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Monday, January 02, 2017
Legislative Agenda: Small Business on Defense (Again)
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 1640 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 :: 1798 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 :: 2229 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

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

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Friday, December 30, 2016
10 New Year's Resolutions for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:55 PM :: 2004 Views :: Hawaii State Government, OHA, Taxes

Stop the unconstitutional use of public funds to turn native Hawaiians into a race-based tribe. Instead, focus on what would really help them -- like better schools, more housing, and economic development....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
Who spent Hawaii’s $1 billion surplus?
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:00 AM :: 1635 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii state budget figures show a record high surplus of over $1 billion in 2016....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
AARP Plans Hawaii Legislative Agenda
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 1278 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...explore ways to help about 216,000 private sector employees in the state who do not have a retirement savings plan at work. And to help family caregivers, AARP will fight for respite care and improved access to long-term care resources....

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Friday, December 23, 2016
2017 Grant-In-Aid Applications now available
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 1568 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The deadline to submit grant applications is 4:30 p.m. Friday, January 20, 2017....

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Thursday, December 22, 2016
HCF Announces 2016 FLEX Grant Awardees
By News Release @ 3:26 PM :: 1608 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

$4.8 million of unrestricted funds to 216 Hawai‘i-based nonprofit organizations that can be used at their discretion....

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Ige Completes Appointments to State Environmental Council
By News Release @ 9:26 PM :: 1847 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

...But-but-but What about the separation of church and state?....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Budget: Who Will Gut the Taxpayers? —Unions, Rail, HIDOT?
By News Release @ 6:41 PM :: 2272 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige Budget Leaves Tax Hikes to Legislature--includes no funding for raises....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Ige Names Deputy Directors for Budget, Human Resources
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 2716 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Laurel Johnston to serve as deputy director of the Department of Budget and Finance--Ryker Wada to be the deputy director of the Department of Human Resources Development....

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Monday, December 12, 2016
DAGS Update on Payroll Modernization Program
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 1419 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The scope of the HawaiiPay project includes the modernization of the payroll process followed by time and attendance....

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Apathy on Borrowed Time -- The Condo Owner’s Soul Search
By Selected News Articles @ 2:58 PM :: 1587 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

A bill calling for the creation of an Office of the Condominium Ombudsman and seven-member commission is currently being drafted in a Hawaii legislative office....

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Monday, December 05, 2016
New Chief for Bureau of Conveyances
By News Release @ 5:13 PM :: 1271 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...examines, records, and indexes more than 344,000 land and property documents and maps each year....

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Friday, December 02, 2016
Auditor: 25% of Trust Funds Managed by Governor’s Office Should be Closed
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:16 PM :: 1362 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the Office of the Governor did not file statutorily required reports for non-general funds and for administratively created funds....

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Hawaii House and Senate Democrats Announce Leadership for 2017
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 4158 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

...A new committee, Intrastate Commerce, will focus on regulations and licensing of Hawaii businesses such as banking, telecommunications and property insurance....

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Sunday, November 27, 2016
Zombie States – Hawaii Is No. 6
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:37 AM :: 1627 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...financially “dead” but are somehow shambling on....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
DLNR Seeks Volunteers for Water Security Advisory Group
By News Release @ 8:48 PM :: 2350 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

The Chairperson of DLNR will review the applications and select individuals that are deemed qualified to serve on the Water Security Advisory Group per the requirements of Act 172....

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Friday, November 18, 2016
DAGS Director Resigns--One Day Notice
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 2949 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Douglas Murdock is stepping down as comptroller and DAGS director on Nov. 18....

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Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Making it up as they go along: HIDOT Now Claims Admin Costs Only $18K per mile
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 1409 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Gov Ige's Newsletter shares HIDOT's latest tax hike sales pitch ....

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Monday, November 07, 2016
Finally, Real Condo Law Enforcement?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:19 PM :: 3146 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

The proposed Hawaii bill for the 2017 legislative session would institute our own governor-appointed commission and ombudsman’s office and provide for....

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Friday, November 04, 2016
Hawaii Pensions 70.8% Unfunded
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:32 PM :: 1680 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

One of the interesting things about elections is that so little attention is paid to issues that have major, long-term consequences....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Do Some Benefits For State Retirees Still Make Sense?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:14 AM :: 1776 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

In 2016, Hawaii ranked 40th among the states with an OPEB funding ratio of 29.2 percent....

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Sunday, October 23, 2016
“Your Voice!” – Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process!
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 1595 Views :: Hawaii State Government workshop, offered at numerous locations on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island this fall....

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Saturday, October 22, 2016
After 10 Years and Recusal of Entire Supreme Court, State Finally Wins Flexibility on Retiree Health benefits
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 2190 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Judge Katherine G. Leonard of the Intermediate Court of Appeals served as Acting Chief Justice for the Hawaii Supreme Court in this case. All five of the regular justices of the Hawaii Supreme Court had recused themselves....

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Monday, October 17, 2016
Constitutional Amendments and Honolulu Charter—Pro and Con
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 6682 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

From League of Women Voters, October, 2016....

