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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Before Pandemic, Spending Exceeded Long-Term Revenue in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 7:59 PM :: 1823 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Insights From Fiscal 50’s Key Measures of State Fiscal Health ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Legislature to Consider Auto-IRA Saving for Private Sector Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 7:48 PM :: 3517 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

... workers at employers of a minimum size would be enrolled automatically in the program with the ability to opt out ....

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Sunday, January 16, 2022
Under the Big Top
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3042 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... With this kind of money projected to come in the door, politicians of all stripes are staying up nights plotting and planning how to spend it ....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
Put state budget on a diet, Akina says on ‘Perry & The Posse’ show
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:50 PM :: 1538 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... What to do with the state’s $3 billion budget surplus ....

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Hawaii Tax Foundation to Host 2022 Legislative Briefing series
By Tom Yamachika @ 9:51 PM :: 1376 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The 2022 Legislative Briefings will be held via Zoom on the following Tuesdays from 7:30 am- 8:30 am ....

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Monday, January 10, 2022
Cryptocurrency in Hawaii at a crossroads
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:38 PM :: 1399 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Will Hawaii be able to benefit from the cryptocurrency boom? ....

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Sunday, January 9, 2022
TANF Hoarding
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1626 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...  So what have we done with the federal TANF money?  We’ve let it pile up unused ....

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Saturday, January 8, 2022
PUC Chair James Griffin to Step Down
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 1253 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

... Griffin will serve until June 30, 2022.  Gov. Ige will nominate Griffin’s replacement in the coming months ....

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Thursday, January 6, 2022
TANF: Hawaii Hoards $364M Federal Welfare Money
By Selected News Articles @ 6:32 PM :: 1530 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii has $364 million idling in an account, equivalent to $2,923 per person living in poverty ....

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Thursday, January 6, 2022
California Global Warmer Returns to Hawaii, Quickly Named to BLNR
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 1674 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... Aimee’s political experience includes working on Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign, helping to draft her “Climate Plan for the People,” and on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, where she led the Bay Area Idealists4Hillary group ....

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Lobbyists Welcome--But Legislature will Continue to Exclude Public
By News Release @ 4:25 PM :: 1235 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... “The decision to keep the building closed ... was made to minimize the spread of COVID-19 among members, staff, visitors (ie lobbyists and other insiders), and other building occupants (ie lobbyists and other insiders). The building status will be reevaluated in the coming weeks (ie after the session is over)” ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Hawaii budget needs lifestyle change in 2022
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:55 PM :: 1219 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the result of years of indulgence and bad habits ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Senate Budget Briefings Begin
By News Release @ 3:05 AM :: 950 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... twenty informational briefings Senate Ways and Means (WAM) committee will be conducting between January 4–18, 2022 ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
7-Eleven Hawaii to Accept SNAP for Online Orders With Vroom Delivery
By News Release @ 1:24 AM :: 1113 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... The island retailer will be the first convenience store chain in the U.S. to launch online SNAP payment capabilities ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Removing Hawaii’s Barriers to Bitcoin
By Video @ 1:10 AM :: 1284 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii has higher legal barriers to virtual-currency companies than any other state ....

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Monday, January 3, 2022
Hawaii could be more transparent about CARES Act spending, report says
By Selected News Articles @ 5:22 PM :: 1370 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s website falls short of breaking down what money was spent on beyond the vague spending category descriptions, which leave a lot of gray area ....

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Saturday, January 1, 2022
Act 90: 19,000 DLNR Acres Transferred to Agriculture Department
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 1358 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

... fulfilling the purposes of Act 90, Session Laws of Hawaii 2003 ....

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Friday, December 31, 2021
Ige's Latest COVID Emergency Proclamation Does Only One Thing: Suspend Part of Sunshine Law
By News Release @ 1:27 AM :: 1718 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Ige has signed an emergency proclamation temporarily suspending an upcoming provision in Hawaiʻi’s Sunshine Law that would have mandated at least one in-person location be held for public meetings ....

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Friday, December 31, 2021
DHS Waiver Makes Life Easier for Welfare Cheats
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 1479 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... beginning January 1, 2022 through March 31, 2022, the interview requirement for new applications and renewals will be waived ....

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Thursday, December 23, 2021
State budget windfall opens way for tax cuts
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:15 PM :: 1277 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... calculations show there is plenty of room for the Legislature to break its habit of continually increasing taxes ....

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Ige Releases Supplemental Budget--Boosts Spending 12.2%
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 1232 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... $942.3 million over the current appropriation level of $7.759 billion ....

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Thursday, December 16, 2021
Soaring Unfunded Pension Liabilities Threaten Taxpayers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:35 AM :: 1626 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... As Crisis Intensifies, Union Dons Push For Even More Spending ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Hawaii Ethics and Audit Function at Lowest Level in Years
By Andrew Walden @ 3:41 AM :: 3123 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... This proves there is much more corruption to be ferreted out--and the crooks know it ....

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021
Ige Appoints Holly T.M. Shikada Attorney General
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 1385 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... Valerie M. Kato has been selected as the new First Deputy Attorney General ....

