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Monday, December 31, 2012
House Finance Committee to Hear from Governor, Lt Governor, DAGS
By News Release @ 8:38 PM :: 3482 Views :: Hawaii State Government

No public testimony will be accepted....

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Monday, December 31, 2012
Senate Ways and Means Announces Budget Briefing Schedule
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 3434 Views :: Hawaii State Government

NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL BRIEFING SCHEDULE January 3-18, 2013

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Senator Donna Mercado Kim Selected as Senate President
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 4630 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Senate Vice President Donna Mercado Kim (Sen. District 14) has been selected as the President of the Senate ....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Shan Tsutsui Accepts Lt Governor Position, Not Moving to Oahu
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 6239 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Plans are underway to establish an additional Office of the Lt. Governor on Maui....

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Hawaii DCCA Wins Case Against Payday Lenders
By News Release @ 12:18 AM :: 3854 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...first joint enforcement action against a nationwide debt-relief services company that illegally charged advance fees for its services....

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Saturday, December 22, 2012
House Finance Ctte to Consider Budget
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 3317 Views :: Hawaii State Government

January 3 - 15, 2013

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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Committee on Energy and Environment to Discuss Invasive Species
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 4582 Views :: Energy, Environment, Hawaii State Government

Friday January 11, 2013 at 1pm 

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Auditor Identifies Eleven Improper Revolving Funds
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 3249 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Review of the Revolving Funds, Trust Funds, and Trust Accounts of the Departments of Human Resources Development, Labor and Industrial Relations, Public Safety, and Taxation....

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Auditor: Keep Postsecondary Authorization Board at UH
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 4318 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...Such a framework is necessary to preserve the availability of federal student aid funding under Title IV of the HEA....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Inouye Successor Will Face Election in 2014
By Robert Thomas @ 6:19 PM :: 5643 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Pending the election, the governor shall make a temporary appointment to fill the vacancy by selecting a person from a list of three prospective appointees submitted by the same political party as the prior incumbent....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Abercrombie Submits Biennium Budget to State Legislature
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 4163 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...general funds, approximately $6.1 billion for fiscal year 2014 and $6.3 billion for fiscal year 2015....

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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Hold the Tax Increases and Cut the Spending
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:47 AM :: 4351 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... lawmakers will make a bid to increase taxes yet again ....

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Friday, December 14, 2012
Thielen: Say Organized with Republicans, Too
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 1:14 AM :: 5037 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

“This isn’t the first time that a Democratic majority faction has organized with the Republicans; some people are just more honest and transparent about it. It is time to govern and stop politicking.”

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Hearing Act 130, Relating to Charter Schools
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 4116 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

· DATE: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

· TIME: 2:00 PM

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Saturday, December 8, 2012
Auditor: HI-5 Program is Exposed to Fraud
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 6509 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... several deficiencies expose the Program to fraud, including the over-reliance on self-reporting by Program personnel and lack of systematic compliance inspections....

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Friday, December 7, 2012
House Ag Committee to Consider 'Food Safety'
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 4363 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

This informational briefing will cover the topic of food safety as it concerns and relates to farmers, wholesalers and retailers in Hawaii....

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Friday, December 7, 2012
Governor Appoints Joshua Wisch as Deputy Director of Taxation
By News Release @ 8:32 PM :: 3770 Views :: Hawaii State Government

In his prior role at the Department of Attorney General, Wisch served as special assistant to the Attorney General....

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Monday, December 3, 2012
Workshops Maui, Big Isle: 'We the Powerful'
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 3837 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process....

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Saturday, December 1, 2012
County and State Boards and Commissions--How You Can Get Involved
By Andrew Walden @ 10:20 PM :: 4209 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The elections are over and the governing is to come. Now is the time for citizens to step up and get involved. Here are the ways....

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
"Some of these Governors are Schizophrenic:" Abercrombie Among Worst Cases
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 7003 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Some of these governors are schizophrenic on taxes: They jack up overall business tax rates, then give breaks to favored businesses....

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Monday, October 8, 2012
Birth Of The Public Land Development Corporation – A travesty of the legislative process
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 AM :: 5773 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

Many have asked how come none of the regular environmental and public interest watch-dog groups sounded the alarm earlier? How did such a law get passed?

