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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Bizarre News: Honolulu selected to join national What Works Cities initiative
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 2703 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Joins 99 cities that are committed to making city government more effective using data and evidence....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Maui Recycling Center Shut Down Due to State Non-Payment
By News Release @ 7:53 PM :: 987 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...This closure is due to a delay in payments from the Department of Health. Once the back payments have been received, operations will resume as normal....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Full Text: Speaker Saiki Opening Day Remarks
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 1034 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Supporting Hanabusa, Speaker Saiki said "Unfortunately, one need only look to the past weekend to see a glaring instance of the inability of government at various levels to manage major issues facing out state."....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
State doubles fee for marine licenses
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 862 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

... whether they’re full-time fishers or “weekend warriors” ....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Video: Live at the Legislature with Rep Andria Tupola
By Video @ 3:39 AM :: 1047 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Catch us ‘Live at the Legislature’ every Monday at 8:30 AM on ‘Olelo Channel 49....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Ward: Step- by-step walkthrough of the software, hardware, and personnel that led to false alarm
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:01 PM :: 2164 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Military

...if you expect Friday’s hearing at the Legislature to lead to closure of this matter....

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Monday, January 15, 2018
In Hawaii, No Heads Roll over False Missile Alarm
By Selected News Articles @ 6:27 PM :: 1069 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...“Once a Japanese manager or his underlings are caught in a scandalous situation, they have no other choice but to resign so that the many others who are dependent on them do not take the blame or suffer any of the consequences.”....

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Monday, January 15, 2018
FEMA: Ige, Miyagi Wrong About 38 Minute Delay
By Andrew Walden @ 3:14 PM :: 4701 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Military

...Governor Ige and HIEMA administrator Vern Miyagi say they had to obtain permission from FEMA ... FEMA says that’s not true....

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Sunday, January 14, 2018
FCC: Hawaii did not have Reasonable Safeguards to Prevent False Alarm
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 795 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...We also must ensure that corrections are issued immediately....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
38 Minute Delay--State EMA Got Permission from FEMA Before Retracting False Alarm
By News Release @ 11:10 PM :: 2382 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...Hawaii Emergency Management Agency statement on missile launch false alarm....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
False Alarm: Hawaii Missile Alert Retracted by Civil Defense
By Andrew Walden @ 12:31 PM :: 3132 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

"...NO missile threat to Hawaii...."

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Hawaii Drivers License Design Change
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 1239 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Star in a gold circle marking to appear on Hawaii State Driver’s Licenses or State Identification Cards issued on or after Jan. 16, 2018....

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018
HDoT Negativity: Ferry not Feasible
By News Release @ 2:58 PM :: 993 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Small Business

...that which has been done can no longer be done....

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Monday, January 08, 2018
Red tape tally long overdue
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:46 PM :: 1146 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...It is commonly said that Hawaii has too many government regulations, but how many regulations are there exactly?....

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Friday, January 05, 2018
​Hawaii tax policy feels the heat
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:09 PM :: 1080 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Rail

...The administration just told New York and New Jersey they would have to fund their $13 billion Hudson Tunnel rail project on their own, backing out of an Obama-era promise to foot half the bill....

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Thursday, January 04, 2018
Honolulu GOP: Key Issues in 2018 Legislature
By Brett Kulbis @ 4:49 PM :: 1603 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Life, Republican Party, Second Amendment, Taxes

...look for the following bills to be revived in the 2018 legislative session....

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Thursday, January 04, 2018
Auditors couldn't figure out what this state office does — or plans to do
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:16 AM :: 1830 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...Energy Office’s personnel costs now account for more than 90 percent of the office’s expenses....

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Maui hospitals point the way
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:16 AM :: 1221 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...the state should consider privatizing more of its medical facilities....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
House, Senate Committees Schedule Budget Hearings
By News Release @ 12:49 PM :: 701 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Tuesday, January 2 through Wednesday, January 17, 2018....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Grade F--Assessment of State Tech Projects
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 1298 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...lets take a look at the I and F grade projects--and guess which projects score an 'A'....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Ige Appoints Two New Cabinet Members
By News Release @ 9:39 PM :: 1114 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige is making appointments to his cabinet to fill the positions left vacant because of two planned retirements. He has also re-appointed the State Procurement Administrator....

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
2018 Legislative Session Calendar Posted
By News Release @ 9:24 PM :: 939 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The Calendar for the 2018 Legislative session is now posted....

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Sunday, December 24, 2017
2018 Ballot: Constitutional Convention?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 879 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The biggest exception to this gatekeeper rule is the constitutional convention, where the people elect delegates directly....

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Saturday, December 23, 2017
Ige Appoints Lei Learmont to Replace Rep Oshiro in HD46 Wahiawa
By News Release @ 12:47 AM :: 1099 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

...Learmont fills the vacancy created when former Rep. Marcus Oshiro joined the Hawai‘i Labor Relations Board in October....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Bureaucracy thwarts state modernization
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:07 PM :: 1212 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...Hawaii’s entrenched state and county bureaucracies delaying the advance of high technology into their own operations....

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Ige Announces Supplemental Budget
By News Release @ 12:42 AM :: 723 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...FY 19 amendments total $85.5 million – an increase of .6 percent over FY 19...FY 19 amendments total $1.497 billion, an increase of 215 percent over FY 19 CIP....