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Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Ethics: Officials Quietly form Non-Profit to Contract with their Department
By News Release @ 1:38 AM :: 2149 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Agency employs the relevant employees at state-run facilities. Recently, it has allowed some employees to become employees of the Non-Profit, which can offer additional benefits beyond those typically offered to state employees ....

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Sunday, December 5, 2021
Legislature to Resume Awarding Grants-In-Aid
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 1069 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Applications due January 21, 2022 ....

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Sunday, December 5, 2021
Ending Government by Fiat
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1382 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... a “state of emergency,” which causes the Governor’s powers to kick in, is supposed to terminate automatically after sixty days ....

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Ige Seeking Two BLNR Nominees
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 1547 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... Ige is recruiting qualified and dedicated individuals from Kauaʻi and Hawaiʻi Island who are interested in serving on the State Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) ....

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
State Completes implementation of new electronic time and leave system
By News Release @ 1:05 AM :: 1638 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... 13,000 employees in the Executive and Legislative branches, and the Office of the Hawaiian Affairs produce 90,000 electronic leave records each month ....

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Saturday, November 27, 2021
Conservative Rankings of Hawaii State Legislators --2020 Session
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 1758 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... How Does Your Legislator Rank? ....

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Is This the End for Gut and Replace?
By Video @ 3:44 AM :: 1499 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Court Strikes Down ‘Gut and Replace’ -- Legal Expert Robert Thomas Weighs in ....

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Monday, November 22, 2021
Hawaii Ranks 47th in the Nation in Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness
By News Release @ 5:36 PM :: 1518 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... The state’s pavement quality is very poor, among the worst in the country and the primary driver for the state’s low ranking ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Ige Announces $365M in CIP
By News Release @ 3:05 AM :: 1701 Views :: DHHL, Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

... These funds were released in October 2021 ....

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021
State Financial Reports 84% Transparent
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 1146 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... Twenty-two states earned distinction this year for providing the public with candid and transparent information about their government’s fiscal health ....

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Sunday, November 14, 2021
NOT the End of Gut-n-Replace
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1693 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... A person challenging a bill still needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the bill is unconstitutional.  And remember, it took a 3-2 vote to hold that recidivism and hurricane shelters are unrelated ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Hawaii Supreme Court Guts-And-Replaces The Legislature's "Gut-And-Replace" Switcheroo
By Robert Thomas @ 8:01 PM :: 1550 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... a well-functioning republic presumes that those tasked with vigilance -- the public -- have the opportunity to understand the substance of what those whom we elect to represent us are actually doing ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Survey shows concern about government spending and debt
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:48 PM :: 1863 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... The poll of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents also found significant agreement that private firms should be more involved in delivering public services ....

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
Good riddance to ‘gut and replace’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:23 PM :: 1450 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Grassroot Institute submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of the plaintiffs, arguing that the practice was eroding public trust in government and short-circuiting the democratic process ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
"Gut and Replace" Held Unconstitutional  
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 1878 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Hawaii Supreme Court, in a 3-2 decision, dealt a serious blow to the Legislature’s “gut and replace” tactic ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Spewing CO2 Governor Jets off to Scotland Global Warming Confab
By News Release @ 5:31 AM :: 1613 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

... Jeff Bezos' Gulf Stream leads parade of 400 private jets into COP26 ....

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Sunday, October 31, 2021
The Perils of Being a Watch Doggie
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2453 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

... The story you are about to read is true.  The names have not been changed to protect the innocent .... 

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Use the Interim to Prepare for Legislative Session
By News Release @ 7:59 PM :: 2533 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... Get active at the legislature! ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
State of Hawaii Launches 'Non-Fungible Token' Scheme
By News Release @ 2:20 PM :: 1621 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Eminem is an 'investor' ....

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Saturday, October 2, 2021
Full Text: Ige Extends Emergency to December 1st
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 1621 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Restores civil service recruitment requirements which were previously suspended ....

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Hawaii Among Five Worst 'Sinkhole States'
By News Release @ 7:22 PM :: 2801 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... Financial State of the States 2021 ....

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Hawaii’s Big Government Bureaucracy; How Red Tape Threatens the Individual
By Video @ 3:45 AM :: 1761 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... Hawaii government bureaucracy often it serves itself instead of the public ....

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Sunday, September 19, 2021
Competition for People
By News Release @ 6:00 AM :: 1559 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... I have seen legislature after legislature consider many, many bills to increase taxes ....

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Thursday, September 9, 2021
Ige Announces 'Vax-or-Test' Requirement to Enter State Facilities
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 1676 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The Order takes effect Monday, Sept. 13, 2021 ....

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Thursday, September 9, 2021
Spying on You: Digital Hawaii SMART Health Card
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 2538 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Foil a Spy: Laminate a photocopy of your CDC vax card.  Score it down the middle to fold to the size of a business card.  Then put it in your wallet ....

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Sunday, August 29, 2021
Jenga game illustrates how government budgets go wrong
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:15 PM :: 1590 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... “Yes,” Weinberg said. “You are going to mess up Hawaii’s finances.” ....

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