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Friday, January 10, 2020
State spending cap is useless
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:19 PM :: 2497 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 :: 3195 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 :: 4589 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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Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Issues for 2020: Out with the Old and In with the New?
By Video @ 3:07 AM :: 2384 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Will we see the same issues arise in 2020 or will there be new ones?....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Legislature Accepting Grant-in-Aid Applications
By News Release @ 1:30 AM :: 2576 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The deadline to submit grant applications is 4:30 p.m. January 17, 2020....

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Friday, December 27, 2019
Will 2020 be the year of an Hawaii Airport Corporation?
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:43 PM :: 4699 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...After failing in the Legislature four times, maybe the fifth time will be the charm....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Feds: State Historic Preservation Division now only Medium Risk
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 5548 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, OHA

...NPS, which administers federal funds to SHPD, designated SHPD a high-risk recipient in 2009....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Kalapama Container Terminal Enters Phase 2
By News Release @ 10:17 AM :: 4343 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

...The project is the largest capital improvement project in Hawaii harbors history....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
State Supreme Court to Hear Gut n Replace Appeal
By Tom Yamachika @ 11:12 PM :: 3381 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The Supreme Court of Hawaii will take over the Common Cause / League of Women Voters' gut-n-replace appeal. The transfer order was filed today....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Grassroot: Ige’s fiscal 2021 budget ‘unsustainable’ 
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:45 PM :: 2493 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige’s proposed $15 billion budget for fiscal 2021 is headed toward a fiscal cliff because it would draw on the state’s financial reserves, leaving the state unprepared to deal with a recession....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Ige Unveils Supplemental Budget--Massive Spending Hike
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 3685 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...tax hikes coming....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
​'Gut and replace' has got to go
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:23 PM :: 4052 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...the name game is at the heart of the Legislature’s practice of “gut and replace"....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
Legislature's "Gut-And-Replace" Procedure Violates Hawaii Constitution Three Readings Requirement
By Robert Thomas @ 3:55 AM :: 3444 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Here's the motion we filed today....

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Hawaii Credit Rating Upgraded to Highest Level Ever
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 3866 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Fitch Ratings upgraded the state’s general obligation bond rating from AA to AA+ ....

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Thursday, December 5, 2019
Hawaii Owed $17M due to COFA Undercount?
By News Release @ 10:14 AM :: 3173 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government

...Census error in Hawaii to result in $12M compact funding loss for Guam....

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Thursday, December 5, 2019
Ige Appoints Craig Hirai Director of Budget and Finance
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 2569 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Hirai has served as executive director of the Hawai‘i Housing Finance & Development Corporation (HHFDC), State of Hawai‘i since 2013....

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Sunday, December 1, 2019
TANF: $281M Federal Money We Haven’t Spent
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2768 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...our state is underutilizing this money on a consistent, year-to-year basis....

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Friday, November 29, 2019
Barbers Point Air Museum: A Tale of an Eviction
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 5573 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Military

...“Where are they going to dispose of the planes, at Waimanalo Gulch?”....

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Saturday, November 23, 2019
Board of Taxation Review Seeks Volunteers
By News Release @ 12:26 AM :: 3270 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes
...There are currently three vacancies on the O‘ahu board, five vacancies on the Kaua‘i board, and one each on Maui and Hawai‘i Island....
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Friday, November 22, 2019
Auditor: AG Special Funds 'Do not meet Criteria'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:32 PM :: 3502 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...We also noted that AG did not file statutorily required reports for non-general funds and for administratively created funds....   

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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Financial Transparency: Hawaii Ranks 20th
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 3876 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii ranks 20th with an overall score of 84/100....

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Sunday, November 17, 2019
Invasive Species Inspection Fee for Air-flown Commodities
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 4592 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the fee is collected only on shipments by water....

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
‘Driving Report' Tax Hike Propaganda from HDoT Coming to Your Mailbox
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 3543 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... HDoT's fake ‘report’ will make it seem that you will save money with a road usage charge.  Will you believe them? ....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
No Sea Level Rise Here: Moody's Upgrades HDoT Highways Bond Rating
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 2683 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The rating upgrade was announced prior to the Highways Division’s upcoming 2019 revenue bond sale, scheduled for November 13th-14th....

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Hawaii Sitting on $281M Unspent Federal Welfare Block Grant
By Selected News Articles @ 8:28 PM :: 4298 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...Idea: Use the money to FORCE the homeless into shelter with drug treatment and mental health care....

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Friday, November 8, 2019
Are Auditor's Recommendations Implemented?
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:02 PM :: 3499 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...This report covers recommendations made in reports issued from 2014-2017....

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Kauai: Welfare Checks Going 100% Electronic
By News Release @ 6:57 AM :: 3642 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii State Government

...On Tuesday, Oct. 29, WIC will launch on Kaua‘i eWIC, an electronic benefits transfer card, which is used like a debit card and replaces paper checks....

