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Friday, January 16, 2015
Ige Names Doug Chin AG, Randy Iwase PUC Chair
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 2258 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Doug Chin is former managing director for the City and County of Honolulu.  Randy Iwase was Supervising Deputy Attorney General whose division provided legal counsel to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and the Public Utilities Commission....

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Monday, January 12, 2015
Mina Morita Out as PUC Chair
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 2061 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

She previously told PBN that she would like to continue as chair....

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Monday, January 12, 2015
Which States Receive the Most Federal Aid? -- Hawaii is 47th
By Selected News Articles @ 10:45 AM :: 2105 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii receives 23.5 percent of its total state general revenues from the federal government....

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Saturday, January 10, 2015
2015 Legislative Calendar: A Guide to the Deadlines
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 2411 Views :: Hawaii State Government

From Opening Day to Sine Die....

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Thursday, January 08, 2015
Would better funding for OIP improve transparency?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:21 PM :: 1739 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

In Hawaii, we have the right to transparency. We just don’t have actual transparency....

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Thursday, January 08, 2015
Budget Leaves State Cash Reserves Dangerously Low
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:19 PM :: 2042 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the Senate Minority urges that adjustments be made to the Executive Biennium Budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, in order to avoid dangerously low cash reserves....

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Special Funds Allow State to Dodge Balanced Budget Requirement
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:15 PM :: 1749 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Special funds accounted for almost a quarter of the state operating budget as of 2012....

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Ige Appoints DLIR, Communications
By News Release @ 2:24 AM :: 2176 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige today announced that Elizabeth Kim will serve as the Director for the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and Cindy McMillan as Director of Communications....

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Monday, January 05, 2015
Kelii Akina Interviews Kalbert Young on Hawaii Government Financial Condition
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:00 AM :: 1700 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Host Keli'i Akina speaks with Kalbert Young (outgoing Director of Finance, State of Hawaii) about the current financial conditions of the state of Hawaii....

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Thursday, January 01, 2015
Legislative Budget Hearings Set
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 1804 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Budget Hearings begin January 6 ....

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Thursday, January 01, 2015
Ige Announces Seven New Appointments
By News Release @ 12:57 PM :: 1723 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Adjutant General, DPS, DoT, DLNR, DHRD, Budget.... 

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Saturday, December 27, 2014
Ige Appoints DCCA, DoA, DHHL Directors, Deputies
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 3040 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government

Jobie Masagatani will be retained at DHHL, William Aila will be her Deputy....

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Friday, December 26, 2014
Open Letter to Gov. Ige on Transparency
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 2262 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

Given the intrinsic benefits of open government, we ask that you begin your Administration by facilitating public access to government records....

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Lawsuit: State Gave Foster Boys to Bisexual Child Molester
By News Release @ 6:18 PM :: 3281 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

Despite being unemployed and residing in a homeless shelter, Mr. Rios applied to be a foster parent, and was deemed fit to serve as one by DHS....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
Video: Meet Hawaii's New Republican House Members
By Video @ 11:38 PM :: 2481 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Republican Party

Host Representative Gene Ward discusses the legislature with Representatives Andria Tupola and Feki Pouha....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
Full Text: Ige Sends Budget to Legislature
By News Release @ 11:25 PM :: 1894 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"We will spend public funds wisely to avoid raising taxes."

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Friday, December 19, 2014
Policy Talk: New Governor and His Agenda
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:46 AM :: 2545 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii discusses the proposed 11-point action plan of the new governor of Hawaii, David Ige....

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Hawaii is Addressing Liabilities, but There’s a Long Way to Go
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:37 AM :: 1734 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...currently, the state pension plan is only about 61% funded....

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Thursday, December 11, 2014
Senate Briefing on ERS Financial Status
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 1854 Views :: Hawaii State Government
DATE: Thursday, December 11, 2014
TIME: 9:00am
PLACE: Conference Room 211, State Capitol
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Friday, December 05, 2014
Audit: AG, DBEDT Did Not Report Millions in Funds
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:40 PM :: 1474 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Nineteen funds and accounts did not meet criteria....

