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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Pine: Habitual Dumpers Could Go to Jail and Face $10,000 a Day Fine
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 2:30 AM :: 3986 Views :: Honolulu County

According to Bills 35, 36, and 37, violators of the City’s grading and stockpiling ordinances, which regulate illegal dumping, will see a 500% increase in maximum civil fines....

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Obamacare Punches $150M Hole in ILWU Contract
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 7235 Views :: Jones Act, Labor

...Negotiators this year could be asked to aim for a three-year contract that does not address health care in the hope that Congress would take action before 2018 to remove the Cadillac tax....

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Health Connector Extends Enrollment Grace period to April 30
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 4340 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

586 sign-ups since March 31, 2014 ....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
"Modern" Light Rail: Worth the Investment?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:02 PM :: 3961 Views :: Rail

The answer comes quickly in the introduction of this well-researched article in The Atlantic Cities....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
WaPo: Brian Schatz’s biggest 2014 headache? The governor who appointed him
By Selected News Articles @ 8:40 PM :: 5079 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

...It wasn't the first time Schatz was forced to put some daylight between himself and his former boss....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Abercrombie votes more than 100 times in favor of higher taxes
By News Release @ 8:20 PM :: 3773 Views :: Politicians, Taxes
As Abercrombie celebrates Tax Day, take a moment to review some research about the many ways he plotted to take more of YOUR money...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
HCDA Restructuring Among Bills Landing on Abercrombie's Desk
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 4572 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

HB1866 HD2 SD2 is one of a number of bills that originated in the House, was amended by the Senate, and now goes to the Governor for his review....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Kiplinger: Hawaii 5th-Least Tax-Friendly State
By Selected News Articles @ 6:16 PM :: 3416 Views :: Taxes

The Aloha State is known for its high cost of living. High income tax rates are part of the reason....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Genworth 2014 Annual Cost of Care Survey: At Home Care Costs Increase in Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:29 PM :: 3326 Views :: Health Care

...the cost to receive long term care services at home in Hawaii through a home health aide increased over the past five years....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Full Text: Hawaii Ranks 8th in Wellbeing
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 3886 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

It includes topics such as physical and emotional health, healthy behaviors, work environment, social and community factors, financial security, and access to necessities such as food, shelter, and healthcare....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Grassroot Institute 'Celebrates' Hawaii's Tax Freedom Day
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:48 PM :: 3957 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii citizens have earned enough for the year's tax bill - one day later than last year....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Rich States-Poor States: Hawaii Improves its Economic Competitiveness Ranking
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:58 AM :: 6670 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

New report ranks Hawaii 36th in economic outlook and 17th in economic performance....

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Where Did Your Tax Money Go?
By Heritage Foundation @ 6:56 AM :: 3104 Views :: Taxes

Your 2013 tax dollars—which are due today—went primarily to pay for government benefits....

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Now Hiring: Honolulu City Auditor
By News Release @ 6:30 PM :: 3711 Views :: Honolulu County

The city auditor is seeking an auditor for the Office of the City Auditor.  Duties and qualifications are noted as follows....

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted April 14, 2014
By Congress.org @ 12:23 PM :: 3536 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Unemployment Benefits Extension – Passage
  • Senate: Equal Pay – Cloture
  • House: Budget Resolution – Passage
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Monday, April 14, 2014
What No One Wants to Admit About Social Security Taxes
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:18 PM :: 4081 Views :: National News, Taxes
“At least that’s going to pay for my retirement”?
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Monday, April 14, 2014
Freedom in the 50 States? Hawaii Ranks 47th
By News Release @ 5:55 AM :: 3837 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii has much room to improve. It scores poorly on all three dimensions of freedom....

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Law would give Hawaii gov’t unprecedented emergency powers
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:46 AM :: 5040 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...the governor and the mayors of Kauai; Maui; Hawaii; and the city and county of Honolulu, encompassing Oahu, are authorized to use all services, materials and facilities owned by partnerships, corporations and small businesses, including media outlets....

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Sunday, April 13, 2014
NFIB Recruiting Hawaii Small Business Leaders
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 3697 Views :: Small Business

A perfect opportunity to get involved in the political process....

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Sunday, April 13, 2014
Notorious Hilo Dentist Licensed Thanks to Schatz, Baker, Oakland
By Selected News Articles @ 4:31 PM :: 11246 Views :: Health Care
"Teeth are teeth." -- Rep Brian Schatz
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Sunday, April 13, 2014
What’s The Streamlined Sales Tax Project – And Should We Jump In?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3847 Views :: Taxes

This problem could be solved if Congress steps in....

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Sunday, April 13, 2014
Conference Committee: Let the Games Begin!
By News Release @ 3:05 AM :: 3267 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Bullies get pushier; dealers posture; trouble-makers know just when and where to light the match....

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Saturday, April 12, 2014
Broken Trust Gang Busted: OHA Admits to Secret Meeting With US Department of Interior
By Andrew Walden @ 10:43 PM :: 14201 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

"So if you hear of ‘secret’ trips or backroom dealing, rest assured that we aren’t straying from the process.  We’re doing our job to keep diplomacy alive and keeping all options open...."

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Saturday, April 12, 2014
Did State cheat OHA out of $150M on Kakaako land transfer?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 5624 Views :: Development, OHA

OHA’s appraisal of the land deal, done by Medusky & Co., Inc. acknowledged that residential uses of that land are not permitted....

