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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Slom hits Bad Bills—Reckless, Wasteful Legislation
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 3:15 PM :: 1693 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...measures to raise taxes, mandate insurance coverage, increase funding for collective bargaining, establish a special fund, infringe on the constitutional right to bear arms, or further enlarge state government....

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Sunday, April 10, 2016
Legislative Deadlines: Second Decking, Third Reading
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 8:56 PM :: 1791 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...April 8 makes the Second Decking deadline for the 2016 Legislative Session....

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Friday, April 08, 2016
Ige Announces Nominees for Board of Education, Land Use Commission
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 2803 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Senate....

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Thursday, April 07, 2016
GAO: Hawaii’s COFA migrant cost math inaccurate
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 2454 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

...the Department of the Interior provided approximately $409 million to affected jurisdictions .... In contrast, affected jurisdictions estimated costs of $2.1 billion....

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Monday, April 04, 2016
Auditor: Every Special Fund Proposed in 2016 Legislature out of Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 7:16 PM :: 1649 Views :: Hawaii State Government

None of the 47 new special and revolving funds proposed during the 2016 legislative session met amended statutory criteria....

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Sunday, April 03, 2016
State Saves $32M by refinancing general obligation bonds
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 1504 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...State’s improved financial outlook leads to lower interest rates on refunding general obligation bonds....

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Saturday, April 02, 2016
Republican Appointments to Hawaii State Boards and Commissions
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 4:16 PM :: 2898 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Currently, there is an appointment open with the Elections Commission for Hawaii County....

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Saturday, March 19, 2016
Triple Referral Lateral
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 5:00 PM :: 1795 Views :: Hawaii State Government

All bills referred to three or more committees had to be passed through their first committee....

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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Duke Aiona Legislative Update March 17, 2016
By Video @ 7:02 PM :: 3406 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Life

From Hawaii Family Advocates ....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
State Hands IT Systems to New UH Tech Center
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 1934 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

Lassner noted that “The state has had IT facilities challenges for years...."

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Monday, March 14, 2016
Complete List: Bills that Passed First Crossover
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 11:14 PM :: 1905 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House and Senate debated nearly 200 third reading bills each on Tuesday....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
AP: Only Senator Sam Slom Responded Fully to Our Open Records Request
By Selected News Articles @ 4:38 PM :: 1969 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Of the lawmakers, only the state’s lone Republican Senator, Sam Slom, divulged the requested information....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
SB 2840–Kill Zombie Pensions
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:00 PM :: 1718 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state of Hawaii paid $538,519.25 of public pension money to people who were deceased....

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Sunday, March 13, 2016
Auditor: Incompetence Prevents Management of State IT Resources
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:37 AM :: 1829 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Office of Enterprise Technology Services agreed....

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Friday, March 11, 2016
AM940 -- Grassroot Institute on the Air
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:57 PM :: 1468 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Tune in every Monday morning at 7:00 am to KKNE AM 940 on Oahu, broadcasting island-wide! ....

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Thursday, March 10, 2016
Hawaii’s Deficit Disaster: Learning from Illinois
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:37 PM :: 1778 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics
“Spending by the state is growing faster than the revenues are growing”
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Wednesday, March 09, 2016
2016 Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. Government
By Rachelle Chang @ 10:17 AM :: 1931 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...bills in the 2016 Legislative Session that test the balance between government’s power and the power of the people....

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Fitch: Hawaii debt levels are high
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 2040 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii's debt levels are high for a U.S. state government, and Fitch expects them to remain so....

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Sunday, March 06, 2016
First Decking: Complete List of Crossover Bills
By Rep Beth Fukumoto @ 7:57 PM :: 1962 Views :: Hawaii State Government

All bills under consideration for crossing over to the other chamber must be in their final form 48 hours prior to Third Reading....

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016
HB1473: Help Legislators Buy Influence, Spread Campaign Cash
By Selected News Articles @ 2:22 AM :: 2611 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

This culture of “vote buying” creates a false majority....

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Sunday, February 28, 2016
Last Week of Hearings—What’s on the Move?
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 1744 Views :: Hawaii State Government

We are down to the final week for hearings before bills cross into the other chamber....

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
List of Bills Still Alive After First Lateral
By News Release @ 1:43 AM :: 1800 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...all bills must have moved to a final committee in the originating Chamber by the end of the day Feb 18 in order to continue through the Legislative process....

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016
ADP Anyone? State RFP Seeks Proposals to Modernize Payroll, Attendance Systems
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 1711 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...serving more than 75,000 full- and part-time employees statewide....

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Ige Appoints Kai Kahele to Senate
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 2698 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Kahele will take office once the state senate qualifies him and administers the oath of office....

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Saturday, February 13, 2016
February 11: First Triple Referral Deadline of the Legislative Session
By News Release @ 1:37 AM :: 1510 Views :: Hawaii State Government

All bills with three or more committee referrals must have passed through their first committee....