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Sunday, December 17, 2017
State Highways Program Update
By News Release @ 1:03 AM :: 803 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...high visibility current and upcoming highways projects statewide....

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Friday, December 15, 2017
Conservative Rankings of Hawaii Legislators—2017 Session
By News Release @ 4:57 PM :: 1451 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...The ACUF has reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House of Representatives to produce average scores for each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member....

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Thursday, December 14, 2017
State launches Kupuna Caregivers Program
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 794 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...Working caregivers who pay for services to support their kupuna may now be eligible for financial help of up to $70 per day....

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
John McHugh PhD New Head of Pesticides Branch
By News Release @ 12:29 AM :: 706 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

...His appointment is effective January 1, 2018. He succeeds Thomas Matsuda who will retire on December 31, 2017....

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Monday, December 11, 2017
State Now Accepting Grant-in-Aid Applications
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 691 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Deadline for GIA applications is January 19, 2018....

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Monday, December 11, 2017
DCCA Approves Sale of Hawaiian Tel to Cincinnati Bell
By News Release @ 1:27 AM :: 460 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The requirements outlined in the Decision and Order include....

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Sunday, December 10, 2017
Tech: 'Clinically Psychotic' HGEA Signs Suicide Pact
By Andrew Walden @ 8:27 PM :: 2188 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor, Politicians

...The seeming political power play is actually a sign of Perreira’s weakness.... 

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Thursday, December 07, 2017
Ige Appoints DLIR Director to Head DoTax
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 1291 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...Takayama has served as the director of the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) since April 2015. She will assume her new position on Monday, Dec. 11....

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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Executive Order 17-07: Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:30 PM :: 2506 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...The executive order establishes an Administrative Director in the Office of the Governor who will support companies seeking to test self-driving vehicle technology in Hawaiʻi....

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
OHA Strategic Plan? Results Not Updated since 2013
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 1015 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, OHA

...the State of Hawaii Dashboard and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Dashboard are only current up to 2013 for most of the categories presented....

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Auditor: DLIR Joins Long List of Departments Not Reporting Funds to Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:50 PM :: 650 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...DLIR did not file statutorily required reports for non-general funds and for administratively created funds....

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Monday, November 27, 2017
Hawaii House Rules Prohibit Staff from Revealing "Illegal or Improper Conduct"
By Andrew Walden @ 10:40 PM :: 2703 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Politicians

... How do Hawaii legislators get away with sexual harassment? ....

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Friday, November 24, 2017
Oahu Workshops: Learn to Raise Your Voice at the State Capitol
By News Release @ 12:49 AM :: 1117 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...the Legislature's Public Access Room (PAR) is offering "Your Voice," a free, one-hour workshop at several locations on Oahu....

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Thursday, November 23, 2017
Grassroot: Things to be Thankful for This Year
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:15 PM :: 966 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Jones Act

...We are grateful for your partnership in striving for a Hawaii that leads the world in individual liberty and economic opportunity....

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Thursday, November 23, 2017
New Claims by State in Airport Hangar Lawsuit
By News Release @ 4:04 AM :: 986 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The evidence suggests that dck worldwide directed how dck pacific handled payments to subcontractors....

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Monday, November 20, 2017
Insider Trading: State Employee Writes RFP, then Works for Bidders
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 966 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...the former state employee could improperly benefit by trading on his or her “insider knowledge” to secure future employment or business opportunities....

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Sunday, November 19, 2017
State Senate Accepting Applications for 2018 Session
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 799 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Most begin on January 3, 2018 and end on the last day of the legislative session.... 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Pension pinches profligacy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:00 AM :: 1195 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hawaii’s county governments — and county taxpayers — are about to feel the pinch....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
HGEA Hospital Debacle: DOH Places Seven On Leave
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 1215 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...after decades ignoring the festering problems at the HGEA job trust State Hospital, AG and DoH pretend to suddenly be oh-so-very-concerned....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
State Capitol Signs up for Non-Existent Seawater Air Conditioning Scheme
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 1501 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...a seawater jet powered by Hawaii tax credits is used to shoot pies up into the sky--electricity is generated by harnessing the energy of the pies as they fall back to Earth....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
$1.8B Special Fund Audit: DHRD Refuses to Report to Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:42 AM :: 1245 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

..."We disagree with DHRD. The statutory requirements that DHRD report to the Legislature are unambiguous and do not exempt these trust funds." -- Auditor....

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Island Air: Did the Airports Division bamboozle Fitch Ratings?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:42 AM :: 2755 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

“The Airports Division expects near-term traffic results will be better than projected due to Island Air expanding interisland traffic...." -- Fitch Ratings, October 26, 2017

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Counties stuck with bailing out pension debt
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:11 PM :: 1090 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...the state Legislature has discovered a new tactic for meeting its public pension financial obligations: passing the costs on to the counties....

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Thursday, November 09, 2017
Legacy Pension Costs--Hawaii Scores D-
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 AM :: 1138 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Legacy Costs evaluates whether states provided adequate funding, as defined by retirement system actuaries, for pensions and other promised retirement benefits for public workers.....

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