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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Henkin: Rumors of Hee-Wooley Affair “Scurrilous”
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 PM :: 15032 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

A Democratic state representative says, “They’re like a couple of high school kids.”

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ABC Hawaii Chapter Blasts Abercrombie’s PLA Directive
By News Release @ 1:15 PM :: 6294 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

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Sunday, April 1, 2012
HB1033: Tracing the Financial Outlines of Socialism in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:59 PM :: 7144 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Hawaii banks and Hawaii’s housing sector largely avoided subprime lending....  But Hawaii’s political leaders are working to change all of that. 

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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Lawsuits, Workers Comp Claims Detail Violence, Retaliation at State DoT
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 6820 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...a total of seven employment-based lawsuits against HDOT presently filed in state or federal court, at various stages of litigation, some involving workplace violence in one form or another. Also, there are Workers’ Compensation claims filed as a result of workplace violence at different stages of that process....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
“Concerning Public Lands” 14 Executive Orders Suddenly Appear on Abercrombie Website
By Andrew Walden @ 3:55 PM :: 6964 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use
Fourteen Executive Orders, dated between August and December of last year have suddenly appeared on the official website of Governor Neil Abercrombie....
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Abercrombie Appoints Barbara Yamashita as DHS Deputy Director
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 4895 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care
She fills the vacancy left by Pankaj Bhanot, who returned to his previous position as chief administrator of the DHS Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division ....
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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Hakim “Islam Day” Ouansafi to Direct Hawaii Public Housing Agency
By Andrew Walden @ 10:00 AM :: 13850 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Religion

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously Thursday morning to appoint Muslim Association of Hawaii President Hakim Ouansafi as HPHA Executive Director.

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Monday, November 28, 2011
Failing, Central Pacific Got $337M in Secret Federal Reserve Loans
By Andrew Walden @ 12:13 PM :: 8985 Views :: National News, Ethics, Economy, Hawaii State Government

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
VIDEO Truth In Accounting Presentation at Hawaii Capitol
By News Release @ 12:08 AM :: 10416 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Sheila Weinberg spoke in Hawaii Tuesday, Oct. 11 on "Government Accounting: The Seen and the Unseen -- What Needs to be Done?"

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Friday, August 5, 2011
Fourth in Nation: Hawaii State Debt is $25,000 per taxpayer
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 8009 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

To put an end to budget shenanigans the Institute has developed a budgeting system called “Full Accrual Calculations and Techniques”. FACT based budgeting would require governors and legislatures to recognize expenses when incurred regardless of when they are paid. This improved method of accounting is discussed in detail in this report.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
DLNR outsources Historic Preservation
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 4993 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, OHA

The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) took action to improve operations at its State Historic Preservation Division (SHPD) and ensure federal compliance. The Department awarded a contract to Solutions Pacific, LLC to implement recommendations of the National Park Service’s Corrective Action Plan.  

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Only 53% of House Seats change hands in 7 years
By News Release @ 11:01 AM :: 5643 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...the districts in BOLD are ones in which the Representative has changed in the past 7 years. There are 27 changes out of 51 seats, which is indeed more than half.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Act 100: How Hanabusa and Cayetano launched Hawaii Pension crisis
By Andrew Walden @ 10:37 PM :: 24688 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Politicians

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
No Fiscal Notes: Hawaii Legislators shopping without price tags
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:59 PM :: 4742 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...The Grassroot Institute applauds the House Minority Caucus for including fiscal note legislation in its 2011 legislative package....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Fiscal Notes and Economic Impact Statements for Hawaii Legislation?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:59 PM :: 5985 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii is the only state which does not mandate “fiscal notes” be attached to legislation introduced in the House or Senate.   Without Fiscal Notes, Legislators are just guessing....

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Sunday, December 12, 2010
Cleaning up Abercrombie's Mess: GAO to investigate lack of funding for Compact of Free Association Migrants
By Selected News Articles @ 7:51 PM :: 8160 Views :: National News, World News, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government

The GAO is in the “design phase” of preparing the audit plan. US Interior Department official Tom Bussanich, who was in Majuro last week for the Development Partners Meeting, said GAO officials had an “entrance conference” with him last month to start the audit process.

