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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
S&P Pleased by Tax Hikes, Concerned About Abercrombie's Spending
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 2953 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"...the budget includes new spending on program enhancements that could eventually result in fiscal pressure...."

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Saturday, July 20, 2013
State Spending $9.4M to Move Out of OHA-Owned Kakaako Building
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 3222 Views :: Hawaii State Government, OHA

The AAFES building was recently transferred to OHA, and DOH intends to transfer 325 employees from the Environmental Health Administration – 260 from AAFES....

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Saturday, July 20, 2013
DLNR Names Interim SHPD Administrator
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 1749 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Process begins to select new administrator....

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Governor Releases $3.09 Million in Capital Improvement Grants
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 2276 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

capital improvement grants to Maui and Hawaii Counties as well as two local nonprofit organizations....

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Monday, July 15, 2013
New Business Immediately Attacked by DLNR
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 2643 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

DLNR will hold a public information meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18....

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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Ethics Investigation: Legislators Accepting "Significant Gifts and Prizes" from State Contractors
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 3606 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Some of the gifts are valued at up to $1,000....

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Abercrombie Vetoes 3 Bills, 12 Become Law Without Signature
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 1874 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Governor this year signed a total of 269 bills into law, and Lt. Gov. Shan S. Tsutsui this afternoon will sign seven as Acting Governor. Twelve other measures will become law without signature....

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Got Land? DLNR Wants to Give You Money
By News Release @ 7:44 PM :: 2440 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

DLNR is seeking new projects for its Hawai‘i Forest Legacy Program....

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Monday, July 08, 2013
Tsutsui to Sign Six Bills While Abercrombie Enjoys Taiwan Junket
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 2246 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

Tsutsui will sign the following bills passed by the 2013 Hawaii State Legislature....

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Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Abercrombie Signs 9 Bills: Wind Farms Must Pay for Decommissioning
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 2364 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

HB1149 (Relating to Wind Energy Facilities) requires a wind energy facility owner to be responsible for facility decommissioning and provide evidence of financial security....

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Hawaii freeway conditions and costs are ‘disgraceful’
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:06 PM :: 2832 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Rail

The truly “big news,” Slater said: Hawaii’s ranking at No. 49 for administrative costs per mile....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
State Senate Shakes Up Committee Structure
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 3537 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government, OHA, Tourism
Two committees have been added, splitting the current Committee on Tourism and Hawaiians Affairs (THA) into two separate subject matter committees.... 
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Auditor: Continued state regulation of amateur boxing is unnecessary
By Selected News Articles @ 4:27 AM :: 2842 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education
Feasibility Study of Removing Amateur Boxing From the Jurisdiction of the State Boxing Commission....
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Abercrombie Signs 35 Bills
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 1835 Views :: Hawaii State Government
the Office of the Governor provides the below list of most recently signed bills....
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Rep. Ward seeks assurance that public data will be protected under SB1003
By News Release @ 11:30 PM :: 1663 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Senate Bill 1003 allows for periodic security audits of all Executive Branch departments and agencies to ensure that the state’s computer infrastructure and sensitive data are protected from unauthorized use....

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Monday, June 24, 2013
Abercrombie Sends Notice of ‘Intent to Veto’ 9 Bills, Line-Item 10th
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 2266 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Most of these bills are potentially objectionable because of concerns, raised by state departments or agencies, reflected in testimonies provided during the hearing process...

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Saturday, June 22, 2013
Abercrombie Signs SB1025 Loosening Home Loan Qualifications
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 1915 Views :: Hawaii State Government

adds down payment, closing cost and other assistance as a program feature....

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Friday, June 21, 2013
Rep McDermott: Dep't of Health Obstructing VA Loans
By News Release @ 4:03 AM :: 2553 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

the policy statement on the DOH Website is causing the VA to balk at home loans and re-fi’s for thousands of homes with catchment systems....

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Thursday, June 20, 2013
HI unfunded liabilities: Unpredictable tsunami or government-made disaster?
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:07 PM :: 2059 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state has a constitutionally mandated “balanced budget requirement,” but that’s based on “an outdated cash-based accounting model that recognizes expenses when they are paid instead of when they are incurred”....

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Monday, June 17, 2013
Abercrombie Signs 37 Bills into Law
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 2182 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Abercrombie enacted the following bill on Friday, June 14, 2013....
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Monday, June 10, 2013
Thanks to Pensions, Hawaii Retiree Income Tops Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 9:21 PM :: 3211 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...the prevalence of traditional pensions appears to be a major reason Hawaii leads our study in replacement income....

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Sunday, June 09, 2013
Number of Special Funds Should be Curtailed
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 2658 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

Recently the Chair of the House Finance Committee announced that she will be reviewing the practice of setting up special funds....

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Friday, June 07, 2013
Governor Releases $41.2 Million for Various CIPs Statewide
By News Release @ 4:17 AM :: 1981 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $41.2 million....

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Thursday, June 06, 2013
Paychecks Hawaii Rates Legislators
By News Release @ 6:40 PM :: 3645 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Politicians, Small Business
Paychecks Hawaii rates each of the 76 state legislators on support for small business....
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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Mortgage Settlement: Hundreds of Hawaii Borrowers to get $1480
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 1792 Views :: Hawaii State Government

1,413 Hawaii borrowers who submitted a valid foreclosure payment claim through the National Mortgage Settlement will receive a check this month for approximately $1,480

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Abercrombie Signs Seven More Bills into Law
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 2156 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Abercrombie enacted the following bills on Friday, May 31, 2013....
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Monday, June 03, 2013
Hawaii Data Sharing: 2.2 Million Layers of Information on You
By Selected News Articles @ 11:47 PM :: 2552 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The platform includes 2.2 million layers of information, and it will continue to grow ... That is the Exemplary State idea....

