Significant Progress for Hawaii’s People’
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 3543 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...recapitalizing the Rainy Day and Hurricane Relief Funds, addressing unfunded liabilities and eliminating many vacant department positions....

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Thursday, May 23, 2013
$139K per Unit: $48.3M for Public Housing CIP
By News Release @ 1:22 PM :: 2348 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Do the math: $5M/36 units = $139K per unit....
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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Minimum Wage Should Not Be Living Wage
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:00 AM :: 3842 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor
...those critics probably never held a real job or never ran their own business....
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Saturday, May 18, 2013
Is Anyone On The Hook If a Volcano Gawker Ends Up In Trouble?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:16 PM :: 3451 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

...the signs are treated by visitors less as warnings and more as centerpieces of funny photographs to show the folks back home....

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Friday, May 17, 2013
Hawaii leads nation in per-capita debt for unfunded union benefits
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:32 PM :: 4424 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes
Source: Truth in Accounting...
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Friday, May 17, 2013
Abercrombie Nominates Salmonson for Environmental Quality Control
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 3299 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie has nominated Genevieve Salmonson to the position of interim director of the state Department of Health (DOH) Office of Environmental Quality Control, effective today....

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