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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Suspending Hawaii’s Grants in Aid 
By Rachelle Chang @ 2:57 AM :: 4261 Views :: Ethics

...government may not be able to fund nonprofits that are not closely aligned to current government responsibilities....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Full circle about single-payer health insurance
By Rachelle Chang @ 11:23 PM :: 4716 Views :: Health Care

I never understood why there is so much support for a national, single-payer healthcare system – until I started working in a small medical office....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
A 1-2 punch of tax proposals
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:25 PM :: 7403 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Rail, Taxes

The State kept 10% of the surcharge collected or $25.92 million – which is more than the Department of Taxation’s entire Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget of $24 million....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Making property taxes less taxing
By Rachelle Chang @ 11:58 PM :: 4754 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

A few weeks ago, Hawaii homeowners received their 2017 property tax assessments. It was not a pleasant way to end the holidays or start the new year....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Homelessness—Family Matters
By Rachelle Chang @ 11:08 PM :: 5993 Views :: Family, Homelessness

In the film, a woman was pregnant, homeless, and already caring for other children. However, I can’t remember any mention of a father....

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
2016 Hawaii elections: proposed amendments, part 2
By Rachelle Chang @ 11:09 AM :: 4456 Views :: Honolulu County

This week, I’m plunging into the 20 proposed amendments in Honolulu County....

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Friday, October 7, 2016
2016 Hawaii elections: proposed amendments, part 1
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:21 AM :: 11318 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County

In addition to selecting the best candidates for elected office, Hawaii voters have many decisions to make that will have a big impact on County charters and our future....

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Taxes and tracking your odometer
By Rachelle Chang @ 9:27 PM :: 4545 Views :: Taxes

Recently, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) revealed that it is considering a mileage-based user fee....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Value of Neighborhood Boards
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:48 AM :: 4142 Views :: Honolulu County

...more people than ever want to be on the board – in 2015, 610 people volunteered to run for 437 seats....

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Thursday, June 2, 2016
Deconstructing the Kaka‘ako Makai Parks Master Plan
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:33 PM :: 4601 Views :: Honolulu County

...Earlier this month, HCDA released the Kaka‘ako Makai Parks Active Use Facilities Master, a draft Environmental Impact Statement....

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016
2016 Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. Government
By Rachelle Chang @ 10:17 AM :: 4215 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...bills in the 2016 Legislative Session that test the balance between government’s power and the power of the people....

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
2016 Hawaii Legislative Watch: Taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:09 PM :: 4121 Views :: Taxes

...tax proposals to watch for – the good, the bad, and the ugly....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Looking back at the 2015 Hawaii Legislature
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:38 PM :: 3993 Views :: Hawaii State Government

There were 243 Acts signed into law in 2015; four bills became law without the Governor’s signature. Here are the highlights....

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Reviewing Hawaii’s FY 2017 supplemental budget
By Rachelle Chang @ 6:16 PM :: 4817 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...a net increase of $297.6 million in FY 2017, an increase of 4.4%....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Gambling with our health in 2016
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:04 PM :: 5797 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...our monthly premium is going up over $200 – an increase of 34%. To be able to afford health insurance, we are downgrading our health care plan....

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Thursday, September 17, 2015
September 17 is Constitution Day
By Rachelle Chang @ 6:02 PM :: 4832 Views :: First Amendment
How well do you know the U.S. Constitution?
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Thursday, September 10, 2015
Where did our interisland ferry go?
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:53 PM :: 8344 Views :: Environment, Hawaii History, Jones Act

In the 1930s, residents and visitors could travel between Hawaii’s islands by boat....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
2015 Hawaii Legislative Watch: Taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:55 PM :: 4354 Views :: Taxes

1,515 bills were introduced in the House of Representatives and 1,379 bills were introduced in the Senate – over 400 more bills than were introduced in 2014....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
7 issues to analyze in the 2015 Hawaii legislature
By Rachelle Chang @ 6:32 PM :: 6051 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Going forward and looking back at the Honolulu City Council
By Rachelle Chang @ 11:11 PM :: 7041 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

...keeping the Oahu half-percent rail surcharge in place will only encourage lawmakers to increase the surcharge whenever there is a rail transit shortfall....

