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Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Reviewing Hawaii’s FY 2017 supplemental budget
By Rachelle Chang @ 6:16 PM :: 2055 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...a net increase of $297.6 million in FY 2017, an increase of 4.4%....

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Friday, January 08, 2016
Glass Houses of Marijuana: Pots, Kettles and the Color Black
By Selected News Articles @ 1:23 PM :: 2265 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Drugs

...Department of Health (DoH) officials faced scathing rebukes for doing their job well....

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Friday, January 08, 2016
Ige Budget: $104M omissions, mystery spending cuts
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:04 PM :: 2128 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

$104 million in omissions combine with mystery spending cuts to create unrealistic budget scenario....

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Wednesday, January 06, 2016
VIDEO: “Lessons Learned” from Turtle Bay
By Video @ 9:33 PM :: 2639 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

"Public-Private partnerships are really hard."

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
State of the State Budget 2016
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:25 PM :: 2084 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Tuesday, January 19th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Report: Return County TAT Deal to Status Quo Ante
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:16 PM :: 3751 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

Report of the 13-person Working Group....

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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Airport Division Turned Blind Eye to Sex Harassment
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 2565 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

A federal jury on Tuesday found the state of Hawaii and the Hawaii Department of Transportation's airports division violated a former employee's civil rights....

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
DHS Audit: 20 Funds and Accounts out of Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:06 PM :: 1792 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the department and HPHA inconsistently adhered to statutory reporting requirements for non-general funds and administratively created funds and accounts....

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Ige Budget--$31B Spending over Two Years
By News Release @ 1:02 AM :: 2645 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Gov. Ige proposes a 230 percent increase in the capital improvements budget for FY17 ...

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Friday, December 18, 2015
State Quietly Approves Oceanic-Charter Merger
By News Release @ 11:44 PM :: 1829 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The merger and transfer of Oceanic’s Hawaii franchises will not take place until federal regulatory review of the merger transaction is completed....

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Friday, December 18, 2015
Fake Energy Savings? Airport Division Lets Contractor Write its own Check for 20 Years
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:40 PM :: 2771 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Don't worry.  It's only a $500M contract....

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Friday, December 11, 2015
After Recent Failures, Ige Admin Revamps IT Project Approval Process
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 2138 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Under the IT governance process, projects must pass several review “gates” during four key phases....

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Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Ige Seeking Applicants for 170 Boards and Commissions
By News Release @ 10:58 AM :: 1896 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Office of the Governor is looking for individuals who are dedicated to continuing the State of Hawaii’s momentum toward a strong and sustainable future....

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Sunday, December 06, 2015
Please! Spend More!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1670 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Uncle Sam is giving us money. But we are not spending that money so the federal agencies are saying, “Looks like you don’t need this, so why should we give you any more?”....

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Thursday, December 03, 2015
Employment Opportunities with the Hawaii State Legislature
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 1740 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii State House and Senate are accepting applications for the 2016 legislative session....

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Engineers: DAGS Hands Off CIP
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:20 AM :: 1848 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Of 19 departments and agencies surveyed, 14 said capital improvement projects (CIPs) should not be handled centrally by the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS)....

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Friday, November 06, 2015
Auditor: Hawaii Hurricane Relief Fund not used for established purpose
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:20 AM :: 2151 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Thirty-eight DCCA special funds, trust funds, and trust accounts were reviewed--One Fund Did Not Meet Criteria....

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Thursday, November 05, 2015
Ige Seeking Applicants for 185 Boards and Commissions
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 1818 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Office of the Governor is looking for qualified and dedicated volunteers to fill vacancies on boards, commissions and committees across the state....

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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 :: 2481 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 :: 2097 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 :: 2786 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 :: 1624 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 :: 2410 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 :: 1809 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 :: 1832 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 :: 2595 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 :: 2101 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 :: 1627 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 :: 3969 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 :: 1855 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 :: 2169 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 :: 2397 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 :: 4860 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 :: 2148 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 :: 2126 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 :: 2246 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 :: 3380 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 :: 1586 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 :: 2711 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 :: 2241 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 :: 1746 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 :: 1857 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 :: 1769 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 :: 1522 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 :: 2330 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 :: 2360 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 :: 2282 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 :: 2354 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 :: 3433 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 :: 1876 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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