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Saturday, June 30, 2018
State Payroll Modernization Readies for ‘Group 2’ Rollout
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 1735 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The HawaiiPay project is helping the state to replace its mainframe payroll system that is more than 50 years old with a single integrated software system called PeopleSoft....

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Saturday, June 30, 2018
Hawaii ranks 24th in national child well-being
By News Release @ 12:22 PM :: 1214 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released June 27 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation....

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Saturday, June 30, 2018
Are Justices Sotomayor and Ginsburg For or Against Religious Hostility?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:06 PM :: 1422 Views :: First Amendment, Religion

...Gay Cakes or Muslim Ban?....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
Hawaii Sierra Club Leader Hit With $1000 per day SMA Fines
By Andrew Walden @ 12:07 PM :: 3452 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Greenmail, Land Use

... Fines in excess of $236,000—still accruing at $1000 a day—and a lawsuit--are forcing into the open a 13-year battle over alleged violations of numerous State and County permitting and land use laws on a Huelo, Maui shoreline property owned by Hawaii Sierra Club Vice Chair and Maui Tomorrow President Lucienne De Naie ....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
DBEDT: "Population and Economic Projections for the State of Hawaii to 2045"
By News Release @ 11:32 AM :: 893 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...The report projects that Hawaii’s economy, measured by real gross domestic product (GDP), will grow at 1.7 percent per year between 2016 and 2045....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
DLNR Public Land Trust Database Now Open to Public
By News Release @ 11:27 AM :: 913 Views :: Land Use

...The central Public Land Trust Information System (PLTIS) available only to State and County agencies since January 2015 becomes accessible to anyone June 29, 2018....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
Hawaii public unions must adapt to new reality
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:15 AM :: 1308 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...On Wednesday, the Court handed down its decision in Janus v. AFSCME....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
City Vans Shuttle Chinatown Homeless to Waianae
By Rep Andria Tupola @ 10:52 AM :: 906 Views :: Homelessness

...On May 16, three vehicles transported homeless individuals from Chinatown to the Waianae Civic Center as reported by the executive director of the city’s housing office.  On June 13, the director used a city van to take two people and their dog to the Waianae Civic Center during outreach efforts in Ala Moana Park, Waikiki and Old Stadium Park....  

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Friday, June 29, 2018
Former HPD Officer Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud
By News Release @ 1:52 AM :: 1387 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police

...Copeland staged a burglary of his Pearl City home and reported jewelry, cash, liquor and electronics were missing...the keys to his Mercedes as well as the vehicle itself were missing. It was later reported burning nearby....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
Caldwell: Outlaw Homeless Blocking Public Facilities While Refusing Shelter Space
By News Release @ 1:22 AM :: 1408 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Law Enforcement

...The “public lodging bill” would make it illegal to lodge on a public sidewalk or other public areas if shelter facilities are available....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
May Tourism Spending up 11%--Arrivals up 7%
By News Release @ 12:21 AM :: 796 Views :: Tourism

...The island of Hawai‘i realized growth in visitor spending despite a drop in visitor arrivals (-1.6%) in May year-over-year....

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Thursday, June 28, 2018
Trump OKs federal aid for Oahu and Kauai victims of April floods
By News Release @ 9:42 AM :: 917 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County

...Gov. Ige submitted the request for reconsideration on June 13. It was based on the identification of additional damages resulting from the disaster....

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Thursday, June 28, 2018
Hawaii 9th-Most Reliant on Sales Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 9:30 AM :: 777 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...36.9% of State and Local Revenues come from the GE Tax....

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Accused OHA Mis-Spenders -- Why You Should Vote for Them Anyway
By Video @ 7:22 PM :: 1410 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Two Trustees Accused Of Minor Misspending Could Actually Be Key To Stopping All Misspending At OHA....

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Supreme Court Rules Government Unions Cannot Force Workers to Pay Dues
By Selected News Articles @ 11:50 AM :: 1301 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...“This is the biggest victory for workers’ rights in a generation.”....

