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Sunday, April 30, 2023
An amazing day at the Capitol
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:04 PM :: 2884 Views :: Development, Small Business, Taxes

... it finally became clear which big-ticket items were going to make it to the governor’s desk for signing — or hit the cutting room floor ....

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Sunday, April 30, 2023
Grassroot Institute Week in Review
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:40 PM :: 2377 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Taxes

... Grassroot Institute in the news ....

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Sunday, April 30, 2023
Property tax simplicity gains traction on Kauai
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:21 PM :: 2201 Views :: Kauai County, Taxes

... Making Hawaii’s county property tax systems more simple is the best way Hawaii’s counties can provide tax relief ....

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Sunday, April 30, 2023
Production Credit Hijinx
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2333 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

... After deferring the measure multiple times, WAM amended the bill to add two new provisions:  a section allowing tax credits for building a film studio, and a section making extensive amendments to the administration of the existing production credit.  This was done without the benefit of a public hearing ....

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Saturday, April 29, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted April 29, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 10:23 PM :: 2124 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Saturday, April 29, 2023
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 10:06 PM :: 2316 Views :: Family, Life

... MAY 4 – ADJOURNMENT SINE DIE ....

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Saturday, April 29, 2023
HB1375 deferred: HTA is just a can to kick into the next session
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 2180 Views :: Tourism

... I am confident that HTA can continue to operate with roughly $30 million of unspent American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds ....

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Friday, April 28, 2023
Chancellor Solemsaas leaving Hawaiʻi Community College
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 2474 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education

... Solemsaas’ last day on campus is scheduled for June 30, 2023 ....

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Friday, April 28, 2023
VIDEO: Rep Elijah Pierick Responds to Drag Queen Story Hour
By Video @ 2:59 AM :: 3060 Views :: Family, Homelessness

... set for Saturday at Aala Park ....

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Friday, April 28, 2023
EPA Inspector General Report on Red Hill Facility
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 AM :: 2292 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

"EPA Region 9 Must Continue Oversight Throughout the Decontamination and Closure of the Red Hill Facility"

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Thursday, April 27, 2023
‘Drag Mother and Daughter Duo’ to Star at Aala Park Drag Queen Story Hour for Homeless Children
By News Release @ 9:59 PM :: 3400 Views :: Family, Homelessness

... drag queens may experience difficulty when reaching out to vulnerable children in the projects ....

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Thursday, April 27, 2023
Feds Send $115.5 Million to Expand Broadband
By News Release @ 8:37 PM :: 2182 Views :: DHHL

... $101.7 million investment in the Hawaiʻi Subsea Middle Mile Program to address the subsea cable infrastructure needed to provide high-speed internet access to the islands ....

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Thursday, April 27, 2023
$18M to Keep Kona Hospital on Life Support
By News Release @ 8:21 PM :: 2352 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care

... toward upgrades to infrastructure to mitigate the risk of the hospital's closure ....

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Thursday, April 27, 2023
HSTA Contract Ratified--14.5% raise
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 4490 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Ninety-two percent of the nearly 7,000 valid ballots cast approved the contract ....

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Thursday, April 27, 2023
Trumpsters Fight Antivaxxers for Control of Maui GOP--Preview for Republican State Convention
By Andrew Walden @ 12:23 AM :: 3377 Views :: Maui County, Republican Party, COVID-19

... The fight over control of the Maui County Republican Party provides a preview for the Upcoming Hawaii GOP State Convention set for May 5-6, 2023, in BJ Penn’s hometown of Hilo ....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023
​2023 Hawaii legislative wrap-up: the highlights and the lowlights
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:11 PM :: 2100 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is hosting events across the state in May to discuss how key measures fared at the Legislature this year ....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Conference Committee Approves Budget Bill
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 2134 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... A final version of the State Budget Bill (HB300 CD1) was approved last night by Senate and House conferees ....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Tokuda Addresses Congress to Celebrate Transsexual Victory
By News Release @ 9:29 PM :: 2614 Views :: Family, Congressional Delegation

" ... I am so proud that a fellow Windward girl, hailing from the homesteads of Waimanalo, has earned the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar ...."

