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Sunday, August 31, 2014
Pension Tax: How Did Your Legislator Vote?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:40 PM :: 7676 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...find your state representative and determine how he or she voted every time the pension tax was up...

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Sunday, August 31, 2014
Report: These Five States Have Highest Liability Per Taxpayer
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:39 PM :: 5957 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics
“Sinkhole States” — are Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Hawaii....
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Friday, August 29, 2014
FEMA Rejection Shows Lack of Leadership by Schatz
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 7846 Views :: Hawaii County , Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...The rejection of the disaster declaration shows the people of Hawaii that Schatz has no influence where it matters most....

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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Report: Hawaii Ranks in Top 6 States for Open Data
By News Release @ 1:58 PM :: 5017 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

The six top-scoring states are Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah....

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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Iselle Emergency Proclamation Updated
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 3741 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Insurance Division also outlined resources and advice for affected families and businesses dealing with their insurance companies....

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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Do We Really Want to Starve the Golden Goose?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4513 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Department of Taxation employees were able to answer the phone only 59% of the time in 2013....

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Friday, August 8, 2014
Major storms hit Hawaii after lawmakers raid hurricane fund
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:11 PM :: 4902 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state’s $126 million hurricane relief fund has nearly run dry after the state Legislature snatched the funds to balance the budget in 2011....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Abercrombie: We can’t go back
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 5128 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...we have an opportunity to continue the course that we’ve charted. We can’t go back....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Ige Unveils Action Plan for Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:46 PM :: 5316 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians
...‘Engineering Hawaii’s Future’....
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Monday, July 28, 2014
Commission on Water Resources Seeks Nominees
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 4059 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Applications should be postmarked no later than Friday, Aug. 29, 2014....

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Saturday, July 26, 2014
General Fund Loses $180M in Year
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 4716 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

“In 2013, we posted an ending balance of $844 million. We have now posted a positive ending balance of $664.8 million for 2014...."

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Friday, July 25, 2014
Retiree Healthcare: Hawaii's $3.5B Magic Trick
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 7503 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...Can anything be in worse condition than unfunded government pensions? Unfortunately, yes – and it’s called OPEB....

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Friday, July 25, 2014
Lawmakers Highlight Need for More Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 5:15 AM :: 5528 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...50,000 new units needed to be built between 2012 and 2016 to meet demands....

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
$15.45B Report: 560 Big Construction Projects for Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 6281 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Rail

...we identified significant public and private infrastructure projects that are “on the books” over the next 20 years....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Spotlight on 2014 Hawaii laws
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:42 AM :: 4364 Views :: Hawaii State Government

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

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Sunday, July 20, 2014
HB2427: One Stroke of the Pen
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5879 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Labor

...the CLEAR facility is located at UH West Oahu, and that campus testifies that it is okay with scrapping the CLEAR fund....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
More Appointments Rushed for LUC, HHFDC
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 3938 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Jonathan Scheuer to the Land Use Commission, as well as Rona Fukumoto and Edwin Taira to the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Three to BLNR
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 5576 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...Vernon Char, Ulalia Woodside and Christopher Yuen....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Two to Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 4296 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie today announced the reappointment of David O’Neal as well as the appointment of Melinda Wood to the State Ethics Commission....

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Unfunded liabilities leave HI taxpayers ‘drowning in debt,’ fiscal watchdog says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:39 PM :: 6729 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...the administration “performing a $4 billion magic trick”....

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Abercrombie Vetoes 7 Bills, 6 Become Law without Signature
By News Release @ 12:50 AM :: 3837 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...After reviewing 245 measures passed by the 2014 Hawaii State Legislature, Abercrombie today notified legislators of his decision to veto seven bills and to allow six bills to become law without his signature....

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Thursday, July 3, 2014
Volunteers Sought for Vacancies Opening Up on Boards and Commissions as Ethics law Takes Effect
By News Release @ 4:42 PM :: 4444 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

individuals looking to serve the public should apply for state board or commission openings that will occur as Senate Bill 2682 takes effect on July 8....

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Thursday, July 3, 2014
Stay seated: Hawaii will pay $81K for fall-prevention coordinator
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:31 PM :: 3890 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii seems compelled to pay someone — rather handsomely — to offer such ubiquitous and common-sense advice....

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Abercrombie Jets off to Yacht Club to Sign Bills
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 4007 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

In another first, Gov. Neil Abercrombie today at Hilo Yacht Club enacted measures....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
16 Bills Signed into Law
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 5344 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

Abercrombie today signed House Bill 2590 (Act 166), a measure that will allow voter registration at absentee polling places beginning in 2016 and late voter registration, including on Election Day, beginning in 2018....

