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Thursday, March 31, 2022
Corruption Reforms: What They Left Out
By Andrew Walden @ 11:51 PM :: 1136 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The purpose of the Commission is to dissipate reform energy in order to preserve the status quo. ... 

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
PEW: Hawaii Still Not Meeting Pension Funding Obligations
By Selected News Articles @ 8:09 PM :: 1024 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... Hawaii’s contributions have fallen below minimum actuarial standards since 2011, which has caused the state’s funding level to decline from 94% in 2000 to 55% as of 2019 ....

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
'Our Girlfriend Tulsi' -- Is she some sort of Russian Agent?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:40 PM :: 2219 Views :: World News, Politicians, Tulsi Gabbard

... Vitaly Tretyakov, quipped amid the crosstalk "Is she some sort of Russian agent?" prompting Solovyov to joke "yes." ....

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
February Tourist Count Down 23.5% from Pre-COVID Peak
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 1033 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... February 2022 visitor spending was lower than the $1.46 billion (-10.4%) spent in February 2020 ....

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
UH Faculty Senate Denounces Sen Donna Mercado Kim
By News Release @ 3:49 PM :: 1396 Views :: First Amendment, Higher Education

... Senator Kim pushed the elimination of a tenured faculty member’s position and introduced SB 3269 SD1, a bill that attempted to alter tenure and transfer managerial authority over the university from the Board of Regents to the legislature ....

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
Ige Appoints Five to BoE and Two to BoR
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 1257 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

 ... The appointments are subject to approval by the Senate .... 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Hawaiian Electric upgrades Battery Bonus program with new perks for customers who add storage to PV systems
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 1206 Views :: Energy

... The fixed monthly bill credit will be applied at an amount equivalent to the respective retail rate for exporting energy during a two-hour period of the evening peak ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
More than 30 Hawaii VEX Robotics teams qualify for World event
By News Release @ 9:00 PM :: 813 Views :: Education K-12

... the Hawaii VEX Robotics State Championships held in February and March qualified 32 out of 77 Hawaii VEX robotics teams to advance to the 2022 VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas, May 3-12 ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Bill would add much-needed oversight of state’s emergency powers
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 PM :: 1092 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... SB3089 SD2 HD1 would amend the state’s emergency-management statute to clarify that the powers granted for emergency purposes should not be inconsistent with the Hawaii Constitution, require justification for the suspension of laws and place limits on such suspensions, and allow the Legislature or county councils to terminate an emergency, in part or in whole, by a two-thirds vote. ...

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Minimum wage mostly hurts the people it is intended to help
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:20 AM :: 1215 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... evidence on the effect of minimum wages on employment, skills, wage and income distributions, and longer-term labor market outcomes ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Hawaii 2nd Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 AM :: 1221 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... three tax types of state tax burdens — property taxes, individual income taxes and sales and excise taxes — as a share of total personal income in the state ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Vacant Homes? Hawaii Ranks 18th
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 1041 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... when it comes to vacant homes, Hawaii is just average.  This demonstrates that home vacancy rates do not correspond with housing costs ....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
We can breathe freely again; what have we learned?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:09 PM :: 1010 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... it is not possible to turn an economy on and off like a light switch ....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
‘Shipping security’ more Jones Act shibai
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:52 PM :: 936 Views :: Jones Act

... the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s contract with the Pacific Maritime Association, a maritime employer representative, ends in July 2022 ....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Former OHA Aide Pleads Guilty to $1.2 Million Fraud and Money Laundering
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 1482 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

... Harleman faces up to 20 years imprisonment on each of the wire fraud counts and up to 10 years imprisonment on each of the money laundering counts, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 on each count, plus a term of supervised release up to three years ....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Detainee Pleads Guilty to Injuring Officers in Assault at Detention Center
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 772 Views :: Law Enforcement

