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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Unions Seek to Create Chaos, Drown Furloughs in Confusion
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 3086 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

"...Many public workers have already lost their second jobs in the tourism industry...."

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Case Bill: Shift State COFA Costs to Federal Government
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 2302 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

... Compact Impact Fairness Act Aims At Growing Burden On States and Territories, Now $200 Million Annually for Hawai’i Alone, For Uncovered Services To Resident Migrants From The Marshall Islands, Palau and Micronesia ....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Ige: State Employee Furloughs Begin January 1
By News Release @ 7:51 PM :: 2167 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...About 10,160 employees will be subject to the furloughs. The number will be even larger when Department of Education and University of Hawaii employees are included....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Med-Quest RFP for Medicaid Plans
By News Release @ 5:43 PM :: 2249 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, COVID-19

... for up to five health plans to ensure access and continuity of care for Medicaid beneficiaries ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Ige Appoints Max Otani Director of Department of Public Safety
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 1740 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Otani replaces Nolan Espinda, who retired in September....

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Friday, November 27, 2020
After 40 Years, RFP for State Financial Software Overhaul
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 1911 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... DAGS and Office of Enterprise Technology Services, November 16, 2020, issued the RFP for an Enterprise Financial Solution ....

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Sunday, November 22, 2020
​Standardless Spending, Part 2?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2219 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...B&F basically told the departments, “Here’s your money. Go spend it.”....

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
Hawaii Ranks 42nd in the Nation in Highway Performance and Cost-Effectiveness
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 1913 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... This is a five-spot improvement from the previous report, where Hawaii ranked 47th overall ....

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Thursday, November 19, 2020
DBEDT Releases Hawai‘i Broadband Strategic Plan
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 1560 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... an update to the original Hawai‘i Broadband Strategic Plan released in 2012 ....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
Ige Names Tommy Johnson DPS Deputy Director for Corrections
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 1857 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Johnson is currently the Parole and Pardons Administrator for the Hawai‘i Paroling Authority (HPA), a position he has held since 2001....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
State unemployment tax slated to automatically triple in 2021
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:52 AM :: 3819 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...Failure to address the legally required increase could discourage employers from hiring back employees after the lockdowns....

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Sunday, November 15, 2020
Hawai‘i Department of Health a founding member of the Cannabis Regulators Association
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 1970 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Drugs

... to remain at the forefront in developing policies and regulations ....

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Sunday, November 15, 2020
Where’s All the Money?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2102 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...$2.28 billion within 257 accounts....

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Friday, November 13, 2020
Senate Special Session to Consider Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 2074 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

...The process will begin with a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Monday, November 16 2020, at 1:00 p.m....

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Monday, November 9, 2020
House and Senate Accepting Applications for 2021 Legislative Session
By News Release @ 3:06 PM :: 2749 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Working at the Hawaii State Legislature offers individuals an opportunity to experience firsthand what it’s like ....

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Saturday, November 7, 2020
State Auditor Compliance Review -- 2015 - 2018
By News Release @ 2:28 AM :: 1981 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...From 2015 to 2018, we made 190 actionable audit recommendations, of which the affected agencies reported partially or fully implementing 182….

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Friday, November 6, 2020
Same old, same old won't do
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:49 PM :: 1762 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...At the county level, there could be some changes....

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Friday, November 6, 2020
House Leadership and Committee Chair Assignments for 2021 Legislature
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 2136 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Speaker Scott K. Saiki announced the House leadership and committee chair assignments for the 2021 legislative session that will convene on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 ....

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Friday, November 6, 2020
Eight New Democrats Elected to State House
By News Release @ 2:56 AM :: 2201 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

...The newly-elected House Majority members are Patrick Branco, Greggor Ilagan, Matt Lopresti, Jeanné Kapela, Sonny Ganaden, Jackson Sayama, Lisa Marten, and Adrian Tam....

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Thursday, November 5, 2020
Senate Announces Leadership and Committee Roles for 2021
By News Release @ 5:29 PM :: 2489 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Leadership and members in the sixteen standing committees are ....

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Thursday, November 5, 2020
Ige Names New Deputy Director for Law Enforcement
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 2276 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Jordan Lowe most recently worked at the Honolulu Department of Prosecuting Attorney as the Chief Investigator for the Investigative Services Division....

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Sunday, November 1, 2020
Someone Was Listening to the Howl in the Woods
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2488 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... the Governor issued a Fourteenth Supplementary Proclamation, in which the language suspending the Procurement Code was radically changed ....

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Saturday, October 31, 2020
Auditor Slams "Rush to get COVID Money out the door without proper scrutiny"
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:33 PM :: 2711 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... last-minute “spend-for-the-sake-of-spending” mentality ....

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
OIP Proposes Permanent Virtual Meeting Legislation
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 1575 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...a permanent change to the Sunshine Law that would allow, but not mandate, boards to conduct “virtual” online public meetings, while continuing to require at least one physical meeting location where people ... could still testify and participate in person....

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Monday, October 26, 2020
Pension Debt: Hawaii Among 5 Worst
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 2929 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Five states continue to carry elevated long-term liability burdens above 20% of personal income in fiscal 2019, including Illinois (at 27% of personal income), Connecticut, New Jersey, Hawaii and Alaska. For all of them, pensions remain the driver of elevated liabilities....