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Is it wasteful or watchful government spending?
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:03 PM :: 6312 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii Statistics

...the “2014 Congressional Pigbook,” published by the Citizens Against Government Waste identifies federal government “pork” spending in the millions of dollars in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Should OHA representatives be appointed?
By Rachelle Chang @ 7:20 PM :: 4226 Views :: OHA

"I didn’t vote for OHA trustees, because I didn’t know anything about them."

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Hawaii’s path to a constitutional republic
By Rachelle Chang @ 10:22 PM :: 4614 Views :: Hawaii History

...Statehood was an exciting time for many people in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Spotlight on 2014 Hawaii laws
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:42 AM :: 4464 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie called it “a year of progress.” Read through the new laws and decide for yourselves....

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Monday, July 7, 2014
Small steps to turn government workers into stakeholders
By Rachelle Chang @ 9:55 PM :: 4115 Views :: Labor
How can we make government workers and taxpayers feel like part of the same team?
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Saturday, June 14, 2014
2014 Hawaii elections: May campaign ads roundup
By Rachelle Chang @ 8:29 PM :: 4311 Views :: Politicians

...see which issues our Hawaii candidates chose to focus on....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. government
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:02 AM :: 5651 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...highlighting those bills that champion taxpayers and residents; and bills that affect our rights and freedoms....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: Education
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:58 AM :: 6443 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...highlighting education proposals, spending, and reforms....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: Taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:20 AM :: 4584 Views :: Taxes

Here are the tax highlights from the 2014 Legislative Session....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Celebrating sustainable fishing
By Rachelle Chang @ 5:39 PM :: 4519 Views :: Environment

It was sunny, humid, beautiful October morning, and volunteers greeted us with event programs at the entrance to Pier 38....

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Grading character in school
By Rachelle Chang @ 7:36 PM :: 4392 Views :: Education K-12

Today, Hawaii public elementary schools have a three-part report card that evaluates attendance, six general learner outcomes (GLOs), and academic proficiency, with a section for teacher comments. Only one of the GLOs is based on character....

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Thursday, September 5, 2013
3 Things to know about Hawaii’s schools
By Rachelle Chang @ 9:13 PM :: 4862 Views :: Education K-12

It’s been one month since my son started second grade at a public school....

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Political libraries vs. living memorials
By Rachelle Chang @ 1:30 AM :: 4160 Views :: Higher Education

Instead of a dedicated library, welcoming mainly graduate students and professors, here are some other ways to honor our public leaders....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Simplified property taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 9:40 PM :: 4885 Views :: Taxes
With ten new property tax proposals under consideration in Honolulu, it’s a good time to think about what makes for fair and reasonable property taxes....
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tax Watch: Honolulu Property Taxes
By Rachelle Chang @ 10:12 PM :: 6453 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

On July 10, 2013, Mayor Kirk Caldwell proposed ten property tax bills. All ten bills passed the first reading at the Honolulu City Council....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Hawaii’s GE tax mark-up
By Rachelle Chang @ 7:58 PM :: 5223 Views :: Taxes
Hawaii GET - Everything Marked Up!.
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Saturday, April 6, 2013
Book Review: A Hawaii Middle School Counselor’s Diary of a Working Day
By Rachelle Chang @ 11:09 AM :: 5120 Views :: Education K-12
Hawaiian Sunrise to Sunset...
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Saturday, March 9, 2013
Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. Government
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:41 PM :: 9103 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment, Small Business

...10 issues, large and small, in which government is intruding more into our lives and our businesses....

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Friday, February 8, 2013
Keeping involved with Hawaii law-making
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:56 PM :: 6091 Views :: Hawaii State Government

To get ready for the proposed legislation that is coming our way, here are some helpful tips to get involved in the Hawaii legislative process....

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