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Saturday, March 6, 2021
COVID Cash: $6 Billion Coming To Hawai‘i
By News Release @ 4:16 PM :: 118 Views :: Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... Free Money from The Sky ....

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Saturday, March 6, 2021
'Safe Travels' App to Become Vaccination Passport?
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 220 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... vaccination records will be supported by the standards being developed under the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
How Many Deficiencies? 43 Hawaii Nursing Homes Ranked
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 169 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... Only 5 Hawaii Nursing Homes Score Better Than 'D' ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Hawaii Motor Vehicle Deaths Drop 20%
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 121 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... only nine states saw a drop in deaths -- Hawaii has the largest drop ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Hawaii Highest Internet 'Latency' in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 8:15 PM :: 160 Views

... Latency is the time in milliseconds it takes for data to be transferred between source and destination ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Tax proposals defy common sense
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:01 PM :: 153 Views :: Taxes

... The Hawai'i Legislature may be hard at work, but it looks like common sense is on vacation ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Federal COVID Aid: Hawaii Gets 143% of Losses
By Tax Foundation @ 7:47 PM :: 151 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Under the American Rescue Plan Act, states would receive $195.3 billion in aid, divided according to each state’s share of national unemployed workers ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Ige Approves Kauai Return to 'Safe Travels' Program
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 99 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism, COVID-19

... with the legislature threatening to force Kauai back into the fold, it's 'game over' for anti-tourism activists--for now .... 

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Friday, March 5, 2021
New Survey: 50% of Hawaii businesses not paying rent
By News Release @ 6:59 PM :: 161 Views :: Economy, Small Business, COVID-19

... 1,126 Hawaiʻi business owners share their feedback ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Seven Cesspools: EPA Fines DLNR (again)
By News Release @ 3:21 PM :: 179 Views :: Kauai County, Environment

... Four prior EPA enforcement actions against Hawai‘i DLNR have closed 74 cesspools, collected $407,400 in fines ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
UHERO: Recovery Poised to Accelerate
By UHERO @ 7:00 AM :: 186 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Falling virus counts and vaccination progress set the stage for a strengthening visitor industry recovery ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Rep Ohno: 'Give Me Money and I'll Show You How to Get Your Bill Passed'
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 265 Views :: Ethics

"... make a contribution of any amount to my campaign, and I’ll send you a Zoom invite to my webinar fundraiser. It’ll be worthwhile, I promise!...."

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Hawaii Gives 1.18 million syringes to drug addicts
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 194 Views :: Health Care, Drugs

... And provided overdose prevention training and nasal naloxone to over 1,000 drug addicts ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
 How 'Affordable' Housing rules often result in no homebuilding
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:04 PM :: 172 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... A Maui bill to increase affordability requirements is the backdrop for a discussion on how current housing policy can be improved ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Guardian: New Akaka Bill Coming?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:56 PM :: 210 Views :: Akaka Bill, Congressional Delegation

... the manipulation of federal Indian law and policy in an ongoing process ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
​Hawaii Anti-Gun Bills Eligible for Floor Votes
By NRA ILA @ 6:48 PM :: 205 Views :: Second Amendment

... Three anti-gun bills are eligible for floor action in their respective chambers ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Tsunami Watch Cancelled
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 290 Views :: World News

... an 8.1 earthquake in the Kermadec Islands ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Vaccinations for age 70 and older begin Monday, March 8
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 225 Views :: COVID-19

"... We will closely monitor how quickly vaccines are used and may open to people age 65 and up and those in phase 1c in a couple of weeks,” Char said....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
100% Fail: Auditor Report on Legislators' Proposed Special Funds and Revolving Funds
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:11 AM :: 204 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... We reviewed 75 House and Senate bills proposing 51 special and revolving funds during the 2021 legislative session. None satisfied the criteria set forth in Section 23-11, HRS, for proposed special and revolving funds ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Lawsuit Demands More 'Critical Habitat' in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 199 Views :: Land Use

"... The Endangered Species Act required the agency to designate critical habitat with its listing determination and develop a recovery plan for the bird. Yet the Service has failed to do so...."

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
Finalists named for Hawaiʻi County appointments to Board of Regents
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 222 Views :: Hawaii County , Higher Education

... a list of candidates to Gov. David Ige to fill one Hawaiʻi County seat for a five-year appointment, beginning July 1, 2021 ....

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
16 Hawaii Towns Ranked by Median Credit Scores
By Selected News Articles @ 3:44 AM :: 327 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... 2021 Hawaii Towns with the Highest & Lowest Credit Scores ....

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
OIP: UIPA Under COVID Emergency Rules
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 214 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... SP18 requires an agency that relies on the suspended deadlines to acknowledge receipt of “UIPA Requests”  ....

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Official State Meetings Calendar Updated
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 192 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Sunshine Law requires notice of meetings of state boards to be electronically posted on the State Calendar at least six calendar days before the meeting ....

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
OHA releases $2.92 million in grant solicitations
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 238 Views :: OHA, COVID-19

... Applications are being solicited from nonprofit organizations that administer community-based projects designed to strengthen Hawaiian beneficiaries, families, and communities ....  

