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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Abercrombie Issues Statement Upon Conclusion of his French Vacation
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 1830 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Gov. Neil Abercrombie is in Washington, D.C. just after returning from vacation in France....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Senators: Abercrombie Should Fill HCDA Vacancies
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 2846 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Hawaii State Government

In 2008, the Legislature amended H.R.S. §206E·3 to require Kakaako small business representation on HCDA. The cultural expert and Kakaako resident members were added last year by Act 323. At present, HCDA does not meet these membership requirements....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
UPDATE: Feds Shutdown? Obamacare a Mess? Abercrombie Secretly Vacations in France--Adds 9 Days to Trip
By News Release @ 8:38 PM :: 4415 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

On Friday (Sept. 27), the governor and his wife Nancie Caraway will travel to France.  Originally scheduled to return Oct 11, the governor is now planning to be back in Hawaii Oct. 20....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
AG Louie Issues Formal Opinion Claiming Legislature Has Authority to Enact Gay Marriage
By News Release @ 2:52 PM :: 2431 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

Attorney General Louie has announced that he has issued Formal Opinion No. 13-1 (Op. No. 13-1) in which he has concluded that ... the Legislature has the authority... to consider and enact a bill relating to marriage ....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
"Where was the Governor?" Grassroot Institute Calls for Greater Transparency on Governor's Travel
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:47 PM :: 2247 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

legislative action might be required to remedy an apparent effort to frustrate state open records law....

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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Tsutsui Orders Hiring Freeze
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 2208 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Acting Governor Shan Tsutsui has announced the State of Hawaii is under a temporary hiring freeze on vacant positions within the Executive Branch....

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Friday, October 04, 2013
Feel rich? Average Hawaii Resident needs to pony up $40K to pay off state debt
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:10 PM :: 2555 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Do you feel rich? The Wall Street Journal claims you are, as a fiscal watchdog group says the opposite, citing crushing amounts of government debt....

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Thursday, September 26, 2013
HPR: Grassroot Institute on the “Critical State of Hawaii’s Unfunded Liabilities”
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:14 PM :: 2794 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...listen to Dr. Akina further discuss the problem on HPR’s “The Conversation”....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Abercrombie Appoints Kido, Lau to Staff Positions
By News Release @ 10:26 PM :: 2376 Views :: Hawaii State Government

C. Mike Kido as legislative advisor, effective immediately, and Yvonne W.M. Lau as education policy analyst, effective Oct. 1....

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Saturday, September 21, 2013
State RFP for "Integrated Financial and Human Resources Management System"
By News Release @ 5:55 PM :: 2253 Views :: Hawaii State Government

RFP submission deadline 2pm, Dec 3, 2013....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Hawaii.gov Ranked Among Top 10 State Government Websites
By News Release @ 2:39 PM :: 1848 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii's newly redesigned web portal and department websites recognized in the Center for Digital Government's Best of the Web awards....

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013
GOP: Make Your Voice Heard in Special Session
By David S Chang @ 2:34 PM :: 3141 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

This debate should be in public and suggestions and changes to the legislation should be transparent....

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Friday, September 13, 2013
$340K in Fines: Hawaii Wins Back OSHA Job After Unicold Raid
By News Release @ 11:45 PM :: 5104 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business
Feds Let Hawaii Resume Control of Regulating Manufacturing Industries....
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Friday, September 13, 2013
Molasses Mess: Abercrombie Deflects Blame for Lax Inspections
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 3478 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Jones Act
Abercrombie is deflecting blame away from his Department of Transportation and Department of Health for failure to inspect Matson's molasses loading operations....
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
New Study Demonstrates Critical State of Hawaii's Unfunded Liabilities
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:00 PM :: 2495 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...new study from State Budget Solutions on the funded status of public employee pension plans....

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Hawaii Unfunded Pension Liability Nears $27B, Your Share: $19,357
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 3349 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii is present in the top ten of both lists, showing large unfunded liabilities compared to their populations and economic output ....

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Saturday, August 31, 2013
VIDEO: Jay Fidell Talks to Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:12 PM :: 2482 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government
Whether it’s the traffic, under-development of technology, economic woes, or government-sponsored boondoggles....
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
$18.7 Million Released for State Facilities, Schools
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 2131 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

...capital improvement project (CIP) and grant funds for priority repairs and improvements at state facilities and public schools, as well as installation of a new photovoltaic system....

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Friday, August 23, 2013
Keeping the Promise: State Solutions for Government Pension Reform
By NCPA @ 2:48 PM :: 2411 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Once they establish principles for reform, legislators can choose from a menu of options. Tinkering with existing plans is the most obvious, and sometimes the easiest....

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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Hawaii Captive Insurance Administrator Resigns
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 2075 Views :: Hawaii State Government

After serving as the Hawaii Captive Insurance Administrator and Deputy Insurance Commissioner for 3 ½ years, George Sumner has resigned his position, effective August 29....

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Senate Hearing to Consider Kahoolawe Trust Fund, State Historic Preservation
By News Release @ 5:01 AM :: 2172 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Conference Room 229 State Capitol 415 South Beretania Street....
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Monday, August 12, 2013
DLNR Seeks Applications for SHPD Administrator
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 2637 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail

Closing date for applications is August 30, 2013....

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Friday, August 09, 2013
Ten Principles for Better Regulation
By NCPA @ 2:59 PM :: 2272 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

In 1993, President Clinton's Executive Order 12866 laid out the fundamental requirements that have governed regulatory analysis and review ever since....

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Friday, August 09, 2013
Report: Feds Have No Idea Why $200M Hawaii Harbors Contract Doubled in Cost
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 3127 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

MARAD could not provide documentation showing who developed the various port project estimates or explain why they doubled over time....

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Thursday, August 08, 2013
Report: Hawaii third highest in per capita interest costs
By Malia Zimmerman @ 8:13 PM :: 2553 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Last year, Hawaii spent more than $175 per person — $244 million in all — just to fund its interest payments, the third highest rate per person in the country....

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Thursday, August 08, 2013
PUC Chief Counsel Quits
By News Release @ 3:31 AM :: 2916 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Awakuni has served as chief counsel for the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) since 2011....

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013
State Procurement Office Announces eProcurement System Update
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 2834 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Over the next few months state agencies will be transitioning from the current eProcurement system, HePS, to the new Hawaii State eProcurement application, HIePRO....

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Monday, August 05, 2013
Governor Releases $12.9 Million for National Guard, Civil Defense and Health Facilities
By News Release @ 9:03 PM :: 1789 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$12.9 million for capital improvement projects....

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Sunday, July 28, 2013
UPDATE: Flossie Weakening East of Hana
By News Release @ 1:39 PM :: 5618 Views :: Hawaii State Government
AT 8 AM HST...TROPICAL STORM FLOSSIE WAS LOCATED 90 MILES NE OF HILO MOVING WNW AT 20 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS 40 MPH....
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Thursday, July 25, 2013
Abercrombie Signs Ocean Resources Management Plan
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 3037 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Tracking the success of the plan will be coordinated with the state Office of Information Management and Technology....

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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 :: 3117 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 :: 3365 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 :: 1827 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 :: 2406 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 :: 2807 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 :: 3721 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 :: 1992 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 :: 2565 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 :: 2369 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 :: 2484 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 :: 2971 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 :: 3711 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 :: 2990 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 :: 1930 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 :: 1764 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 :: 2363 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 :: 2003 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 :: 2683 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 :: 2184 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 :: 2278 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Abercrombie enacted the following bill on Friday, June 14, 2013....
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