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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Guess Which Agency Can Impose State Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 7162 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This law, which we have discussed before, recently has been used to create a “school impact district” that goes from Kalihi to Ala Moana.... 

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Stop Digging Deeper Pension Debt
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:50 PM :: 4524 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...state policymakers are willing to commit to payments on the unfunded liabilities, but haven’t done much to curb the excessive spending practices that have led us to this point....

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
HSTA Rent Tax: 14 Groups Support Counties Appeal to Supreme Court
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:36 PM :: 4740 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...The Tax Foundation of Hawaii, a nonprofit taxpayer watchdog organization, together with 14 other organizations, businesses, and individuals, submitted a court filing supporting the Counties’ request that the Hawaii Supreme Court void the ballot measure for school funds....

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Hirono Fundraising Email Sent During Blasey-Ford Testimony
By Selected News Articles @ 5:49 PM :: 4295 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

...Hirono is “particularly vulnerable to right-wing attacks” because of her focus on the Kavanaugh allegations, the email said....

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Years Later KOLEA System Still not 100% Compliant with Obamacare Requirements
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:30 PM :: 5218 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Follow-Up on Recommendations from Report No. 15-20, Audit of the Department of Human Services’ KOLEA System....

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Financial Literacy: Hawaii Ranks 44th
By Selected News Articles @ 5:07 PM :: 4080 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...24 key metrics that represent financial savvy — or lack thereof....

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Friday, September 28, 2018
Audit of State DoD Accounts
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 11:44 PM :: 4694 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...Our review of six trust funds and four trust accounts of the Department of Defense (DOD) found one trust fund did not meet criteria and should be closed....

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Friday, September 28, 2018
Hawaii Construction Forecast: After Pullback, Construction Prospects Firm
By UHERO @ 11:33 PM :: 6332 Views :: Development, Economy, Labor

...Following two years of decline, the pace of building in Hawaii has stabilized. The value of construction permits is posting healthy gains across all sub-sectors this year....

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Friday, September 28, 2018
DBEDT Report: Top 20 Occupations in Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:19 AM :: 5701 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Retail Sales Workers topped the list at 42,445 workers in 2016, which accounted for 5.9 percent of Hawaii’s civilian workforce; followed by Food and Beverage Serving Workers at 40,775, 5.7 percent ... Construction Trade Workers ranked third place 34,137, 4.8 percent....

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Friday, September 28, 2018
New international maritime cabotage study released
By Michael Hansen @ 3:03 AM :: 3823 Views :: Jones Act

...The report, “Cabotage Laws of the World,” is the outcome of a an international survey of national maritime cabotage regimes....

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Friday, September 28, 2018
Janus: Hawaii union law potentially unconstitutional
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:20 AM :: 6626 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...Two prominent attorneys agree Act 007 may violate Supreme Court Janus decision....

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
UH System Enrollment Down 1.2%
By News Release @ 6:25 PM :: 4235 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...It is the smallest overall decrease in the six years following the great recession....

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Business Tax Climate--Hawaii Ranks 38th
By Tax Foundation @ 4:58 PM :: 4838 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii 4th-worst 'Individual Income Tax'....

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Hawaii Finance Commissioner Calls for Congress to Allow Marijuana Banking
By News Release @ 4:18 PM :: 3678 Views :: Drugs

...the well-documented conflict between federal and state law has created barriers for financial institutions desiring to serve businesses involved in state-licensed cannabis activities....

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Usual Suspects File Briefs Supporting Hawaii Open Carry Ban
By Selected News Articles @ 4:13 PM :: 3805 Views :: Second Amendment

...On Monday, gun-grabber special interests filed “friend of the court” briefs and declarations to argue against the right to bear arms in the case of Young v. Hawaii, challenging the state’s effective ban on open carry by the whole people....

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Hawaii Visitor Spending Increased 1.4 Percent to $1.41 Billion in August
By News Release @ 4:02 PM :: 3362 Views :: Tourism

“The 1.4 percent increase in visitor spending for August was the lowest of any month since May 2016. Additionally, the $1.41 billion in total visitor spending was the lowest of any month so far this year."

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Kauai We Have a Problem
By Video @ 3:56 PM :: 5020 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism

...overtourism....