... David Akui-Cabanilla, III, 36, pleaded guilty today in federal court to two counts of assaulting a federal officer ....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
College enrollment down sharply
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 1235 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... public universities were hit the hardest with a 13.2 drop in new freshmen enrollment over the two-year pandemic period ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
UH Prof Named KSBE Trustee
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 1015 Views :: Higher Education

... Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, interim assistant vice provost for faculty excellence and Department of Political Science professor, is the newest addition to the five-member Kamehameha Schools Board of Trustees ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
DoD to Spend $1B on Red Hill
By Selected News Articles @ 6:51 PM :: 1028 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Case’s Appropriations Committee will review the request as part of the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget request ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
Senate Judiciary Hearing Pistol Permitting & Registration Bill
By NRA ILA @ 5:47 PM :: 843 Views :: Second Amendment

... Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on Judiciary will hear House Bill 2075HD1, to make changes to Hawaii’s pistol permitting and registration system in an effort to comply with the recent Yukutake v. Connors court case decision ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
Discouraging short-term rentals won’t ease housing shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 AM :: 1231 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Honolulu rents since 2018 have continued to increase, despite a downturn in short-term rental stays during that time frame ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
‘Empty homes’ tax will not achieve goal
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:42 AM :: 1146 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... an empty homes tax would have the effect of penalizing homeowners, driving up already sky-high taxes, implementing privacy-invasive and severe enforcement measures and providing little to benefit to residents in need of affordable housing ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
Hawaii 4th Highest Gas Tax in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:23 AM :: 1300 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Including the federal tax, taxes account for 13.8% of the average price of a gallon of gas in the state ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
33,234 in Hawaii Behind on Mortgage
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 AM :: 1048 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... in Hawaii 9.6% of mortgage holders are behind on their payments ....

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Sunday, March 27, 2022
A Bold Step Forward from Diapers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1362 Views :: Family, Taxes, Cost of Living

... people on the lower end of the income spectrum spend comparatively more of their hard-earned dollars on general excise tax ....

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Saturday, March 26, 2022
Russians Kidnap Pastor with Hawaii Ties
By Selected News Articles @ 4:52 PM :: 1612 Views :: World News, Religion

... Esther Bodyu-Ogawa said word of his kidnapping took days to become public because the city was captured by Russia and the troops confiscated the family's cellphones and other devices ....

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Saturday, March 26, 2022
Study: Hawaii sells the most expensive Starbucks in America
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 1304 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... $3.92 for a Tall Latte ....

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Saturday, March 26, 2022
Do it for Hawaii: Waive the Jones Act
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:19 AM :: 1351 Views :: Maui County, Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

... Maui council member plans to offer JA waiver resolution ....

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Friday, March 25, 2022
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:55 PM :: 1184 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment

... HB1697 Becomes Resolution: Let the Keiki do the Dirty Work ....

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Friday, March 25, 2022
Many bills, both bad and good, still have chance at Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:53 PM :: 783 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the dust hasn't settled yet ....

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Friday, March 25, 2022
Lawsuit challenges rule banning swimming with spinner dolphins in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 6:05 PM :: 1265 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

... The Pacific Legal Foundation said the ban was an unlawful move by a low-level federal bureaucrat who destroyed a business avenue central to the livelihoods of many in Hawaii ....

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Friday, March 25, 2022
Prince Kuhio's Fight to Americanize Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 29622 Views :: DHHL, Agriculture, Hawaii History, Land Use

...the homestead associations he championed in his first decade of service were multi-ethnic groups seeking the fee-simple ownership of land promised in the Hawaii Organic Act....

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
Open-records exemption would open Pandora’s box
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:48 PM :: 934 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

... a deliberative process exemption to the UIPA would be little more than a loophole by which state agencies could evade records requests ....

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
Jobs Recovery: Hawaii Among Three Worst States
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 1319 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, COVID-19

... Only Hawaii, North Dakota and Louisiana have not reached at least a 70 percent recovery of jobs lost as of the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. ....

