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Saturday, August 27, 2016
Slom: $1B Surplus is an Illusion
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:10 PM :: 2125 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Recent headlines reporting a $1 Billion surplus in the state general fund tell only part of the story....

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Sen. Sam Slom Endorses Kelii Akina for OHA Trustee
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 8:39 PM :: 2004 Views :: OHA, Politicians, Republican Party

A Message from State Senator Sam Slom:  From time to time there is a candidate who is really worth supporting....

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Monday, July 25, 2016
Senator Slom Publishes Financial Report on the State General Fund
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:43 PM :: 1482 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...assessing the financial health of the state general fund as a result of key decisions made by the legislative and executive branches during the 2016 legislative session....

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Slom hits Bad Bills—Reckless, Wasteful Legislation
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 3:15 PM :: 1349 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...measures to raise taxes, mandate insurance coverage, increase funding for collective bargaining, establish a special fund, infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms, or further enlarge state government....

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Monday, April 11, 2016
Senator Sam Slom to Undergo Heart Surgery
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:59 AM :: 2910 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

The Senator has elected to have surgery performed later this week....

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Thursday, February 04, 2016
Hawaii Open Budget Celebrates One Year Online
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 2:28 AM :: 1187 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...updated with Governor David Ige's 2017 Executive Supplemental Budget released in December 2015, and the Council on Revenues forecast from January 2016....

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Unfulfilled promises, wasted tax money, poorly written contracts and unenforceable legislation—Hawaii Legislature Reconvenes
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:40 PM :: 1656 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party
What should the goal be for this election year 2016 Legislative Session?
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Friday, January 08, 2016
Ige Budget: $104M omissions, mystery spending cuts
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:04 PM :: 1780 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

$104 million in omissions combine with mystery spending cuts to create unrealistic budget scenario....

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Monday, November 30, 2015
Video: Jones Act Business Forum
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:18 PM :: 1453 Views :: Jones Act

This video is a condensed version of the Jones Act Business Forum held November 13th, 2015....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Hawaii Republicans Oppose Resettlement of Syrian Refugees in Hawaii
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 8:15 PM :: 2688 Views :: Military, Religion

Senator Sam Slom wrote a letter to Governor Ige, urging him to reconsider his position....

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Friday, August 21, 2015
Hawaii Senate Minority Celebrates 56 Years of Statehood
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:54 AM :: 1865 Views :: Hawaii History

Hawaii celebrates 56 years of statehood with Admission Day this Friday, August 21, 2015....

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Slom: Hawaii Will Deplete Cash Reserves by 2021
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:22 AM :: 2055 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...once you tally up the separate appropriation bills the current spending plan is almost identical to the Governor's initial budget request....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Powdered Alcohol Prohibition Wins in Hawaii Senate
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:05 PM :: 2594 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Small Business

"Whenever there is a new product, whether it be powdered alcohol or e-cigarettes, we want to jump on it, and ban it."

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Monday, April 27, 2015
Hawaii Open Budget: Online Conference Committee Tracking Tool
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:20 PM :: 1810 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...will be updated daily, shortly after decisions are made in the Conference Committee budget meetings....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Governor Ige to Sign Bill Designating the Hawaiian Hoary Bat As State Land Mammal
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:26 AM :: 2030 Views :: Environment, Hawaii History

...the ōpe‘ape‘a, or Hawaiian hoary bat, flew through the Senate, glided through the House of Representatives, and will land on Governor Ige's desk in the attic of the Capitol Building....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Senate Passes Rail Surcharge Extension, State to Skim $496M
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 2:54 AM :: 2096 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Senators Russell Ruderman, Glenn Wakai, Lee Ihara, Mike Gabbard and Gilbert Keith-Agaran voted in the affirmative but with reservations.  A no vote at this stage serves to exclude the person voting no from participating in the Conference Committee....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Momentum for Jones Act Reform Reaches Faraway Shores
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:56 AM :: 1937 Views :: Jones Act

...legislators from Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico came together for a videoconference forum to discuss legislative developments on the Jones Act for their respective jurisdictions....

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Alii Place: Where Will the $90M Come From?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:49 AM :: 2135 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Senator Slom says, "We should have learned something from the Kamamalu Building."

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Thursday, April 09, 2015
HB500: Hawaii Legislators Vote on Secret Budget
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:23 PM :: 2403 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"It is another example of our state failing to be transparent."

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Monday, April 06, 2015
Senate Minority Alternative Budget cuts spending, caps collective bargaining
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:13 PM :: 2481 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Republican Party, Taxes

"It brings relief to our beleaguered taxpayers and small businesses, and balances our state finances in the long term."

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Video: The Jones Act -- A Better Day
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:13 AM :: 1773 Views :: Jones Act

“Thanks to the work of the Hawaii Shippers Council and others, I feel after 20 years of activity, the public has a better understanding of the cost impact of the Jones Act and our options...."

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Will State Borrow $28M to Fund Insolvent Health Connector?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:57 AM :: 1386 Views :: Health Care

...HHC will not be self-sufficient for at least 8 years ["if ever" adds Senator Slom]....

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Monday, February 02, 2015
SB946/SB958: Cut Business GE Tax and Business Income Tax
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:56 PM :: 1659 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 2:45pm at the Capitol Building, Room 016....

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Friday, January 30, 2015
Slom to Feds: Investigate Criminal Hawaii Health Connector
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 8:57 PM :: 2356 Views :: Ethics, Health Care

...dishonesty and financial carelessness by the managers of the Hawaii Health Connector have been so rampant as to be criminal in nature....