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Blangiardi Submits City Budget
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 208 Views :: Honolulu County

... The key priorities in the budget include funding core City and County of Honolulu services, without employee furloughs, and focuses on affordable housing and homelessness, rail, infrastructure and the distribution of funds ....

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Kauai asks to rejoin Hawaii Safe Travels program in April
By News Release @ 2:49 AM :: 248 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism, COVID-19

... At this time, more than 24,000 doses of vaccine have been administered on Kaua‘i, and by April we are confident that employees in the hospitality and food service industries will be offered vaccines ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
HSTA orders BoE to Dump Kishimoto
By News Release @ 8:36 PM :: 289 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... Each of HSTA's '12 reasons' boils down to the same one thing: Kishimoto was slightly slow and reluctant to go along with HSTA's plan to shut down all schools and pay teachers full salary while letting them pretend to 'work' from home ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Ige Signs Bill Lowering Unemployment Tax
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 231 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... The measure allows employers to pay, on average, less than half of what they would otherwise pay into the system ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
DLIR: Decades-old Mainframe Behind Delays
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 AM :: 293 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... the technological backbone of the state’s UI program is an antiquated mainframe system that runs on a Natural database language ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
VIDEO: What to watch out for at the Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:50 AM :: 233 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Lawmakers are planning to increase taxes and regulations this year, but there are better ways to help Hawaii's economy prosper ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
VIDEO: Police Chief says 263 officers abused overtime policy
By Video @ 2:34 AM :: 281 Views :: Ethics, Police

... The video was sent to officers Friday morning on the department’s private communication channel ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
HB1314: Grabs TAT from Counties
By Tax Foundation @ 8:13 PM :: 262 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Repeals the allocation of transient accommodations tax revenue to the counties ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
Why It's Time for OHA to Develop Kaka'ako Makai!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:00 PM :: 275 Views :: Development, OHA

... virtually no development has taken place on this valuable property since OHA acquired it ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
Ethics: Cows and Church at HYCF
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 277 Views :: Ethics, Law Enforcement

... HYCF has conducted cattle ranching operations on HYCF property for many years ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
Ninth Circuit to Hear Case Challenging Gun Magazine Ban
By NRA ILA @ 7:30 PM :: 233 Views :: Second Amendment

... The case is called Duncan v. Becerra ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
Hawaii Economy Projected to Grow 2.7% in 2021
By News Release @ 2:06 PM :: 255 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...DBEDT estimates that Hawaii’s real GDP fell by approximately 7.5 percent in 2020, a smaller decline than the 11.7 percent contraction forecast in the previous quarter....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
Missile Defense Agency to Reopen Public Scoping for the Homeland Defense Radar – Hawaii EIS
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 280 Views :: Environment, Military

... due to changes in the proposed alternatives ....

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Sunday, February 28, 2021
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted February 27, 2021
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 567 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... bills introduced and votes in Congress ....

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Sunday, February 28, 2021
More Taxes for Movies and TV
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:25 AM :: 786 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... “I am altering the deal.  Pray I don’t alter it any further.” ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
ALOHA Homes: Unintended Consequences
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:17 PM :: 716 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... the ALOHA homes program as currently envisioned in SB1 likely would result in an expensive, non-sustainable government project that would fail ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Seven Tax Hike Bills on the Move
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:06 PM :: 831 Views :: Taxes

... many tax increases, fees, and surcharges that have been proposed this legislative session. Hawaii residents are already among the most taxed in the country; the state has the second highest overall tax burden in the U.S. ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
VIDEO: Second Amendment Bills on the Move in Hawaii Legislature
By Video @ 7:54 PM :: 887 Views :: Second Amendment

... HIFICO rundown on Second Amendment related bills before Hawaii Legislature ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Hawaii Among States Taxing Forgiven PPP Loans
By Tax Foundation @ 7:36 PM :: 1070 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... If policymakers wish to avoid imposing taxes on these small business lifelines  they need to act quickly, as tax deadlines are fast approaching ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Tax Hike Plan: Hawaii Carbon Pricing Study Released
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 696 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

... to cost the State at least $19,000,000,000 ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:54 PM :: 579 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

... SB839 Assisted Suicide Expansion Bill NARROWLY Passes Senate Judiciary ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Hawaii Most Unionized State
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 599 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Only two states had union membership rates over 20.0 percent in 2020: Hawaii (23.7 percent) and New York (22.0 percent) ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Maui Nurses Tentative Contract
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 535 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

... The registered nurses and other health care workers of Maui Health System reached a tentative contract agreement with MHS management just past 1:00 am HST Friday morning ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Rep Har DUI Arrest: Smelled of Alcohol, Yelled 'Black Lives Matter'
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 4934 Views :: Ethics, Politicians

... “Sharon then related that she was going to be the next governor but ‘this’ will mess up her plans.” ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
Good intentions not a great foundation for building houses
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:22 PM :: 708 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... Instead of creating more affordable homes, they reduce development and cause prices to go up ....

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