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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Half a Million Dollars of Public Pension Money Paid to Dead People in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:13 AM :: 1981 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...at least 134 deceased persons received over-payments from the Employee Retirement System, with some over-payments in excess of $50,000....

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Monday, October 26, 2015
Hawaii Health Department Vulnerable to Waste and Abuse
By NCPA @ 12:30 PM :: 1612 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

An investigation by Hawaii's state auditor into the state's Department of Health....

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
OHA Lawyer Represents Contractor Accused of Using Political Influence to Rip-off State
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 AM :: 2222 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

The state lawsuit also claimed Ciber used lobbyists and “exercised inappropriate political influence” to persuade the state to continue making payments to the company....

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
IT Upgrades Could Save Hawaii $101M -- Report
By News Release @ 3:18 PM :: 1313 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...why and how states should better harness information technology to drive public-sector productivity and generate savings for governments, businesses, and citizens....

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Friday, October 09, 2015
Fitch: Hawaii debt levels are high
By News Release @ 4:15 PM :: 1872 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...and Fitch expects them to remain so. This largely reflects the state's direct responsibility for many functions delegated to local governments in other states, particularly K-12 education....

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Promising Too Much Endangers Hawaii's Fiscal Health
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:48 AM :: 1419 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...when a child is born in Hawaii, he or she can count on $26,500 in debt that the state owes per citizen....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Hawaii 6th Worst Sinkhole State--Out-dated accounting policies blamed
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 1465 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

States are not held to the same accounting standards as most businesses and publicly traded companies. Therefore, states do not use the proper tools to balance their budgets....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Feds to Cut off Funds: Hawaii DoH Fails to Spend $33M Federal Water Grants, Illegally Pools Money with DoT
By News Release @ 3:04 PM :: 2064 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Hawaii had not met targets on some key items in the Notice of Non-Compliance corrective action plan....

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Sunday, September 27, 2015
Captive Insurance: The Clean Version
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1675 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the IRS has added a new item to its “Dirty Dozen,” a list of tax scams....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
Tropical Storm Niala Forms off Big Island
By News Release @ 5:38 PM :: 1268 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The center of the system is located about 455 miles southeast of Hilo and continues to move slowly in a northwest direction....

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Saturday, September 12, 2015
FULL TEXT: Hawaii DoT v Ciber
By Andrew Walden @ 4:18 PM :: 3346 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government
Is this the secret history of Abercrombie's high-tech initiative?
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Friday, September 11, 2015
Hawaii: $10,137 State, Local Bond Debt Per Capita
By Selected News Articles @ 4:12 PM :: 1513 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...figures here are for bonded debt, and do not include other outstanding obligations—including pensions—which add substantially to governments’ future liabilities and are often considered in broader definitions of governmental debt....

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Friday, September 11, 2015
Attorney Timothy Sutton Takes the Helm of Senate Minority Research
By News Release @ 3:46 PM :: 1619 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Sutton will take the reins on legal research, legislative drafting and other support tasks for the Hawaii Senate Minority....

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Friday, September 04, 2015
Moody's: 'Outlook Negative' as UH System Burns Cash Reserves
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 1932 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...thinning cash and investments and unrestricted monthly liquidity due to a long history of deficits, a high backlog of deferred maintenance, a need to carefully manage operations with continued expense pressure across the 10-campus system, and a high percentage of unionized staff....

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Thursday, September 03, 2015
State Sues Tech Firm for Buying Influence with Abercrombie Administration
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 4028 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

“...Ciber finally abandoned the project and withdrew its staff without any notice after Abercrombie lost the primary election on Aug. 9, 2014....”

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Saturday, August 29, 2015
Ignacio to hit Big Island Monday, Jimena Following
By News Release @ 1:50 PM :: 1805 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Ignacio and Jimena are both Category 4 as of Saturday midday....

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Friday, August 21, 2015
TS Kilo Emergency Declared
By News Release @ 7:01 PM :: 1755 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The storm’s strength and track is highly uncertain at this time....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
CNHA Takes Reins of DBEDT 'Community Development Accelerator'
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 1821 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

"Community-based nonprofit organizations are increasingly becoming key economic development drivers...."

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Thursday, August 13, 2015
Lawsuit Challenges Kanaiolowalu, Na'i Aupuni, OHA
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:53 PM :: 2780 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections, OHA
“Who would believe that in this day and age U.S. citizens are being denied access to the right to vote explicitly because of their race and their points of view?”
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Monday, August 10, 2015
Hilda expected to make closest approach to Hawaii Island late Wednesday
By News Release @ 5:33 PM :: 1236 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hilda expected to bring heavy rain, low chance of tropical storm force winds to the islands....

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Sunday, August 09, 2015
Hawaii Foster Care Class Action Lawsuit
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 2283 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...foster care payment was just $529 per month, as the state had refused to increase it for nearly 25 years....

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Sunday, August 09, 2015
Hilda Cat 3 -- Projected Hilo Landfall as Tropical Storm
By News Release @ 5:29 PM :: 1895 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...ABOUT 600 MI ESE OF HILO MOVING WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 10 MPH....

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Saturday, August 08, 2015
Hurricane Hilda Now Category 4--Winds 140mph
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 1390 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...ABOUT 870 MI ESE OF HILO HAWAII MOVING W AT 15MPH....

