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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Speaker Souki Opening Day Remarks
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 1911 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...we must enhance our revenue stream. We must put together a mix of strategies that will generate more state revenues...."

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Waikele Fireworks Bunker Explosion: Investigation Findings to be Released
By News Release @ 7:01 PM :: 3926 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, OHA

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announces that its January 17, 2013, public meeting in Washington, DC, will be available via webcast....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
House Organizes under Speaker Souki, Announces Committee Assignments
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 1298 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Here are the leadership assignments....

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Republicans Open House on Opening Day
By David S Chang @ 6:21 PM :: 2282 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Join me and fellow Republicans tomorrow, Wednesday, January 16th, to kick off the 27th Hawaii State Legislature Session! 

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Abercrombie Appoints Justin Woodson to House Dist 9
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 2845 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

He currently serves as vice present of The Gospel of the Alpha and Omega International and volunteers for the King’s Cathedral Maui Children’s Ministry....

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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Abercrombie 'School Readiness' Plan Based on Proven Failure?
By Andrew Walden @ 9:29 PM :: 3734 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

After 50 years of federal funding, the US Department of Health and Human Services has determined in two separate studies that Head Start is completely ineffectual....

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Friday, January 11, 2013
Senate Dems Unveil 2013 Legislative Priorities
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 2496 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

"The Senate Majority will draw upon the recommendations of the Senate Special Committee on Accountability for the improvement of the operational and financial management of the University of Hawai’i"

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Governor Outlines School Readiness Program and Budget Needs
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 2254 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Eventually, the goal is a statewide early childhood education program for more 4-year-olds....

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
State Kicks Off Foreclosure Fraud Information Campaign
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 2741 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Law Enforcement

As part of the campaign, DCCA has launched www.HFIC.Hawaii.gov....

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Monday, January 07, 2013
Governor Appoints Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran to State Senate
By News Release @ 8:44 PM :: 2622 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Previously appointed to the House in January 2009 to complete the unexpired term of the late Bob Nakasone.... 

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Sunday, January 06, 2013
Hawaii Succession Law Unconstitutional: Senate Could Have Refused to Seat Schatz
By Selected News Articles @ 4:46 PM :: 3593 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government

...the Seventeenth Amendment prevents the Hawaii legislature from substantively constraining the Governor’s choices in making a temporary appointment....

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Sunday, January 06, 2013
Ills Cannot be Cured With Fees and Taxes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:02 AM :: 2538 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

As another legislative session is about to be convened, let’s look back at some of their follies over the past few years ....

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Saturday, January 05, 2013
House Finance Committee Announces Budget Briefings
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 1557 Views :: Hawaii State Government

January 3 - 15, 2013....

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Friday, January 04, 2013
Souki Names Luke to Finance Committee after Luke Rejects Speakership Offer from Oshiro Faction
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 2960 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

"With the support of a majority of the House of Representatives, Speaker-elect Joe Souki has established leading committees ...."

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Friday, January 04, 2013
Back Room Deal? Democrats, Union Boss Refuse to Identify 3 Nominees for Senate Opening
By News Release @ 1:40 PM :: 3287 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

Applicants include Nicanor E. Casumpang, Jr., Loretta Giannotti, Robert George Hill III, Natalie A. Kama, Gilbert Samuel Coloma Keith-Agaran, Clifford R. Libed, and Mary D. Wagner.

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Friday, January 04, 2013
Committee Hearings on Obamacare in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 2301 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...update on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and healthcare transformation in Hawaii....

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Friday, January 04, 2013
Cabanilla Housing Committee to Discuss Homeless Tent Cities
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 2609 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

HIC is to conduct a study on designating safe facilities located at camping areas .... 

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Friday, January 04, 2013
Senate Transportation Committee Sets Briefing
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 1743 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The purpose of this briefing is to provide the legislature with an overview of the current projects, the priorities of the divisions; a report on whether the Department of Transportation is using renewable energy and its efficiency; and a departmental 5 year plan....

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Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Abercrombie Releases $45M CIP, $25M Barbers Point Land Buy
By News Release @ 11:05 PM :: 2303 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...this project will provide land acquisition for the last remaining, undeveloped parcel of land contiguous with existing harbor lands....

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Monday, December 31, 2012
House Finance Committee to Hear from Governor, Lt Governor, DAGS
By News Release @ 8:38 PM :: 1820 Views :: Hawaii State Government

No public testimony will be accepted....

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Monday, December 31, 2012
Senate Ways and Means Announces Budget Briefing Schedule
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 1737 Views :: Hawaii State Government

NOTICE OF INFORMATIONAL BRIEFING SCHEDULE January 3-18, 2013

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Senator Donna Mercado Kim Selected as Senate President
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 2530 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Senate Vice President Donna Mercado Kim (Sen. District 14) has been selected as the President of the Senate ....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Shan Tsutsui Accepts Lt Governor Position, Not Moving to Oahu
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 3535 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Plans are underway to establish an additional Office of the Lt. Governor on Maui....

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Hawaii DCCA Wins Case Against Payday Lenders
By News Release @ 12:18 AM :: 2196 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...first joint enforcement action against a nationwide debt-relief services company that illegally charged advance fees for its services....

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Saturday, December 22, 2012
House Finance Ctte to Consider Budget
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 1855 Views :: Hawaii State Government

January 3 - 15, 2013

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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Committee on Energy and Environment to Discuss Invasive Species
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 2676 Views :: Energy, Environment, Hawaii State Government

Friday January 11, 2013 at 1pm 

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Auditor Identifies Eleven Improper Revolving Funds
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 1919 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Review of the Revolving Funds, Trust Funds, and Trust Accounts of the Departments of Human Resources Development, Labor and Industrial Relations, Public Safety, and Taxation....

