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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Fitch Upgrades Airports Division Based on Island Air Growth Expectations
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 832 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...meanwhile Island Air planes are being repossessed....

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Friday, October 27, 2017
Right tools can dig us out of pension debt
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 5:48 PM :: 872 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii’s public pension system has an unfunded liability of $12 billion....

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Sunday, October 22, 2017
DoTax Leaves Fewer Callers in the Dust
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 956 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Did DOTAX Turn the Corner on Customer Service?....

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Friday, October 20, 2017
Caldwell Flees State as Ex-Chief is Arrested
By News Release @ 5:40 PM :: 2039 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Police

...Caldwell left O‘ahu the evening of Oct 18 for a 'personal vacation', and is scheduled to return on Tuesday, October 31...

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Moody's: Hawaii has Already Collected the Taxes for Next Recession
By Selected News Articles @ 9:47 AM :: 1061 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii has enough in cash reserves to weather next recession, report says....

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Friday, October 13, 2017
Fuchigami Taking over from Ige's Chief of Staff? – That’s What the State Constitution Says 
By News Release @ 3:56 AM :: 2497 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The position of administrative director is actually one of the few positions created by the State Constitution....

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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Hawaii AG Obstructs Requests on How Much Taxpayer Funds Are Being Spent Fighting Trump’s Travel Ban
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 1689 Views :: National News, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...the Hawaii AG office denied the public interest fee waiver request and charged $28,396.30 to complete the document search....

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Thursday, October 12, 2017
USNWR: Best States? Hawaii Ranks 27th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:51 AM :: 1014 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Fiscal Stability#41....

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Hawaii 6th Most Indebted State
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 1559 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...$27,100 = Each taxpayer's share of Hawaii's debt....

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Sunday, September 17, 2017
Legislature with U R Missing
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 969 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...there is "supposed to be" opportunity for participation....

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Saturday, September 09, 2017
BLNR Approves Boating Rule Changes
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 1223 Views :: Hawaii State Government, OHA, Small Business

...The rule changes cover a spectrum of boating and ocean recreation uses, such as: commercial use and parking permits and fees; commercial marine operations and tours....

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
HDOT Sitting on $505M of Unspent Federal Funds
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 1142 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail

...In two and a half years we have successfully reduced the pipeline from nearly $750 million to $505 million....

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Hawaii Sues Trump over DACA
By News Release @ 5:07 PM :: 1073 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

...Sen. Dianne Feinstein suggests DACA is on shaky legal ground....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Obamacare Could Bankrupt ERS
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 7:18 PM :: 1476 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...a 1% increase in health care costs equals a $2 billion increase in unfunded liabilities....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Ige Appointments: 5 HCDA, 1 UH Regent, 1 HLRB, 2 Judges
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 2718 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Land Use

...While all eyes are on rail....

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Sunday, August 20, 2017
The Grand Skim of Things, Part 3
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1133 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government

 ...one State department that has funds with no exemption, and refuses to pay it: the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL).... 

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Friday, August 18, 2017
Hawaii misses the bitcoin boom
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 2299 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

....Since then, the price of bitcoin has catapulted to over $4,000 per bitcoin, up from $1,000....

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Sunday, August 13, 2017
The Grand Skim of Things, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1053 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the Central Services Skim has redirected about $45 million a year from the special funds to the state general fund....

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Want Land? DLNR Will Buy You Some
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 1286 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

Grant applications for land acquisition....

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Sunday, August 06, 2017
The Grand Skim of Things (Part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1370 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...A Hawaii law dating back to 1955, which now can be found at HRS section 36-27, says that 5% of any special fund’s income will be paid to the state general fund to pay “central service expenses....”

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Sunday, July 30, 2017
No Hanahana -- Kaukau Anyway
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1918 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...if you don’t work, you don’t eat....

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Thursday, July 27, 2017
HiDoT Puts State Highway Project Database on line
By News Release @ 3:56 AM :: 812 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Available data includes the schedule, scope, and estimated cost for all current State Highways projects as well as all projects planned to begin construction in the next two years....

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Saturday, July 22, 2017
Millennials are public pension losers
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 1:56 PM :: 1355 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Hawaii may be giving millennials the short end of the stick when it comes to the state’s unfunded public pension liabilities....

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Friday, July 21, 2017
AG Chin Politicizing Office and ignoring his real job
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 2:04 AM :: 1619 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

...a hyper-partisan, publicity-seeking, grandstander....

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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Invasive Species Inspectors Communicate 'Caveman Style' After (another) State IT Project Failure
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:03 PM :: 1198 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

...After more than a decade of development and close to $4.2 million in new and amended contracts, Department of Agriculture has failed in its attempt to implement a central integrated database....  (try MS Excel next time)

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Ige Vetoes 13 Bills--Two Become Law Without Signature
By News Release @ 9:40 PM :: 2275 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige announced that he has vetoed 13 of 15 bills on his Intent to Veto list....

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Saturday, July 08, 2017
IT Project Stripped out of DOTax after decade of influence buying, psychosis, and bankruptcy
By Selected News Articles @ 12:55 PM :: 1943 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...The shift out of DOTax is just a scam to justify vetoing HB1414 which mandated an audit of the State's decade-long series of IT debacles....

