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Sunday, December 31, 2017
Report: Hawaii’s Billion-Dollar Consensus Proves Nobody Really Believes in Sea Level Rise
By Andrew Walden @ 7:27 PM :: 4351 Views :: Environment, Rail, Taxes

...This ‘consensus’ of disbelief is proven by the massive investment in sea-level construction of Kakaako condos and Honolulu Rail.... 

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Sunday, December 31, 2017
What’s a Carbon Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1472 Views :: Taxes

...Recently, the Hawaii Tax Review Commission’s primary consultant, PFM Group, issued a final report to the Commission asking it to review many taxing alternatives, including a $360M per year “carbon tax” on Hawaii consumers....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Hawaii Supreme Court Rules Public has Property Right to a Clean Environment
By Robert Thomas @ 7:23 PM :: 3397 Views :: Energy, Environment, Land Use

...Does the Supreme Court now have three votes to kill the telescope?....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Video: "The Future Of Land Regulations And A Tribute To David Callies"
By Robert Thomas @ 7:01 PM :: 1830 Views :: Higher Education, Land Use

...the William and Mary Law School awards U. Hawaii lawprof David Callies the Brigham-Kanner Prize....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
OHA Announces 2018 Bill Package
By Selected News Articles @ 6:18 PM :: 1447 Views :: OHA

...OHA will be submitting four bills for consideration this session, as well as testifying on hundreds of other measures that impact our beneficiaries....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Akana: Crabbe Worked on Book on OHA Time for 5 Years
By News Release @ 3:50 PM :: 3071 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...is spending five years of staff time on it to publish a book more important than the life of our people or their homeless plight? ...the public could easily see it as self-serving and done on the backs of our beneficiaries....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Kelii Akina: My Vision as OHA Trustee
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:20 PM :: 1502 Views :: OHA

...OHA must be seen as a valuable partner, not an opponent, to the broader community....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
House, Senate Committees Schedule Budget Hearings
By News Release @ 12:49 PM :: 1146 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Tuesday, January 2 through Wednesday, January 17, 2018....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Tourist Arrivals up 7.3% in November
By News Release @ 12:40 PM :: 1282 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.29 billion in November 2017, an increase of 4.5 percent compared to a year ago....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Grade F--Assessment of State Tech Projects
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 2010 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...lets take a look at the I and F grade projects--and guess which projects score an 'A'....

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Friday, December 29, 2017
Jones Act lobby chairman steps down
By Michael Hansen @ 11:37 PM :: 1434 Views :: Jones Act

...Thomas A Allegretti is the outgoing chairman of the American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the primary Jones Act industry lobbying group....

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Friday, December 29, 2017
Young Bros announces new president
By Michael Hansen @ 11:33 PM :: 2287 Views :: Jones Act

...Boivin will assume duties as of December 22, 2017, replacing the retiring Glenn K. Y. Hong who served as the company’s president for 25 years....

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Friday, December 29, 2017
Federal tax plan exposes Hawaii’s high taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:36 PM :: 1663 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...this could make Hawaii and other high-tax states less competitive for their wealthiest earners, since those residents will be less able to deduct the high local taxes....

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Friday, December 29, 2017
Federal tax reform a reason for cheer
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:00 PM :: 1592 Views :: Taxes

...This week, an actress did something almost unheard of. She apologized for spreading misinformation about the new tax law....

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Thursday, December 28, 2017
Auditor: Confusion, Discord at DoH Disease Outbreak Control Division
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:32 PM :: 1512 Views :: Health Care

...we assessed the division’s surveillance and response to three disease outbreaks....

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Thursday, December 28, 2017
EPA, American Samoa reach revised settlement with Starkist
By News Release @ 7:11 PM :: 1510 Views :: Environment

...the inclusion of ASG allows approximately one third of the funds to stay in American Samoa....