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Saturday, April 12, 2014
April 11, 2014: Election Commission Releases Updated Candidate List
By Andrew Walden @ 4:04 AM :: 3725 Views :: Office of Elections

The Hawaii Election Commission has released its candidate report for the week ending April 11, 2014....

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Saturday, April 12, 2014
Hawaii Independent Party Unveils Logo, Seeks Candidates
By News Release @ 1:14 AM :: 5322 Views :: Politicians

The party also announced that it is now accepting membership applications....

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Sky's the Limit? Honolulu #1 City for Buying into Solar Hype
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 5737 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Hawaii Statistics

Environment America (who?) released a new report: “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution”....

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Private Schools with Public Purpose
By News Release @ 2:04 PM :: 4154 Views :: Education K-12

Participation in a robust summer learning program substantially reduces the achievement gap....

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Using Property Rights in Fishery Management
By NCPA @ 1:36 PM :: 4761 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...each quota owner would have the right to a specific percentage of the total allowable catch (TAC) in the season....

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Friday, April 11, 2014
The Charts Obama Doesn't Want You to See
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:09 AM :: 3246 Views :: Health Care

Obamacare in Pictures: 15 charts that show the law’s effects on Americans....

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Friday, April 11, 2014
UHERO: The Costs and Benefits of installing PV solar
By UHERO @ 3:52 AM :: 3619 Views :: Ethics

This calculator should help you to decide how large of a system to install and maybe help you comparison shop across solar providers....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hawaii: More Mentally Ill in Jails than in State Hospital
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 7479 Views :: Health Care, Justice Reinvestment, Law Enforcement

The two largest correctional facilities, in Honolulu and Waipahu, both hold more seriously mentally ill individuals than are held at Hawaii State Hospital....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Caldwell Unveils Scheme to make Traffic Even Worse
By Mary Smart @ 9:33 PM :: 3943 Views

...the primary vendor in several cities, Bixi, is having financial difficulties....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Pine Introduces Legislation to Combat Illegally Dumped Sludge
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 4:02 PM :: 6033 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, Environment

Bills 35, 36, and 37 were drafted in response to the rampant and illegal stockpiling and grading occurring throughout Leeward communities....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Getting Your Neighbor's Mortgage Off Your Lawn
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:37 PM :: 3290 Views :: National News

Fannie and Freddie have received billions in subsidies, but the homeownership rate is only 1 percentage point higher than it was in 1968....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Friends of Kewalos Rallies as OHA Development Bill Heads to Conference Committee
By Video @ 4:51 AM :: 4549 Views :: Development, OHA

...the bill now moves into conference where selected Senate and House conferees will continue discussions....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
VIDEO: Looking Back at Neil Abercrombie 'Highlights' as Governor
By Video @ 4:38 AM :: 7320 Views :: Democratic Party, Politicians

A look back at Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie's first 4 years in office and why Hawaii can not afford another term with Abercrombie leading the state....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hawaii gets better marks for new online transparency system
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:06 AM :: 3993 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

The government watchdog group called this a “huge improvement” for Hawaii, because in the past the state received an “F” grade....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Auditor Updates Progress on Public Housing, Charter Schools
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 4541 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

The 2008 Legislature amended the Auditor’s governing statute to require follow-up reporting on recommendations made in various audit reports....

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
House passes over 150 measures on second crossover
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 4220 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The majority of these bills, along with House bills passed by the Senate, will go into conference committees where House and Senate conferees will negotiate differences in the measures and determine which will be presented for final consideration....

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Report: Hawaii Government Transparency Improves
By News Release @ 4:44 PM :: 3252 Views :: Hawaii Statistics
“Following the Money 2014: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data”
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Pro Bowl to Arizona in 2015, slated to make Hawaii return in '16
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 3857 Views :: Tourism

The Pro Bowl following the 2014 season will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2015, and televised live on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX a week later....

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
JSC Seeks Nominations for Two Judicial Vacancies
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 3528 Views :: Judiciary
Circuit Judges, Circuit Court of the First Circuit (Oʻahu)....
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Why Is ObamaCare a Rube Goldberg Contraption?
By John Goodman @ 3:45 PM :: 3463 Views :: Health Care

The biggest risk to reform has always been that the scheme would founder on its complexity....

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Will IRS Targeting Send Someone to Jail?
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:57 AM :: 6522 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

...criminal activities, including “violating taxpayers’ constitutional rights,” “misleading investigators,” and “exposing private taxpayer information”....

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
AG: Hawaii Will Continue to Provide COFA Benefits
By Selected News Articles @ 11:28 PM :: 5966 Views :: Health Care

“The State will make sure that COFA residents continue to have uninterrupted access to their health benefits while this lawsuit is pending”

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
PEW: Hawaii Voter Participation Drops Below 45%--Worst in USA
By News Release @ 5:27 PM :: 4772 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Office of Elections

Hawaii was again last in voter turnout in 2012, with its rate decreasing 4.6 percentage points from a nation’s worst 2008 rate....

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Census: Hawaii Tax Revenue Jump 3rd Highest in Nation
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 4353 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

States with the largest percentage increase were North Dakota (27.8 percent), California (15.6 percent), Hawaii (10.5 percent)....

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Second Crossover: Complete List of House and Senate Bills
By Andrew Walden @ 3:59 PM :: 3432 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Here is a complete list of the bills under consideration for Third Reading before Crossover....

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Djou Running and Winning in Hawaii
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:39 PM :: 5068 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

Djou, a judge advocate officer in the Army Reserve who also served on the Honolulu City Council and in the state House of Representatives, was elected in May 2010 ....

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