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Ethics: Charter School Commission Exec Funneled Money to his Pet Nonprofits
By News Release @ 4:46 AM :: 2994 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

... Thompson admitted he violated the Conflicts of Interests law on fifteen occasions. He further admitted that he violated the Financial Disclosure law by failing to disclose his positions on the boards ....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Cult? Republican Caucus Pushes Back Against Souza
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 2557 Views :: Republican Party

... Souza has tried time and time again to create division and discord within our caucus ever since she was not elected by our members as the minority leader ....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023
City Touts Fasi Building Energy Efficiency
By News Release @ 12:14 AM :: 2255 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... The Energy Star recognition comes after the City completed Phase 1 of its energy and water-saving Performance Contract at 10 municipal buildings, including the Fasi Building ....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Two public Maui events this week will honor National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 2211 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement

... A dramatic reading of “Seven” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the ProArts Playhouse in Kīhei ....

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023
DLNR Chair Jumps in After Police Face off With Mob ... of Waikoloa Cat Feeders
By Video @ 6:49 PM :: 4667 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Police

... DLNR police taking on organized crime ....

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Is the Jones Act Unconstitutional?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:28 AM :: 2080 Views :: Jones Act

... An argument that the wasteful law violates the Constitution's Port Preference Clause ....

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Red Hill closure reignites debate over Jones Act
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 AM :: 2273 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Jones Act, Military

... Moving the fuel from Red Hill using international ships would cost $36 million, but $66 million using Jones Act tankers, Case said to Mayorkas in a letter ....

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Monday, April 24, 2023
How Much Hawaii Taxes Its Residents Compared to Other States
By Selected News Articles @ 5:54 PM :: 2658 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... The overall tax burden in Hawaii, which is a measure of taxes paid as a share of annual income, was 9.2% of the state's income per capita of $60,947, second only to Vermont ....

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Monday, April 24, 2023
UHERO: Effect of Eliminating all Short-term vacation rentals?
By UHERO @ 5:30 PM :: 2834 Views :: Tourism, Cost of Living

... In Waikiki, Lahaina, and Kihei, 10,000s of hotel condo units were built as STRs in the 1980s and 1990s long before anybody ever heard of AirBnB and long before the recent housing inflation.  'Removing all STRs' would include stripping these units of their rights.  You are not supposed to notice this fatuous little trick, but now you have ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
Wanna know why homebuilders in Hawaii prefer to build mansions?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:22 PM :: 2887 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... homebuilders say multi-unit projects could be more profitable, but there are just too many rules, regulations and delays to make it worth the effort ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
Grassroot Institute Legislative Week in Review
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:00 PM :: 1968 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... testimony submitted during the past week includes ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
OffenderTrak: PSD Demands $1M to Reveal Inmate Data
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 2638 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... Following the reporter’s appeal to OIP, PSD provided a new estimate of $290 ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted April 22, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 12:00 PM :: 2090 Views :: Congressional Delegation

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

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:50 AM :: 2040 Views :: Life

... April 21, 2023 was the deadline for any proposed constitutional amendment’s final form ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
Are you ready to hear the real facts about OIP?
By News Release @ 6:26 AM :: 2531 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... people often make inaccurate assumptions about what OIP is and what it does ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
TANF Hoarding, Continued
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2229 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii was called out by the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica in 2022 for letting TANF money gather dust in some dark corner instead of putting it to use helping families and children ....

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Friday, April 21, 2023
Money Laundering: Feds Unmask Shell Companies Behind Hawaii Real Estate Purchases
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 3392 Views :: Development, Law Enforcement

... to identify the natural persons behind shell companies used in non-financed purchases of residential real estate ....