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Thursday, December 28, 2017
Kelii Akina: One Year at OHA a Report Card
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:58 PM :: 1966 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Politicians

...I committed myself to doing three things for the sake of the Hawaiian people:  First, ensure a full and independent audit of OHA.  Secondly, guide OHA towards financial sustainability as well as growth.  Third, watch to make sure OHA funds are not misspent but rather used to meet the real needs of Hawaiian people....

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Thursday, December 28, 2017
9th Circuit Gives Enviros New Way to Shut Down Hawaii Fishing Fleet
By Selected News Articles @ 1:31 AM :: 2428 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...It's turtles this time....

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Jones Act lobby attacks Bloomberg editorials
By Michael Hansen @ 9:23 PM :: 1268 Views :: Jones Act

...American Maritime Partnership responds to Bloomberg....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Ige Appoints Two New Cabinet Members
By News Release @ 9:39 PM :: 1595 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige is making appointments to his cabinet to fill the positions left vacant because of two planned retirements. He has also re-appointed the State Procurement Administrator....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
2018 Legislative Session Calendar Posted
By News Release @ 9:24 PM :: 1449 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The Calendar for the 2018 Legislative session is now posted....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Pasha shipbuilder hit with $422 million fine in bribery case
By Michael Hansen @ 6:18 PM :: 2307 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act

...over $50 million in bribes....

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Monday, December 25, 2017
Four Months Later no Rats on Lehua Island
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 1949 Views :: Environment

...People monitoring the ecosystem recovery on tiny Lehua Island report that - four months after the conclusion of a rat eradication project - there are still no signs of the invasive Pacific Rats....

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Sunday, December 24, 2017
How Christmas Came to Hawaii
By Hoku Paoa Stevenson @ 3:00 PM :: 20122 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

As presented by Hoku Paoa Stevenson at the Summer Palace....

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Sunday, December 24, 2017
DoE: Feds Require 'Minor Adjustments' to our ESSA Plan to Hide Failure
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 1598 Views :: Education K-12

"Hawaii is well on its way for approval once we make minor adjustments to our consolidated plan,” said Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto....

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Sunday, December 24, 2017
2018 Ballot: Constitutional Convention?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1960 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The biggest exception to this gatekeeper rule is the constitutional convention, where the people elect delegates directly....

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Sunday, December 24, 2017
Worst Drivers: Hawaii Ranks 6th for Drunk Driving
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 AM :: 1332 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...and 5th for speeding....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Viking River Cruses blocked by Jones Act
By Michael Hansen @ 11:30 PM :: 1674 Views :: Jones Act

...“Varley noted that it likely would cost the company nearly twice as much to build its ships in an American shipyard and noted it already has a contract with a European shipbuilder. In addition, the current political climate in the U.S. makes it unlikely a variance to the Jones Act allowing Viking to use European-built vessels, would be approved.”....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Young Puerto Rican calls for Jones Act repeal
By Michael Hansen @ 5:28 PM :: 1375 Views :: Jones Act

...The debate over the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (Jones Act) has been revived as devastating hurricanes stormed through the Caribbean and public figures like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have introduced legislation for its partial or total repeal....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Bloomberg considers Jones Act reform options
By Michael Hansen @ 5:09 PM :: 1352 Views :: Jones Act

...First, grant at least a five-year waiver of the act to Puerto Rico. This would speed the island’s recovery. It would also test how best to regulate foreign-flag carriers, and provide data to show exactly what the act is costing....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted December 22, 2017
By Congress.org @ 4:27 PM :: 1370 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Tax Overhaul – Motion to Recede and Concur
  • Senate: Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations – Motion to Concur
  • House: Tax Overhaul – Motion to Concur
  • House: Short-Term Fiscal 2018 Continuing Appropriations
  • House: Supplemental Disaster Appropriations
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Saturday, December 23, 2017
150M Muslims Barred: Ninth Circuit Finds Trump’s 3rd Travel Ban Illegal
By Selected News Articles @ 2:03 PM :: 1721 Views :: National News