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Monday, December 6, 2010
Gaming Industry Lobbyist, Progressive activist screen Abercrombie cabinet picks
By Andrew Walden @ 2:50 PM :: 11605 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

Progressive Democrat Keneko, and lobbyist Radcliffe sitting around in an “union hall in Kalihi” determining whether Clayton Hee will head DLNR or DHHL.  Will anti-Superferry protester Gary Hooser get a cabinet position?  It is an exercise in self-parody.  The image of the corporatist one-party State could not be any clearer.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Lingle nominates Scheuer to head DLNR water resources
By News Release @ 8:53 PM :: 4204 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

HONOLULU – Governor Linda Lingle has nominated Jonathan Likeke Scheuer, Ph.D. to serve as the deputy director of water resources for the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).  The Governor will submit Scheuer’s name and resume to the Commission on Water Resource Management for its consideration and approval.  The Commission will review Scheuer’s nomination at its September 23 meeting.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Hawaii DLNR gives 11 acres to 9-11 truther group
By Andrew Walden @ 10:09 PM :: 10888 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government

Just in time for September 11th, the State of Hawaii, Department of Land and Natural Resources, has announced a six-figure grant to the 9-11 truthers of the Malu Aina Peace Center.

Jim Albertini is a convicted felon and federal ex-convict once tagged as a "psychopath" by Judge Samuel Wilder King.  Along with his comrades from Malu-Aina, Albertini can be seen every Friday afternoon in front of Hilo’s Federal Building with an “Impeach Obama” sign.... 

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Thursday, April 1, 2010
VIDEO: Hanabusa campaign ad nailed for Legislative pay raise “deception”
By Andrew Walden @ 12:54 PM :: 9828 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

With the media picking up on this big story, maybe they will start asking Hanabusa about the firing of Margery Bronster, or her meeting with Larry Mehau, or the land deal with a member of the Pali Shooter’s gang, or the Honolulu Raceway deal. 

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
FULL TEXT: Hawaii Pork Report finds $300M in waste, abuse, and mismanagement
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:57 PM :: 6628 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

While Hawaii’s school children are subjected to Furlough Fridays and the state faces a record shortfall, the 2010 Hawaii Pork Report reveals that bureaucrats continue to spend taxpayer dollars in questionable ways. Co-authored by Hideo Hikida, Frances Nuar, and Jamie Story, the second annual report reveals more than $300 million in waste, abuse, and mismanagement of taxpayer dollars.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010
Hanabusa: “Legislators work very hard and deserve the raise”
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 11346 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Even with Hawaii facing an $869 million budget deficit over the next three years, in 2008, state Senate President Hanabusa defended a 36 percent pay raise for the Hawaii State Legislature.  Hanabusa said “legislators work very hard and deserve the raise.”  As of December 2009, Hawaii pays the highest salary for part-time legislators.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Hawaii Legislators’ pay tops nation
By Andrew Walden @ 11:46 PM :: 11980 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Whoever said “you get what you pay for” must have meant it ironically.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Gov. Lingle Seeks Volunteers for Council of Neighbor Island Advisors
By News Release @ 9:53 AM :: 4867 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Residents who are interested in serving on the advisory council for their respective island should submit a letter and resume to the appropriate liaison office by June 30, 2009.

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Friday, May 1, 2009
Gov. Lingle seeks public input on veto decisions
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 9:26 PM :: 4542 Views :: Hawaii State Government

As Governor, I have until July 14 to sign bills into law, veto them or let them become law without my signature. I encourage you to send my office your input during this comprehensive review process at governor.lingle@hawaii.gov  so that we can approve legislation that boosts our economy, creates jobs and balances our budget in a way that is fair to all the people of Hawai‘i.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008
Statement on Ceded Lands Issue
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 7638 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, OHA
News Release from Governor's office responds to December 6, 2008 Honolulu Advertiser article. The Advertiser quotes Bill Meheula, a key player in Dan Akaka's 2006 reelection campaign and Lilian Kame'eleihiwa, of the UH Hawaiian Studies Dep't who ague that OHA has a claim to ceded lands and seem to imply that the State has taken a new position in its appeal to the US Supreme Court requesting the Court overturn the Hawaii Supreme Court ruling blocking the state from selling ceded lands.
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