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Friday, May 17, 2019
Ige Appoints Aila DHHL Director
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 2001 Views :: DHHL

...Aila’s appointment is subject to Senate confirmation....

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
UH Regents Vote to Freeze Tuition
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 2832 Views :: Higher Education, Cost of Living

...the proposed schedule also includes decreases in resident and non-resident graduate school tuition rates that will increase the university’s competitiveness in attracting graduate students....

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Micronesian Presidents to meet Trump at White House
By News Release @ 7:35 PM :: 2965 Views :: National News, Military

...This will be the first time all three Freely Associated States (FAS) leaders are hosted together at the White House by a United States president....

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
HAWSCT: PUC Must Consider Whether Renewable Biofuel Energy Plant Might Impact Property Right To Clean And Healthful Environment
By Robert Thomas @ 6:53 PM :: 3011 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

...the court's conclusion that the property right to a clean and healthful environment not only requires the PUC to conduct an administrative trial, but that as part of the trial, the agency must expressly consider "the reduction of [greenhouse gas] emissions"....

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
Trump Administration Copies Hawaii Pay-for-Outcomes Medical System
By News Release @ 4:53 AM :: 1987 Views :: Health Care

...incentivize providers to reduce hospital utilization and total cost of care by potentially significantly rewarding them through performance-based payment adjustments based on their performance....

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
America's Senior Health Rankings: Hawaii #1
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 2143 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Low prevalence of obesity....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Honolulu: Lowest Starting Salaries in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:07 PM :: 2814 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Honolulu and Pearl City tie with Juneau, AK as the cities with the lowest average starting salaries when adjusted for cost of living.... 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Hawaii: 2nd Highest Taxes on Pass-Through Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 2986 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii combined pass-through business income tax rate 43.7%, second only to California....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Give OHA a Piece of Your Mind
By Video @ 4:09 AM :: 2808 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA will host eight community meetings across the state to inform the public about the planning process and to hear from our beneficiaries....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
JP Morgan Report Highlights Hawaii Pension Problems
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 AM :: 3307 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii was third behind Illinois and New Jersey for how much of its total revenue would be required to pay off its unfunded retirement liabilities over the next 30 years....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Lawyers for Hawaii Gun Carry Lawsuit File Supreme Court Brief in New York Case
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 AM :: 2249 Views :: Second Amendment

...Those unfamiliar with the Hawaii case may wonder what it has to do with the New York action, and the answer to that is that the notoriously anti-gun Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals tied the two together....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Gabbard Defends Fringe Leaders’ Rights After Facebook Ban
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 2491 Views :: Congressional Delegation, First Amendment

...Democratic Hawaii Rep. and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard criticized Facebook for banning fringe leaders during her appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast Monday....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Hawaii to Sue over Global Warming? UH Law School Debunked
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 4720 Views :: Energy, Environment, Higher Education

...the idea of suing America’s energy industry for climate change-related conduct and harms has been rejected many times, including by the highest court in the land....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Petition: Support DOE Budget Transparency to Improve Public Education in Hawaii
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 2644 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics

...It remains unclear exactly how the DOE’s nearly $1.9 billion operating budget is being spent due to the complex, non-transparent nature of its budget. This is not to mention the roughly $1 billion in other expenses that make up the almost $3 billion DOE budget....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Hawaii Drivers Have High GPA and Low Test Scores
By News Release @ 5:30 AM :: 2617 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics

... their reported average GPA ranks them amongst the top five smartest states in the country ... (BUT) ... Hawaii has the lowest mean ACT score on this list and the fifth lowest in the United States .... 