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
VIDEO: Unsettling Moment During Senator Slom’s Minority Speech
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:01 PM :: 4100 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Republican Party

After a strong start, the lawmaker from the 9th senatorial district began to slow and slur his words ....

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Thursday, January 08, 2015
Budget Leaves State Cash Reserves Dangerously Low
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:19 PM :: 2162 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the Senate Minority urges that adjustments be made to the Executive Biennium Budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, in order to avoid dangerously low cash reserves....

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Special Funds Allow State to Dodge Balanced Budget Requirement
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:15 PM :: 1806 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Special funds accounted for almost a quarter of the state operating budget as of 2012....

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Friday, November 21, 2014
Should Hawaii Create Statewide police training and standards board?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:29 AM :: 2785 Views :: Law Enforcement, Police

Senator Slom discusses  Police Reform with Prof Aaron Hunger....

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
Sen Sam Slom to Retire as President of Smart Business Hawaii
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 3:30 AM :: 2089 Views :: Small Business

Slom and the Board unanimously tapped successful business owner Tyler Roukema to take the reins of SBH....

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
ALEC Ranks Hawaii as Worst State in Three Economic Categories
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:44 PM :: 1917 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

Rich States, Poor States also indicates there is cumulative domestic migration loss of 26,409 people from 2003 to 2012, with a net domestic migration loss of 2.4%....

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
Where Does Hawaii Rank in Rich States, Poor States?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:16 AM :: 4147 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii is ranked the worst state in three categories....

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Paychecks Hawaii General Election Endorsements – 2014
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:10 PM :: 2351 Views :: Politicians

PAYCHECKS HAWAII Announces Endorsements for 2014; candidates who can help change and improve Hawaii’s business and fiscal climate and increase residents’ standard of living....

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Voting Issues Scrutinized at Election Commission Meeting
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:36 PM :: 1713 Views :: Office of Elections

...No accountability for past and present errors in the election process by the Chief Elections Officer....

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014
2014 April GET Collections Still Down Compared to 2013
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:17 PM :: 3452 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...2014 April General Excise Tax (GET) collections are still down compared to the same month last year, although slightly improved on March 2014....

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Hawaii’s Downward Spiral Of State Tax Collections Is Alarming
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:23 PM :: 1996 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...General Excise Tax collections for the first quarter of 2014 are down 4.6% in comparison to last year....

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Angry Aloha
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:58 PM :: 2781 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

Monday, I attended the U.S. Department of Interior's first of 15 scheduled public hearings....

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Thursday, June 05, 2014
Civil Beat 'Tried to Throttle and Censor' Pritchett
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:14 PM :: 2483 Views :: First Amendment

Civil Beat tried to throttle and censor the work of Pritchett who has penned many stinging independent political pieces....

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
War and Democide Author Rudy Rummel Remembered
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:25 PM :: 2334 Views :: Higher Education

Rudy was internationally known and respected for his war and peace modeling....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Sen. Sam Slom: Legislative Session in Review
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:30 PM :: 1910 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Senator Slom addresses issues facing Hawaii and our State government....

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Friday, May 16, 2014
Search Tool: Where Politicians Spend Your Money
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:38 PM :: 2460 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Sen. Malama Solomon’s office has turned in the most for allowance reimbursements at more than $21,000....

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Friday, May 09, 2014
Slom: Governor Should Seek Jones Act Exemption
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 3:16 PM :: 1704 Views :: Jones Act

"The Governor should follow the recommendations of his committee and should immediately seek an exemption from the Jones Act, particularly the ship build requirement."

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Thursday, May 01, 2014
Budget: Spend now, pay later
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:34 PM :: 1740 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Senator Sam Slom said  "It is not a budget, it is a spending bill."
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Special Interest Groups Can Hijack Hawaii's Elections if Late Voter Registration Bill Enacted
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:15 AM :: 2043 Views :: Office of Elections

Super PACs and special interest groups look set to have the opportunity to hijack all future elections in Hawaii if HB2590 CD1 passes....

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Friday, April 04, 2014
Slom Slims Budget: "If we don't change our course, we are headed for fiscal disaster"
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:03 PM :: 2006 Views :: Hawaii State Government
"The numbers are real... The issues are real...The question is the solution.”
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Friday, March 28, 2014
Slom to GAO: Audit the Hawaii Health Connector
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:22 PM :: 2121 Views :: Health Care

...request for the Government Accountability Office to review the taxpayer dollars used to fund the Hawaii Health Connector....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Hawaii to run out of cash reserves in 2016
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:51 AM :: 3894 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Constitutionally, the state can only engage in annual deficit spending as long as there are enough cash reserves to absorb these deficits....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Sen Slom asks GAO to Investigate Hawaii Health Connector
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:35 PM :: 1807 Views :: Health Care

To date Hawaii has failed or refused to release information pertaining to the grants citing “”a potential threat”....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Slom: Djou to Announce Congressional Campaign?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:02 PM :: 2434 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

...Congressman Charles Djou will weigh his options and decide whether to enter the race next week....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
SB2487: Small Business Regulatory Review Board to be Abolished?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:34 PM :: 1929 Views :: Small Business

Since its inception in 1998, the Board has reviewed more than 600 proposed rules and provided advice to state and county agencies....

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Saturday, February 22, 2014
Slom: Anti-GMO Activists Have an Agenda
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:21 AM :: 2505 Views :: GMOs

I praised the papaya farmers who slap a “GMO” sticker on their fruit. But I don’t like this bill....

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