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Engineers: Sea Life Park Falling Apart- A Disaster Waiting To Happen
By News Release @ 4:39 PM :: 4509 Views :: Tourism

...“when the wind was blowing, the building was moving, if this building collapses during a show, the dolphins, and possibly hundreds of people will be injured or possibly killed.”...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Former UH Manoa Anti-Trump Protester-- "Why I Left the Left"
By Video @ 12:54 PM :: 6907 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

...Former left-wing activist, explains why she left the 'left-wing' crowd she previously identified herself with and what were the main differences she learned about herself through the journey....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
DoH Report on Underage Transsexuals Makes no Mention of the Child Molesters who Victimize Them
By Andrew Walden @ 9:47 PM :: 7057 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...The term “hate crime” comes up six times in the report but the phrase “child molestation” never appears....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
DoH Receives $8M Federal Grant to Fight Opioid Abuse
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 5693 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement, Drugs

...Americans initiating heroin use dropped by around half from 2016 to 2017. The number of Americans misusing opioids also dropped for the second year in a row, and the number receiving specialty treatment for heroin use increased....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Trump official accused of violating Hatch Act for speech at Hawaii GOP fundraiser
By Selected News Articles @ 7:47 PM :: 5033 Views :: Ethics, Republican Party

...The CLC sent a letter to Hatch Act Unit Chief Ana Galindo-Marrone asking her office to look at whether Benton's attendance as a speaker at a Hawaii Republican Party fundraiser on Friday was illegal....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Hirono Rhetoric Backfires--"Republican Party Favorability Highest in Seven Years"
By Selected News Articles @ 7:22 PM :: 6601 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Judiciary, Republican Party

...Please keep putting this Senator Hir-Oh-NO-she-didn't-just-say-that-yes-she-did on TV every single day from now until the midterms....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Hirono Uses Kavanaugh Accusation to Fundraise for Group Founded to 'MoveOn' from Monica Lewinsky Claims
By Selected News Articles @ 4:31 PM :: 3576 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...sometimes you just have to laugh....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Hawaii Cauliflower coral could be listed as endangered
By News Release @ 2:53 PM :: 3009 Views :: Environment

...coral bleaching hysteria can bring federal law down on you....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Financial State of the States--Hawaii 45th--$31,600 Debt per Person
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 5104 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...the state continues to hide $4.2 billion of its retiree health care debt....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
'Education Tax' -- $21K per House
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:52 PM :: 5349 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...A proposed state “surcharge” on “investment real property” to fund public education could result in county property taxes statewide going up by an average of $21,005....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Property tax credit for homeowners with income under $60K
By News Release @ 4:26 AM :: 5425 Views :: Tax Credits

...Qualified homeowners still have time to apply for a real property tax credit offered by the City and County of Honolulu....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
BWS to Subsidize Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 6887 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

...The Board of Water Supply will have the ability to waive the water systems facilities charges and new meter cost for qualified on-site affordable and homeless dwelling units, up to 500 dwelling units per year....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Climate Action Plan: Preconceived Outcome Set for Public Meetings
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 6848 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment, Land Use

...During the meetings participants will engage in a “game” that sparks discussion about the best way to transition O‘ahu to a clean energy future and meet stated goals under the Paris climate agreement....

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Monday, September 24, 2018
Report Ties Hawaii Youth Suicide Rate to HSTA Grab for HGEA Positions
By Andrew Walden @ 7:01 PM :: 151807 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Health Care, Labor

"...Behavioral Specialists described an alarming frequency of significantly dangerous behaviors exhibited by a number of students, including suicide attempts that were nearly fatal...." 

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Monday, September 24, 2018
Senator Hirono Didn’t Always Tell Men to ‘Shut Up’ and Believe Accusers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 PM :: 8303 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History, Judiciary

...Senator Mazie Hirono today poses as a brave feminist cultural warrior, but when it really counted in her own backyard in Hawaii, she was AWOL....

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Monday, September 24, 2018
No way new tax won’t cost us
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:57 PM :: 4638 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...advocates of the so-called education tax have been strangely quiet about how much it will be....

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Monday, September 24, 2018
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted September 23, 2018
By Selected News Articles @ 12:03 PM :: 3418 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...Weekly Update from GovTrack.us September 23, 2018....