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
HSTA: Stop Ranking our Failing Schools
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 2971 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Ranking schools based largely on test results perpetuates the failed "test and punish" culture of the past -- HSTA ....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
HSTA Evaluates Legislative Session
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 3034 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...HB1070: Tenured and probationary teachers will no longer have to pay their own licensure fees....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Source: Esther Kia’aina and Andy Winer Warned Jim Lyon About Investigation
By Andrew Walden @ 7:31 PM :: 10999 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, World News, Congressional Delegation, OHA

... Winer’s resignation as Sen Brian Schatz’ Chief of Staff was announced in the media, May 4, 2019.  Kia'aina is reportedly under consideration for top jobs at DHHL and OHA ....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Grassroot: 2019 Hawaii Legislature Review
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:27 PM :: 2174 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...good news and bad news for Hawaii's taxpayers during this past legislative session....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
"Equality" Act Hits Rewind on the Rights of Women
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 6:42 PM :: 4311 Views :: Education K-12, National News, Family, Higher Education, Military

... This week Congress will vote on H.R. 5, the Equality Act, sweeping legislation that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the definition of sex throughout federal law .... 

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Hawaii Republican Convention Reelects Ostrov Chair
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:56 PM :: 2092 Views :: Republican Party

...With an overwhelming majority of the votes State Chair Shirlene Ostrov was re-elected for another two years. With the same overwhelming majority of votes or by acclimation her hand picked slate of candidates were also elected....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Drug Use by State: Hawaii 2nd-Lowest
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 PM :: 2136 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Drugs

...Hawaii has the 2nd-most treatment centers per drug user....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
DHHL Planning Multi-Family Complexes and Rental Housing
By News Release @ 3:01 AM :: 1964 Views :: DHHL

...DHHL is accepting comments regarding proposed administrative rules for Planned Communities, Multi-Family Complexes, and Rental Housing until Monday, May 13, 2019....

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Sunday, May 12, 2019
A Threat to Judicial Independence
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2328 Views :: Ethics, Judiciary

... We control the purse strings, so we said no to a lot of their money. They reversed some of their decisions. We gave them some money. So the tension worked ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2019
State Corporate Income Taxes Increase Tax Burden on Corporate Profits
By Tax Foundation @ 6:23 PM :: 2770 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii: Combined State-Federal Corporate Income Tax Rate 26.1% ....

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Saturday, May 11, 2019
“Rap Back” or Rip-Off? Aloha State Gun Owners Sue for Disclosure of Information
By Selected News Articles @ 5:59 PM :: 2427 Views :: Second Amendment

...In Hawaii, state law imposes a registration requirement on almost all firearms. Under a bill signed into law in June 2016, Hawaii became the first state to couple this registration requirement to the Rap Back service....

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Saturday, May 11, 2019
Carlos Penaloza recommended as next Leeward Community College chancellor
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 1643 Views :: Higher Education

...Vice President for Community Colleges John Morton has recommended to University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner the appointment of Carlos Penaloza as the next chancellor for Leeward Community College. The effective date of the appointment is July 1, 2019....

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Friday, May 10, 2019
FSM Congress Elects New President
By Andrew Walden @ 11:27 PM :: 3025 Views :: Ethics, World News

...The FSM Congress elected Pohnpei Senator David W. Panuelo President and Kosrae Senator Yosiwo P. George as Vice President....

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Friday, May 10, 2019
Joan Conrow: From anti-GMO journalist to crop biotech advocate
By Audio @ 8:35 PM :: 2989 Views :: Kauai County, GMOs

...once she saw how anti-GMO groups operate and began investigating the science behind biotechnology, she changed her mind....

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Friday, May 10, 2019
Wahiawa Hospital: New Partnership Supports Mental Health Needs
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 2473 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

...there may be as many as 30 stabilization beds at WGH by early next year....

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Friday, May 10, 2019
Legislature pau, but its new taxes live on
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:22 PM :: 2300 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The Hawaii Legislature approved 303 bills, among which were measures clarifying what people must do in crosswalks with countdown timers, determining who is allowed to drive “low speed electric bicycles,” and expanding the prohibition on the capturing or killing of manta rays to all rays. ...

