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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
House-Senate Conference Committee Begins Budget Negotiations
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 737 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 :: 1763 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 :: 1466 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 :: 3248 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 :: 1739 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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Friday, April 07, 2017
Good Citizen or "Vexatious Requester"?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:41 PM :: 1983 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

When first introduced, HB1518 put forth a very worrisome proposal....

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Thursday, April 06, 2017
Hawaii Pensions Underfunded by 39%
By Selected News Articles @ 7:04 PM :: 1672 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Pension obligations must be fulfilled eventually....

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Friday, March 31, 2017
Hawaii lawmakers barreling toward $1 billion spending increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:10 PM :: 1748 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Hawaii lawmakers would like us to believe that they are cutting the state budget in the current legislative session, but it’s not true....

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Thursday, March 30, 2017
Senate WAM Budget -- $386M More Spending than House
By News Release @ 2:28 AM :: 1929 Views :: Hawaii State Government

HB100 HD1 SD1 proposes reducing the Governor’s budget request by $114 million in general funds over the biennium -- The House version reduced the Governor's increase in spending by $500M....

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Thursday, March 16, 2017
How to fix Hawaii’s pension problem
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:29 PM :: 2180 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Hawaii’s public pension system has been operating like a Ponzi scheme....

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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Study: Ige's Budget Runs Out of Money in Two Years
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:20 AM :: 1314 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige’s current budget overspends by $292 million next year....

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Grassroot Institute Urges Caution in Light of New Revenue Projection
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:12 AM :: 1770 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Watchdog Group Says State Budget Must be Reevaluated....

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Monday, March 13, 2017
House Finance Committee Proposes Budget
By News Release @ 9:12 PM :: 1729 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House Finance Committee March 9 passed out a proposed budget that reflects slower economic growth in Hawaii based on General Excise Tax collections and projections by the State Council on Revenues....

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Crossover--Complete List: Senate Sends 384 Bills to House
By News Release @ 4:26 AM :: 1299 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...State Senators today approved 318 bills on third reading. Sixty-six bills were approved earlier on third reading for a total of 384....

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Crossover--Complete List: House Sends 365 Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 1137 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House voted to pass on to the Senate today another 157 bills, bringing the total to 365...

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Thousands Petition for End to Hawaii Vehicle Safety Inspections
By News Release @ 6:12 PM :: 1272 Views :: Hawaii State Government

There are currently 4,581 signatures....

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Friday, March 03, 2017
Hawaii Legislature: A Guide to the Deadlines
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 1242 Views :: Hawaii State Government


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Friday, March 03, 2017
Security: Hawaii Legislators are Sitting Ducks
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:10 PM :: 1201 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Representative Gene Ward (R – District 17, Hawaii Kai) today requested the Department of Accounting and General Services for more security protection at the State Capitol....

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017
New Study Details Driving Forces of Hawaii's Unfunded Liability Crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:54 PM :: 3137 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Unsustainable government salaries and pensions are worsening the crisis....

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Best States? Government Drags Hawaii Down to 27th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:56 PM :: 1233 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Note low scores in all government functions: Education, Crime, Infrastructure and ‘Government’ – High scores in non-government functions: Health Care, Opportunity, Economy....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Governor Ige’s ‘cuts’ still result in big spending increases
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:01 PM :: 1364 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige announced that he would cut $220 million from his current spending plan. However, the ‘cuts’ are only reductions in proposed spending increases....

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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 12:44 AM :: 2569 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Life

All legislative bills referred to more than one committee (i.e., those with multiple referrals) must have moved to their final committee in the originating chamber....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Hawaii needs self-managed pension plan for public-worker retirees
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 PM :: 1724 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Hawaii is missing $23 billion ....

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Shell Game: Short Form Bills on the Move
By Andrew Walden @ 7:34 PM :: 1595 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...100 “Short Form” bills have been introduced to the Hawaii legislature....

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Monday, February 06, 2017
Hawaii government growing faster than private sector
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:41 PM :: 1893 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...New data show government outpacing private sector, pointing to an unhealthy economy....

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Sunday, February 05, 2017
Condo Justice - The Ball's Now In Your Court
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 2102 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

HB381 is scheduled on Wednesday, February 8, 9:00 a. m. at the capitol's room 429....

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Sunday, February 05, 2017
Unfunded Pensions – Tip of the Iceberg?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1959 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Is a 7% return on investment sustainable into the future? Another organization that studied the issue said that a more realistic rate of return would be the “risk-free” rate, which they calculated at 2.344%....

