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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Could this be a good year at the Hawaii Legislature?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:54 PM :: 284 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Small Business, Cost of Living

... we have high hopes for a few ideas that could make a real difference for our state ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Proposed Hawaii State Privacy Laws
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 AM :: 293 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Small Business

... Hawaii lawmakers introducing consumer privacy bills and biometric privacy bills ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Green's State of the State: What's to like? 
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:38 AM :: 345 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Most compelling was the governor's proposal to increase tax deductions and support open records, but all the talk about spending was worrisome ....

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Monday, January 23, 2023
VIDEO: State of the State Address
By Video @ 3:18 PM :: 401 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Gov Josh Green, State of the State address, January 23, 2023 ....

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Saturday, January 21, 2023
​Feds award Hawaii $15.8 million to offset COFA costs
By Selected News Articles @ 5:38 PM :: 418 Views :: World News, Hawaii State Government

... About 16,300 members of the COFA lived in Hawaii, according to numbers from fiscal year 2022 ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
Let the sun shine in
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:33 AM :: 372 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The only question is whether they have the political will ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Opening Day for 2023 Legislature
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 361 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Hawaii targets housing reform as Legislature returns
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 AM :: 370 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... 156 bills are on the current docket to be introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Green Names New Disaster Advisor and HI-EMA Administrator
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 553 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

... Luke Meyers is joining the Office of Governor Josh Green, M.D., as the State Disaster Management Advisor (SDMA), with Col. (Ret.) James D.S. Barros named as the new Administrator for the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) ....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023
House Democrats Outline Top Priorities for 2023 Session
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 403 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, the Hawaiʻi State Legislature will convene ....

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Sunday, January 15, 2023
Transparency by Executive Order? Gov Green responds
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:59 PM :: 646 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... two dozen community and media organizations suggest changes that could be implemented by executive order ....

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Saturday, January 14, 2023
Prioritizing lists
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 714 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... The list is directly from the HGEA’s email to members earlier this week, January 9, 2023 ....

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Sunday, January 8, 2023
Akina recaps victories, disappointments of 2022; is optimistic about 2023
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:31 PM :: 698 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s “wins” over the past year ....

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Sunday, January 1, 2023
Lives Matter
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 821 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... the important thing isn’t money for the sake of money, but whether it’s being used wisely to make our lives better ....

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Saturday, December 31, 2022
Bill Would Ban TikTok on Government Phones and Computers
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:33 PM :: 711 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... TikTok is known to be mining and storing in China the identities and private information of up to 200 million Americans ....

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Friday, December 30, 2022
Green Announces Seven New Appointees--Pulls Tokioka and Yamane from House
By News Release @ 1:52 AM :: 1607 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Reps. James Tokioka of Kauai and Ryan Yamane of Mililani will resign their seats in the Legislature and start in their new positions next week ....

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022
New Hawaii Laws taking effect January 1, 2023
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 1293 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... fireworks auditing, cigarette tax stamps, ranked choice voting ....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Hawaiʻi Senate Ways and Means Committee releases public briefings schedule for state budget
By News Release @ 2:23 AM :: 784 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... more than 20 briefings to be held between Jan. 10 and 24 ....  

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Legislature will be awarding Grants-in-Aid for 2023
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 796 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023 ....

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Sunday, December 25, 2022
Reforming Hawaii Professional Licensing Laws
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:06 PM :: 1112 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii is the fourth-worst state in the country when it comes to requiring occupational licenses ....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Hawaii Among Nine States Running Long-Term Structural Deficits
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 905 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... revenue will continue to fall short of spending absent policy changes ....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Gov Green and First Lady Host Traditional Christmas Open House at Washington Place
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 775 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Religion

... Governor Josh Green, M.D., First Lady Jaime Green and the Washington Place Foundation will carry on a 164-year tradition by hosting a Christmas Open House at Washington Place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2022 ....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Green Names 17 More Appointees
By News Release @ 12:05 AM :: 1322 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... With these selections, Gov. Green has now identified a Director for every state department ....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Hawaii House and Senate Release Committee Assignments for 2023
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 1696 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... finalized committee assignments ahead of the 32nd Legislature ....

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Monday, December 5, 2022
Green: My Inauguration Unites State as One
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 1189 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

... Governor Green recently announced the appointments of key cabinet and executive staff leadership roles, signaling the most expeditious assembling of a gubernatorial administration in the state’s history (behind a Carpenters Union chief of Staff) ....

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Monday, December 5, 2022
Ige Announces Completion of over 600,000 Refunds to Hawaii Taxpayers
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 891 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... A total of 606,674 Act 115 refunds were issued, totaling $307.9 million. That includes 288,590 direct deposits and 318,084 paper checks ....

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Saturday, December 3, 2022
How Secure Are Hawaii Public Pensions?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:22 PM :: 953 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii, pension liabilities totaled an estimated $32.7 billion in 2020. Meanwhile, the state's pension assets totaled $17.4 billion. Considering both assets and liabilities, Hawaii's pension funding ratio is 53.2%, the seventh lowest in the country ....

