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Thursday, July 02, 2020
HB2502 Still Dangerous: Grassroot Institute warns again about granting wide powers to health director
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:09 AM :: 519 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...the institute said it "continues to have grave concerns," since "the powers contemplated in this bill are so sweeping and broad as to raise significant questions about privacy, civil liberties and constitutionality."....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
​Gender neutral option available for state credentials beginning July 1, 2020
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 301 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...Those seeking to apply, renew, or obtain a duplicate credential can now choose “X” or “Not Specified” in the gender category instead of the binary “M” (Male) or “F” (Female)....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
SB785 --$150M Raises for Public Employees-- How They Voted
By Selected News Articles @ 5:53 PM :: 1827 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Laughing at your sacrifice: Senate votes 21-3, House votes 45-4....

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Saturday, June 27, 2020
Video: "Lockdown, Testing and Tracking: Are They Really Legal?"
By Video @ 5:11 AM :: 565 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Honolulu lawyers Robert Thomas and Jeff Portnoy address questions that have arisen during the coronavirus shut-down....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
Note to Legislature: Focus!
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:28 PM :: 369 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...With Hawaii facing its greatest financial crisis in generations, the state Legislature is finally taking action on balloon launches, a “climate innovation technology park” and red light cameras....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
The Separation of Powers Limitation on Hawaii’s Emergency Authority
By Robert Thomas @ 10:53 PM :: 431 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, COVID-19

...a hard look at the most important limitation on government power in an emergency, the statutory requirement that any emergency proclamation automatically terminates no later than sixty days after it is issued....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
SB126: Legislative Conference Committee Passes Key Budget Bill
By News Release @ 6:29 PM :: 313 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...A legislative conference committee today approved a conference draft to Senate Bill 126 that amends the state budget and provides support to critical state services needed during the cononavirus pandemic....

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Monday, June 22, 2020
HB2500 Legislators poised to exceed state debt limit to avoid making cuts
By News Release @ 2:28 PM :: 566 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...HB2500 SD1 would allow the state to borrow billions of dollars at a time when revenues are falling and expenses are increasing....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Legislators Outline Plan to use CARES Funds
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 407 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...The plan provides discretion to the Ige Administration to spend the remaining CARES funds to pay for unanticipated and emerging needs....

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Saturday, June 20, 2020
UHERO forecasts dire scenarios for local government budgets
By UHERO @ 4:28 AM :: 619 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...A grim financial outlook is on the horizon for the state of Hawaiʻi due to the impact of COVID-19....

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Friday, June 19, 2020
How to balance the budget in just a few clicks
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:56 PM :: 647 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...just a few quick clicks and Hawaii went from a $1.4 billion deficit to a modest surplus....

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Thursday, June 18, 2020
UHERO: Estimating the Need for Rental Assistance in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 3:02 PM :: 648 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...the augmented unemployment payments have done a fairly good job  preventing the worst from happening so far. But that program is set to expire August 1....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
‘New normal’ requires long-term budget thinking
By Joe Kent @ 11:44 PM :: 615 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...threw Gov. Ige’s multiyear budget off target by a total of $26 billion between fiscal years 2020 and 2025....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
​Legislature to Reconvene on June 22
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 451 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The Legislature will take up a limited number of bills, including budget matters and COVID-19-related legislation....

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Sunday, June 07, 2020
Hawaii Spending Cap Too Easily Ignored by Lawmakers
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:03 PM :: 446 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Start working now to adopt a meaningful spending cap....

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Saturday, June 06, 2020
State Finally Launches Digital Time and Leave System
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 566 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Timesheets and leave requests are now transmitted electronically to payroll offices, replacing paper-based manual labor-intensive tracking methods in employee pay calculation....  

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Thursday, June 04, 2020
ERS Risks $75M of Your Retirement Fund on Hawaii High Tech Startups
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 690 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Tax Credits

...how many times will Hawaii fall for phony High-Tech scamsters?....

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Sunday, May 31, 2020
The Governor, The Legislature, and The Billion Dollar Mess
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1113 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...figuring out how to spend $1 billion of federal money that is being made available to Hawaii under the CARES Act....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Legislators Short $2B: "We are going to have to look for strategic cuts"
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 1222 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...no details until after the June 2 deadline to file for election....

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Monday, May 25, 2020
Hawaii Proposes ‘Feminist Economic Recovery Plan’ Filled With Sex Discrimination
By Selected News Articles @ 7:29 PM :: 1042 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...attorney Scott Greenfield suggested proposals like these would raise “a great many curious issues” and “would appear to be outrageously unlawful sex discrimination with some serious likelihood of backfiring.”....

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Sunday, May 24, 2020
Auditor Finds Another $483M
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:36 PM :: 802 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...More than $483 million in excess moneys may be available to be transferred from 57 special and revolving fund accounts to the General Fund without adversely affecting programs....

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Sunday, May 24, 2020
Money Laying Around?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 626 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...the State Auditor has been busy at work trying to find options for legislators to consider for getting the state budget back on track....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
Nigerian Princes Apply for Hawaii Unemployment
By News Release @ 12:19 AM :: 1619 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...as of Sunday, May 17, Hawaii became Scattered Canary’s latest unemployment fraud victim....