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
Hawaii: 13,400 Renters May Soon Face Eviction
By Selected News Articles @ 6:42 PM :: 1411 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Hawaii is home to some 70,410 renters who owe their landlords rent, and an estimated 19.1% of them reported being either somewhat likely or very likely to face eviction in the coming months - the fourth smallest share among states ....

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
538: What If Hawaii Voted First In The Democratic Presidential Primaries?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:25 PM :: 1129 Views :: Democratic Party, Office of Elections

... Hawaii doesn’t have a presidential primary law — Democrats there used a party-run event in 2020 ....

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Thursday, March 24, 2022
Anti-Telescope Leaders Oppose HB2024 -- 'Bill does not provide any benefits'
By Andrew Walden @ 5:49 AM :: 1634 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

"...Thi$ Bill DOE$ NOT provide for any benefit$, or any procedure for $uch benefit$ to tran$fer to the beneficiarie$...." -- Anti-Telescope Protest Leaders

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022
HB2125 Deferred: Would Criminalize Parental Involvement in Education
By Brett Kulbis @ 11:52 PM :: 3225 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment, COVID-19

... Senator Kidani Education Committee Chair, announced bill 2125 will be deferred, sighting a "fracturing of relationships between DOE and our special education families and community" ....

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022
HART: Recovery Plan Does Not Exist (yet)
By Andrew Walden @ 10:21 PM :: 1192 Views :: Rail

..."We submitted a Recovery Plan to the FTA, proposing to amend the Full Funding Grant Agreement" (not quite) ....

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Innovative States? Hawaii Ranks 40th
By Selected News Articles @ 9:54 PM :: 1111 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

... knowledge and technology outputs are America’s particular strengths--but not Hawaii's ....

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Green Energy: Schatz Gives Taxpayer Money to Maui Councilmenber's Spouse
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 1806 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Ethics, Congressional Delegation

... None of these insiders know anything about electricity so Schatz makes federal taxpayers to pay for experts who can do the actual work for them ....

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022
City Departments Work to Conserve Water amid Strain on Water Supply
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 795 Views :: Honolulu County

... BWS has requested all Oʻahu water users to voluntarily decrease water usage by 10% ....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Hawaii Residents Spend Most on Groceries--as a Percentage of Income
By News Release @ 10:55 PM :: 1201 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Top 5: Hawaii, Mississippi, Kentucky, Maine, Kansas.   High income Hawaii is more costly--as a proportion of income--than the other four which are low income states ....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Hawaii Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment
By Selected News Articles @ 9:50 PM :: 1351 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... high taxes for poor quality services ....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Economic Freedom: Ige Ranks 43rd
By Selected News Articles @ 7:55 PM :: 1014 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Politicians

... Low taxes, school choice help inform ALEC's ranking of best, worst governors ....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Maui Musical Chairs: Rumor of Roz Baker Retirement
By Selected News Articles @ 6:21 PM :: 1306 Views :: Maui County, Office of Elections

... King v McKelvey for State Senate? ....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Agribusiness Development Corporation--Auditor Finds 'Material Weakness'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:16 AM :: 1145 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

... resulting in misstatements in eight different ADC accounts and a three-year delay in financial reporting ....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Hawaii Steepest Housing Cost Increases in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 AM :: 1102 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In terms of dollar figures, Hawaii spent the last two years in a class by itself. The state tallied the steepest increases in the country across every category and every time period throughout the entirety of the pandemic. ....

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Monday, March 21, 2022
Hawaii Among Worst States for Doctors
By Selected News Articles @ 4:58 PM :: 1231 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

... 2022’s Best & Worst States for Doctors ....

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Sunday, March 20, 2022
HSTA Seminar: How to Transsexualize K-12 Students
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 2366 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Labor

... The Hawaii State Teachers Association Human and Civil Rights (HCR) Committee is proud to present its 2022 Social Justice Summit on Sunday, April 3, on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public ....

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