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Monday, January 31, 2022
DoD on Red Hill: We Will Appeal DoH 'Final Order'
By News Release @ 11:05 PM :: 3392 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... we have a deadline of this Wednesday, February 2, 2022, to file an appeal of DOH's Final Order, and we are planning to file in both federal and state court by this deadline ....

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Monday, January 31, 2022
HB1585: Emergency powers reform bill could be stronger
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:54 PM :: 5684 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... HB1585 needs greater clarity about the role of the Legislature and stronger statements about protecting transparency and individual rights ....

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Monday, January 31, 2022
Public Meetings set for Statewide Historic Preservation Plan
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 2453 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

... 5:30-8:30 PM, Tuesday, February 8th ....

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Monday, January 31, 2022
“11th Hour” changes could jeopardize property rights of Kahoma Village residents
By News Release @ 10:28 PM :: 2756 Views :: Maui County, Development

..."I am always concerned by any piece of legislation that is not signed by Corporation Counsel...." -- Mayor Victorino

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Monday, January 31, 2022
OHA Trustee Keola Lindsey Resigns
By News Release @ 6:48 PM :: 5484 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections, OHA

... OHA’s Board of Trustees will have 60 days to appoint a new trustee for Hawaiʻi Island, who will serve in the position until the next Hawaiʻi state general election in November 2022 ....

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Monday, January 31, 2022
Unemployment Recovery? Hawaii Dead Last
By Selected News Articles @ 3:40 PM :: 2454 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... States Whose Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back Most ....

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Monday, January 31, 2022
Hawaii 2nd Worst Racial Wealth Gap
By Selected News Articles @ 3:26 PM :: 2036 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... 2022's States with the Biggest and Smallest Wealth Gaps by Race/Ethnicity ....

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Sunday, January 30, 2022
Astronomy Adds $221M to Hawaii Economy
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 4442 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... The total economic impact of $221 million, which also accounts for indirect and induced impacts, is nearly as much as farming statewide ....

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Sunday, January 30, 2022
The Future of Blankety Blank
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2347 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

... Want to pass one of these bills?  Go ahead, make my day! ....

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Sunday, January 30, 2022
Hawaii Second Amendment Legislative Webinar
By News Release @ 4:05 AM :: 1718 Views :: Second Amendment

... Please join our webinar this Sunday 6pm where we'll go over upcoming bills in the legislature and how you can help ....

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Sunday, January 30, 2022
Hawaii Second Highest Homelessness Rate in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 AM :: 4701 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness, Cost of Living

... In Hawaii, an estimated 6,458 people are experiencing homelessness - or about 45.6 for every 10,000 people, the second highest homeless rate among states ....

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Saturday, January 29, 2022
Minimum debate over minimum wage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:44 PM :: 3572 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... the Senate has tried to avoid any real debate on the issue ....

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Saturday, January 29, 2022
Blangiardi Exempts Affordable rentals from GE Tax
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 2844 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes

... New incentives approved to spur development of affordable rentals ....

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Saturday, January 29, 2022
Auditor Rips 'Never-ending fishing expedition'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:12 AM :: 2156 Views :: Ethics

... Efforts to rein in the watchdog continue ....

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Friday, January 28, 2022
Hawaii Most Unionized State in USA
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 2788 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii has the highest union membership rate at 22.4 percent ....

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Friday, January 28, 2022
December, 2021: Tourist Spending Down 5.5% from 2019
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 2794 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... the tourist headcount is down 20.9% ....

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Friday, January 28, 2022
2022 State Business Tax Climate Index--Hawaii Ranks 41st
By Tax Foundation @ 2:37 AM :: 3728 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... The states in the bottom 10 tend to have a number of afflictions in common: complex, nonneutral taxes with comparatively high rates ....

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Friday, January 28, 2022
Aloha Stadium: Sometimes you wonder where political leaders find numbers to fit the narrative
By Video @ 2:24 AM :: 2874 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Higher Education

... Stadium-villages generally create low wage jobs ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
Calling OHA’s Bluff:  HB2024 Would Strip Mountain of Telescopes, Hand it over to Hawaiian Activists
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 5347 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... No telescopes = No rent money ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
Which States are Seeing the Biggest Interest in Homeschooling Amongst Parents?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:17 PM :: 3154 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii ranks 13th ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
HECO Donates $2M to Deadbeats
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 3380 Views :: Energy, COVID-19

... The Kokua Fund Bill Credit Program will automatically provide a one-time credit of $90 to past-due balances for about 22,000 residential and business customers by Jan. 31 ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
​It’s not weird, it’s constitutional
By Selected News Articles @ 7:40 PM :: 2283 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

... Here is the actual wording of the item in the Hawai‘i State Constitution ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
Ige Lacks Authority on Red Hill
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 7:24 PM :: 4420 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Congressional Delegation, Military

... The facility built in 1942 is "grandfathered" and exempt from any EPA rules or compliance.  Second, it is Federal property on Federal land under Federal jurisdiction....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
​Tasers were made legal in Hawaii on January 1st, and a new law has already been proposed to ban carrying them.
By Selected News Articles @ 3:40 AM :: 2819 Views :: Second Amendment

... before you can even purchase a taser or stun gun, and legislators are already moving to make it so that you can’t carry them ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
Hawaii: State of Tobacco Control
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 3888 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

... The 20th annual American Lung Association "State of Tobacco Control" report evaluates states ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
​Hawaii businesses say proposed minimum wage hike would hurt
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 AM :: 3831 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... 21% of the chamber’s businesses said the proposed minimum wage increase would put them out of business ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
How Much Drivers Pay in Taxes at the Pump in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 AM :: 2718 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... On top of the federal gasoline tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, Hawaii levies an additional excise tax of 51.7 cents - the fourth highest gas tax rate among states ....