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Friday, May 22, 2020
Legislature Passes $1B Stop-gap Budget Cuts, Adjourns
By News Release @ 5:41 AM :: 663 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Bills passed during the past two weeks include....

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Thursday, May 21, 2020
Hochberg: Governor can be sued over State of Emergency
By Video @ 8:34 PM :: 1209 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, COVID-19

...the State of Emergency is not justified by the numbers.... 

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
House Passes Bills to Allocate CARES Funds--Keeps $635M for a 'Rainy Day'
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 649 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The House also passed SB 3139 SD1 HD1 to transfer the remaining $635 million of the CARES Act money into the State’s Emergency Budget Reserve or “rainy day” fund to hold until decision can be made in June how to best use the funds....

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Could Hawaii go bankrupt?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:39 PM :: 2748 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s economy has tanked and local tax revenues are plummeting, leaving the state and counties in danger of going bankrupt — starting with the state's public pension and health-benefits systems....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
​The Legislature’s Dangerous Illusion
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:12 PM :: 841 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...state policymakers seem to believe that the answer to the worst economic crisis in decades is to borrow and spend — and very likely raise taxes....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
HB117: Legislators Defer Raises for a Year
By News Release @ 5:34 AM :: 850 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The bill calls for no increases until July 1, 2021....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
COVID Borrow and Spend Plan will Burden Taxpayers for Years to Come
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:49 PM :: 795 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...Keli'i Akina Challenges Lawmakers' Plan to Increase Borrowing and Spending....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Forcing United Public Workers to Enter New Era
By Selected News Articles @ 6:26 PM :: 1263 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...it isn’t the kind its leaders were counting on....

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Executive Pay Hikes on Senate WAM Agenda Wednesday
By News Release @ 5:20 AM :: 478 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Politician's Trick: Put off future raises rather than cancelling them outright and/or giving back past raises....

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
We can’t turn back the clock, and for some policies we don’t want to
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:01 PM :: 646 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...the state deficit for fiscal year 2021 could grow to between $710 million and $1.8 billion....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
Legislature must rein in state budget
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:25 PM :: 590 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...Grassroot testimony outlines the problem and suggests some reforms....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
DoE and DHS: Auditor Finds Significant Deficiencies
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:00 AM :: 642 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...significant deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting....

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Sunday, May 10, 2020
‘Multiplier effect’ is poor justification for increased government spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:56 AM :: 998 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...if Hawaii’s lawmakers wish to save our state economy from its current freefall, they must not be afraid to reduce state spending....

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Saturday, May 09, 2020
Looking for $1.5B? Auditor Provides Handy List of GE Tax Hikes and Special Funds to Raid
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:49 PM :: 1246 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... stopgap measures which could help prevent public employees from feeling the slightest suffering...for now....

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Friday, May 08, 2020
Hawaii Women's Commission 'Could be Easily Dismissed' ... but
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 AM :: 788 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... spending their time while social distancing daydreaming about how to restructure society into a progressive paradise ....

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Contact Tracing: Hawaii Falls Far Short Even After Expansion
By Selected News Articles @ 3:10 AM :: 1230 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Hawaii DoH is seeking 60 more contact tracers to total 90.  420 are needed ....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Hawaii ERS headed for disaster if economy keeps heading south
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:57 PM :: 2259 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Major reforms could help the pension system honor its promises ....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
How Well-Funded Are Pension Plans in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:59 PM :: 771 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii pension plan only 55% funded ranks 43rd among states....

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Thursday, April 16, 2020
Rep Case, Legislators Challenge Ige on Union Pay Cuts
By News Release @ 3:56 AM :: 850 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Representative Case says money from the CARES Act should be used for covering revenue losses....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Petition: Hawaii COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits Not Being Paid!
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 1444 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Department of Labor and Industrial Relations seem to have dropped the ball ....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
State Administration of Federal Programs: Auditors Find Weaknesses
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:35 AM :: 627 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Single Audit of Federal Financial Assistance Programs of the State of Hawai‘i....

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Sunday, April 12, 2020
And We Aren’t Moving People Around Because?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1465 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...The emergency proclamation suspends several laws, including chapters 89 and 89C, HRS, relating to collective bargaining....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
​Airports Corporation takes on new sense of urgency
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:16 PM :: 642 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...The Hawaii Legislature suspended its 2020 session in early March because of the coronavirus situation, but eventually it will get back to business....

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Friday, March 20, 2020
Working to protect our freedoms
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:11 PM :: 912 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...In this uncertain and anxious time, we already are seeing many questionable proposals being put forth....

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Friday, March 20, 2020
COVID: House Speaker 'Implores' Ige to Impose Travel Ban, Order Military Response
By News Release @ 1:18 AM :: 866 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Military, Small Business

...The handling of this COVID-19 pandemic has been utterly chaotic and there is mass confusion among the public....

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Thursday, March 19, 2020
State Senator Clarence Nishihara tests positive for COVID-19
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 760 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Politicians

...The memo recommends all Senate offices close until further notice....

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Thursday, March 19, 2020
Democracy Still Matters in Time of Pandemic
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 929 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Ige, by Supplemental Emergency Proclamation dated March 16, 2020, waived many laws pertaining to transparency and accountability, specifically Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 92 dealing with open meetings, and Chapter 91 dealing with rulemaking....

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