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Sunday, January 20, 2019
Lesson for UH and DoE--How P3 Can Eliminate Deferred Maintenance
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 2931 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...Public agencies tend to delay or not perform preventive and predictive maintenance. Lack of preventive maintenance of assets of any type leads to deterioration that only accelerates as the maintenance is put off....

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Saturday, January 19, 2019
Ige Announces More Second Tier Appointments
By News Release @ 10:38 AM :: 3442 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...HDoT, DAGS, DLIR, B&F, PSD.....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Ige Sends McCartney to DBEDT, Fuchigami now Chief of Staff
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 3079 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...A press release announcing McCartney’s appointment Wednesday morning made no mention of the dual roles for Fuchigami....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Opening Day Speech: What is a Loyal Opposition?
By Rep Gene Ward @ 4:00 PM :: 2345 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...We will be faithful and committed to the needs of the people of Hawai‘i, and to the agenda that you set out as the Majority – but we ask that your agenda conform to the generally accepted principals of free markets, free people void of government shackles, and greater prosperity for all the people of Hawai‘i....

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Sunday, January 13, 2019
Zero-Based Budgeting
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2085 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Today, we examine “zero-based budgeting,” an idea that has been around for a while but was recently championed by House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke....  

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Saturday, January 12, 2019
Budget: Hawaii Scores 'D-' for Legacy Costs
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 1859 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...The Volker Alliance gave states grades of A to D-minus, the lowest possible mark, for their practices in five areas that are the building blocks of budgeting nationwide....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
‘Singapore model’ doesn’t sing for Hawaii housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:42 PM :: 5616 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Rail, Cost of Living

Among conditions for the buyers of these “ALOHA homes”....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Hawaii Ranks 49th for Federal Aid
By Tax Foundation @ 7:31 PM :: 2397 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Which States Rely the Most on Federal Aid?....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Hawaii's coming recession--Are legislators Listening?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:03 PM :: 2843 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The economic boom of the last few years allowed them to continue spending at high levels, and many of them would like to keep it that way....

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
New Hi-Tech Payroll System Reveals 4,589 State Employees Paid for 'Multiple Positions'
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 2629 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...On the first pay date of the year on Jan. 4, 2019, the PeopleSoft Payroll system issued 70,771 payments to 66,182 employees, as there are individuals issued pay for multiple positions....

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Tech Modernization Plans in the 2019-21 Budget
By News Release @ 2:36 AM :: 1911 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...tens of millions of dollars for modernization within nearly every department....

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Ige Appoints New Directors at Three Departments
By News Release @ 1:32 AM :: 2163 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...BUF, DAGS, DLIR....

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Ige Appoints New PUC Chair
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 3216 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...Jay Griffin becomes PUC chair immediately....

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Ige Reappoints Directors at Eleven Departments
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 7482 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...HDOT, DoTAX, DHRD, DOH, DHS, DLNR, DCCA, PSD, DHHL, ETS, DoD....

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Auditor Follows up on Foundation on Culture and Arts
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:18 AM :: 2247 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...the Foundation and DAGS have implemented 16 and partially implemented 7 of the 29 recommendations. Six recommendations have not been implemented....

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Sunday, January 6, 2019
So Did You Meet Your Goals This Year? -- Um, We Dunno
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2017 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the agencies are supposed to come up with a “variance report” that is supposed to list how much they were budgeted, how much was spent, and a narrative explanation for any significant difference ....

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Thursday, January 3, 2019
Ige Appoints Clare Connors Attorney General
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 2796 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Connors was nominated to the Federal District Court by Obama, but the Senate did not vote and the nomination lapsed when Obama's term ended....

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Thursday, January 3, 2019
New Insurance Commissioner Appointed
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 1926 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...DCCA Director Catherine P. Awakuni Colón has named Colin M. Hayashida as insurance commissioner for the State of Hawaii. The appointment was effective January 1, 2019....

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
House Finance Committee Sets Budget Hearings
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 1987 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...a series of Informational Briefings in January to hear testimony and review requests for the state budget from governmental agencies....

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
No, Killing a Special Fund Doesn’t Kill People
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2779 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...DLNR needs to understand that the money in these funds isn’t “their” money. It’s taxpayer money....

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Saturday, December 29, 2018
Commissioners Sought for Legacy Land Conservation Commission
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 3312 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...Submit an online application to the Office of the Governor, Boards and Commissions, and learn more about how you can make an impact serving on the Commission....

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018
CAFR: State Pension Debt Grows faster Than Tax Revenues
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 2796 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...the state still spent about $2 billion more than it generated in fiscal year 2018, and its overall net position dropped by $718.4 million dollars over the course of the fiscal year, in spite of a $326 million increase in revenue generated mostly by airport and harbor fees....

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Saturday, December 22, 2018
State Now Accepting Grant-in-Aid Applications
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 2366 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The deadline to submit grant applications is 4:30 p.m. January 18, 2019....

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Friday, December 21, 2018
Senate Updates Committee Assignments
By Selected News Articles @ 11:38 PM :: 5251 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The following senators will take on the leadership roles for the Thirtieth Legislative Biennium 2019 through 2020....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Ethics: DLNR Manager Steals Equipment, Funnels Money to Contractor
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 5460 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Aaron Hoff also pops up in the recent eviction of a gym from DHHL land in Anahola....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Auditor: DAGS Funds 'Do not meet Criteria'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:06 PM :: 2229 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...2 special funds, 2 trust funds, and 4 trust accounts did not meet criteria. We also noted that DAGS did not file statutorily required reports....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Cato: Ige 3rd-Worst Governor in USA
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 4610 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Rail, Taxes

...The Cato Institute has released its 14th biennial fiscal report card on the governors....

