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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Sheriff's New First Deputy 'Owes HGEA Everything'
By News Release @ 9:41 PM :: 3269 Views :: Labor, Police

... The First Deputy is second in command of the Sheriff Division ....

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
OHA Board Chair Testifies Before U.S. House Subcommittee on COVID-19 Impacts on Native Hawaiians
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 2494 Views :: OHA, COVID-19

"...Native Hawaiians still lack parity with other Native Americans in many federal programs and policies....”

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
The Eight Hour Protest: Hirono, Duckworth Back Away from Boycott of White Nominees
By Selected News Articles @ 9:11 PM :: 2551 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Two Democratic senators backed down from their threats to block all future Biden administration non-minority nominees after just eight hours ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
BOE approves panel to begin superintendent search
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 1954 Views :: Education K-12

... creation of a special committee to set a search timeline and process to select a new superintendent for Hawaii public schools ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Age 65+ Dial 211 to Schedule COVID Vax
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 2040 Views :: COVID-19

... to help those age 65 and above navigate the registration process, secure appointments and also help eligible individuals arrange for transportation ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Hawaii: Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment
By Selected News Articles @ 10:23 PM :: 3093 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... do people in high-tax states receive superior government services ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Hawaii is the State Where People Worry They'll Lose Their Income
By Selected News Articles @ 10:10 PM :: 2800 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Hawaii: 31.5% “expect someone in their household to have a loss in employment income in the next 4 weeks” ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
How to overcome vaccine hesitancy?
By News Release @ 8:46 PM :: 1888 Views :: COVID-19

... targeted communications strategies may hold the key ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
DLNR to Select Banyan Drive Proposals Next Month
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 2502 Views :: Hawaii County , Tourism

... renovations of the former Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel and Country Club Condominium Hotel ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
​More SHOPO ‘Quota’ Chaos vs Ballard?  Officers Ordered to Find Excuse to Make Arrests at Anti-Vaxxer Rally
By Video @ 6:04 PM :: 5228 Views :: First Amendment, Police

... SHOPO saw a chance to embarass Ballard again.  The next Chief WILL be a Kealoha clone ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
SB56 tax scare could have long-lasting effect
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:02 PM :: 2642 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... it is doubtful any of Hawaii’s proposed tax increases this year will, if enacted, achieve the goal of increasing state revenues. More likely, they will further damage the economy and prompt even more of our family, friends and neighbors to move away ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
New UH partnership to aid national security, boost state’s economy
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 2611 Views :: Higher Education, Military

... engineering-related issues are being solved by UH Mānoa College of Engineering students through a program called “Hacking for Defense” ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
Doctors' Pay? Hawaii Ranks 47th
By Selected News Articles @ 9:04 PM :: 3401 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... Hawaii has the 5th lowest Avg. Annual Wage for Physicians (adj for cost of living) ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
Hawaii Republican Legislative Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 8:43 PM :: 2672 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... We are less than 30-days to "Sine Die," if we are lucky, the good will outweigh the bad when it's over! ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
​Doctors Tell State of Hawaii: ‘I’m leaving’
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 AM :: 9332 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes, COVID-19

... There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing .... 

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Sunday, March 21, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 20, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 9:58 PM :: 1976 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... bills introduced and votes cast in Congress ....

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Sunday, March 21, 2021
National Attention!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3143 Views :: Taxes

“...Confiscation in Paradise: Move to Hawaii, pay the nation’s highest state income-tax rate....”

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
Former Hawaii doctor tells why he moved to the mainland
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:39 PM :: 6021 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... I have a 5,000-square-foot, five-bedroom house on half an acre with a view that stretches to a river, and that house costs me $539,000 ....

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
"No new taxes"-- Testimony to Hawaii Tax Review Commission
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:28 PM :: 2167 Views :: Taxes

... the Hawaii Tax Review Commission conducts a systematic review of Hawaii’s tax structure ....

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
Hawaii: Highest Paid Waiters in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:21 PM :: 3187 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii Waiters/Waitresses: average annual wage: $55,200; employment: 19,500 ....

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 2:30 AM :: 3043 Views :: Family, Life

... Looking for Funds in All the Wrong Places ....

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
How to worsen our doctor shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:15 AM :: 2988 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... Hawaii is down by more than 1,000 physicians, with no prospect of the situation improving ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
ODC Complaint: Megan Kau Worked for Miske and Cop Who Arrested Him
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 6702 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement, Police

... ODC complaint claims a conflict of interest existed when local attorneys Megan Kau and Tristan Andres worked simultaneously for a Michael Miske company and for an HPD Sgt who arrested Miske ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
Mayor Blangiardi meets with wedding industry demonstrators
By News Release @ 6:38 PM :: 3477 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Mayor Rick Blangiardi listened to members of the wedding industry during a demonstration outside of Honolulu Hale ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
Resolution reached between City and Kokonut Koalition for Koko Crater safety mitigation
By News Release @ 6:34 PM :: 1850 Views :: Honolulu County

... Three-phase effort includes immediate safety improvements with removal, replacement of steel platform to be addressed in separate project ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
Grassroot Institute Legislative Update
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:55 AM :: 3823 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Hawaii's Legislature is about halfway through its 2021 session, and if we're lucky, the good will outweigh the bad when it's over ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
House Finance Committee Approves State Budget – with Amendments
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 2971 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... The $1.6 billion in federal funds allocated to the State in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a temporary reprieve for the State's financial crisis. ....

