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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Hawaii House and Senate Democrats Announce Leadership for 2017
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 8630 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

...A new committee, Intrastate Commerce, will focus on regulations and licensing of Hawaii businesses such as banking, telecommunications and property insurance....

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Sunday, November 27, 2016
Zombie States – Hawaii Is No. 6
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:37 AM :: 4484 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...financially “dead” but are somehow shambling on....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
DLNR Seeks Volunteers for Water Security Advisory Group
By News Release @ 8:48 PM :: 6744 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

The Chairperson of DLNR will review the applications and select individuals that are deemed qualified to serve on the Water Security Advisory Group per the requirements of Act 172....

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Friday, November 18, 2016
DAGS Director Resigns--One Day Notice
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 7608 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Douglas Murdock is stepping down as comptroller and DAGS director on Nov. 18....

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Making it up as they go along: HIDOT Now Claims Admin Costs Only $18K per mile
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 4363 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Gov Ige's Newsletter shares HIDOT's latest tax hike sales pitch ....

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Monday, November 7, 2016
Finally, Real Condo Law Enforcement?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:19 PM :: 8110 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

The proposed Hawaii bill for the 2017 legislative session would institute our own governor-appointed commission and ombudsman’s office and provide for....

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Friday, November 4, 2016
Hawaii Pensions 70.8% Unfunded
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:32 PM :: 4556 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

One of the interesting things about elections is that so little attention is paid to issues that have major, long-term consequences....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Do Some Benefits For State Retirees Still Make Sense?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:14 AM :: 5200 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

In 2016, Hawaii ranked 40th among the states with an OPEB funding ratio of 29.2 percent....

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Sunday, October 23, 2016
“Your Voice!” – Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process!
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 4304 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...free workshop, offered at numerous locations on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island this fall....

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Saturday, October 22, 2016
After 10 Years and Recusal of Entire Supreme Court, State Finally Wins Flexibility on Retiree Health benefits
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 5548 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Judge Katherine G. Leonard of the Intermediate Court of Appeals served as Acting Chief Justice for the Hawaii Supreme Court in this case. All five of the regular justices of the Hawaii Supreme Court had recused themselves....

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Monday, October 17, 2016
Constitutional Amendments and Honolulu Charter—Pro and Con
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 11595 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

From League of Women Voters, October, 2016....

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Sunday, October 16, 2016
Auditor: HART, Sludge, Grants, and P-Card Investigations Sidelined
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 5892 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Rail

This report provides the Honolulu City Council with an update on the activities of the Office of the City Auditor....

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Friday, October 14, 2016
HIDOT Touts $548M Unspent Federal Money as 'Significant Accomplishment'
By News Release @ 3:17 AM :: 5840 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

As of the end of Fiscal Year 2016 Hawaii’s Pipeline balance is $548 million....

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Pension Reform? Fiscal responsibility is key to improving state's economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:03 PM :: 5904 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...administration will seek to both accelerate state payments into the Employee Retirement System pension fund and establish new rules for dealing with the privatization of government operations....

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Thursday, October 6, 2016
CATO: Excessive Spending Earns Ige an ‘F’
By News Release @ 3:31 AM :: 4195 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

General fund spending rose 7 percent in 2016, and Ige proposed to increase it 12 percent in 2017....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Hawaii Roads: More Buck for Less Bang
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:23 PM :: 6569 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Despite that heavy spending, Hawaii’s roads are the worst in the U.S. for urban pavement conditions ....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Full Text: School Board Member Resigns--Says Governor Violates Federal Law
By Selected News Articles @ 5:05 AM :: 7739 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

...you have circumvented the Constitution and laws of our state by appointing your so-called “Governor’s ESSA team.”....

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
The State is a Terrible Farmer...and Businessperson
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:26 PM :: 4975 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

Four years ago, the state acquired 1,200 acres of farmland....

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Cost-Effective? Hawaii Highways Rank 48th Thanks to HIDOT ‘Administrative Disbursements’
By Selected News Articles @ 7:18 PM :: 5967 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii’s worst rankings are urban Interstate pavement condition (50th) and administrative disbursements per mile (49th).... 

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Friday, September 16, 2016
What if Hawaii’s government were run by a private company?
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:49 PM :: 3847 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Oliver Porter, a leader in the creation of the public-private city model, will come to Hawaii to be featured at a Grassroot Institute event on Oahu on September 28th and on Maui on September 29th....

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Friday, September 16, 2016
S&P, Fitch Upgrade Hawaii Bonds
By News Release @ 3:00 AM :: 5036 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...highest ever bond ratings and the strongest credit position the state has ever achieved in its history....

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
State Agrees to $85M Foster Care Lawsuit Settlement
By News Release @ 5:21 AM :: 7141 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...a federal lawsuit asserting that the amount the State pays to resource families to cover the costs of caring for foster children was inadequate....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
Molokai Ferry to Shut Down—Can’t Compete With Subsidized Airfares
By News Release @ 6:57 PM :: 5776 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

SLH’s water carrier service is regulated by the PUC....

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
Slom: $1B Surplus is an Illusion
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:10 PM :: 5093 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Recent headlines reporting a $1 Billion surplus in the state general fund tell only part of the story....