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Monday, December 17, 2018
Ige Introduces Executive Budget for Fiscal Biennium 2019-2021
By News Release @ 8:27 PM :: 2359 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Gov. David Ige submitted his Executive Budget for Fiscal Biennium 2019-2021 to the Hawai‘i State Legislature today....

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Auditor: DLNR Held Back Ceded Lands Payments
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:32 PM :: 4199 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, OHA, Small Business

...Over $26 Million of State Portion of Ceded Land Revenues were not Transferred to the State General Fund in a Timely Manner....

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
DLNR Publishes Dam Evacuation Maps
By News Release @ 9:12 PM :: 2357 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

...The newly updated Dam Inventory Management System is now available online with access to dam evacuation zone maps....

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018
House Announces Committee and Leadership Roster
By News Release @ 9:51 PM :: 2015 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Leadership and the committee assignments for the Thirtieth Legislature (2019-2020)....

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Monday, December 3, 2018
Full Text: Ige Inaugural Speech
By News Release @ 7:42 PM :: 2339 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...often easier said than done....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Report: Since recession, 10 states, including Hawaii, operate at structural deficits
By Selected News Articles @ 3:26 PM :: 2396 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Pew found “symptoms of structural deficits” in Hawaii (96.9 percent)....

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Hawaii Ranks 15th for Financial Transparency
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 AM :: 2938 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Report: One-third of states have passable fiscal transparency, the rest need improvement....

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Ige-Green Administration is Hiring
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 1814 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...In addition, the state is searching for individuals to serve on a variety of boards and commissions....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Connected: Rail, Pensions, and Vacation Rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:48 PM :: 3380 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Keli'i Akina and Joe Kent discuss the latest research by the Grassroot Institute on rail, vacation rentals and the unfunded liabilty of Hawaii's public pension system....

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Hawaii putting bond investors in a world of hurt
By Selected News Articles @ 12:58 AM :: 3515 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hawaii is precariously stretched to fund debt obligations....

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Saturday, November 17, 2018
State Legislature Hiring for Upcoming Session
By News Release @ 1:40 AM :: 1906 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...30th Legislature - Session Employment Opportunities....

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Nine New Democrats Elected to House
By News Release @ 1:50 PM :: 2862 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

...House Speaker Scott K. Saiki and the House Majority Democrats are pleased to welcome nine newly elected Representatives to the 2019 Legislature....

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Sunday, November 11, 2018
Special Funds: Auditor Looks at HART, OHA, PUC and Others
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:29 AM :: 2305 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...and found one special fund did not meet criteria and should be closed....

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
House Democrats Announce Committee Chairs
By News Release @ 8:12 PM :: 2903 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...House Speaker Scott K. Saiki is pleased to announce the Representatives who will be part of the House Leadership and the committee chair assignments for the Thirtieth Legislature....

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Monday, November 5, 2018
Report on the Implementation of State Auditor’s Recommendations
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:31 AM :: 2202 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...every year we follow up on recommendations made in our audit reports....

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Saturday, November 3, 2018
Who Spent What, When, and Where on the Con-Con Referendum
By J. H. Snider Ph.D. @ 5:40 AM :: 2458 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...For the most recent period the No Campaign under the name “Preserve Our Hawaii” reported contributions of $665,000 and expenditures of $612,513....

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Thursday, November 1, 2018
Con-Con: Hawaii’s only hope for term limits
By J. H. Snider Ph.D. @ 4:05 PM :: 3348 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Politicians

...Hawaii has arguably the least competitive state legislative elections among the 50 U.S. states....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
Civil Beat vs Star-Advertiser on the Con-Con Referendum
By J. H. Snider Ph.D. @ 3:16 PM :: 2482 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the Star-Advertiser, which earns most of its revenue from ads, ran six convention related ads—all in opposition—beginning on October 14, 2018....

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Monday, October 22, 2018
Test Case for Hawaii? Internet Providers Take On Vermont Net Neutrality
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 PM :: 3604 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...internet service providers sued Vermont on Thursday in an effort to overturn its recently enacted net neutrality rules....

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Monday, October 22, 2018
Auditor Looks at HDoT Energy Savings Contracts
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:22 AM :: 2318 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...all four annual savings reports filed by Johnson Controls through 2017 indicated that actual savings exceeded energy contract guaranteed savings for each period....

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Auditor: DoH 'Loses' Paperwork--Kills Investigation of PKF Recycling Audit
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:53 PM :: 4290 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Originally bid at $76,400, the contract grew to $543,374—a 611 percent increase—while its scope shrank and the deliverables’ deadline were extended by a year. In the end, the PKF founder was arrested at the arport....

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Report: Honolulu Roads 5th Worst in USA
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 2797 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...per-driver vehicle operating costs due to rough roads. Honolulu 8th-worst at $851.  Share of Poor-Condition Roads 54% – 5th worst....

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The Advertised Cost of a Constitutional Convention
By J. H. Snider Ph.D. @ 4:00 AM :: 2937 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The $55 million figure being promoted by Preserve Our Hawaii is highly controversial.  Hawaii’s last convention in 1978 cost $2.03 million. In current dollars, that sum would be $7.7 million....

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