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Ige, Slom Question Possible 'Financial Disclosure' Veto
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 6595 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...This is just an example of the "same old, same old," where the Governor and his appointees get to wield power with a distinct lack of public scrutiny....

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Abercrombie Sends Notice to Veto 10 Bills
By News Release @ 5:25 AM :: 4410 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...he must either veto or sign by July 8, 2014, or allow them to become law without his signature....

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Ward Questions DoT Plan for Kalanianaole Hwy
By News Release @ 4:07 AM :: 4795 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

“It took 4 years to add 2 lanes to the old 4-lane Kalanianaole Highway while at the same time paving 6 lanes...."

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Saturday, June 21, 2014
Criminal, Energy, Emergency, Agriculture--Abercrombie Signs Bills
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 3515 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed....

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
High Tech Development Corp still relying on carbon paper and typewriters
By Selected News Articles @ 2:20 AM :: 5257 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

HTDC still relying on carbon paper and typewriters to draft communications with the state, which she says causes more work in the end for her staff....

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Monday, June 16, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Members to BLNR, HTA
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 7031 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Land Use, Tourism

Both are interim appointments subject to state Senate approval....

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Monday, June 16, 2014
Writ to Watch: Oahu Publications, Inc. v. Neil Abercrombie
By Robert Thomas @ 7:31 PM :: 5830 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

On June 13, 2014, the HAWSCT accepted cert in Oahu Publications, Inc., dba The Honolulu Advertiser v. Neil Abercrombie....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Rep Wooley Replacement from Secret List
By News Release @ 5:15 AM :: 6104 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointment of George Okuda to the state House of Representatives seat for District 48....

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Paychecks Hawaii Ratings of the 2014 Legislature
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 6376 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Small Business
Lawmakers are rated on their support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate....
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Slom: Abercrombie Should Cut $46M from CIP not DoE
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 6707 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government
...House Finance chair blames mistake on governor's last-minute Turtle Bay deal....
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Friday, June 6, 2014
Will State Lose $800M in Fed Funding Due to Governor Abercrombie?
By News Release @ 12:03 AM :: 5854 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Since Abercrombie’s tenure as governor, hundreds of millions of dollars that should have been used to repair deteriorating highways and bridges have set untapped....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
Abercrombie Releases CIP for Prisons, Mental Hospital
By News Release @ 4:29 AM :: 5869 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $46 million for various capital improvement projects....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Sen. Sam Slom: Legislative Session in Review
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:30 PM :: 5010 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Senator Slom addresses issues facing Hawaii and our State government....

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Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Turtle Bay Gut and Replace Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6643 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government

...something remarkable happened in the last days of our legislative session....

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Saturday, May 17, 2014
Chamber of Commerce 23 Harmful Bills Stopped in Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 5:15 AM :: 5957 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

Of the 54 bills harmful to business that were introduced this session that we tracked, 23 bills were stopped....

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Friday, May 16, 2014
Search Tool: Where Politicians Spend Your Money
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:38 PM :: 5279 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Sen. Malama Solomon’s office has turned in the most for allowance reimbursements at more than $21,000....

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Hawaii welfare cheat gets 57 months in federal prison
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:28 PM :: 5551 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

Vaughn G. Sherwood sentenced to 57 months for stealing $200,000 in government benefits....

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
DoT Director Glenn Okimoto Flees Abercrombie Administration
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 7158 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the name of Okimoto's interim replacement, Ford Fuchigami, pops up on page 14 of the sex-harassment lawsuit ....

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Saturday, May 3, 2014
State Senate Adjourns Session Approving More than 240 Bills
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 3826 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii State Senate today adjourned the 2014 session passing more than 240 bills....

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
House Passes Final Group of Bills for 2014 Session
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 3750 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Measures relate to state budget, minimum wage, TAT, Health Connector, seniors, invasive species, mandatory kindergarten, police misconduct, abuse of minors....

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Budget: Spend now, pay later
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:34 PM :: 4593 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Senator Sam Slom said  "It is not a budget, it is a spending bill."
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Legislature Passes State Budget
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 6413 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

The budget, which provides $6.189 billion in general funds and $12.147 billion in all means of financing, was characterized by House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke as measured and prudent....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
VIDEO: House Republicans Speak out on State Budget
By Video @ 6:41 PM :: 6424 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Republican Party

VIDEO: House Republicans speak out on Hawaii State Budget during final debate today....

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Monday, April 28, 2014
$52.4M CIP for Public Housing Renovation, DHS IT Planning
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 4174 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Design funds for plans to modernize the case management system for the Social Services Division. The current system is approximately 25-years-old....

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Complete List of Bills up for Final reading in House and Senate
By Andrew Walden @ 1:55 PM :: 4236 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...bills up for final reading in the Senate and House on Tuesday, April 29....

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