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Thursday, March 19, 2020
Democracy Still Matters in Time of Pandemic
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 3416 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Ige, by Supplemental Emergency Proclamation dated March 16, 2020, waived many laws pertaining to transparency and accountability, specifically Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 92 dealing with open meetings, and Chapter 91 dealing with rulemaking....

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Thursday, March 19, 2020
Hawaii Residents 10th Most Dependent on Federal Government
By Wallet Hub @ 12:02 AM :: 2513 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...but the State government is the least dependent....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020
COVID Circulating at Capitol? Nishihara Tests Positive
By Rep Gene Ward @ 9:28 PM :: 3917 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...On March 4, 2020 a Capitol employee was suspected of having been exposed to the virus, and the Public Access was subsequently shuttered....

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Monday, March 16, 2020
Legislative Session Suspended due to Corona Virus
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 2959 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...suspension of the legislative session indefinitely, starting on Tuesday, March 17....

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Monday, March 16, 2020
COVID-19: Council, DHHL, Legislators Cut Public Access
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 5194 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Sunshine doesn't cure Corona Virus -- but Corona Virus cures Sunshine....

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Monday, March 9, 2020
Speaker Names Corona Virus Economic Working Group
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 3534 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...House Speaker Scott K. Saiki today announced the appointment of individuals to serve on the Select House Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness adopted through House Resolution 54....

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Friday, March 6, 2020
UHERO: Making a High-Quality State Revenue/Tax System
By UHERO @ 7:47 PM :: 2694 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Hawaii citizens can count on seeing a slew of bills introduced to raise taxes on somebody....

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
Senate passes bill to establish a carbon tax on fossil fuels
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 4359 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...Carbon Tax to become $15B Slush Fund for Developers....

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
Senate passes housing and education bills from joint legislative package
By News Release @ 5:30 PM :: 2686 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

...Senate Bill 3104, Senate Draft 2, relating to Land Development...and...Senate Bill 3103, Senate Draft 2, relating to a School Facilities Agency....

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
Legislature launches YouTube live streams of hearings and floor sessions
By News Release @ 5:25 PM :: 2803 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...hearing and floor session videos have been and continue to be archived, unedited....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Cocaine: Another Tsuneyoshi Running for Honolulu Council
By Andrew Walden @ 3:24 PM :: 9063 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Drugs

...Convicted cocaine dealer and MMA fight promoter Chad Tsuneyoshi may not be satisfied with just having his wife on the Honolulu Council....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
House Passes Economic package, budget, mental health bills
By News Release @ 12:26 AM :: 2191 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...A total of 355 bills have been sent from the House to the Senate for their consideration....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
HR 54 Corona Virus: House Select Committee Formed
By News Release @ 12:12 AM :: 5095 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...During the recession of 2008, the state government was forced to reduce the school week to four days, cut millions of dollars from social programs, and reduce public employee salaries by 5 percent....

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Senate: Bills up for third reading in crossover session
By News Release @ 1:46 AM :: 2190 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...A group of bills will be up for third reading in tomorrow’s crossover session in the Hawai‘i State Senate tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, starting at 9:30 a.m....

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Monday, March 2, 2020
Hawaii Republican Legislative Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 9:11 AM :: 3220 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Thursday March 5th is the 2020 Legislative session first crossover....

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Sunday, March 1, 2020
House Sends More Than 150 Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 2:24 AM :: 2452 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...See all 2019 and 2020 House bills that have crossed over to the Senate this session....

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Friday, February 28, 2020
Where's the cushion?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:06 PM :: 3880 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Emergency preparedness in Hawaii....

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Thursday, February 27, 2020
Supplements to $4.9B CIP Budget Pass House Finance
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 3052 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Projects total $4.9 billion for fiscal years 2020 and 2021....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
'Coronavirus recession' could put Hawaii in $3.8 billion hole by 2025
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:05 PM :: 3919 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Reckless state spending is exhausting our emergency reserves....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Before the Crash: Dillingham Aviator's Last Letter to Airports Division
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 7408 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...Experienced aviators Rick Rogers and Bill Enoka have been identified as the two killed at Dillingham Airfield Saturday, February 22, 2020, when their Cessna crashed on takeoff.  Captain Rogers forwarded this letter to media outlets Wednesday, February 19, 2020.... 

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
100% Fail: Legislators Propose 63 Special Funds, None Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:24 AM :: 4485 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...We reviewed 99 House and Senate bills proposing 63 special and revolving funds during the 2020 legislative session. None satisfied the criteria....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Felony Pension Forfeiture Moves to 3rd Reading in House (again)
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 3814 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... will Sen Taniguchi block this bill as he did last session? ....

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
House Approves Budget--Without $65M for Mauna Kea Protests
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 5004 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, OHA

...House cuts funding for TMT enforcement from state budget—Ige Wanted $65M to Not Enforce Law on Mauna Kea....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Tailspin! How to defuse Hawaii's $88 billion debt bomb
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:23 PM :: 2958 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state is staring at a looming major debt crisis, projected at the moment to total $88 billion over the next 30 years....

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Video: Why we need an airport corporation, in 61 Seconds
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:51 PM :: 3061 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Will 2020 be the year of an Hawaii Airport Corporation?....