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022
COVID Emergency: Ige Extends Partial Suspension of Sunshine Law
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 2723 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... will remain in effect through March 25, 2022 ....

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022
DoE, HPD Sued over Arrest of 10-year-old Girl
By News Release @ 10:41 PM :: 3681 Views :: Education K-12, Police

... The newly-filed lawsuit describes an incident in January 2020 in which N.B.–who is now twelve-years old–was handcuffed and arrested by HPD officers, and her mother was falsely detained by DOE officials, at Honowai Elementary School ....

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Meetings Being Cancelled Due to Improper Notice
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 1702 Views :: Ethics

... OIP has recently received dozens of complaints from the public alleging deficient meeting notices for various Sunshine Law boards that were filed on the State Calendar ....

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Defense Appropriations Chairman Jon Tester Tours Red Hill, Does Not Commit to Shut Down
By Video @ 3:09 AM :: 4127 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... said Chairman Tester. “We’ve got work to do, and I’m going to keep working with Senator Schatz to make sure the Department of Defense is getting Hawai‘i and the Navy the tools they need to move forward.” ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
DoH: 'No Evidence Board of Water Supply drinking water impacted by Red Hill Spill'
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 2957 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

"... at this time, there is no evidence that Board of Water Supply drinking water has been impacted ...." -- Hawaii Department of Health

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Honolulu 3rd Worst 'Sinkhole City'
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 3905 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... HONOLULU remained a Sinkhole City because it needed more than $3.9 billion, or $31,700 from each taxpayer, to pay its bills ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
$100 Refund--How About $1,361?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:58 PM :: 3310 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

"...increase the refund amount...."

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Maui County to implement COVID-19 booster requirement
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 2827 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, COVID-19

... The revised rules require proof of a booster shot to confirm patrons are “up to date” with their COVID-19 vaccinations if they want to dine indoors at a restaurant or bar, or exercise inside of a gym ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Minimum Wage Hike? You can be replaced by a Robot
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:16 AM :: 4103 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... businesses cut hours, turn to technology or even cut jobs in order to mitigate the higher costs ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 5.7% for December
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 2567 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 5.7 percent compared to 6.0 percent in November. Statewide, 610,350 were employed and 37,050 unemployed ....

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Monday, January 24, 2022
Full Text: State of the State Address
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 2521 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Governor David Y. Ige to the Thirty-First State Legislature meeting in joint session, January 24, 2022 .... 

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Monday, January 24, 2022
DoH: 69% of Seniors are Boosted
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 1874 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... This revision results in the current percentage of the population that has received a booster dose increasing from 31.4% last Friday to 33.1% today ....

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Monday, January 24, 2022
UH Football Coach Selection Process Illegal?
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 2:00 AM :: 4474 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

... attorney Mike Green indicated in the Sunday paper, President Lassner and AD Matlin’s actions may cause legal jeopardy for the State of Hawaii ....

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Sunday, January 23, 2022
Where People from Hawaii Are Moving to the Most
By Selected News Articles @ 5:47 PM :: 5866 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In a 2019 poll by Pacific Resource Partnership, 45% of the island residents surveyed said they were leaving the state or considering a move. Of those contemplating leaving, 47% named the cost of living as the most important reason ....  

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Sunday, January 23, 2022
Spotlight on Retirement Income
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2904 Views :: Taxes

... Their recommendation:  “Tax pension and other retirement income...."

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
Short-term rentals a convenient scapegoat?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:07 PM :: 3001 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Based on how short-term vacation rentals are so often portrayed, I wouldn’t blame you if you thought their owners were all terrible people ....

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
Free Needles for Addicts: Hawaii Grade B for Hepatitis Elimination
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 3379 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Drugs

... Free needles.  Lots of free needles ....

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
DBEDT: Hawaii Family of Four Must Earn $85,372 to Stay off Welfare
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 4477 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits

... the amount of money that individuals and families require to meet their basic needs without government and/or other subsidies ....

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
Report: Hawaii Worst State to Drive in
By Selected News Articles @ 4:10 PM :: 1809 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... 2022’s Best & Worst States to Drive in ....

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
GOP: Reopen the State Capitol
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 4772 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, COVID-19

... The word now is that leaders are reconsidering ....

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Friday, January 21, 2022
Ing Tells Russia US Military Not Wanted in Hawaii
By Audio @ 6:00 PM :: 3799 Views :: Military, Politicians

... Somebody needs to tell ex-Rep Kaniela Ing the left doesn't like Russia anymore ....

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Friday, January 21, 2022
Honolulu Rate Commission seeks input on TheBus, HandiVan fare changes
By News Release @ 5:29 PM :: 2424 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... The Honolulu Rate Commission will be taking public testimony on proposed fare policy changes affecting TheBus and TheHandi-Van at its January 24th and February 8th meetings ....

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Friday, January 21, 2022
Rep Kai Kahele Doubles Down on COVID Lockdowns
By Video @ 4:24 AM :: 2960 Views :: Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... on the Opening Day of the 30th Session of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, Kahele implores state leaders to act decisively and execute a multi-year statewide strategy to mitigate the pandemic and save lives ....

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