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Sunday, February 20, 2022
Samuel Wilder King II, Kalanikupua, Enters OHA At-Large-Trustee Race
By Samuel Wilder King II @ 5:30 PM :: 1350 Views :: OHA

... For more information about the campaign and Sam, please visit his website at votesamking.com ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
​SB555: Ban Fundraisers During Session
By News Release @ 3:03 PM :: 682 Views :: Ethics

... The committee on JDC has scheduled a public hearing on 02-22-22 at 9:30 am. ...

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
We Have a Health Care Crisis – And Our Taxes Aren’t Helping
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 888 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... Medicare will only reimburse medical work at “reasonable charges” and will not reimburse the doctors for the GET they have to pay ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
SB2819: $26K Pay Hike for Teachers Outside Collective Bargaining
By News Release @ 2:10 AM :: 1359 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... 8,700 of Hawaii’s 13,500 public and charter school teachers would have their annual salaries adjusted anywhere from $7,700 to $26,000 under SB2819, depending on their years of service ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
Auditor: OHA Created $15M Special Fund, Did not Report to Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:48 AM :: 1113 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund Revolving Fund $15,448,000 ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
Election year or not, higher taxes are on the Legislature’s agenda
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:17 AM :: 974 Views :: Taxes

... Watching proposed tax hikes make their way through the Legislature has become an annual tradition ....

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
On the Move in the Legislature: the good, the bad and the ugly
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:57 AM :: 1005 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the Capitol is filled with eager beavers ....

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
Small businesses would be paying for wage hike in more ways than one
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:47 AM :: 1029 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... minimum wage hikes kill jobs for teens, young adults, and the less educated ....

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
SB3250, SB3182 ‘wealth asset tax’ dangerous
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:13 AM :: 1098 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... ‘wealth tax’ great way to encourage capital flight ....

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
Jones Act lobby sails with dubious job estimates to bolster defense
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:01 AM :: 927 Views :: Jones Act

... The numbers keep increasing, even as the “Jones Act industry” declines ....

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
Chief Justice Seeks Public Comment on Judicial Nominees
By News Release @ 1:41 AM :: 955 Views :: Honolulu County, Judiciary

... judicial nominees for one position each in the District Court and District Family Court of the First Circuit, island of Oahu ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Maui County ​Vaccine and testing requirements for restaurants, bars and gyms to be eliminated beginning Feb. 21
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 1039 Views :: Maui County, COVID-19

... Maui County’s indoor mask requirement must be lifted by the governor ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Former HSTA Pres and five others on short list to become Next Ty Cullen
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 1044 Views :: Honolulu County, Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Dems will forward Rosenlee and two others to Gov Ige so he can pick Rosenlee ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Chief Investigator: State Attorney General Refusing to Indict Government Corruption Cases
By Andrew Walden @ 1:06 PM :: 3657 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

"The CLFCU unit was to spearhead the criminal prosecution of White Collar and government corruption crimes. So far, completed cases that were sent to the unit have not been forwarded for indictments and are held in abeyance for no reason." -- Chief Investigator Daniel Hanagami

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Student Press Freedom: Hawaii considers ‘New Voices’ legislation as Senate version clears first legislative hurdles
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 1061 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment

... Senate Bill 214, and its House companion HB 781, are patterned on the Student Press Law Center’s “New Voices” model legislation ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Red Hill: Senate Approves $350M
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 922 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Military

... $250 million in funding for the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force to cover expenses incurred related to drinking water contamination and $100 million for the Department of Defense to comply with the State of Hawaii’s emergency order to defuel the Red Hill tanks ....

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Friday, February 18, 2022
Ige Nominates Five to BLNR
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 1033 Views :: Land Use

... Wesley “Kaiwi” Yoon, Doreen Canto, Aimee Keli‘i Barnes, Karen Ono, Riley Smith ....

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
SB2916: Prohibit Governor from Suspending UIPA During 'Emergency'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:27 PM :: 758 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... SB2916 would prohibit the governor or mayor from suspending requests for public records or vital statistics during a declared state of emergency ....

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
SB2282: Allow Nurses to Abort Babies Up to Viability
By Selected News Articles @ 4:06 PM :: 775 Views :: Health Care, Life

... Barely a year after Hawaii began allowing nurses to abort first-trimester unborn babies, state lawmakers already are moving forward with legislation to allow nurses to do even more dangerous second-trimester abortions ....

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Thursday, February 17, 2022
Bribery: Saiki Reopens Capitol without Telling Senate, Creates 'Commission' to Stall Reform Until Next Session
By News Release @ 1:10 AM :: 1586 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The House is re-opening the State Capitol to the public beginning March 7, 2022. House members, House staff, and the public will be required to adhere to the state vaccination policy to enter the State Capitol ....

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Change in Long-Term Care Costs in Hawaii Mixed
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 1047 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... in Hawaii the increase in the cost for assisted living facility care surpassed the national trend while the increase in costs for home care services was less than what was seen nationally ....

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Waipahu HS Team Wins Hawaii Lifesmarts Competition
By News Release @ 11:13 PM :: 817 Views :: Education K-12

... The game-show style competition tests students on their knowledge of personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities through an individual test, “speed smarts” activity, and game-show style buzzer rounds ....

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Former Hawaii State Legislators Plead Guilty to Honest Services Wire Fraud
By News Release @ 12:18 PM :: 1419 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Each defendant faces maximum penalties of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 at their sentencings, which are set before Judge Mollway on July 5, 2022 ....

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Hawaii Towns Ranked for Money Management
By Selected News Articles @ 5:03 PM :: 816 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... 16 Hawaii towns compared ....