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Saturday, August 08, 2015
New Catastrophic Hurricane Plan Signed By State, Federal Partners
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 1561 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Coordination Efforts Begin for Hurricane Hilda....

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Thursday, August 06, 2015
$40M CIP Released
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 1475 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... $9,318,772 for Aloha Stadium, more than $11M for Honolulu Airport ....

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015
Track Takes Guillermo Northwest of State, Possibility of Heavy Rainfall
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 1226 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Tropical Storm Guillermo is located 370 miles east of Hilo as of 2:00 p.m. today....

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Sunday, August 02, 2015
You Can Have That Road, Alphonse…No! You Take It, Gaston!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1876 Views :: Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

...the State and counties aren’t clear on which roads they own....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Auditor: Lack of Procurement Controls Exposes Health Department to Waste and Abuse
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:21 PM :: 1917 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

Department provides little support for and minimal oversight of staff involved in procurements....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Truth in Accounting: Hawaii Hiding 71 Percent of Retirement Debt
By News Release @ 6:01 PM :: 1781 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Because the state government uses outdated accounting methods, a vast majority of liabilities are excluded from its financial reporting....

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Sunday, July 19, 2015
Post-Employment Benefits Are King
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1966 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor
The Hawaii Constitution says, “Membership in any employees' retirement system of the State or any political subdivision thereof shall be a contractual relationship, the accrued benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.”
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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Time Warner to Sell Oceanic to Charter Communications
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 2968 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

DCCA Cable Television Divison received an application from Charter Communications, Inc. and Time Warner Cable, Inc....

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Ige Vetoes Eight Bills
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 1576 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige today vetoed eight bills and sent his statements of objections to the house and senate leadership....

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Video: A Fiscal Cliff for Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:04 PM :: 2026 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Senate Minority Budget Director Paul Harleman about the current economic status of Hawaii and his concerns for the state's future financial stability....

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Ige Releases ‘Intent to Veto’ List
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 2125 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Ige has informed the Hawai‘i State Legislature of his intent to veto the following bills....

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Thursday, June 18, 2015
Hawaii Government Workforce Seventh Least Productive in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:07 PM :: 2753 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii’s employees earn 9 percent more than those in the private sector—the 3rd highest wages and salaries ratio in the country....

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Friday, June 05, 2015
State Technology Transformation 'will not move forward without the right people in place'
By News Release @ 12:07 AM :: 1824 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...hiring and retaining qualified state government IT staff is a top priority, noting the challenge of an aging workforce and lack of millennials....

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Sunday, May 24, 2015
Unfunded Liabilities – Smoke and Mirrors?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2158 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...what actually goes into this “unfunded liability” calculation....

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
A Troubling Excess Of Optimism: Examining the Hawaii State Budget
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:18 PM :: 1472 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the Governor’s projection of state expenditures–and the means by which this forecast is determined–are not transparent....

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Thursday, May 07, 2015
Hawaii State Senate Announces New Committee Chairs
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 2276 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

The Hawaii State Senate today announced a new line up of committees and committee chairs as part of its recent reorganization....

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Kim Out: Marijuana Last Straw as Senate Committee Chairs Overthrow President
By Andrew Walden @ 11:07 AM :: 5272 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Drugs

...The Senate says 'yes' to marijuana and 'no' to anti-GMO protesters....

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
HB321: Gamesmanship and Shenanigans
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 AM :: 2149 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Drugs

...legislative priorities are out-of-touch with reality....

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Slom: Hawaii Will Deplete Cash Reserves by 2021
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:22 AM :: 1951 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...once you tally up the separate appropriation bills the current spending plan is almost identical to the Governor's initial budget request....

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Sunday, May 03, 2015
Full List: $28M Grants in Aid Funded in State Budget
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 2183 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...$20 million in capital improvement projects (CIP) funding and $8 million in operating funds....

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Friday, May 01, 2015
Conference Committee
By Selected News Articles @ 6:25 PM :: 1832 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government
“Conference committee is where good bills go to die.”
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Powdered Alcohol Prohibition Wins in Hawaii Senate
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 11:05 PM :: 2473 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Small Business

"Whenever there is a new product, whether it be powdered alcohol or e-cigarettes, we want to jump on it, and ban it."

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Monday, April 27, 2015
Hawaii Open Budget: Online Conference Committee Tracking Tool
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:20 PM :: 1738 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...will be updated daily, shortly after decisions are made in the Conference Committee budget meetings....

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Saturday, April 25, 2015
7% Solution Makes Hawaii Pension Debt Seem Smaller
By Selected News Articles @ 3:11 PM :: 2176 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor
“The state increased the rate from 4 percent to 7 percent.”
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Friday, April 24, 2015
Auditor: No Special Fund Raids After AG Tightens Enforcement
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:28 PM :: 1328 Views :: Hawaii State Government

On February 27, 2013, the department conducted department-wide training for deputies whose clients administer non-general fund....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Conference Committee Begins Negotiations on State Budget
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 1439 Views :: Hawaii State Government

House and Senate conferees met today to begin negotiations on a final version of HB500, the state budget bill....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Hawaii State Auditor Presents 2014 Annual Report
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:36 AM :: 1209 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...we had a busy 2014—releasing 18 audits, analyses, and studies on everything from alternate uses of recycled glass to the regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries....

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