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Friday, March 31, 2023
Creating Positions: Senate WAM Budget Burns Your Tax Cut Money
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 1771 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... can you count how many times the word 'adding' is used? ....

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Friday, March 31, 2023
Memo to reluctant legislators: Hawaii can afford to cut taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:48 PM :: 2004 Views :: Taxes

... we can’t afford not to cut taxes because really, what we’re sitting on right now, are unhealthy ending balances ....

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Friday, March 31, 2023
2017 cesspool law creating a mess for Hawaii property owners
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 2287 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... the state’s mandate to eliminate cesspools is too costly for homeowners ....

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Friday, March 31, 2023
VA Error Leaves Potentially Thousands Of Student Veterans Without Rent Payments
By Selected News Articles @ 4:12 PM :: 1975 Views :: Higher Education, Military

... Meanwhile, tens of thousands of servicemembers and dependents stationed in Guam and Hawaii are in danger of seeing their cost of living allowances slashed ....

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Friday, March 31, 2023
Bishop Museum Appoints Dee Jay Mailer President
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 1923 Views :: Ethics

... Mailer has been leading the Museum on an interim basis since Feb. 2, 2023 ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Appoints Isaac Choy as Vice President of Finance
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 2088 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... Choy begins work on April 10 and will be responsible for overseeing HTA’s management of finances and government funding, including compliance with legislative and auditing requirements ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Next Boondoggle: $44M Blaisdell Renovation
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 2057 Views :: Honolulu County

... health, safety and deferred maintenance ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
753,750 visitors arrived in the Hawaiian Islands in February 2023
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 1916 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... tourist spending in nominal non-inflating dollars is +18.0% vs February 2019.  Inflation is 16.77% 2019-2023 so we are just treading water ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
How counties can provide tax relief
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:31 PM :: 1860 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... County lawmakers haven’t decided yet how to deal with property tax hikes that are expected to result from higher property assessments across the state ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Schatz, Hirono Vote to Continue Trump's COVID Emergency
By Selected News Articles @ 10:10 PM :: 2451 Views :: Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... the 68-23 Senate approved a resolution Wednesday aimed at ending the national COVID emergency declared by then-President Donald Trump in 2020 ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Hawaii Population Declines 0.8% During COVID
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 2024 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Between July 1, 2020 and July 1, 2022 the state population declined at an average rate of 0.4% per year ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Hawaii taxpayers shell out more than $5,500 in state and local taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 PM :: 1878 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii’s state debt is also among the top five in the nation at $7,992 per capita and $11,879 when local debt is factored in as well ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
More Red Light Cams Activated
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1975 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

... Since start, nearly 1,800 citations issued along Vineyard and Pali ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Bra and Panty Birthday Parties: Lawsuit Details Work Life at Hawaii DOBOR
By Andrew Walden @ 1:52 AM :: 8094 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"...You must promise me that if things ever get really ugly between the both of us, you will not say a word about this...."

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Hawaii Towns with Highest & Lowest Credit Scores
By Selected News Articles @ 7:25 PM :: 2088 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... median credit scores of residents in 16 Hawaii towns ....

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Gun Bills: Legislative Update
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 2071 Views :: Second Amendment

... many bad changes to Hawaii's gun laws ....

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Sue and Settle: 122,277 acres on Big Island to be 'critical habitat'
By Court House News @ 3:44 PM :: 1915 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment

... The perennial’s natural habitat happens to overlap with a military-owned training area ....

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Lawmakers broaden educator housing eligibility to all school employees
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1788 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... The committees approved $185 million in total to finance the teacher housing projects at or near three schools ....

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Sovereignty Activist Sentenced--17 Years in Prison for Wire Fraud Schemes and Aggravated Identity Theft
By News Release @ 5:41 AM :: 2952 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics

... stealing money intended to provide scholarships to underprivileged students at Kamehameha Schools ....

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Micronesian President: Chinese Bribery ‘Happens all the Time’
By Andrew Walden @ 10:33 PM :: 3136 Views :: Ethics, World News

... The Vice President was asked by Ambassador Huang if he could sit up front, with other Senators, and also to accept an envelope filled with money; Vice President Palik refused, telling the Ambassador to never offer him a bribe again ....

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Hawaii 2nd-Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:50 PM :: 2060 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... only New York is worse ....

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Hawaii Attorney general urges U.S. Congress support right-to-repair law
By Selected News Articles @ 5:24 PM :: 1790 Views :: Small Business

... Twenty-seven states’ attorneys general are asking Congress to pass Right-to-Repair legislation that they say will protect consumers, farmers and small businesses as inflation increases ....