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020
No State Gets Less Federal Aid Than Hawaii
By Tax Foundation @ 8:13 PM :: 3342 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Federal aid is allocated to states for a variety of purposes, primarily to supplement state funding for programs or projects deemed to be of national interest, such as Medicaid payments, education funding assistance, infrastructure assistance, and more....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
HB1153: Remote Testimony for Legislature?
By News Release @ 10:31 PM :: 2873 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...establishing a remote legislative access program that would allow individuals to present oral testimony at legislative committee hearings....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
HDoT Sends Eviction Notices to Dillingham Airfield Tenants
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 3955 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military, Small Business

...Dillingham Airfield Can be Better off Without Airports Division....

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Monday, February 10, 2020
Senate Confirms DHHL Nominees, Sends 9 Bills to House
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 3134 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government

...The Hawaii State Senate today confirmed William J. Aila to be Chair of the Hawaiian Homes Commission, Department of Hawaiian Homelands and Tyler I. Gomes to be Deputy....

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Monday, February 10, 2020
Legislative Session Week Three in Review
By Brett Kulbis @ 3:24 PM :: 3122 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...from the Honolulu Republican Party....

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Saturday, February 8, 2020
Wacky Season at Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:43 PM :: 3400 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...nanny-state proposals, unconstitutional overreach bills and social engineering schemes....

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Friday, February 7, 2020
Caught in Lie, Airports Division Admits it is Trying to Dump Dillingham Airfield
By News Release @ 1:26 AM :: 4430 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...the U.S. Army got unexpected news from the DOT on Jan. 23....

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Video: Solving Hawaii's Fiscal Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:31 AM :: 2967 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

...how Hawaii can avoid its looming major debt crisis, projected at the moment to total $88 billion the next 30 years....

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Monday, February 3, 2020
Week 2 at the Legislature
By Brett Kulbis @ 3:06 AM :: 3245 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... from the Honolulu Republican Party ....

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Sunday, February 2, 2020
Why Do Lawmakers Want More Special Funds?
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:43 PM :: 2962 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...there is a plethora of requests for “special funds” in the 2020 Legislature....

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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Charting a New Fiscal Course for Hawaii: Fiscal Architecture Approach
By UHERO @ 1:49 AM :: 3993 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...a case for the Hawaii community to focus on “the future fiscal capacity of Hawaii state and local governments.”....

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Monday, January 27, 2020
This Week's Legislative Hearings
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 2963 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... List of present and future hearings ....

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Sunday, January 26, 2020
Auditor: CIP Management Gets Even Worse
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:48 AM :: 4491 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government

...The State’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget for FY2019 was $2.02 billion....

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Friday, January 24, 2020
State of the State: Right diagnosis, wrong prescription
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:56 PM :: 3325 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...What ails Hawaii is too much government and too much spending. The last thing we need is more of the same....

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Friday, January 24, 2020
Week One: 4,161 Bills and Resolutions Introduced in Legislature
By Brett Kulbis @ 3:50 PM :: 3293 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...4,161 bills and resolutions (including carry-overs from 2019) have been recorded as of January 20, 2020....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Senate Updates Sexual Harassment Policy
By News Release @ 8:44 PM :: 3024 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...the Hawaii State Senate’s new Anti-Harassment Policy....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Full Text: State of the State Address
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 2911 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...the elephant in the room—the cost of living—got a little larger and harder to deal with each year....

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Sunday, January 19, 2020
Auditor: DBEDT Hides $6.5M from Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:53 PM :: 3262 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...DBEDT had non-general funds with balances totaling $5.75 million and administratively created non-general funds with balances totaling more than $750,000 that were not reported to the 2019 Legislature as required by HRS....

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Sunday, January 19, 2020
DoTax: State Tax Collections up $380M
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 3010 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...In FY 2019, total State tax collections were $8.28 billion, a 4.8% increase from FY 2018 which were $7.9 billion....

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Friday, January 17, 2020
Ige's philosophy: Spend, spend, spend
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:12 PM :: 3069 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

...Ige plans to “boost” the construction industry by increasing the number of public works projects....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Ige, Legislators Announce "Joint Economic Package"
By News Release @ 8:04 PM :: 5714 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

"...legislative package of bills to reduce income inequality...."

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Sunday, January 12, 2020
Common Cause Announces Legislative Agenda for 2020
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 3095 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Common Cause Hawaii will be holding a meeting about the 2020 Hawaii State Legislative Session on Saturday, January 25....

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Friday, January 10, 2020
State spending cap is useless
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:19 PM :: 2486 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...When you’ve dug an $88 billion hole, you need to stop digging....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Governor's budget exceeds spending cap — again
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:34 PM :: 3186 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges the Legislature to rein in spending and taxes....

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Lawsuit: Hawaii AG David Louie Conspired with Money-Grubbing Trial Lawyers to Gin up $8B Case 
By Andrew Walden @ 6:06 PM :: 4577 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... The lawsuit could have far broader implications for the AG’s office given the large number of national cases the Hawaii AG’s office involves itself in.  How many of those cases are driven by the profit interest of private law firms? ....

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