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Saturday, February 04, 2017
SB1056: Seawater Air Conditioning to Become New High Tech Tax Credit Scam?
By Andrew Walden @ 2:33 PM :: 2780 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...the sea water air conditioning business can use the funds to pay management highly inflated salaries, purchase other business opportunities, build sea water air conditioning plants outside of the State, or for any other purpose....

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Friday, February 03, 2017
Basing decisions on evidence, not politics
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:42 PM :: 1141 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Considering how often we are promised "effective" policy or political plans that "work", there's surprisingly little effort spent measuring that effectiveness....

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
DLNR Seeks Applicants: Commission on Water Resource Management
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 1857 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

...for a new term that will begin July 1, 2017 and run for four (4) years....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
‘Challenging and exciting times’
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:07 PM :: 1523 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...challenging times include high shipping costs, high taxes, a high rate of public sector unionism, shaky government pension programs, inadequate housing supply and pervasive homelessness, excessive business and employment regulations, cronyism and corruption....

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Sunday, January 29, 2017
Hawaii Attorney General Sues Trump to Keep Muslim ‘Refugees’ Flowing Into Country
By Selected News Articles @ 5:10 PM :: 3382 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Military

...We have lots of liberal federal judges here so we can get a favorable ruling without difficulty....

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Governor says treat symptoms, not causes of our economic woes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:42 PM :: 1445 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

3,600 words full of spending proposals and sunny guarantees about the future....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Ige Speech “Unfocused, Disappointing, Lacking in Details”
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 10:10 AM :: 1304 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Okay, the same guys who brought us 42 air conditioners are going to solve the housing crisis....

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Monday, January 23, 2017
Full Text: State of the State Address
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 1095 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...we march, not out of fear and anger, but out of confidence in the direction we must take...."

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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Funding Nonexistent People
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2094 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...our state government paid half a million dollars in pension payments to people who were already dead. Well, then, what do you think of budgeting many times that amount for people who don’t even exist?....

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Saturday, January 21, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:28 AM :: 2067 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Life

Here are some resources for you....

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Friday, January 20, 2017
Competition Matters … In Sports and Government
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:14 PM :: 2259 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

And what was the most memorable part of his remarks? The introductions of Rep. Kouchi's campaign manager and of the highest paid lobbyist....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Full Text: House Speaker Opening Day Remarks
By News Release @ 11:29 PM :: 1168 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...this July, we look forward to completing the privatization of Maui’s public hospitals and initiating a new era of health care delivery on the Valley Isle....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Senate Democrats 2017 Legislative Program
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 1672 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

The 2017 Legislative Program for the Hawai‘i State Senate is as follows....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Opening Day Remarks: House Minority Leader Beth Fukumoto
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 2:01 PM :: 1734 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

In my past opening day speeches, I didn’t talk much about policy....

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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Legislature Opening Day Wednesday January 18
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 1052 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Convening at 10AM ....

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Hawaii pension debt rises to $12 billion, but the real debt is more like $35 billion
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:16 PM :: 1941 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

State lawmakers were in shock this week as Hawaii’s pension debt increased from $8 billion to $12 billion....

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Repeat Welfare Fraudster Gets Five Years Prison
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 1838 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

From April 1, 2010 through April 30, 2014, Ponce, also known as Mary Jane Dalumpinis, was overpaid $3,723.00 in food stamp benefits....

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Friday, January 06, 2017
State pension debt will likely get worse
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:53 PM :: 1808 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

"Our membership will live two to three years longer, which means we’ll have to pay...."

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Thursday, January 05, 2017
HD2-Hilo: Ige Appoints Chris Todd to Legislature
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 2202 Views :: Hawaii County , Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

He held several positions at the Suisan Fish Market before becoming distribution manager for Hawai‘i Paper Products last year....

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Thursday, January 05, 2017
Dean Nishina Appointed Consumer Advocate
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 2014 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

Nishina previously served in the role from December 2009 to January 2011....

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Monday, January 02, 2017
Legislative Agenda: Small Business on Defense (Again)
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 1633 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

The 28th Hawaii State Legislature ended on May 5, 2016, with some important victories for small business. The 29th session commences Jan. 18, 2017....

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Sunday, January 01, 2017
Annual Registration of Mopeds Required Beginning January 2017
By News Release @ 3:14 PM :: 1787 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

Act 200 of 2016 requires significant changes to moped registration throughout the State of Hawaii....

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Sunday, January 01, 2017
Ige’s Billion Dollar Psych-Out
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2222 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the Ige Administration has been meeting with the unions....

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