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Monday, June 03, 2013
Transform Hawaii Gov: Tech Mavens Point to Success in Other States
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 1910 Views :: Hawaii State Government

examine efforts of other state and municipal governments in implementing their business and information technology transformations....

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Friday, May 31, 2013
Governor Releases $21.8 Million for Airports, Highways Statewide
By News Release @ 2:44 AM :: 2025 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Allotment of funds for the following priority projects, identified by members of the state Legislature, has been approved....
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Governor Sees Council on Revenues Forecast as Sign of Strong Economy
By News Release @ 4:05 AM :: 2059 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government
Council on Revenues revised forecast reaffirming its previous General Fund tax revenue projection for the current fiscal year and increasing its projections for the next three fiscal years....
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Friday, May 24, 2013
Hawaii Family Advocates Reviews 2013 Legislative Action
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 3065 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Life

...bills that HFA submitted testimony on....

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Friday, May 24, 2013
Shawn Tsuha Nominated Deputy Director, Department of Public Safety
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 3004 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement
...Abercrombie today announced the nomination of Shawn H. Tsuha to deputy director of law enforcement for the state Department of Public Safety, effective June 1, 2013....
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Friday, May 24, 2013
House GOP Cites ‘Significant Progress for Hawaii’s People’
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 2457 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...recapitalizing the Rainy Day and Hurricane Relief Funds, addressing unfunded liabilities and eliminating many vacant department positions....

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Thursday, May 23, 2013
$139K per Unit: $48.3M for Public Housing CIP
By News Release @ 1:22 PM :: 1615 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Do the math: $5M/36 units = $139K per unit....
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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Minimum Wage Should Not Be Living Wage
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:00 AM :: 2944 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor
...those critics probably never held a real job or never ran their own business....
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Saturday, May 18, 2013
Is Anyone On The Hook If a Volcano Gawker Ends Up In Trouble?
By Robert Thomas @ 10:16 PM :: 2539 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

...the signs are treated by visitors less as warnings and more as centerpieces of funny photographs to show the folks back home....

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Friday, May 17, 2013
Hawaii leads nation in per-capita debt for unfunded union benefits
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:32 PM :: 3350 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes
Source: Truth in Accounting...
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Friday, May 17, 2013
Abercrombie Nominates Salmonson for Environmental Quality Control
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 2446 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie has nominated Genevieve Salmonson to the position of interim director of the state Department of Health (DOH) Office of Environmental Quality Control, effective today....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Airports Division Audit: Mismanagement, Recurring Violations, Delays, Cost Overruns
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:29 PM :: 2371 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Dependence on and accommodation of contractors subverts the public interest....

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Saturday, May 11, 2013
Governor Signs More than Seventy Bills Before End of Session
By News Release @ 1:53 PM :: 1983 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Abercrombie signed more than 70 Bills into law before the end of the 2013 Legislative Session.  The Legislature passed 293 bills....

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Saturday, May 11, 2013
Senate Democrats Tout Achievements
By News Release @ 1:48 PM :: 2773 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

...a paradigm shift in the approach taken to complete the work of the legislative session....

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Friday, May 10, 2013
Campaign Spending Commission Launches New Website
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 2305 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

The Commission announces the launch of its newly revamped website today....

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013
HCR165: State Child Welfare Services “Unauditable”
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 3129 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government
...assessment of complaints about 1) child abuse and neglect, and 2) alleged misuse of child support....
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Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Campaign Season: Abercrombie Hands Out Taxpayer Cash to Taxpayers
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 1624 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie yesterday presented a $1.5 million check to Kauai Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr....

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Sen Sam Slom: List of 27 ‘No’ Votes
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 2795 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party
In final reading votes taken on April 30, I voted “no” on the following bills....
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Tuesday, May 07, 2013
45 Students Complete State's First 'Transformation Internship Program'
By News Release @ 6:07 AM :: 2487 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education
The TIP Summer 2013 Session starts in June, with applications being accepted through June 8....
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Friday, May 03, 2013
House GOP: 'Legislature closes fiscally conservative session'
By News Release @ 7:29 AM :: 2144 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

The 2013 legislative session that came to a close today gives fiscal conservatives much to be encouraged by....

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Thursday, May 02, 2013
Rep. Johanson, Minority Leader – Closing Remarks – May 2013
By Video @ 11:19 PM :: 1917 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Rep. Johanson, Minority Leader – Closing Remarks – May 2013....

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Thursday, May 02, 2013
Senate Votes to Pass 174 Bills
By News Release @ 4:27 AM :: 1732 Views :: Hawaii State Government

On April 30, 2013 the Hawaii State Senate voted to pass 174 measures, ahead of Thursday, the last day of the 2013 Legislative Session....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Legislators Unanimously Approve Budget
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 1690 Views :: Hawaii State Government
HB200 CD1 appropriates funds for operating and capital improvement costs of the Executive Branch for the biennium fiscal years FY2013-2014 and FY2014-2015....
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