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
False Missile Alert: HGEA Members Sleeping on the Job
By Selected News Articles @ 11:39 AM :: 1701 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Military

...“On multiple occasions, I’ve observed them watching movies or TV shows.  Usually they are sitting around looking unoccupied. Approximately two weeks ago, it was reported to me by a staff member who came in early that they observed all three SWP staff on shift asleep.”....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Maui Planning Department Finalizes Short-Term Occupancy List
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 1497 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...The list can be used by the public, property owners, realtors and the County for a quick determination about whether short-term occupancy – defined by the county as fewer than 180 days – is allowed without a permit....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Misunderstanding Economics: Interview with Paul Brewbaker
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:05 PM :: 1078 Views :: Economy

...What do volcanoes, trade wars, and housing bubbles have to do with each other? These are just a few of the economic topics with which many of Hawaii's policymakers are woefully unfamiliar....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Supreme Court voids part of crisis pregnancy center law
By News Release @ 5:43 PM :: 1234 Views :: First Amendment, Life

...“If we win California that should take care of Hawaii”....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Volcano? What Volcano? Hawaii Hotel Occupancy Up 1.5% for May
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 1008 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...The survey generally excludes properties with under 20 lodging units, such as small bed and breakfasts, youth hostels, single-family vacation rentals, cottages, individually rented vacation condominiums....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Travel Ban Upheld 5-4
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 PM :: 1170 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement

..."This ruling is also a moment of profound vindication following months of hysterical commentary from the media and Democratic politicians who refuse to do what it takes to secure our border and our country."....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
VIDEO: "This Is Not A Drill: 38 Minutes That Changed Lives."
By Video @ 3:29 AM :: 1488 Views :: Hawaii History, Military

...The true story of the January 13, 2018 Hawaii missile alert, told by the people who lived it....

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Monday, June 25, 2018
Ige Releases 'Intent to Veto' List
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 984 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Hawaii Governor May Veto Bill Expanding Hotel Tax....

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Monday, June 25, 2018
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency to Host Open Houses
By News Release @ 9:17 PM :: 1314 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...HI-EMA is inviting the community to three open houses as it updates the Hawai’i State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, which addresses ways to reduce the impact of natural hazards on the State....

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Monday, June 25, 2018
Election Officials Mail Absentee Ballots to Voters Affected by Lava
By News Release @ 3:49 PM :: 1524 Views :: Hawaii County , Office of Elections

...The Hawaii County Elections Division will begin mailing absentee ballots on June 25, 2018 to voters originally assigned to Pahoa Community Center, 04-03, and Pahoa High/Intermediate School, 04-04....

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Monday, June 25, 2018
Kakaako Senate Race: HSTA, Moriwaki Co-Sponsor Homelessness Forum
By News Release @ 2:23 AM :: 1981 Views :: Homelessness, Labor, Politicians

...“Caring for Our Homeless Keiki: Some Things to Consider” this coming Tuesday, June 26 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Makiki Christian Church, 829 Pensacola St....

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Monday, June 25, 2018
Sierra Club Endorses Ige for Reelection
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 1050 Views :: Environment, Politicians

...The Hawai'i Sierra Club has 20,000 members....

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Sunday, June 24, 2018
Travel Ban, Forced Union Dues Decisions Coming in Supreme Court's Final Week
By Selected News Articles @ 4:12 PM :: 1355 Views :: National News, Judiciary, Labor

...The union dues case, Janus v. AFSCME, is the latest challenge to a 1977 precedent called Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which allows public sector unions to collect fees from non-members....

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Sunday, June 24, 2018
Pray I Don’t Alter It Any Further
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 1000 Views :: Taxes

...when our Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) was adopted in 1986, vocal and strident opposition from the Neighbor Islands and from the tourist industry was quelled by promises that the TAT would only be needed to fund the convention center....

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Saturday, June 23, 2018
Akina: Caldwell makes right call on ride-hailing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:33 PM :: 1330 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...On Thursday, he introduced a bill that would even the playing field for taxis, to help bring their business model into the 21st century....

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Friday, June 22, 2018
PUC Orders $107M Hawaii Electric Rate CUT--Thanks to President Donald J Trump
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 1630 Views :: Energy, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This rate decrease reflects the impacts of the recently enacted federal “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”....

