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Friday, September 16, 2016
S&P, Fitch Upgrade Hawaii Bonds
By News Release @ 3:00 AM :: 5137 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 :: 7275 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 :: 5913 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 :: 5196 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 :: 5810 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 :: 5331 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 :: 7300 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 :: 4664 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 :: 5588 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 :: 6301 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 :: 4638 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 :: 5718 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 :: 3934 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 :: 6785 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 :: 3940 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 :: 4874 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 :: 6156 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 :: 3510 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 :: 3440 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 :: 4786 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 :: 3994 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 :: 5023 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 :: 5923 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 :: 12277 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 :: 3941 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 :: 4961 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 :: 8008 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 :: 5624 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 :: 3476 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 :: 4392 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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Sunday, May 8, 2016
Complete List: All Bills that Passed the Legislature in 2016
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 10:40 PM :: 6099 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Nearly 300 bills passed the legislature this session....

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Friday, May 6, 2016
Moody’s: Hawaii #3 in State Debt
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 5496 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Thirty-five states experienced a decrease in absolute debt levels....

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Thursday, May 5, 2016
Ige: Hawaii has a Grade B Legislature
By News Release @ 12:22 AM :: 4812 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Disagreements are inevitable ....

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Taxpayers Bear the Burden of the State's Promises
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:55 PM :: 3584 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...new accounting rules require the state to report pension debt in its balance sheet....

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
CQ Roll Call: Top 5 Issues in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 7053 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

Native Hawaiians continue to disagree on the future of the sovereignty movement, or even whether there should be one....

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Friday, April 29, 2016
Status of Bills in Conference
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 5:02 PM :: 4585 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Tuesday (5/3) will be the second to last floor session where many of the bills will be heard for final passage. The 2016 Legislative session officially ends Thursday (5/5)....

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Friday, April 29, 2016
How a Bill Becomes a Law Part 3
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 4:55 PM :: 5070 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...three different scenarios a bill can go through after passing Second Crossover....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Hawaii Taxpayers Still Not Getting Truthful Financial Reports
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 4388 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

A new accounting standard is requiring Hawaii to come clean about its pension debt, but the state is still hiding billions of pension and health care debt from its financial reports....

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Sunday, April 17, 2016
House Passes More than 100 Senate Bills on Final Crossover
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 3324 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Bills include heat abatement for schools, crime victims’ rights, body cameras for police, senior care facility inspections, affordable housing, and the Judiciary budget....

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Sunday, April 17, 2016
Senate Passes more than 250 Bills on Second Crossover
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 3344 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Measures include teacher travel exception, water rights, assistance for displaced Maui sugar workers....

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Saturday, April 16, 2016
Second Crossover—Bills Head for Conference Committee
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 10:36 PM :: 4317 Views :: Hawaii State Government

On April 14th, the Legislature hit the second crossover deadline of the 2016 legislative session....

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
States Employ Temporary Workers, But Often Know Little About Them
By Selected News Articles @ 6:32 PM :: 4688 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

The investigative division at the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office relies heavily on retired law enforcement officers hired as temps....

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Auditor: Kahoolawe Trust Fund Gone After 20 years Without a Plan
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:29 PM :: 6007 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, OHA

...the Kaho‘olawe Rehabilitation Trust Fund will be depleted by FY2018....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Slom hits Bad Bills—Reckless, Wasteful Legislation
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 3:15 PM :: 4283 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...measures to raise taxes, mandate insurance coverage, increase funding for collective bargaining, establish a special fund, infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms, or further enlarge state government....

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
Legislative Deadlines: Second Decking, Third Reading
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 8:56 PM :: 4235 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...April 8 makes the Second Decking deadline for the 2016 Legislative Session....

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Friday, April 8, 2016
Ige Announces Nominees for Board of Education, Land Use Commission
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 7132 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate....

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Thursday, April 7, 2016
GAO: Hawaii’s COFA migrant cost math inaccurate
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 6043 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

...the Department of the Interior provided approximately $409 million to affected jurisdictions .... In contrast, affected jurisdictions estimated costs of $2.1 billion....

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Monday, April 4, 2016
Auditor: Every Special Fund Proposed in 2016 Legislature out of Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:16 PM :: 4165 Views :: Hawaii State Government

None of the 47 new special and revolving funds proposed during the 2016 legislative session met amended statutory criteria....

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Sunday, April 3, 2016
State Saves $32M by refinancing general obligation bonds
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 3763 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...State’s improved financial outlook leads to lower interest rates on refunding general obligation bonds....

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Saturday, April 2, 2016
Republican Appointments to Hawaii State Boards and Commissions
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 4:16 PM :: 6855 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Currently, there is an appointment open with the Elections Commission for Hawaii County....

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