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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Hawaii State Taxes $6,084 per Capita
By Tax Foundation @ 3:06 PM :: 3742 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...​How High Are State and Local Tax Collections in Your State?....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Grassroot Institute to Host Congressional District 1 Candidate Forum
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:25 PM :: 4392 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Friday, Sept. 28, from noon to 1 p.m....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Hirono: SCOTUS Seat Could Stay Vacant for Two Years
By Selected News Articles @ 7:27 PM :: 5415 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Judiciary

...Senator Hirono says "I just want to say to the men of this country: Just shut up….”

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Green Energy Mandates a Tax on Poor People
By Selected News Articles @ 3:14 PM :: 4799 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...Hawaii’s governor signed a 100 percent mandate in 2015, making it the first state in the country to require its entire energy mix to originate from renewables. California passed a similar bill in August....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
New Thinking for Hawaiian Homes
By Video @ 2:48 AM :: 3825 Views :: DHHL

...Innovative approach that could reduce significantly the Hawaiian Homes waiting list...

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Monday, September 17, 2018
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted September 16, 2018
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 3163 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...Weekly Update From GovTrack.org....

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Sunday, September 16, 2018
Hawaii v Trump: House Judiciary Committee Moves to Ban Nationwide Injunctions
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 3714 Views :: Judiciary

...The Committee marked up HR6730 Sept 13.  Next stop, House floor....

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Sunday, September 16, 2018
Lawsuits Close in on Hawaii’s Largest Carbon Credit Scheme
By Andrew Walden @ 9:48 PM :: 16397 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Ethics, Agriculture

...When a couple of penny-stock touts, one of whom is listed in the Panama Papers Offshore Leaks Database, start selling timber futures and carbon credits in Hawaii, the greenwash is thicker than most....

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Sunday, September 16, 2018
Historic Homes--$2M Tax Exemption Gift to 342 Households
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3771 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...the City is giving the exemption to 342 homes and forgoing taxation on $600 million in property value, translating to a revenue loss exceeding $2 million....

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Saturday, September 15, 2018
UH campuses climb in U.S. News and World Report ranking
By News Release @ 5:06 AM :: 3687 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...UH West Oʻahu climbed two spots to number 5 in Top Public Colleges West....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
VIDEO: 'Problematic' HSTA Rental Tax
By Video @ 5:40 PM :: 6281 Views :: Hawaii County , Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...Two public forums have been set to help educate voters....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Paris Accord: Ige Promises to Keep Raising Taxes and Electric Rates
By Selected News Articles @ 3:43 PM :: 4102 Views :: Energy, Environment

...“Politics runs on money. Billions of dollars."....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Debt is the No. 1 source of financial stress in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 PM :: 3908 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...the average debt in Hawaii is a whopping $869,250....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Council Passes Bill 53--Calls for Demolition of Affordable Housing 'Monsters'
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 2:43 PM :: 7636 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Finally politicians are doing something about affordable housing--they're demolishing it....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
End 'gut and replace'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:59 PM :: 2672 Views :: Ethics

What’s in a title? If you’re a member of the Hawaii Legislature, opportunity....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Evacuate? 'High Risk' Nuuanu Reservoir--What is Caldwell Administration Hiding?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:01 AM :: 5640 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Hawaii Statistics

...In Hawaii 124 of the state’s 133 dams are deemed ‘at High Hazard Potential’ by the National Inventory of Dams....

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Thursday, September 13, 2018
AG Opinion: Hawaii Gun Laws Not as Restrictive as they Seem
By News Release @ 6:38 PM :: 4873 Views :: Second Amendment

...We advise that section 134-9, HRS, does not limit the issuance of unconcealed-carry licenses to individuals whose jobs entail protecting life and property....