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Friday, June 22, 2018
Supreme Court Legalizes Internet Sales Tax--And Hawaii May Get Nothing
By Selected News Articles @ 6:15 PM :: 2583 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...despite Hawaii’s new e-commerce law in anticipation of the court ruling, local tax attorneys caution the state could still face legal challenges in collecting those taxes because of its unique tax structure and what now look like flaws in signed legislation....

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Friday, June 22, 2018
Interior Announces Funds to Extend Yap Robotics League Program to Pohnpei, Chuuk
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 869 Views :: Education K-12

...Assistant Secretary Domenech presented the signed grant award to Larry Raigetal of Waa’gey who accepted the grant award on behalf of the recipient organization Habele....

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Friday, June 22, 2018
SNOPES: Did Fracking Cause Volcanic Activity on Hawaii’s Big Island?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 2096 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Environment

...Fracking does not take place on Hawaii’s Big Island, but that is far from the only problem with this absurd conspiracy theory….

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Friday, June 22, 2018
State Gives Away $900K to Manufacturers
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 1131 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits

...Give us $1.55B and we’ll create 80,000 jobs.  Promise!  —uh--just like we did last time when you gave us $2B....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Honolulu Rail -- Most Expensive Per Capita in World History
By Selected News Articles @ 10:33 PM :: 2914 Views :: Rail

... That is over 6 times the annual budget of the Honolulu C & C ....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Honolulu: Eleven Professions with no Money Left
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 1773 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...in some fields like Personal Care & Service and Food Preparation & Serving, Hawaii residents are left with debts ranging from $8,000 to $9,000.... 

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Leaves a Dinosaur-Sized Economic Footprint in State of Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 1369 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits

...The film generated more than $31 million in local economic activity and contributed more than $6.9 million in wages to over 1,200 local workers....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Local 5 Hotel Workers Endorse Ige--Firefighters Endorse Hanabusa
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 1233 Views :: Labor, Politicians

...Local 5 represents approximately 11,000 workers throughout Hawaii who work in the hospitality, health care and food service industries....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Flashback 2016: Caldwell, Hanabusa Agree to Stop Rail at Middle Street
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:36 PM :: 1352 Views :: Rail

...Fast forward two years ... Rail is nowhere near Middle Street, yet utility work past Middle Street has been authorized....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
UHERO: Wind and Solar will Drive up Electric Rates a Lot More
By UHERO @ 3:06 AM :: 1811 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...the variability of solar and wind power makes the system-wide costs grow considerably as their share of the power mix rises....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
More Than 8 Cents of Each State Revenue Dollar Goes to Medicaid
By Selected News Articles @ 2:21 AM :: 1016 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii spent the second-lowest share of its own dollars on Medicaid in 2016....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Would Pele Play Favorites?
By Video @ 2:07 AM :: 1034 Views :: Hawaii County , DHHL

...All Who Have Been Promised Land From The State Should Get It & Now....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Caldwell: Loosen Taxi Regs for Everybody
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 1275 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...Caldwell said at a news conference that rather than require ride-hailing drivers to abide by long-held taxi rules, cabbies should be freed from their constraints and allowed to operate like their Uber and Lyft counterparts....

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Hawaii 6th Most Independent State?
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 867 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...NOTE: Tourism is an export—WalletHub seems to have missed this....

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
FCC Approves Cincinnati Bell Takeover of Hawaiian Tel
By News Release @ 2:42 PM :: 782 Views :: National News

...FCC action is the final regulatory approval....

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Property Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:32 PM :: 948 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...17.6% of State and Local government revenue comes from property taxes in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
UH Updates BoR on Maunakea Stewardship Before Supreme Court Hearing
By News Release @ 12:57 PM :: 1327 Views :: Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...The university is proceeding with the administrative rules process for public and commercial activities on Maunakea....

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Cat-Obsessed Animal Liberation Nuts Blamed for Monk Seal Deaths
By News Release @ 12:49 PM :: 2089 Views :: Environment

...The recent deaths of three critically endangered Hawaiian monk seals on O‘ahu due to toxoplasmosis is very sad and could have been entirely preventable....

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Monday, June 18, 2018
New Campaign Highlights 680 Beer Distribution Jobs in Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 1029 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...National Beer Wholesalers Association launches 'Delivering Local Jobs'; Tells story of independent beer distributors in Hawaii....

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