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Study: 40% of Hawaii Roads Substandard
By Selected News Articles @ 5:24 AM :: 1666 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... bad roads cost Hawaii motorists $764 per year ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Hawaii February 2023 Unemployment 3.6%
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 1847 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii is exactly average ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Class of 2023 high school graduation ceremonies scheduled
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 2582 Views :: Education K-12

... there are currently no planned health and safety restrictions for this year's graduation ceremonies ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Ban on short-term rentals won't help Hawaii County produce more homes
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 2186 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Hawaii County already has some of the most restrictive housing regulations in the U.S. ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Three reasons why Hawaii's healthcare is in trouble
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 AM :: 2001 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... three reasons: the state general excise tax, Hawaii's occupational licensure laws and the state's medical certificate-of-need laws ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Update Hawaii licensing laws to attract more doctors
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:05 AM :: 1964 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... medical professionals have found Hawaii to be an increasingly uninviting place to practice ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Council on State Taxation: Looking Out for Business
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:01 AM :: 1868 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... the Committee on State Taxation focuses on the impact of state taxes on businesses across the country ....

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Sunday, March 26, 2023
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:59 PM :: 2113 Views :: Family, Life

... abortion and suicide ....

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Sunday, March 26, 2023
Maui: Sterile Mosquitoes to Reduce Avian Malaria
By News Release @ 3:11 PM :: 2003 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... The NPS will use an incompatible insect technique (IIT) which consists of repeatedly releasing incompatible male mosquitoes into the wild ....

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Sunday, March 26, 2023
Credit Madness
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1799 Views :: Tax Credits

... Tax Credits were proposed for, among other things, upgrading technology infrastructure; sequestering carbon; upgrading or conversion of cesspools; being a health care preceptor; manufacturing food; providing childcare to employees; being in a creative district; producing organic food; and just being in the state while everyone else is being hammered by a carbon tax ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
This Week’s Testimony from Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:44 PM :: 2030 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The Hawaii State Legislature is off and running again after a brief pause during which the House and Senate exchanged the bills they each had approved ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 25, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 11:20 PM :: 1778 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Bills introduced and votes cast in Congress ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
FSM: Top Micronesia Officials Guilty in Fake Ship Registry Scam
By News Release @ 6:17 PM :: 2282 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act

... Martin Jano Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering & Lukner Weilbacher Found Guilty of Conflict of Interest in Micronesia International Ship Registry Case ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
HTA by any other name is still HTA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:57 PM :: 1846 Views :: Tourism

... SB1522 would replace the HTA with a new “Office of Destination Management.” ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
HART Seeks 9th Board Member
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 2043 Views :: Rail

... the ninth voting member will be selected by the other eight voting members ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
Dela Cruz Manipulation? Senate Rejects Green's Pick for DBEDT
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 4169 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Green's pick for #2 at DBEDT is Dane Wicker, a current business partner and former chief of staff to Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz.  If Sadayasu is rejected, Wicker could advance to #1 ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
VIDEO -- See For Yourself: Rep Pierick at Ewa Int School
By Video @ 3:04 AM :: 3572 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Republican Party

... Here is what happens if you even slightly question the gay agenda for children ....

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Friday, March 24, 2023
The Number of People Killed by Police Officers in Hawaii in the Last 10 Years
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 2069 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Police

... In Hawaii, 48 police killings were reported from 2013 to 2022, or about 3.3 for every 100,000 residents, the 22nd fewest among states ....

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Friday, March 24, 2023
Another Bank of America Lawsuit Crashes and Burns
By Court House News @ 5:39 AM :: 2262 Views :: DHHL, Judiciary

“...egregiously long, unnecessarily complex, and confusing....”

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Friday, March 24, 2023
Lancet: Hawaii Lowest COVID Death Rate--Highest Economic Impact
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 1691 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Hawaii, Washington DC, and New York had the largest reduction in employment ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Samoa: Biden's Giant Sanctuary Proposal Behind Back of Pacific Territories
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 2000 Views :: Environment

... the administration made no effort to discuss this issue with the Pacific delegations or to notify us even at the recent IGIA forum that such a drastic change to our way of life was even being considered ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Army Corps of Engineers Seeks Comment on Honolulu Harbor Modifications
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 2124 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Jones Act

... two public scoping meetings, March 30 and 31 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Hawaii Tax Burden 14.1% of Income -- 3rd-Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 11:26 PM :: 1913 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii State & Local Tax Burden as a Share of State Income -- 14.1% -- 3rd highest in USA -- $8,410 per capita ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Rookie House Democrats Tout Bills
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 2058 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... 55 bills introduced by the House Majority Freshmen have passed third reading in the House and crossed over to the Senate ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Koko Head Archery Range reopening Friday, March 24
By News Release @ 10:41 PM :: 1934 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... Pistol and rifle ranges at the Koko Head Shooting Complex on-track for reopening in April 2023 ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Maui Physician Charged with Unlawful Distribution of Hydrocodone
By News Release @ 6:13 PM :: 1905 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Drugs

... in June 2022, an undercover agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) sought an appointment with Boulange, posing as a new patient seeking a prescription of opioids ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Green Signs Abortion Bill
By Court House News @ 3:35 AM :: 1844 Views :: Life

... The state bolstered its already robust abortion laws to better shield abortions seekers and providers from being targeting by states with more hostile abortion restrictions ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Green Signs First Bills into Law
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 2148 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Life

... SB36 amends state law to allow county prosecutors to initiate felony cases by complaints following preliminary hearings and prohibits multiple attempts to initiate a felony prosecution for an offense, except in certain circumstances ....

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