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
$4M for DoT to Study Ways to Raise Highway Taxes
By News Release @ 10:05 PM :: 5695 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

“Our goal is to design a system for highways funding"

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
SEC Orders Hawaii to Cease and Desist—State Bond Offerings ‘False and Misleading’
By Andrew Walden @ 9:59 PM :: 5230 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...sold municipal bonds using offering documents that contained materially false statements....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
ERS Saved: Judge Grants Restraining Order Against SB2077
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 7173 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

SB2077 could result in the ERS plan being disqualified by the Internal Revenue Service....

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Sunday, August 14, 2016
Hawaii Budget: Taxes on the Horizon
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:46 AM :: 4576 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii’s Legislators are well on their way to depleting the state’s $890 million cash balance....

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Friday, August 12, 2016
DHS Director Rachael Wong Leaving
By News Release @ 3:16 AM :: 5497 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Current Deputy Director Pankaj Bhanot will serve as the next DHS director beginning September 1. Mr. Bhanot’s appointment is subject to Senate approval....

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Hawaii Section 8 Waiting List Opening for First Time in Decade
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 6191 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Cost of Living

There is currently no one on the waiting list, which will reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016....

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Sunday, July 31, 2016
Hawaii Budget: Taxes on the Horizon
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:35 AM :: 4552 Views :: Hawaii State Government

At the rate Hawaii is spending and taxing, projected budgets will only be sustainable for two more years....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Hawaii Pension System $8 Billion in Trouble
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:14 AM :: 5628 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...at $6,000 per resident, the burden of Hawaii’s pension shortfalls is among the highest in the nation....

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Monday, July 25, 2016
Senator Slom Publishes Financial Report on the State General Fund
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:43 PM :: 3875 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...assessing the financial health of the state general fund as a result of key decisions made by the legislative and executive branches during the 2016 legislative session....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Maui Hospital Veto Override will jeopardize the Employee Retirement System
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:11 AM :: 6652 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... Grassroot Institute Exposes Flaws in Veto Override Regarding Maui Hospitals ....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Ige Vetoes Eight Bills
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 3868 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Complete list and links here ....

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Monday, July 11, 2016
AG Seeks Deputy Solicitors General
By Robert Thomas @ 7:43 PM :: 4792 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary
Come on, live the dream!
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Sunday, July 10, 2016
Hawaii Legislature: 52% ‘Big Fail’
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:18 PM :: 6052 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Office of Elections

...2016 VoterVoice Survey Results....

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Friday, July 8, 2016
Ige Signs Four More Bills Into Law
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 3439 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hemp, Agriculture, Public Safety and TeleHealth....

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Thursday, July 7, 2016
Ige Signs Three More Bills into Law
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 3372 Views :: Hawaii State Government
  • HB 2169 Act 212  Relating to Social Workers
  • SB 2811 Act 213  Relating to Parental Rights
  • HB 1726 Act 214  Relating to Murder

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Ige Signs 13 Bills into Law
By News Release @ 6:56 PM :: 4699 Views :: Hawaii State Government

BILL SIGNING CEREMONIES for the following....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Transgender Insurance Mandate Among 12 Bills Ige Signing Today
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 3926 Views :: Hawaii State Government

State Capitol, 5th floor, Governor’s Ceremonial Room....

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Monday, June 27, 2016
Ige: Intent to Veto 9 Bills
By News Release @ 7:59 PM :: 4928 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

On July 12, any measure that has not been signed or vetoed by Gov. Ige will become law with or without his signature....

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Monday, June 27, 2016
Ige: Captive Insurance Shunts $1.26B to Local Bankers
By News Release @ 5:51 PM :: 5824 Views :: Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

Since enabling legislation was enacted into law on May 29, 1986....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
DOCARE Chief Forced Out—Retaliation for Investigating DLNR Corruption, Theft of Guns
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 12144 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...in a June 16 letter, Case said she was not extending Friel's employment past his six-month probation period....

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Ige to Sign Six Bills
By News Release @ 2:42 AM :: 3864 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...at ceremonies on Oahu and Maui....

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Thursday, June 2, 2016
Financial Solvency: Hawaii Ranks 45th
By Selected News Articles @ 4:16 AM :: 4848 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...liabilities are equal to 73 percent of total state personal income....

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Duke Aiona Legislative Wrapup
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 4:00 PM :: 7861 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Life

...in a recent Star-Advertiser online poll, 50% of respondents gave the 2016 Legislative Session a “D” or “F” grade....

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Friday, May 20, 2016
Auditor: Ag Department Still Not Checking Weights, Measures
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:22 PM :: 5522 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

...despite having secured state funding since 2012, the chairperson of the Board of Agriculture has neither re-established nor filled the branch’s program manager and inspector positions....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
State of Hawaii Files First Lawsuit Relating to Faulty Takata Airbags
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 3411 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Hawai’i is the first state to file a lawsuit against these companies for their roles in causing millions of cars to be sold with airbags that could explode, posing grave, sometimes fatal, dangers to the cars’ occupants....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
UHERO: How State Shares Transient Accommodation Tax With Counties
By UHERO @ 9:49 PM :: 4303 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

This paper examines Hawaii’s recent effort at developing a model to allocate the state’s transient accommodation tax....

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