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Thursday, September 13, 2018
Hawaii property owners so beaten down they don’t often go to court
By Selected News Articles @ 2:54 AM :: 4205 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use

...Hawaii has the nation’s worst property rights record followed closely by California....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Ethics Commission Outlines Charges Against OHA Trustee Rowena Akana
By News Release @ 10:46 PM :: 4889 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...a formal contested case hearing on the Further Statement of Alleged Violation will be held before the Commission on Monday, October 22, 2018....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
July-Aug 2018: GE Tax Collections up 0.4%
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 3334 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...For FY 2019, cumulative collections of the GET are up by 0.4% from last fiscal year....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Hawaii Sales Taxes Highest Per Capita in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 4:56 PM :: 3859 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii’s sales tax base is broader than economists recommend, applying not just to final consumer products and services, but also to many business-to-business transactions. This results in multiple layers of taxation on the same product or service....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Supreme Court: Applicants Sought for Grand Jury Counsel, Disciplinary Board, Bar Examiners
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 4004 Views :: Judiciary

...Applicants Sought to Fill Vacancy on the Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court and Applicants Sought for Board of Bar Examiners....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Tropical Storm Olivia Moving Away from Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 6309 Views

...ABOUT 110 MI SW OF HONOLULU -- PRESENT MOVEMENT...WSW AT 20 MPH....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Hawaii Supreme Court to Decide if Land Can be Stolen from Owners Without Compensation?
By Robert Thomas @ 2:51 AM :: 5171 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

...The land was zoned for single-family residences, but the County of Maui decided it should be used as a public park. Instead of buying the land, however, the County wielded its regulatory authority to prevent the Leones from developing their property in any way....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Unaffordable Housing? Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
By Selected News Articles @ 11:53 PM :: 5509 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use, Cost of Living

...in 1969 the only places in America where housing cost more than three times incomes were Hawaii and Stamford, Connecticut. I don’t know why Stamford was on the list, but Hawaii had passed legislation strictly regulating where people could build homes in 1961....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Did the 9/11 attacks usher in the post-truth age?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 AM :: 3194 Views :: Republican Party

... ripping a “hole in the fabric of reality” ....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Constitutional Amendment: Support for Public Education or Misguided Public Policy?
By Video @ 3:02 AM :: 5424 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Cost of Living

...Stanley Lau who is the chair of the Affordable Coalition PAC which was formed to oppose the passage in the upcoming General Election of a constitutional amendment authorizing the State to tax investment property....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Hawaii County Hires Katyal to Fight Against Second Amendment Ruling
By Video @ 2:45 AM :: 6614 Views :: Hawaii County , Second Amendment

...Resolution 666-18 would allow the County to enter into an agreement with the State of Hawai‘i to retain the legal services of Mr. Neal Katyal as special counsel, with the State to pay all fees and costs....

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Monday, September 10, 2018
Hawaii Happiest--and Most Sleepless State in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:09 PM :: 2816 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii ranks as happiest state despite least sleep, study finds....

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Sunday, September 9, 2018
Taking Exemptions Without Really Knowing
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2884 Views :: Taxes

...These days, our General Excise Tax (GET) contains exemptions and reduced rates that are supposed to reflect commercial reality but often contain leaps of faith....

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Sunday, September 9, 2018
If Everyone Farmed
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:31 AM :: 3717 Views :: Agriculture

...This weekend was spent planting the new fields....

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Saturday, September 8, 2018
Impacts of 'Janus' on public sector
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:02 PM :: 3996 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...Now that the U.S. Supreme Court's Janus v. AFSCME ruling has had time to settle, what’s next?....

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Saturday, September 8, 2018
Congressman Hunter, the Jones Act and corruption
By Michael Hansen @ 2:40 PM :: 4276 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act

...the connection between charges for campaign finance violations brought against Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (R-CA-50), and his support for and campaign contributions from the Jones Act industry....

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Saturday, September 8, 2018
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 12:45 AM :: 4348 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii ranks 41st collecting $76 per capita....

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Friday, September 7, 2018
‘Education tax’ a Pandora's box
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:26 PM :: 5031 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...The best laid plans, we are told, often go awry ... “Especially when it comes to politicians counting on revenue from tax hikes.”....