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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Making Up for Budget Shortfalls
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2300 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...we have a state budget hole of more than 2 billion dollars....

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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Ige 45th: ALEC Ranks Governors
By News Release @ 12:23 AM :: 2263 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Laffer-ALEC Report on Economic Freedom: Grading America’s 50 Governors....

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Sunday, October 18, 2020
Circuit Court Decision Upholds Lawfulness of Governor’s Emergency Proclamations
By News Release @ 4:24 PM :: 2398 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...In Partal et al. v. Ige et al., the plaintiffs argued that the Governor’s emergency powers under Hawaiʻi law were time-limited....

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Friday, October 16, 2020
Auditor Reports on Hawaii COVID Quarantine System
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:47 AM :: 2335 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Limited Scope Review of the State of Hawai‘i’s Mandatory Travel Self-Quarantine Program ....

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Thursday, October 15, 2020
COVID: Hawaii debt increases by $9 billion
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:12 PM :: 2576 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s unfunded liabilities for infrastructure and public health benefits have increased so far this year to $97 billion....

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Sunday, October 11, 2020
Academic Leadership
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2881 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Labor, COVID-19

...an example of leadership in the face of the COVID-19 crisis....

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Friday, October 9, 2020
Ige Grade 'D' -- Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors 2020
By Cato Foundation @ 3:28 AM :: 2639 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Hawaii’s general fund spending rose a hefty 5.7 percent in 2020, thus reducing the governor’s score in this report....

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Conservative Rankings of Hawaii State Legislators-2019 Session
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 2147 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...ACUF reviewed selected pieces of legislation voted on in both the Hawaii Senate and House to produce average scores of each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member....

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Friday, October 2, 2020
Ige Appoints Parole Authority Chair Director of Public Safety Department
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1935 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement
... Ige announced today that he has appointed Edmund (“Fred”) Hyun to serve as the temporary acting director overseeing the state Department of Public Safety, effective October 1 through November 30 ....
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Thursday, October 1, 2020
Doing the Job HGEA Cannot--DLIR Contractor Launches Unemployment Call Center
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 2079 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... 200 Trained Operators Will Answer Phones ....

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Sunday, September 27, 2020
Veto of the “Revolving Door” Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2088 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The bill addresses the appearance of corruption....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Pollyana approach not working
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:08 PM :: 2734 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... At the beginning of the year, our governor boasted about his efforts to put the state on a “sound financial footing.” What a difference a few months can make ....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Common Cause 2020 Legislative Wrap Up
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 2493 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

...Ige’s deadline to veto bills has passed, so we know which of the bills that made it through this most unusual session will become law....

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Sunday, September 20, 2020
Abercrombie and Waihee on COVID Leadership
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2232 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The governors zeroed in on two principal drivers of our government’s response, namely structural capability and leadership....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Ige Appoints new Director and Deputy at DLIR
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 2540 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Meanwhile: Top Three Failure Reward: Former DLIR Director Scott Murakami takes job at DBEDT....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Ige Releases Final Veto List
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 2130 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Gov. Ige vetoes bill limiting “revolving door” between government and lobbyists....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
State Auditor’s Review of GET Exemptions and Exclusions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2472 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... The Auditor was supposed to start on the first chunk last year and finish the report before the start of the 2020 legislature, but ....

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Saturday, September 12, 2020
Lt Governor Josh Green Tests Positive for COVID
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 2396 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Lt. Gov. Green plans to continue his duties from his home as long as he’s feeling well ....

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Kokua Council files action with the Hawaii Supreme Court to compel the Department of Health to increase the number of contact tracers in Hawaii
By News Release @ 7:40 AM :: 2146 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Kokua Council has filed a petition for mandamus with the Supreme Court ....

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Saturday, September 5, 2020
DOBOR Alerts Contain 'Geofencing' Spy Program
By News Release @ 7:07 AM :: 2251 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... The AlertMedia software offers a host of benefits aside from quick and efficient message dissemination.  It also offers message tracking, “geofencing” and weather alerts.  Geofencing, allows the system administrator to encircle an area on a map and transmit messages just to users inside that geographic area ....

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Friday, September 4, 2020
We weren't crying "Wolf" after all
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:38 PM :: 3011 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...that crisis finally came, and we were unprepared for it....

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Governor Releases 'Intent to Veto' List
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 3529 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Second Amendment

...Gov. David Ige has notified legislative leaders and key lawmakers of his Intent to Veto the following 6 measures....

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Monday, August 31, 2020
Heads Roll: Espinda, Anderson Out
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 2086 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Gov. David Ige announced today that Dr. Bruce Anderson and Director Nolan Espinda will be retiring in September ....

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Sunday, August 30, 2020
Case of the Missing Contact Tracer Millions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:06 AM :: 4178 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...I’m not the only one trying to dig up information on where the money went....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Watchdog group urges Ige to release COVID records
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:02 PM :: 2823 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says the lack of transparency is ‘eroding public trust in the management of the pandemic’....

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