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Friday, December 2, 2022
Green Names 14 Cabinet Picks
By News Release @ 3:54 AM :: 1783 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Green today announced nominees to serve as Director and/or Deputy Director for fourteen state departments in his cabinet ....

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Thursday, December 1, 2022
Hawaii Licensing Regs Burden Low-Income Occupations
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 772 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii has the highest average burdens across the occupations it licenses ....

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Hawaii Statewide Transportation Plan Virtual Public Meetings
By News Release @ 1:53 AM :: 500 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii Department of Transportation will be holding virtual public meetings on the update of the Hawaii Statewide Transportation Plan on Dec. 5, 6, 14, & 15 ....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Carpenters Union Director Heads List of Green Appointees
By News Release @ 1:50 PM :: 2059 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... chief of staff, Brooke Wilson, (former political and education director for the Hawaii Regional Council of Carpenters) who had served in the same position when he was Hawaiʻi’s lieutenant governor ....

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Monday, November 21, 2022
Report: Hawaii Started 95 Transportation Projects in Year-One of Infrastructure Law
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 915 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii leveraged $290.0 million in federal highway and bridge formula funds in FY 2022 to help jumpstart 95 new improvement projects ....

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Friday, November 18, 2022
It’s our kuleana to ensure campaign promises are kept
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:13 PM :: 681 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

... If we don’t demand action, followup on our demands and show the consequences at the ballot box, then we have failed in our civic duty ....

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Thursday, November 17, 2022
Hawaii State Senate Announces Leadership, Committee Chairs for 2023
By News Release @ 3:03 PM :: 1171 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Senate announces new Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs for 2023 .... 

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Fitch: Public Employee Pay Hikes, Higher Interest Rates Will Push Hawaii Liabilities Higher
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 791 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

"...higher inflation will pressure pension liabilities via rising employee wages, which raise projected benefits, and automatic cost of living adjustment mechanisms...."

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Green Administration Hiring Now--Bissen Too!
By News Release @ 7:33 PM :: 1565 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... click here to apply ....

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Saturday, November 5, 2022
Unemployment Trust Fund Grows to $205M
By News Release @ 3:58 AM :: 787 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii’s unemployment insurance (UI) program is funded exclusively by employers via state and federal payroll taxes on wages ....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Hawaii COVID Spending: $1M for Sea Urchins
By News Release @ 9:58 PM :: 969 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... Hawaii spent $1 million on a sea urchin hatchery and $300,000 for an engineering assessment of the now-condemned Aloha Stadium. …

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Sunday, October 30, 2022
“Dedicated Funding Source”?  Nah
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 785 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the “dedication” of the funding source is often porous ....

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Thursday, October 20, 2022
Preserves Anti-Hu Honua Majority: Ige Appoints Solar Exec to PUC
By News Release @ 2:56 AM :: 1830 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Hawaii State Government

... ​Yost vs Wakai over Hu Honua ....

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Sunday, October 16, 2022
Office of Language Access--15 Years of Doing Nothing
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:06 PM :: 706 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... We found that OLA has done little of consequence ....

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Sunday, October 16, 2022
State Financial Condition Still Dismal
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 922 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... $37,000 of shortfall per taxpayer ....

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Saturday, October 15, 2022
Ige Scores 'C' on Fiscal Policy Report Card
By Cato Foundation @ 4:50 AM :: 851 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... The report examines the tax and spending choices made by the governors and discusses recent policy trends ....

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Friday, October 14, 2022
Moody's revises Hawaii's outlook downward
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 850 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... the state's sound financial position and strong governance, offset by economic concentration in tourism, elevated leverage (combined debt, pension, OPEB and other liabilities) and associated fixed costs ....

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Thursday, October 13, 2022
Legislature is Hiring for 2023 Session
By News Release @ 3:59 PM :: 699 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The positions are temporary (4-6 month) jobs with start dates in December 2022 or January 2023 .... 

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Ige Signs Abortion Secrecy Executive Order
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 872 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Life

“...Effective immediately, departments and agencies under my authority shall not provide any information, including medical records, data, or billing, to another state seeking to impose penalties upon a person or entity related to reproductive health services in Hawaiʻi....”

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Russian Hackers Attack Hawaii Airport Websites
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 864 Views :: World News, Hawaii State Government

“...This attack was focused only on the public-facing website for the airports and had no impact on internal systems, operations, or traveler safety....”

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Sunday, October 9, 2022
Love-Hate Relationship with P3
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 931 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government

... The most recent and visible example is our iconic Aloha Stadium .... 

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Exemptions to open-records law should favor disclosure, not secrecy
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:45 PM :: 780 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... draft legislation would incorporate a “deliberative process privilege” into the state Uniform Information Practices Act ....

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Hawaii 5th-Worst State Finances
By Selected News Articles @ 10:06 PM :: 871 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... For 2021, Hawaii had $6.5 billion to pay its bills of $24.5 billion ....

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