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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Auditor: Keep Postsecondary Authorization Board at UH
By News Release @ 8:28 PM :: 2443 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...Such a framework is necessary to preserve the availability of federal student aid funding under Title IV of the HEA....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Inouye Successor Will Face Election in 2014
By Robert Thomas @ 6:19 PM :: 3224 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Pending the election, the governor shall make a temporary appointment to fill the vacancy by selecting a person from a list of three prospective appointees submitted by the same political party as the prior incumbent....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Abercrombie Submits Biennium Budget to State Legislature
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 2357 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...general funds, approximately $6.1 billion for fiscal year 2014 and $6.3 billion for fiscal year 2015....

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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Hold the Tax Increases and Cut the Spending
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:47 AM :: 2459 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... lawmakers will make a bid to increase taxes yet again ....

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Friday, December 14, 2012
Thielen: Say Organized with Republicans, Too
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 1:14 AM :: 2737 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

“This isn’t the first time that a Democratic majority faction has organized with the Republicans; some people are just more honest and transparent about it. It is time to govern and stop politicking.”

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Hearing Act 130, Relating to Charter Schools
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 2466 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

· DATE: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

· TIME: 2:00 PM

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Saturday, December 08, 2012
Auditor: HI-5 Program is Exposed to Fraud
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 3931 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... several deficiencies expose the Program to fraud, including the over-reliance on self-reporting by Program personnel and lack of systematic compliance inspections....

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Friday, December 07, 2012
House Ag Committee to Consider 'Food Safety'
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 2523 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

This informational briefing will cover the topic of food safety as it concerns and relates to farmers, wholesalers and retailers in Hawaii....

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Friday, December 07, 2012
Governor Appoints Joshua Wisch as Deputy Director of Taxation
By News Release @ 8:32 PM :: 2129 Views :: Hawaii State Government

In his prior role at the Department of Attorney General, Wisch served as special assistant to the Attorney General....

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Monday, December 03, 2012
Workshops Maui, Big Isle: 'We the Powerful'
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 2368 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process....

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Saturday, December 01, 2012
County and State Boards and Commissions--How You Can Get Involved
By Andrew Walden @ 10:20 PM :: 2593 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The elections are over and the governing is to come. Now is the time for citizens to step up and get involved. Here are the ways....

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012
"Some of these Governors are Schizophrenic:" Abercrombie Among Worst Cases
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 4387 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Some of these governors are schizophrenic on taxes: They jack up overall business tax rates, then give breaks to favored businesses....

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Monday, October 08, 2012
Birth Of The Public Land Development Corporation – A travesty of the legislative process
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 AM :: 3573 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

Many have asked how come none of the regular environmental and public interest watch-dog groups sounded the alarm earlier? How did such a law get passed?

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Sunday, July 29, 2012
Henkin: Rumors of Hee-Wooley Affair “Scurrilous”
By Andrew Walden @ 10:02 PM :: 10834 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

A Democratic state representative says, “They’re like a couple of high school kids.”

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Sunday, April 01, 2012
HB1033: Tracing the Financial Outlines of Socialism in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:59 PM :: 4692 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Hawaii banks and Hawaii’s housing sector largely avoided subprime lending....  But Hawaii’s political leaders are working to change all of that. 

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Saturday, March 24, 2012
Lawsuits, Workers Comp Claims Detail Violence, Retaliation at State DoT
By Selected News Articles @ 4:17 PM :: 4248 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...a total of seven employment-based lawsuits against HDOT presently filed in state or federal court, at various stages of litigation, some involving workplace violence in one form or another. Also, there are Workers’ Compensation claims filed as a result of workplace violence at different stages of that process....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
“Concerning Public Lands” 14 Executive Orders Suddenly Appear on Abercrombie Website
By Andrew Walden @ 3:55 PM :: 4157 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use
Fourteen Executive Orders, dated between August and December of last year have suddenly appeared on the official website of Governor Neil Abercrombie....
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Abercrombie Appoints Barbara Yamashita as DHS Deputy Director
By News Release @ 3:44 PM :: 2686 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care
She fills the vacancy left by Pankaj Bhanot, who returned to his previous position as chief administrator of the DHS Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division ....
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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Hakim “Islam Day” Ouansafi to Direct Hawaii Public Housing Agency
By Andrew Walden @ 10:00 AM :: 9536 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Religion

The Hawaii Public Housing Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously Thursday morning to appoint Muslim Association of Hawaii President Hakim Ouansafi as HPHA Executive Director.

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Monday, November 28, 2011
Failing, Central Pacific Got $337M in Secret Federal Reserve Loans
By Andrew Walden @ 12:13 PM :: 5764 Views :: National News, Ethics, Economy, Hawaii State Government

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
VIDEO Truth In Accounting Presentation at Hawaii Capitol
By News Release @ 12:08 AM :: 6896 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Sheila Weinberg spoke in Hawaii Tuesday, Oct. 11 on "Government Accounting: The Seen and the Unseen -- What Needs to be Done?"

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Friday, August 05, 2011
Fourth in Nation: Hawaii State Debt is $25,000 per taxpayer
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 5058 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

To put an end to budget shenanigans the Institute has developed a budgeting system called “Full Accrual Calculations and Techniques”. FACT based budgeting would require governors and legislatures to recognize expenses when incurred regardless of when they are paid. This improved method of accounting is discussed in detail in this report.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Act 100: How Hanabusa and Cayetano launched Hawaii Pension crisis
By Andrew Walden @ 10:37 PM :: 12910 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Politicians

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