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Friday, February 12, 2016
Shenanigans continue—House Waives 48 hour notice for Hearings
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 AM :: 2374 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

The purpose of the 48-hour notice rule is so that the public may participate meaningfully in the legislative process....

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Saturday, February 06, 2016
Legislative Update: Death, Taxes, and Extracurricular Activities
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:43 PM :: 1578 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot Institute Legislative Update....

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Friday, February 05, 2016
Hawaii Superferry Eyed for Maine-Nova Scotia Route
By Selected News Articles @ 8:51 PM :: 3229 Views :: Environment, Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government

...the USNS Puerto Rico is the ship being considered by Bay Ferries....

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Friday, February 05, 2016
Ige Admin Denies Proposing Superferry Revival
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 1934 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... just when you thought you were seeing a glimmer of leadership ....

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Friday, February 05, 2016
Business in Hawaii: Regulatory barriers and crippling tax rates
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:20 PM :: 2399 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the state’s economy will continue to suffer until the regulatory barriers and crippling tax rates for businesses are removed....

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Thursday, February 04, 2016
Hawaii ERS vs Petrobras: $98 Billion Bribery Case
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 2186 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

A lawsuit against Petrobras for hiding a bribery scheme for years while selling $98 billion in securities....

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Thursday, February 04, 2016
Hawaii Open Budget Celebrates One Year Online
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 2:28 AM :: 1438 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...updated with Governor David Ige's 2017 Executive Supplemental Budget released in December 2015, and the Council on Revenues forecast from January 2016....

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Looking back at the 2015 Hawaii Legislature
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:38 PM :: 1537 Views :: Hawaii State Government

There were 243 Acts signed into law in 2015; four bills became law without the Governor’s signature. Here are the highlights....

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016
HSPAN: Hawaii Capitol On Demand Video
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 1658 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...statewide on-demand channel....

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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Apply Now for Vacant Seat: State Commission on Water Resource Management
By News Release @ 8:03 PM :: 1756 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Applications for a vacant position on the State Commission on Water Resource Management are now being accepted for a new term that will begin July 1....

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Friday, January 29, 2016
VIDEO: How a Bill Becomes a Law
By Video @ 9:45 PM :: 1496 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...featuring members of the "We the People" civic club from Kahuku High School....

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
State Bank Bill Deferred
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:00 AM :: 2172 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii offered comments before the CPC Committee deferred HB326....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Grassroot Budget Report Highlights Missing Element In Governor's Address
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 PM :: 1292 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...a planned drop in expenditures that has not been accounted for by any significant cuts....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Sen Gil Kahele Dead at 73
By News Release @ 8:00 PM :: 4378 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... Ige will select senator’s successor from Democratic Party nominees ....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Government IT Transformation: 2016 Legislative Priorities
By News Release @ 10:15 AM :: 1440 Views :: Hawaii State Government

ETS is looking to formalize its reorganization of ICSD and OIMT into ETS, as well as expand its team with the addition of up to 31 new positions....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Video: Budget or Bust
By Video @ 1:52 AM :: 1447 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...unfunded liabilities, over-estimated revenues & skyrocketing expenses....

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Republicans on State of the State: 5 Things We Can Agree On, 5 Areas for Improvement
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 1881 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

House and Senate Republicans respond to the State of the State Address .... 

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Monday, January 25, 2016
Full Text: State of the State Address
By News Release @ 7:53 PM :: 1473 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Sugar is gone, as are many other aspects of the Hawaii we once knew. In their place, however, there is an exciting new world....

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Saturday, January 23, 2016
HB326: Bad Mortgages to be Foundation for Calvin Say State Bank
By Andrew Walden @ 7:36 PM :: 2827 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

Four years after the ‘Bank of Abercrombie’ bill was laughed out of the legislature, the push for a state-owned bank is being revived....

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Thursday, January 21, 2016
Speaker Souki Proposes Fee Simple Conversion of Commercial Land Leases
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 AM :: 3260 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Small Business

Hawaii has done it before with lands supporting single-family and multi-family homes. Those historic actions gave the ordinary working person new opportunities for true homeownership....

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Full Text: Speaker Souki Opening Day Remarks
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 1967 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

It’s time for us to think about the converting commercial leasehold lands in Hawaii to fee simple....

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
“Lofty and dogmatic statements that have no basis in substantive policy”–Hawaii Legislature Reconvenes
By News Release @ 4:44 PM :: 1833 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...politicians focus on flashy topics and grandiose declarations....

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Unfulfilled promises, wasted tax money, poorly written contracts and unenforceable legislation—Hawaii Legislature Reconvenes
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:40 PM :: 2010 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party
What should the goal be for this election year 2016 Legislative Session?
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Saturday, January 16, 2016
Hawaii Senate Democrats: 2016 Legislative Priorities
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 2521 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii Senate 2016 Legislative Session will get underway on Wednesday, Jan. 20....

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Saturday, January 16, 2016
10 Ideas that Could Improve Life in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:56 AM :: 2134 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...the House Republican Caucus priorities for the upcoming session....

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