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Thursday, March 18, 2021
HUD: Hawaii 2nd Highest Number Of Homeless Veterans
By Selected News Articles @ 10:37 PM :: 2952 Views :: Homelessness, Military

... in Hawaii, 54 out of about 10,000 veterans were homeless ....

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Thursday, March 18, 2021
Mass Disenrollment from 'Campus of Fear': COVID Money Disappearing from Hawaii Community College?
By News Release @ 8:51 PM :: 3860 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Higher Education

"...caused approximately a 10% reduction in the Fall 2020 enrollment...."

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Thursday, March 18, 2021
Ige Wins Lava Tube Award for ‘Extreme Anti-Transparency Measures’
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 2990 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

... “one of the most extreme anti-transparency measures executed in the U.S.” ....

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
HGEA Tells Schatz, Saiki: Unlike Teachers, 'We Never Quit'
By News Release @ 8:41 PM :: 2748 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

"... HGEA stood up at these meetings to make sure that our members are not blindsided or shortchanged by teacher demands ...."

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Federally Dependent States-- Hawaii 33rd
By Selected News Articles @ 8:15 PM :: 2581 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Federal assistance to states has come into the spotlight recently during the coronavirus pandemic ....

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Hawaii is the State Where Joblessness Has Skyrocketed
By Selected News Articles @ 7:54 PM :: 3405 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Hawaii and California had the highest jobless rates in January, at 10.2% and 9.0%, respectively. At the far end of the spectrum, South Dakota and Utah had the lowest rates, each at 3.1% ....

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
DHHL: Our Beneficiaries Do Not Support Proposed Gaming Legislation
By News Release @ 7:42 PM :: 2695 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

"DHHL analyzed beneficiary responses to find that there was no beneficiary consensus either in favor or against the legislative proposal."

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Kaka'ako Makai: House Will Not Hear OHA Upzone Bill
By News Release @ 4:30 AM :: 3313 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

" ... Senator Moriwaki and I will attempt to work with OHA to explore alternatives to developing Kakaʻako Makai ...." 

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021
COVID-19 in Hawai‘i: Addressing Health Equity in Diverse Populations
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 2242 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... details the racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 infections and deaths in the state of Hawai‘i ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Kahele, Case Bills Propose National Heritage Sites for Hawaii
By Ed Case @ 7:39 PM :: 2940 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Tourism

... South Kona coastline and Kaena Point .... 

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
VIDEO: State of the City Address
By Video @ 5:09 PM :: 2230 Views :: Honolulu County

... Mayor Blangiardi's first State of the City address ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Raising Hawaii taxes could worsen MD shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:58 PM :: 3653 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... Lawmakers may impose the highest income tax in the nation on Hawaii residents making over $200,000, and this may be damaging to Hawaii's health system ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Hawaii Among Least Innovative States
By Selected News Articles @ 2:39 PM :: 2990 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii ranks 47th for 8th Grade Math & Science Performance ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
DLIR: Hawaii Unemployment 10.2%
By News Release @ 4:59 AM :: 3173 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Statewide, 588,050 were employed and 67,000 unemployed in January for a total seasonally adjusted labor force of 655,050 ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
DLIR: No Gap in Benefits Extended under Latest COVID Stimulus Bill
By News Release @ 4:54 AM :: 2352 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Title IX of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 extends key unemployment insurance and assistance provisions of both the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) as well as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
98 percent of Hawaiʻi residents say small business is important to Hawaiʻi
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 2360 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... The “Peopleʻs Pulse Survey,” in partnership with OmniTrak and with the support of Central Pacific Bank Foundation, highlights the urgency of helping businesses through this extremely difficult time, Chamber President and CEO Sherry Menor-McNamara said....

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Monday, March 15, 2021
New COVID Relief Law Creates $29 Billion Grant Program For Local Restaurants, Bars
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 2926 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... The grant is equal to the business’s pandemic-related revenue loss: 2019 gross receipts minus 2020 gross receipts ....

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Monday, March 15, 2021
DOE, HSTA reach agreement to increase 4th quarter in-person learning
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 3405 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... ​increasing number of students projected to return to in-person learning during the fourth quarter ....

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Monday, March 15, 2021
Hawaii Republican Party Legislative Week in Review
By Brett Kulbis @ 6:34 PM :: 2459 Views :: Republican Party

... March 11th was the 1st Crossover ....

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Monday, March 15, 2021
Hawaii Women Earn 85% of Male Salary
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 2420 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics

... In 2019, Hawaii women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings of $847, or 85.1 percent of the $995 median usual weekly earnings of their male counterparts ....

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Monday, March 15, 2021
Senate Sends Housing Bills to House
By News Release @ 6:06 PM :: 2917 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... Establishes the ALOHA homes program to develop low-cost homes on state-owned and county-owned land in urban redevelopment sites to be sold in leasehold by the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation ....

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Sunday, March 14, 2021
Hawaii Senate Passes Two Anti-Gun Bills
By NRA ILA @ 11:38 PM :: 2676 Views :: Second Amendment

... They will now go to the House for further consideration ....

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Sunday, March 14, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 13, 2021
By GovTrack .us @ 8:17 PM :: 1999 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... bills introduced and votes in Congress from GovTrack.us ....

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