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Friday, April 21, 2023
OHA Check Register 2022--Insiders Rake in $1.2M for Kakaako Makai Lobbying
By Andrew Walden @ 11:29 PM :: 4444 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, OHA

... “Dead Bodies, Convicted Felons and Kakaako Makai: Meet the new Gang at OHA” ....

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Friday, April 21, 2023
Hawaii March Unemployment 3.5%
By News Release @ 6:56 PM :: 2292 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Jobs increased by 22,900 year-over-year ....

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
Hawaii Federal Court Dismisses Meth Dealer's Challenge to COVID Emergency Proclamations
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 3193 Views :: Kauai County, COVID-19

... The Plaintiffs—a non-profit corporation called “For Our Rights” and five residents of Kauaʻi—sought monetary damages, claiming that Gov. Ige violated their due process rights ....

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
Conference Committee: Fraud, fictitious claims, and campaign funds
By News Release @ 10:25 PM :: 2236 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... House and Senate conferees began negotiations today on judiciary measures relating to fraud, fictitious claims, and campaign funds ....

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
Governor’s ‘remarkable’ tax bills still mostly alive
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:33 PM :: 2168 Views :: Taxes

... Not all of Gov. Josh Green’s proposed tax cuts survived lawmakers’ scrutiny this session, but enough are still alive to be optimistic....

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
Proposed ‘green fee’ could end aloha as we know it
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:23 PM :: 2630 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... If Hawaii’s politicians aren’t careful, they might kill the goose that lays the golden egg .... 

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
How counties can provide property tax relief
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:59 AM :: 2262 Views :: Taxes

... a policy toolkit for county lawmakers seeking to offset spiking property assessments ....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Point-in-Time 2023: Homelessness Up Sharply in Hawaii, Kauai Counties
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 2989 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

... Hawai`i and Kaua`i counties realized 20 and 10 percent increases respectively in total homelessness driven largely by increases in unsheltered homelessness, while Maui declined five percent overall ....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Red Hill: Case Urges Waiver From Jones Act/Cargo Preference Requirements To Expedite Defueling
By Ed Case @ 5:16 PM :: 2635 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Jones Act, Military

... He says waivers are needed to assure full, dependable and cost-effective availability of the ten oceangoing fuel tankers called for under Defense Department’s proposed defueling plan ....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023
NOAA Comments Open: Designate 777,000 Square Mile Marine Sanctuary Near Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:12 PM :: 4194 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Small Business

... that’s an area larger than Alaska and Colorado put together ....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Kaneohe Marine Corps Project Funnels Millions to Sierra Club
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 AM :: 2640 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Greenmail, Military

... Marine Corps Base Hawaii have devoted “millions” to clearing out invasive mangrove species and partnered with environmental groups, such as the local Sierra Club chapter, to shovel out the aggressive plants ....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023
Joint Task Force – Red Hill Begins Dewatering
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 AM :: 2413 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Dewatering is expected to last through April 21 ....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Honolulu CrimeStoppers is Looking for OHA Embezzler Walter Rodenhurst--We Found Him on the Board of Hawaiian Civic Clubs
By Andrew Walden @ 5:49 PM :: 3755 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Rodenhurst was just elected as the 2nd Vice President of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs.  He can probably be arrested at the next Board meeting ....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023
How Much Home You Can Buy for $200K in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 AM :: 2665 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 300 square feet, smallest in USA ....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Sue and Settle: Feds Agree to Designate Critical Habitat for another 49 Hawaii Species
By Court House News @ 5:37 AM :: 2165 Views :: Environment, Land Use

... the Fish and Wildlife Service has until June 30, 2028 to officially designate habitats for 46 of the 49 species. The ‘Akē‘akē, or band-rumped storm petrel, the anchialine pool shrimp and Baker’s loulu palm tree have a separate deadline of June 30, 2027 ....

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