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Thursday, March 25, 2021
House Budget: Irresponsible record-breaking spending spree
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:34 PM :: 2407 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Keli’i Akina says House members should have aimed to pay off more debt instead of go on a record-breaking spending spree ....

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
What are the Limits to Hawaii Governors' Emergency Powers?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:51 PM :: 1909 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Hawai‘i’s statute contains a single major check on the executive’s delegated authority: the “automatic termination” provision ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Hawaii: Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment
By Selected News Articles @ 10:23 PM :: 2312 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... do people in high-tax states receive superior government services ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
Hawaii Republican Legislative Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 8:43 PM :: 1926 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... We are less than 30-days to "Sine Die," if we are lucky, the good will outweigh the bad when it's over! ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
Grassroot Institute Legislative Update
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:55 AM :: 2713 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Hawaii's Legislature is about halfway through its 2021 session, and if we're lucky, the good will outweigh the bad when it's over ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
House Finance Committee Approves State Budget – with Amendments
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 2130 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... The $1.6 billion in federal funds allocated to the State in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a temporary reprieve for the State's financial crisis. ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
DLIR: No Gap in Benefits Extended under Latest COVID Stimulus Bill
By News Release @ 4:54 AM :: 1711 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Title IX of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 extends key unemployment insurance and assistance provisions of both the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) as well as the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) ....

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Monday, March 15, 2021
Senate Sends Housing Bills to House
By News Release @ 6:06 PM :: 2177 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... Establishes the ALOHA homes program to develop low-cost homes on state-owned and county-owned land in urban redevelopment sites to be sold in leasehold by the Hawaii housing finance and development corporation ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Ige: "Furloughs are off the table"
By News Release @ 6:37 PM :: 2557 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...Translation: Wage hikes coming on June 30 ....

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Thursday, March 4, 2021
100% Fail: Auditor Report on Legislators' Proposed Special Funds and Revolving Funds
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:11 AM :: 1554 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... We reviewed 75 House and Senate bills proposing 51 special and revolving funds during the 2021 legislative session. None satisfied the criteria set forth in Section 23-11, HRS, for proposed special and revolving funds ....

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
OIP: UIPA Under COVID Emergency Rules
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 1827 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... SP18 requires an agency that relies on the suspended deadlines to acknowledge receipt of “UIPA Requests”  ....

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Official State Meetings Calendar Updated
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 1279 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Sunshine Law requires notice of meetings of state boards to be electronically posted on the State Calendar at least six calendar days before the meeting ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
VIDEO: What to watch out for at the Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:50 AM :: 1649 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Lawmakers are planning to increase taxes and regulations this year, but there are better ways to help Hawaii's economy prosper ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
Hawaii Republican Legislative Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 3:41 AM :: 2133 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... upcoming hearings ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Stop playing with the numbers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:36 AM :: 2063 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... When it comes to budgets and accounting, politicians have successfully convinced voters that the ordinary rules of fiscal accountability shouldn’t apply to government ....

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
VIDEO: Hawaii's flawed accounting practices
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:06 AM :: 1891 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... flawed government accounting standards allow lawmakers to spend more and sweep debt under the rug ....

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Monday, February 15, 2021
Honest budgeting practices? Loans are not revenues
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:15 PM :: 1754 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The Governmental Accounting Standards Boards is considering letting states count loans as "revenues" to balance their budgets ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
DLIR Fixes Antique Computers--PEUC Checks Coming
By News Release @ 2:15 PM :: 2197 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... DLIR announced that it has completed system updates for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program that was extended by the Continued Assistance Act ....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Hawaii Republican Legislative Update
By News Release @ 2:25 AM :: 2957 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Life, Republican Party, Second Amendment

... upcoming hearings ....

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
2021 Legislature might actually do some good
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:44 AM :: 2221 Views :: Hawaii State Government

" ... I don’t remember a legislative session that began with so many bills worthy of our support .... "

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Friday, February 5, 2021
HB103: Rein in Power of Governor During State of Emergency
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:45 PM :: 2802 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

"...By requiring legislative approval for the extension of an emergency past a 60-day time limit, the bill would take a positive step toward protecting the balance of powers and the public trust...."

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Republican Legislative Update
By Brett Kulbis @ 4:03 AM :: 2020 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... JAN 27–LAST DAY TO INTRODUCE BILLS ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Legislators introduce dozens of tax hike bills
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 AM :: 2732 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Hawaii's economy is on the ropes right now, but that hasn't stopped some legislators from going all in with new tax-increase proposals ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Ethics: Legislator Wants to Hire 'Intern', Pay Under the Table
By News Release @ 4:08 AM :: 2582 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"... Soliciting, selling, or otherwise engaging in a substantial financial transaction with a subordinate or a person or business whom the legislator or employee inspects or supervises in the legislator's or employee's official capacity ...."