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 3:30 AM :: 823 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

... Upcoming Legislative Deadlines ....

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Maunakea telescope to be decommissioned this summer
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 889 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... CSO is one of two Maunakea telescopes currently in the final stages of the decommissioning process, established in the Maunakea Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP). The UH Hilo Hōkū Kea Telescope is on track to be decommissioned in 2023 .... 

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Tax Hikes at the 2022 Legislature; Why the Push to Increase Hawaii Taxes
By Video @ 2:59 AM :: 839 Views :: Taxes

... Hawaii legislators are aiming to increase taxes on fuels, property and capital gains, but that might be more trouble than it’s worth ....

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Monday, February 14, 2022
More sunshine would help combat corruption in Hawaii Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:14 AM :: 878 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... At times, it’s nearly impossible to know exactly why a bill was killed or who was for or against it. Such things happen behind the scenes ....

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Monday, February 14, 2022
HB2278 Carbon Tax Fails to Change Environment
By Heartland Foundation @ 3:05 AM :: 794 Views :: Energy, Environment, Taxes

... carbon-dioxide taxes are inherently regressive and disproportionally harm low-income families ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
DHHL, Spend Your Money!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1083 Views :: DHHL

... It’s 2022, and the agency is still working on 2014 and 2015 money ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
Audio: Grassroot Debates Living Wage Hawaii
By Audio @ 4:28 AM :: 1014 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Hawaii Public Radio considered the question, with Jensen Ahokovi of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii contending such an increase would likely cause more harm than good.  Also on the program was Nate Hix, director of Living Wage Hawaii; HPR’s Catherine Cruz was host and moderator ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
The Legislature is still in session, and your property still is not safe
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:22 AM :: 1313 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

... How many ways can our state legislators make life more miserable for us? ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
HB1919: No GE Tax on Food, Medical Care and Feminine Hygiene Products
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:07 AM :: 1131 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

... the regressive general excise tax is one of the reasons for Hawaii’s high cost of living ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
HB2026: Ease Interstate EMT hiring
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:59 AM :: 1133 Views :: Health Care, Military

... SB2026 would enter Hawaii into the Emergency Medical Services Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
SB2441: $58M Liquor Tax Hike
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 AM :: 928 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... A tax hike on alcoholic drinks would be another burden on an industry that has suffered greatly over the past two years ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
America’s Rising Housing Prices
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 AM :: 1193 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... In 1961, Hawaii became the first state in the nation to pass a growth-management law. ...

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Saturday, February 12, 2022
Feds Doing the Job the State Won't Do: Waianae Man Sentenced to Over 11 Years in Prison for Robbery and Attempted Carjacking
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 1295 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

... This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts ....

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Saturday, February 12, 2022
Kahele, Case Introduce Legislation To Permanently Shut Down Red Hill
By Ed Case @ 2:18 PM :: 1170 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Congressional Delegation, Military

... Companion legislation is being introduced in the Senate by U.S. Senator Brian Schatz ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
Three Navatek Execs Indicted for Unlawful Campaign Contributions
By News Release @ 5:34 AM :: 1394 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Military

... According to the indictment, Martin Kao, 48, Clifford Chen, 48, and Lawrence “Kahele” Lum Kee, 52, all of Honolulu, were employed by a defense contractor prohibited from making contributions in federal elections ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
HB1507: ‘Tax fairness’ really means tax increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:33 AM :: 925 Views :: Taxes

... capital gains shall be taxed “at the highest marginal rate applicable to the taxpayer’s filing status and tax bracket.” ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
HB2278 Carbon Tax $42.24 a Barrel
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:18 AM :: 1044 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

... This bill is a continuation of the policy of social-planning-via-taxation that has helped make Hawaii one of the most expensive states in the nation ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
SB3089 lacks legislative check on governor’s emergency powers
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:03 AM :: 923 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... SB3089 would amend the state’s emergency-management statute ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
SB2697 provides best pathway for cryptocurrency in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:50 AM :: 829 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... SB3076 would encumber cryptocurrency, not liberate it ... Digital currency bill SB3025 better than SB3076, but still a rat’s nest ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
HB2028 Would Legalize Limited Raw Milk Sales
By Selected News Articles @ 4:21 AM :: 1603 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, Small Business

... Sales would be limited to farms or facilities with no more than 2 milk-bearing cows ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
SB2239 Senate Committee Passes Bill to Limit State Participation in Federal Programs to Militarize Police
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 AM :: 925 Views :: Military, Police

... a bill that would ban state and local law enforcement agencies from acquiring certain military equipment from federal programs ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
HDOT reports 94 traffic-related deaths on Hawaii roads in 2021
By Toni Schwartz @ 1:34 AM :: 696 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... These figures are up from 2020 (85 fatalities), when nationwide traffic fatalities trended up, but down from the 108 fatalities recorded for 2019 ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
SHOPO: Honolulu Police Leadership Leaves Neighborhoods Unprotected
By News Release @ 1:20 AM :: 827 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

... many neighborhoods unprotected, without a single officer patrolling for the entire shift ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
Bum Feeding Operation to Vacate Chinatown
By News Release @ 1:16 AM :: 874 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

... The City and County of Honolulu and the River of Life Mission have reached an agreement to relocate its public feeding operation from its current location in Chinatown to several new hubs on O‘ahu ....

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Thursday, February 10, 2022
Naming Names: Who Will Cullen and English Rat Out?
By Andrew Walden @ 6:21 AM :: 5136 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

... In the federal system the little fish eats the big fish.  We've got a menu .... 

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Thursday, February 10, 2022
Hawaiian Electric hits 38% renewable energy in 2021
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 916 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

... Return of geothermal boosts Hawaii Island to 60% ....

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