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Sunday, September 23, 2018
Video: Hirono Left Twisting in Wind as Blasey-Ford 'Witnesses' Refuse to Back Story
By Video @ 3:16 PM :: 5647 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Judiciary

...Hirono: Kavanaugh Doesn’t Get Presumption of Innocence Because of His ‘Ideological Agenda’....

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Sunday, September 23, 2018
Say It’s a Tax!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 5325 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Taxes

...the ballot question doesn’t say anything at all about tax.  Does that make the ballot question misleading or deceptive?....  

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Saturday, September 22, 2018
Republican Unity: Kerns Storms Away Cursing
By News Release @ 6:29 PM :: 6495 Views :: Republican Party

...Hawaii Republicans launched their ticket's general election campaign Friday during a dinner also attended by gubernatorial running mates Andria Tupola and Marissa Kerns....

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Saturday, September 22, 2018
Rail in Default? Feds Give HART 60-Day Warning
By Andrew Walden @ 2:52 AM :: 6019 Views :: Rail

"...in the event of default, the Government may demand all Federal funds provided to the Grantee for the Project be returned...."

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Saturday, September 22, 2018
Strive HI -- How Did Your School Do?
By News Release @ 12:05 AM :: 4326 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

...click any school to see test results....

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Friday, September 21, 2018
Can Aloha Poke Be Trademarked?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:37 PM :: 6224 Views :: OHA, Small Business

...Although there has been extensive discussion regarding whether Aloha Poke Co.’s actions are morally justified, there has been little, if any, serious analysis as to whether its position is legally valid....

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Friday, September 21, 2018
Bullying App to Bring Students into DoE Faculty-Administration Retaliation System?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 PM :: 4123 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...New app will allow Hawaii students to anonymously report bullying....

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Friday, September 21, 2018
UHERO: Hawaii's Growth Down, But Not Out
By UHERO @ 2:49 PM :: 3915 Views :: Economy

...Global tourism continues to power forward, and there remains a healthy pipeline of construction work. And even with the recent labor market weakness, Hawaii continues to enjoy its lowest unemployment in many years....

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Friday, September 21, 2018
Hawaii district court strikes down law targeting pro-life pregnancy centers
By News Release @ 2:12 PM :: 5611 Views :: First Amendment, Life

...A federal district court struck down a Hawaii law forcing pregnancy centers and pro-life doctors to advertise for the abortion industry Thursday, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision affirming free speech in NIFLA v. Becerra....

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Friday, September 21, 2018
Hirono Took Money From Democrat Who Admitted to Hitting Wife
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 PM :: 4934 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

...Hirono's Democratic colleague in the Senate, Tom Carper (Del.), who has admitted to punching his wife hard enough to give her a black eye, appears to be getting a pass from Hirono....

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Thursday, September 20, 2018
Democrat Lawyers Tag Tulsi Gabbard 'CWILF'
By Selected News Articles @ 6:11 PM :: 6008 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Tulsi Gabbard

...One calls Tulsi Gabbard ‘the hottest member of Congress on either side of the aisle.’ And it’s part of a series of pages from four companies traced to one Democratic law firm....

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Thursday, September 20, 2018
Hawaii Student Debt Averages $25,125
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 4294 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...according to a report released today by The Institute for College Access & Success....

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Thursday, September 20, 2018
Hirono: FBI Should Investigate Witness Tampering Against Alleged Kavanaugh Accuser
By Selected News Articles @ 12:44 PM :: 4737 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Judiciary

...Hirono claimed Wednesday that the death threats that have allegedly been made against Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford are “witness tampering”....

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Thursday, September 20, 2018
Auditor: RCUH Goes 11 for 11
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:07 PM :: 4455 Views :: Ethics, Higher Education

...We found that RCUH has implemented all eleven recommendations....

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Thursday, September 20, 2018
UH Manoa Socialists Threaten to Throw Poop
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 12:45 AM :: 13260 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education, Republican Party

...attended by about 200 people. The Republican Party promoted the event as a chance to hear diverse ideas “at a time of increased campus censorship by snowflakes with their safe spaces.”....

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Expected: Hawaii Files For Ninth Circuit En Banc Ruling On Right To Bear Arms  
By Selected News Articles @ 6:58 PM :: 4109 Views :: Second Amendment

...an en banc hearing of the Ninth involves 11 judges chosen at random, out of the 23 or 24 judges (depending on confirmation hearings) on the Ninth Circuit....

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