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Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Maui hospitals point the way
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:16 AM :: 4491 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...the state should consider privatizing more of its medical facilities....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
House, Senate Committees Schedule Budget Hearings
By News Release @ 12:49 PM :: 2102 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Tuesday, January 2 through Wednesday, January 17, 2018....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Grade F--Assessment of State Tech Projects
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 3152 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...lets take a look at the I and F grade projects--and guess which projects score an 'A'....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Ige Appoints Two New Cabinet Members
By News Release @ 9:39 PM :: 2688 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige is making appointments to his cabinet to fill the positions left vacant because of two planned retirements. He has also re-appointed the State Procurement Administrator....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
2018 Legislative Session Calendar Posted
By News Release @ 9:24 PM :: 2523 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The Calendar for the 2018 Legislative session is now posted....

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Sunday, December 24, 2017
2018 Ballot: Constitutional Convention?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3154 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The biggest exception to this gatekeeper rule is the constitutional convention, where the people elect delegates directly....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Ige Appoints Lei Learmont to Replace Rep Oshiro in HD46 Wahiawa
By News Release @ 12:47 AM :: 3523 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

...Learmont fills the vacancy created when former Rep. Marcus Oshiro joined the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board in October....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Bureaucracy thwarts state modernization
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:07 PM :: 3517 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...Hawaii’s entrenched state and county bureaucracies delaying the advance of high technology into their own operations....

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Ige Announces Supplemental Budget
By News Release @ 12:42 AM :: 2111 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...FY 19 amendments total $85.5 million – an increase of .6 percent over FY 19...FY 19 amendments total $1.497 billion, an increase of 215 percent over FY 19 CIP....

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Sunday, December 17, 2017
State Highways Program Update
By News Release @ 1:03 AM :: 2410 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...high visibility current and upcoming highways projects statewide....

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Friday, December 15, 2017
Conservative Rankings of Hawaii Legislators—2017 Session
By News Release @ 4:57 PM :: 3193 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...The ACUF has reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House of Representatives to produce average scores for each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member....

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Thursday, December 14, 2017
State launches Kupuna Caregivers Program
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 2876 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...Working caregivers who pay for services to support their kupuna may now be eligible for financial help of up to $70 per day....

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
John McHugh PhD New Head of Pesticides Branch
By News Release @ 12:29 AM :: 3077 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

...His appointment is effective January 1, 2018. He succeeds Thomas Matsuda who will retire on December 31, 2017....

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Monday, December 11, 2017
State Now Accepting Grant-in-Aid Applications
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 2069 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Deadline for GIA applications is January 19, 2018....

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Monday, December 11, 2017
DCCA Approves Sale of Hawaiian Tel to Cincinnati Bell
By News Release @ 1:27 AM :: 1627 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The requirements outlined in the Decision and Order include....

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Sunday, December 10, 2017
Tech: 'Clinically Psychotic' HGEA Signs Suicide Pact
By Andrew Walden @ 8:27 PM :: 5650 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor, Politicians

...The seeming political power play is actually a sign of Perreira’s weakness.... 

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Thursday, December 07, 2017
Ige Appoints DLIR Director to Head DoTax
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 3648 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...Takayama has served as the director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) since April 2015. She will assume her new position on Monday, Dec. 11....

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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Executive Order 17-07: Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:30 PM :: 4604 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...The executive order establishes an Administrative Director in the Office of the Governor who will support companies seeking to test self-driving vehicle technology in Hawaiʻi....

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
OHA Strategic Plan? Results Not Updated since 2013
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 3717 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, OHA

...the State of Hawaii Dashboard and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Dashboard are only current up to 2013 for most of the categories presented....

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Auditor: DLIR Joins Long List of Departments Not Reporting Funds to Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:50 PM :: 1944 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...DLIR did not file statutorily required reports for non-general funds and for administratively created funds....

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Monday, November 27, 2017
Hawaii House Rules Prohibit Staff from Revealing "Illegal or Improper Conduct"
By Andrew Walden @ 10:40 PM :: 6654 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Politicians

... How do Hawaii legislators get away with sexual harassment? ....

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Friday, November 24, 2017
Oahu Workshops: Learn to Raise Your Voice at the State Capitol
By News Release @ 12:49 AM :: 3095 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...the Legislature's Public Access Room (PAR) is offering "Your Voice," a free, one-hour workshop at several locations on Oahu....

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Thursday, November 23, 2017
Grassroot: Things to be Thankful for This Year
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:15 PM :: 3223 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Jones Act

...We are grateful for your partnership in striving for a Hawaii that leads the world in individual liberty and economic opportunity....

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Thursday, November 23, 2017
New Claims by State in Airport Hangar Lawsuit
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 3269 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The evidence suggests that dck worldwide directed how dck pacific handled payments to subcontractors....

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Monday, November 20, 2017
Insider Trading: State Employee Writes RFP, then Works for Bidders
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 2739 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...the former state employee could improperly benefit by trading on his or her “insider knowledge” to secure future employment or business opportunities....