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Friday, September 7, 2018
States with the Biggest Bullying Problems
By Selected News Articles @ 1:10 PM :: 4010 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii ranks 27th ....

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Friday, September 7, 2018
Nov 6 Ballot: PAR Publishes Con Con Backgrounder
By News Release @ 12:51 AM :: 3086 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...This year, on the November 6th ballot, you will have two questions asked of you....

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Thursday, September 6, 2018
Hawaii: Lowest Level of Food Insecurity in USA
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 4262 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Estimated prevalence rates of food insecurity during this 3-year period ranged from 7.4 percent in Hawaii to 17.9 percent in New Mexico; estimated prevalence rates of very low food security ranged from 2.9 percent in Hawaii to 7.1 percent in Alabama and Louisiana....

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Thursday, September 6, 2018
OHA Hires Auditor to Look at 'Fraud, Waste, and Abuse'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:15 PM :: 6432 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...After months of delay, OHA and its LLCs will be audited for fraud, waste and abuse....

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Thursday, September 6, 2018
Hirono: Kavanaugh 'Critical' 8th Vote in Rice v Cayetano
By Andrew Walden @ 3:01 PM :: 6332 Views :: Hawaii History, Judiciary, OHA

...Will Justice Brett Kavanaugh become the ‘critical’ 8th vote against racially discriminatory OHA elections?  Could Kavanaugh become the ‘decisive’ 10th vote against the Hawaii Supreme Court’s Ceded Lands Decision.  Or maybe Hirono is afraid Kavanaugh will be the fifth vote against Nai Aupuni....

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Thursday, September 6, 2018
Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Laws Written by 'Gut n Replace' Method
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 4280 Views :: Ethics

...Watchdog Groups Use Sharp Knife of Litigation to Curb “Gut and Replace” Tactics, Restore Public Voice in Democracy....

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018
HSTA Rental Tax: Expedited Hearing for Counties Lawsuit
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 6175 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Office of Elections, Taxes

...After amended complaints were filed, the state Office of Elections said the ballot will not have a title....

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Climate Commission Grabs for Control of Waikiki
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 4179 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Support legislation for disclosure for private property and public offerings located in areas with potential exposure to sea level rise....

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Pension spiking cost Hawaii taxpayers $20.5M in FY 2017
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:12 PM :: 6018 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...A Grassroot Institute FOIA request reveals that 320 employees spiked their salaries ahead of retiring....

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Pearl City: Lowest Percentage of Families with Small Children in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:48 AM :: 5705 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Hawaii Statistics

...Pearl City also has the 2nd lowest divorce rate and the 3rd-lowest percentage of families in poverty....  

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Hawaii homeowners caught in limbo when insurers meet Kilauea
By Selected News Articles @ 11:45 AM :: 3578 Views :: Hawaii County

...“I cannot count how many homeowners told me that their insurance agents told them to not worry about their lava exclusion, because everyone knows that fires burn houses during an eruption”....

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018
All UH campuses make top 10 most diverse lists
By News Release @ 3:48 AM :: 3509 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...according to The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2018 Almanac diversity rankings....

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Monday, September 3, 2018
Oxfam: The Best and Worst States to Work in America
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 3750 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii ranks #19 overall, #27 for wage policies, #16 for worker protection policies; and #1 for right to organize....

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Sunday, September 2, 2018
Akina: Don't Give up on OHA Elections
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:30 PM :: 2901 Views :: OHA

...on August 11, of 286,041 ballots submitted, 41.3% were left blank in the race for the OHA Trustee Oahu seats, and 49.6% were left blank in the race for the OHA Trustee At-large seat....

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Sunday, September 2, 2018
Hawaii Congressional Delegation: How They Voted September 1, 2018
By Selected News Articles @ 4:57 PM :: 3117 Views :: Congressional Delegation

...GovTrack Update for Sep. 1....

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