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Thursday, October 24, 2019
Kahuku and Waimanalo Protests show why Hawaii Needs Municipal Government
By Andrew Walden @ 6:03 PM :: 6210 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

...Hawai'i is the ONLY state without any municipal governments below the county level....

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Monday, October 21, 2019
Hawaii Legislature Hiring for 2020 Session
By News Release @ 5:58 AM :: 2883 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Employment Opportunities with the Hawaii State House and Senate....

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Sunday, October 20, 2019
Business Fees Go Down! – Huh?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3678 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...In the news recently was a story about business and licensing fees actually going down....

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
Ige Approval Rate Drops to 36%
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 4545 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Politicians

...Ige's approval rate ranks 48th among US governors....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
COFA: Hawaii Wants Feds to Pay for Welfare
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 3391 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...In 1996, under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (Welfare Reform Act), COFA migrants living and working legally in the United States under the Compacts were deemed ineligible for most federal public benefits. Hawaii, as a U.S. port of entry in the Pacific, has directly borne the cost of public services related to migration under the Compacts....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Ige Names Three to BLNR
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 4067 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...Vernon Char, Wesley “Kaiwi” Yoon, Christopher Yuen....

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Friday, October 11, 2019
Brig. Gen Hara Appointed Adjutant General
By News Release @ 8:22 PM :: 3449 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...Ige has appointed Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara to be the Adjutant General for the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Defense effective Dec. 6, 2019. He replaces Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan who will be retiring....

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Friday, October 11, 2019
How to Avoid ‘Troubled Waters’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:30 PM :: 3741 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...a task force of eminent Hawaii business and other community leaders has just issued a warning that Hawaii’s current rate of government spending is not sustainable....

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Thursday, October 10, 2019
$88B Debt: Hawaii CHANGE Initiative highlights state's future financial obligations
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:06 PM :: 4072 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

...Troubled Waters: Charting a New Fiscal Course for Hawaii....

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Monday, October 7, 2019
Ige Heralded for 'Worst Policy Proposals' of 2019
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 3795 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The latest entry of the State of the States publication breaks down each governor’s “state of the state” address and identifies strong and weak policy prescriptions within....

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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Small Business Regulatory Review Board Launches New Website
By News Release @ 9:04 PM :: 3558 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...user-friendly tool to assist Hawai‘i’s business community, rule-drafting agencies, business chambers and trade organizations in providing current information on the status of state and county new and proposed HARs....

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Hawaii’s One-Stop Solution for Professional Licensees Wins State Government Project Experience Award
By News Release @ 9:12 PM :: 4571 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...“A recent enhancement that allowed new applications to be submitted online has cut Guard Employee (GDE) processing time from 15 days to two!”....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Debt: Hawaii Owes $31,200 Per Taxpayer
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 4603 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii is tied with Massachussets for 4th-highest debt per taxpayer....

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Hawaii retiree health care severely underfunded
By News Release @ 4:37 AM :: 4049 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hawaii's OPEB plans are only 12.7 percent funded. Hawaii, like many others, treats OPEB on a pay-as-you-go basis, whereby benefits are paid when retirees receive the health care. This leaves future taxpayers stuck paying for OPEB benefits earned by current employees....

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019
DoTax Deploys Final Phase of Tech Upgrade
By News Release @ 4:12 AM :: 3250 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...With this final installment, the department will add cigarette/tobacco, fuel and liquor taxes to the new system, completing the configurations needed to administer all Hawaiʻi taxes....

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Thursday, August 29, 2019
Workshops: How to Participate in Legislative Process
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 3904 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...The workshop/presentation "Your Voice!" is about an hour in length and covers the Legislature and how to effectively participate in the legislative process....

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Saturday, August 24, 2019
DoT Among Most Inefficient: Hawaii Highways Rank 47th
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 3962 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Study Ranks Every State’s Highway System, Finds Road Conditions Worsening In Important Categories....

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019
BLNR Nominees Sought
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 5807 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...Ige is recruiting qualified and dedicated people who are interested in serving on the State Board of Land and Natural Resources....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Ige names Rona Suzuki interim director of DOTAX
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 3231 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Current director Linda Chu Takayama to take chief of staff position in Ige Administration August 1....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
$350M Stadium Bill: "Abusive Gut and Replace" Scheme being Challenged in Court
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 5762 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

"...the Legislature should have fully and seriously considered HB 1586 and allowed the public to weigh in on the measure, given the major financial effects on the State, instead of using the ‘gut and replace’ practice currently being challenged in court....”

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Sunday, July 28, 2019
A Veil of Secrecy Around Revenue Estimates
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3689 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...attempt by a government agency to shroud its operations in the shadows....

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Sunday, July 21, 2019
The Special Land and Development Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3834 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...Stop shooting the messenger and concentrate on cleaning house!....

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Thursday, July 18, 2019
Hawaii Pension Funds Only 55% Funded
By Tax Foundation @ 4:50 PM :: 5045 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...How Well-Funded are Pension Plans in Your State?....

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