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Sunday, October 16, 2016
Auditor: HART, Sludge, Grants, and P-Card Investigations Sidelined
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 1977 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Rail

This report provides the Honolulu City Council with an update on the activities of the Office of the City Auditor....

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Friday, October 14, 2016
HIDOT Touts $548M Unspent Federal Money as 'Significant Accomplishment'
By News Release @ 3:17 AM :: 1704 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

As of the end of Fiscal Year 2016 Hawaii’s Pipeline balance is $548 million....

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Pension Reform? Fiscal responsibility is key to improving state's economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:03 PM :: 2653 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...administration will seek to both accelerate state payments into the Employee Retirement System pension fund and establish new rules for dealing with the privatization of government operations....

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Thursday, October 06, 2016
CATO: Excessive Spending Earns Ige an ‘F’
By News Release @ 3:31 AM :: 1500 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

General fund spending rose 7 percent in 2016, and Ige proposed to increase it 12 percent in 2017....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Hawaii Roads: More Buck for Less Bang
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:23 PM :: 2054 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Despite that heavy spending, Hawaii’s roads are the worst in the U.S. for urban pavement conditions ....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Full Text: School Board Member Resigns--Says Governor Violates Federal Law
By Selected News Articles @ 5:05 AM :: 2899 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government have circumvented the Constitution and laws of our state by appointing your so-called “Governor’s ESSA team.”....

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
The State is a Terrible Farmer...and Businessperson
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:26 PM :: 1713 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

Four years ago, the state acquired 1,200 acres of farmland....

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Cost-Effective? Hawaii Highways Rank 48th Thanks to HIDOT ‘Administrative Disbursements’
By Selected News Articles @ 7:18 PM :: 2272 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii’s worst rankings are urban Interstate pavement condition (50th) and administrative disbursements per mile (49th).... 

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Friday, September 16, 2016
What if Hawaii’s government were run by a private company?
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:49 PM :: 1571 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Oliver Porter, a leader in the creation of the public-private city model, will come to Hawaii to be featured at a Grassroot Institute event on Oahu on September 28th and on Maui on September 29th....

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Friday, September 16, 2016
S&P, Fitch Upgrade Hawaii Bonds
By News Release @ 3:00 AM :: 1604 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...highest ever bond ratings and the strongest credit position the state has ever achieved in its history....

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
State Agrees to $85M Foster Care Lawsuit Settlement
By News Release @ 5:21 AM :: 2368 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...a federal lawsuit asserting that the amount the State pays to resource families to cover the costs of caring for foster children was inadequate....

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Monday, August 29, 2016
Molokai Ferry to Shut Down—Can’t Compete With Subsidized Airfares
By News Release @ 6:57 PM :: 1966 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

SLH’s water carrier service is regulated by the PUC....

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
Slom: $1B Surplus is an Illusion
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:10 PM :: 2125 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Recent headlines reporting a $1 Billion surplus in the state general fund tell only part of the story....

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
$4M for DoT to Study Ways to Raise Highway Taxes
By News Release @ 10:05 PM :: 2131 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

“Our goal is to design a system for highways funding"

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
SEC Orders Hawaii to Cease and Desist—State Bond Offerings ‘False and Misleading’
By Andrew Walden @ 9:59 PM :: 2092 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...sold municipal bonds using offering documents that contained materially false statements....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
ERS Saved: Judge Grants Restraining Order Against SB2077
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 2544 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

SB2077 could result in the ERS plan being disqualified by the Internal Revenue Service....

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Sunday, August 14, 2016
Hawaii Budget: Taxes on the Horizon
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:46 AM :: 1667 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii’s Legislators are well on their way to depleting the state’s $890 million cash balance....

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Friday, August 12, 2016
DHS Director Rachael Wong Leaving
By News Release @ 3:16 AM :: 2057 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Current Deputy Director Pankaj Bhanot will serve as the next DHS director beginning September 1. Mr. Bhanot’s appointment is subject to Senate approval....

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Hawaii Section 8 Waiting List Opening for First Time in Decade
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 1873 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Cost of Living

There is currently no one on the waiting list, which will reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016....

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Sunday, July 31, 2016
Hawaii Budget: Taxes on the Horizon
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:35 AM :: 1559 Views :: Hawaii State Government

At the rate Hawaii is spending and taxing, projected budgets will only be sustainable for two more years....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Hawaii Pension System $8 Billion in Trouble
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:14 AM :: 2116 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor $6,000 per resident, the burden of Hawaii’s pension shortfalls is among the highest in the nation....

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Monday, July 25, 2016
Senator Slom Publishes Financial Report on the State General Fund
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:43 PM :: 1482 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...assessing the financial health of the state general fund as a result of key decisions made by the legislative and executive branches during the 2016 legislative session....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Maui Hospital Veto Override will jeopardize the Employee Retirement System
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:11 AM :: 2042 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... Grassroot Institute Exposes Flaws in Veto Override Regarding Maui Hospitals ....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Ige Vetoes Eight Bills
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 1513 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Complete list and links here ....

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