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Friday, May 10, 2019
Biomess: Hawaii Supreme Court Overturns PUC Approval of Hu Honua
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 3539 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

...the PUC erred by failing to explicitly consider the reduction of GHG emissions in approving the Amended PPA, as required by statute....

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Thursday, May 9, 2019
Audit the Rail: Why does it matter?
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:53 PM :: 2375 Views :: Ethics, Rail

..."What now for rail?" was the question considered by three prominent guests at a sold-out luncheon event sponsored last week by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii....

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Thursday, May 9, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted May 8, 2019
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 1740 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Weekly update from GovTrack.us ....

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Thursday, May 9, 2019
Grassroot: Bill 89 Unconstitutional
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:48 AM :: 4427 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

...The Hawaii Constitution also has a clause that protects citizens from excessive fines, making it even more likely that someone will challenge the enormous fines associated with this proposal....

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Thursday, May 9, 2019
Ethics: No Union Logo on City Uniforms
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 2132 Views :: Ethics, Labor

...allowing a non-city entity's logo to be adopted as part of the official uniform would give the non-city entity preferential treatment....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Who will be the Next Hawaiian Homelands Director?
By Video @ 9:07 PM :: 2409 Views :: DHHL

...Three Potential Replacements Would Only Make It Worse....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019
No, Honolulu’s beaches aren’t going to disappear in 20 years
By Selected News Articles @ 2:40 PM :: 3907 Views :: Environment

... Another climate lie bites the dust ....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019
UH: 95% of our Students Tell Us They are Brainwashed
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 3107 Views :: Environment, Higher Education

... The vast majority of the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa students, 95 percent, are concerned or very concerned about climate change ....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Best States for New College Grads--Hawaii 49th
By Selected News Articles @ 4:16 AM :: 2970 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

"...Years needed to afford down payment: 25.68...."

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Ige: New Rules for EIS Process
By News Release @ 9:41 PM :: 3126 Views :: Environment, Land Use

...Gov. Ige has set July 30, 2019 as the date he will sign the new rules for the state Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. The new rules will take effect on Aug. 9, 2019....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Hawaii DOE Pitches '2030 Promise Plan'
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 2418 Views :: Education K-12

...a final plan will be presented to the Board of Education early next year....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
The Role and Impact of Law Enforcement in Transporting Individuals with Severe Mental Illness
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 2756 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Approximately one-third of individuals with severe mental illness have their first contact with mental health treatment through a law enforcement encounter....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Audio: Akina Interviewed on KSSK ‘Perry & the Posse’
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:34 PM :: 2850 Views :: OHA, Rail

...Hawaii radio personality Michael W. Perry hosts Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Trump Reportedly Caves on Jones Act Waiver
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 3314 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...members of Congress who spoke with President Trump emerged from the White House projecting supreme confidence that a Jones Act waiver is now effectively off the table....

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Senators, Developers Set for Hong Kong-Singapore Junket
By Rep Gene Ward @ 12:17 AM :: 7740 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Republican Party

...From May 21-30, 2019, a delegation comprised of State Senators and local housing developers will visit Singapore and Hong Kong....

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Monday, May 6, 2019
Want an Energy Revolution?
By Selected News Articles @ 8:44 PM :: 2436 Views :: Energy

...It won’t come from renewables—which can never supply all the power we need—but from foundational scientific discoveries....

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Monday, May 6, 2019
UH Legislative Recap: Challenging yet successful session
By News Release @ 8:29 PM :: 2088 Views :: Higher Education

...Kalbert Young, UH vice president for budget and finance and chief financial officer, shares his analysis of the 2019 legislative session....

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Monday, May 6, 2019
OHA board approves revisions to trustee protocol allowance
By News Release @ 2:58 PM :: 2669 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...reduce each trustee’s allowance; limit what the funds can be used for; and establish accountability safeguards, thereby addressing the state auditor’s concerns....

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Monday, May 6, 2019
Honolulu 5th-lowest Small Business Growth
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 2342 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Honolulu is slightly ahead of Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio....

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