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Friday, June 30, 2017
SB410: Public union power grab goes too far
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 2:54 PM :: 1183 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

All employers need a few basic freedoms to be productive, among them the freedom to manage their employees....

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Friday, June 23, 2017
Ige to Veto 15 Bills
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 1521 Views :: Hawaii State Government

SB410 Labor Union Givesway, SB1240 Aquarium Fishing, SB562 AG to Defend Counties, HB2 'Tiny Homes' on Big Island Ag Land, HB627 Public-Private Partnerships....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
NFIB Hawaii Small Business End-of-Session Report
By Selected News Articles @ 11:15 PM :: 1262 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

Defeat – for now – of onerous paid leave and minimum wage proposals highlight accomplishments for small business. Big court victory an added bonus....

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Friday, June 16, 2017
Auditor: 2017 Legislature Batting .000 -- 65 Bogus Special Funds
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:21 AM :: 1202 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...None of the 65 Special Funds proposed in the 2017 Legislative session met criteria....

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Monday, June 05, 2017
VIDEO: Sam Slom, Hawaii's Opposition Voice
By Video @ 11:42 PM :: 1380 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...E Hana Kakou with Keli'i Akina, "Sam Slom, Hawaii's Opposition Voice"....

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Sunday, June 04, 2017
Human Casualties at the Legislature, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 11:31 PM :: 1500 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...fifteen senators wanted to stick their thumbs in the Governor’s eye....

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Sunday, May 28, 2017
Human Casualties at the Legislature
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:09 AM :: 1149 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...If there is a position taken by a committee chair on one bill or one issue that is not reflecting the wishes of the committee, why can't the committee simply reject the chair's recommendation?....

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Monday, May 22, 2017
State Scores ‘F’ -- Balance Sheets Hide Retirement Debt
By Selected News Articles @ 12:21 PM :: 449 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics
...state government officials continue to obscure large amounts of retirement debt on their balance sheets, despite new rules to increase financial transparency....
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Monday, May 15, 2017
Star-Adv Flacks for DHS Insiders--Trashes Peter Boy Book
By Andrew Walden @ 3:46 PM :: 1632 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...entrenched interests within the DHS culture of secrecy are afraid of this book and its contents....

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Friday, May 05, 2017
Rail: Senate Remains open to Negotiate with House
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 881 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...the Senate remains open to negotiate an agreement with the House to ensure adequate financing to complete the project, yet minimize the impact on the most vulnerable citizens of the community....

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Friday, May 05, 2017
Full Text: Joe Souki Resignation letter
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 1453 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...we were unable to agree with the Senate on funding to complete Honolulu’s rail system....

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Friday, May 05, 2017
Complete List of Bills Passed by the 2017 Legislature
By Andrew Walden @ 2:48 AM :: 2264 Views :: Hawaii State Government

229 Bills have been passed by the Legislature.  15 have been signed into law as of May 4.  Another 214 are awaiting Gubernatorial action....

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Thursday, May 04, 2017
Union salary hikes include hidden costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:09 AM :: 1746 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

That’s because when government salaries increase, so do pension promises....

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
State not exempt from family budgeting principles
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:30 PM :: 1164 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Most families in Hawaii know that they shouldn’t spend more money than they have. But somehow, Hawaii legislators haven’t gotten the message....

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Conference Committee Agrees on State Budget
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 1098 Views :: Hawaii State Government

House and Senate conferees met on Monday to approve a final version of HB100 HD1 SD1, the state budget bill covering fiscal years 2018 and 2019....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
HB165: How Lawmakers can Deal with Annoying Citizens
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 6:34 PM :: 1520 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...HB165 (now headed to a Conference Committee) would modernize the existing Sunshine Law by requiring electronic posting of public agency meeting notices and minutes and making board packets available for public inspection....

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Punish Judiciary? House Censors Legislator
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:07 AM :: 1875 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

Rep Gene Ward today sent Attorney General Doug Chin a letter asking for a first Amendment ruling regarding the potential misuse of censorship on the House Floor on April 11, 2017....

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Ciber: Company Behind 7-Year HDOT Software Failure Files Bankruptcy
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 1741 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

2015: State Sues Tech Firm for Buying Influence with Abercrombie Administration....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
House-Senate Conference Committee Begins Budget Negotiations
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 663 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Early agreements include funds for Medicaid increases, telehealth, housing....

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Friday, April 14, 2017
House Approves Massive Rail Tax Hike and 37 Other Bills
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 1636 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...an additional $1.2 billion funding package for the City’s financially troubled rail project....

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
UH 2017 legislative budget update
By News Release @ 1:01 AM :: 1366 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

Much of the university’s request is not included in either the House or Senate version of the budget....

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Friday, April 07, 2017
Time for change at Hawaii’s airports
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:12 PM :: 3095 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Tourism

For Randy Perreira, head of the Hawaii Government Employees Association, the problems at Hawaii’s airports are just a matter of not enough kumbaya....

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Friday, April 07, 2017
HB1022: $10M for Latest Honolulu Airport Mess
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 1597 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

“Settling these claims now spares all parties years of litigation and lets HDOT use existing project monies to pay subs for the work that was done,” said Doug Chin....

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