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Monday, January 25, 2021
Legislature Stages Vaccination Party for 500 Cronies and Insiders
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 3952 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... all Legislative employees working in the Hawaiʻi State Capitol will be able to be vaccinated as members of its prioritized vaccination system's Phase 1b (i.e., individuals essential for government operations), on January 28, 2021 ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
Hawaii Opens Door to More Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Schemes
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 2970 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

... This is made possible with the issuance of a “no action message” by DFI, which will not take any action against these companies during the two-year period of the program ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
State of State: Ige Punts Tax Hike to Legislature
By Video @ 6:16 PM :: 2860 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... House speaker calls Ige’s State of the State address ‘risk averse’ ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Let's get our voice back
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:50 AM :: 2145 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... a perpetual emergency status ....

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Friday, January 22, 2021
Hawai‘i State Senate Updates Leadership and Committee Assignments
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 1590 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Senator Laura Acasio was appointed by Governor Ige to the Senate District 1 seat ....

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
HSTA Tells School Board that Donald Trump Ordered Hawaii to Raise Taxes to Fund Vacant DoE Positions
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 3561 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... As a service to our readers we are providing a line-by-line debunk of HSTA's argument in parenthesis below ....

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Sunday, January 17, 2021
Barreling Toward a Tax Hike!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3105 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Cost of Living

... “the carbon tax” is most likely the “barrel tax” ....

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Saturday, January 16, 2021
GOP Guide to 2021 Legislative Session
By Brett Kulbis @ 10:03 PM :: 1940 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... 2021 Key Dates in Legislative Calendar ....

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Friday, January 15, 2021
When saving money isn't really
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:31 PM :: 2765 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes, COVID-19

... that $2 billion in “savings” is going to end up costing the taxpayers almost four times as much in the long term ....

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Friday, January 15, 2021
30 Years Without a Plan -- Auditor Rips Agribusiness Development Corp.
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:36 AM :: 3807 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

"...ADC has done little – if anything – to facilitate the development of agricultural enterprises...the State can no longer wait for ADC to figure out what it is, what it is supposed to do, and how it is supposed to do it...."

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Delaying health benefits fund payments will add $8 billion to Hawaii taxpayer debt
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:29 PM :: 2698 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Efforts to save money now will cost taxpayers more later while putting government employees and retirees at risk, says Grassroot Institute of Hawaii ....

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Sunday, January 10, 2021
Scrutinize the Big Agencies!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2091 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... There is still a lot of real estate between $0.3 billion and $1.4 billion a year ....

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Friday, January 8, 2021
Don't rely on pennies from heaven
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:40 PM :: 1924 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... This week, we got our first real glimpse of Gov. David Ige’s proposed budget. ...

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Friday, January 8, 2021
'You can't spend money you don't have'
By Video @ 4:15 AM :: 2020 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Barabara Marumoto, architect of the state's legal spending cap, continues to believe Hawaii needs better budgeting practices ....

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Friday, January 8, 2021
Rep. Mizuno Says he is Victim of Unemployment Fraud
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 2573 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Law Enforcement

"I was just notified that someone had filed an unemployment claim using my name, work title, Social Security number, and work address."

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Friday, January 8, 2021
Spying on You: Department of Health Launches AlohaSafe Alert App
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 2258 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Free app augments contact tracing, (claims to) keep data private, sends notice of potential exposure ...

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Friday, January 8, 2021
COVID Session: How the Hawaii Legislative 2021 Session will be Conducted
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 2662 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Legislative Advocacy During COVID - A Virtual Seminar - How the Hawaii Legislative 2021 Session will be Conducted ....

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Friday, January 1, 2021
HDOT Highways Division Annual Report Released
By News Release @ 3:59 PM :: 1746 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... This annual report includes HDOT Highways Division goals, progress made towards those goals (including statistics), and expenditure breakdown .... 

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
''A virus like any other virus" Auditor Slams DAGS COVID Cleaning
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:07 AM :: 2182 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

"... A 25-year lack of progress is unacceptable .... "

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Sunday, December 27, 2020
Collective Bargaining Agreement:  Supreme Law of the Land?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3049 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... “The following specific provisions of law are suspended, as allowed by federal law … Chapter 89, HRS, collective bargaining in public employment.” ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
$1 billion tax hike ahead?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 4191 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Governor being coy in new budget about tax increases totaling $1 billion ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
‘We are going through one of the worst financial crises the state has ever faced’
By Audio @ 8:15 PM :: 2557 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... steps state officials could take to turn things around ....

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Monday, December 21, 2020
Ige Outlines 2021-23 Budget--'Sharp Reductions'
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 1829 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...“I’m hopeful that federal aid will allow us to refrain from imposing furloughs until later.”...

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Saturday, December 19, 2020
Tax hikes coming — really?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:15 AM :: 2320 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the only two things that are certain in life are debt and taxes ....

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
State's $1.4B deficit is equal to its overspending since 2012
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:31 PM :: 1488 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Respecting the state’s legal spending cap might have saved the state from having to consider furloughs for its employees ....

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Thursday, December 10, 2020
Next Boondoggle: 3 Finalists Named for Aloha Stadium Project
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 3311 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

... This RFQ includes the new Aloha Stadium complemented by a mix of developments that will connect to the rail station ....  

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