...the president’s efforts to bar over 150 million nationals of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Important Tax Law Changes for 2018
By News Release @ 1:05 AM :: 3023 Views :: Taxes

...State tax law changes impacting businesses and individuals....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Ige Appoints Lei Learmont to Replace Rep Oshiro in HD46 Wahiawa
By News Release @ 12:47 AM :: 2037 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

...Learmont fills the vacancy created when former Rep. Marcus Oshiro joined the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board in October....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
SCOTUS Keeps Rebuking Lower Courts That Rule Against Trump
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 PM :: 2419 Views :: National News, Judiciary

...the justices have issued several fairly extraordinary orders in cases involving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the latest iteration of the travel ban, which deals rather harshly with trial courts in California, Hawaii and Maryland....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
Hawaii 2018 Summer Journalism Internships
By News Release @ 2:04 PM :: 1854 Views :: First Amendment

...Full-time internships (10 weeks at 40 hours/week) with a $4,040 pay....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
Should the government be your Santa?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:24 PM :: 1695 Views :: First Amendment

...Santa is an enthusiastic devotee of the surveillance state....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
The Jones Act Revisited
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 AM :: 1804 Views :: Jones Act

...The benefits of the act are concentrated among special interest groups, but the costs are broadly dispersed....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
UH Presents 2018 Budget Request
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 1544 Views :: Higher Education

...UH is currently scheduled to present its budget request to the Senate Committee on Ways and Means in the afternoon of January 9, 2018....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
Hawaii Unemployment Sets Record Low as Labor Force Shrinks
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 1881 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Labor force drops 1% -- from 690,800 to 684,350 year over year....

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Thursday, December 21, 2017
Census: Hawaii One of only Eight States to Lose Population
By Selected News Articles @ 6:21 PM :: 1992 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii lost 1,145 residents between 2016 and 2017....

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Thursday, December 21, 2017
Finalists Named for UH Board of Regents
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 1646 Views :: Higher Education

...a list of candidates to Gov. David Ige to fill one At-Large seat and one Maui County seat for 5-year appointments, beginning July 1, 2018, subject to confirmation by the Hawaiʻi State Senate....

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Thursday, December 21, 2017
​UH Hilo chancellor search begins
By News Release @ 5:55 PM :: 1353 Views :: Higher Education

...UH President David Lassner will receive input from the committee and stakeholders and will then present a recommendation for appointment to the Board of Regents....

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Thursday, December 21, 2017
Tupola: Hawaii Families Will Benefit from Tax Cut
By News Release @ 11:59 AM :: 2183 Views :: Republican Party, Taxes

...the new tax plan will impact Hawai‘i by adding 1,518 new jobs and predicts a $793 after-tax income increase for middle-income families....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Caldwell: Affordable Housing is a Monster Which Must be Killed
By News Release @ 9:40 PM :: 2271 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...Caldwell is calling upon the Honolulu City Council to pass legislation that places a moratorium on their construction....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Bloomberg: Jones Act political contributions and lobbying
By Michael Hansen @ 6:36 PM :: 2026 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act, Labor

...Still playing with U.S. ports....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Hawaii 70% Ready: Health Emergency Preparedness
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 1292 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii's Flu Vaccination Rate is 49.2 Percent, 18th Highest....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
State pension woes raise specter of county bankruptcies
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:15 PM :: 4360 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Taxes

...Hokama also asked Thom Williams, executive director of the ERS, if the debt would still be owed if the county went bankrupt....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Bureaucracy thwarts state modernization
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:07 PM :: 1972 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...Hawaii’s entrenched state and county bureaucracies delaying the advance of high technology into their own operations....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Who Gets a Tax Cut Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act?
By Tax Foundation @ 11:48 AM :: 2121 Views :: Taxes

...To help provide a sense of how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would impact real taxpayers, we’ve run the taxes of eight example households....

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