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Sunday, November 19, 2017
State Senate Accepting Applications for 2018 Session
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 2245 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Most begin on January 3, 2018 and end on the last day of the legislative session.... 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Pension pinches profligacy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:00 AM :: 2955 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hawaii’s county governments — and county taxpayers — are about to feel the pinch....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
HGEA Hospital Debacle: DOH Places Seven On Leave
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 3329 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...after decades ignoring the festering problems at the HGEA job trust State Hospital, AG and DoH pretend to suddenly be oh-so-very-concerned....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
State Capitol Signs up for Non-Existent Seawater Air Conditioning Scheme
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 3568 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...a seawater jet powered by Hawaii tax credits is used to shoot pies up into the sky--electricity is generated by harnessing the energy of the pies as they fall back to Earth....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
$1.8B Special Fund Audit: DHRD Refuses to Report to Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:42 AM :: 3549 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

..."We disagree with DHRD. The statutory requirements that DHRD report to the Legislature are unambiguous and do not exempt these trust funds." -- Auditor....

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Island Air: Did the Airports Division bamboozle Fitch Ratings?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:42 AM :: 5574 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

“The Airports Division expects near-term traffic results will be better than projected due to Island Air expanding interisland traffic...." -- Fitch Ratings, October 26, 2017

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Counties stuck with bailing out pension debt
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:11 PM :: 2691 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...the state Legislature has discovered a new tactic for meeting its public pension financial obligations: passing the costs on to the counties....

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Thursday, November 09, 2017
Legacy Pension Costs--Hawaii Scores D-
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 AM :: 2990 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Legacy Costs evaluates whether states provided adequate funding, as defined by retirement system actuaries, for pensions and other promised retirement benefits for public workers.....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Animal Quarantine Station is Preferred Site for New Jail
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 4206 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Ige today announced that his administration has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the relocation of the O‘ahu Community Correctional Center....

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Professional License--DCCA Launches Online Application Status Search
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 2977 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...to enable new applicants or existing licensees to search for their application status....

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Thursday, November 02, 2017
Video: ERS not out of woods yet
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:08 PM :: 2725 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Featuring: Thom Williams, Executive director, Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii....

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Thursday, November 02, 2017
New HDoT Website Maps Pavement Conditions, Traffic Counts, Fatal Crashes
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 2080 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...New datasets include pavement conditions, traffic counts for state roads, and locations of fatal crashes between 2012-2016....

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017
What Can Hawaii Learn From Google
By Video @ 4:53 AM :: 2659 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...Kelii Akina and Ray Tsuchiyama discuss applying the lessons of Google to the future of Hawaii....

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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Fitch Upgrades Airports Division Based on Island Air Growth Expectations
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 2569 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...meanwhile Island Air planes are being repossessed....

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Friday, October 27, 2017
Right tools can dig us out of pension debt
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:48 PM :: 2437 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii’s public pension system has an unfunded liability of $12 billion....

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Sunday, October 22, 2017
DoTax Leaves Fewer Callers in the Dust
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3250 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Did DOTAX Turn the Corner on Customer Service?....

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Friday, October 20, 2017
Caldwell Flees State as Ex-Chief is Arrested
By News Release @ 5:40 PM :: 4805 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Police

...Caldwell left O‘ahu the evening of Oct 18 for a 'personal vacation', and is scheduled to return on Tuesday, October 31...

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Moody's: Hawaii has Already Collected the Taxes for Next Recession
By Selected News Articles @ 9:47 AM :: 3363 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii has enough in cash reserves to weather next recession, report says....

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Friday, October 13, 2017
Fuchigami Taking over from Ige's Chief of Staff? – That’s What the State Constitution Says 
By News Release @ 3:56 AM :: 5308 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The position of administrative director is actually one of the few positions created by the State Constitution....

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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Hawaii AG Obstructs Requests on How Much Taxpayer Funds Are Being Spent Fighting Trump’s Travel Ban
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 5198 Views :: National News, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...the Hawaii AG office denied the public interest fee waiver request and charged $28,396.30 to complete the document search....

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Thursday, October 12, 2017
USNWR: Best States? Hawaii Ranks 27th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:51 AM :: 2931 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Fiscal Stability#41....

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Hawaii 6th Most Indebted State
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 4326 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...$27,100 = Each taxpayer's share of Hawaii's debt....

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Sunday, September 17, 2017
Legislature with U R Missing
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2976 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...there is "supposed to be" opportunity for participation....

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Saturday, September 09, 2017
BLNR Approves Boating Rule Changes
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 3722 Views :: Hawaii State Government, OHA, Small Business

...The rule changes cover a spectrum of boating and ocean recreation uses, such as: commercial use and parking permits and fees; commercial marine operations and tours....

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
HDOT Sitting on $505M of Unspent Federal Funds
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 3554 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail

...In two and a half years we have successfully reduced the pipeline from nearly $750 million to $505 million....

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