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Friday, December 05, 2014
Ige's Commitment: 'No Hidden Agendas, Avoid Raising Taxes'
By News Release @ 5:22 AM :: 2227 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Taxes

"We will spend public funds thoughtfully and without waste to avoid raising taxes...."

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Ige Appoints Six More Cabinet Members
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 2645 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige today announced the appointments of six additional members of his Cabinet and two deputy directors....

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
We the Powerful! -- Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 1313 Views :: Hawaii State Government

These meetings are designed to demystify the State lawmaking process, and will demonstrate ways that you can speak out at the legislature without ever having to leave your home island....

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Full Text: Lt Gov. Tsutsui Inaugural Speech
By News Release @ 2:42 AM :: 1622 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

May God Bless all of you. May God continue to bless our great state, and may God continue to bless the United States of America....

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Monday, December 01, 2014
Grassroot Institute Encourages Ige to Consider Budgetary Reforms
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:09 PM :: 1011 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot Institute Commends Ige for Determination to Put People and Prosperity Above Special Interests....

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Monday, December 01, 2014
Auditor Slams State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 1925 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

...Agencies failed to remit funds resulting in a potential loss of $147,213 in public arts revenues, and in one instance, the special fund received $100,000, when it should have received just $100....

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Monday, December 01, 2014
Audit: 67% of 'Exempt' State Positions Vacant
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 2285 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

DHRD’s jurisdiction consisted of 21,783 positions, of which 15,069 were civil service and 6,714 exempt....

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Monday, December 01, 2014
Ige Releases 11-Point 'Action Agenda'
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 2031 Views :: Hawaii State Government

State government needs to be agile and efficient, innovative in developing solutions, adaptable to a rapidly changing environment, and above all, accountable to our “customers,” the people of Hawaiʻi....

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Monday, December 01, 2014
Full Text: Ige’s Inaugural Address
By News Release @ 5:50 PM :: 1359 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...looking at new ways to empower schools....

...taking our pioneering experience in pre-paid health care to the next level and not letting bureaucracy get in the way....

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
CATO: Abercrombie Boosted Spending $900M
By Selected News Articles @ 7:48 PM :: 2075 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii taxpayers can now breathe easier because he was defeated in the Democratic primary....

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Hawaii Unfunded Liabilities Could Become a "Broken Promise"
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:39 PM :: 1999 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...the state may one day be forced to break the promise it made to its employees regarding their pensions and benefits....

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Ige Names Fuchigami to Head DoT, Extends Application Deadline
By News Release @ 2:28 PM :: 2161 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Fuchigami had been tapped by Mayor Kirk Caldwell last month to lead the city’s Department of Enterprise Services....

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
State Retirement Funds Play Tricks on Retirees, Taxpayers
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 1830 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Hawaii has employed gimmicks to give the appearance of fiscal improvements in their entitlement programs....

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
House Announces Committee Chairs, Leadership
By News Release @ 3:13 AM :: 2471 Views :: Hawaii State Government

No Republican Vice-Chairs ....

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Employment Opportunities with the Hawaii State Senate
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 1821 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii State Senate is accepting applications for the 2015 legislative session....

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Saturday, November 08, 2014
Legacy Land Commission Seeks New Members
By News Release @ 8:12 PM :: 1867 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

There are currently three vacancies....

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Saturday, November 08, 2014
Ige Administration Accepting Job Applications
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 2233 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Those interested in joining the Ige-Tsutsui administration may click on the link provided below to begin the online application process....

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Friday, November 07, 2014
Transition: Ige Chooses McCartney, Hiraoka
By Selected News Articles @ 6:18 PM :: 3919 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

McCartney is a former executive director of the Hawaii State Teachers Association....

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Friday, November 07, 2014
David Ige’s Action Plan: “Engineering Hawaii’s Future”
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 2438 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

"Hawaiʻi needs leadership that moves us forward collectively instead of favoring special interests."

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Friday, November 07, 2014
Decreases in Federal Funding Require New Path for Hawaii's Policy Makers
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:07 PM :: 1974 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

Emphasis should be on creating opportunity, stronger economy....

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Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Kim Announces Senate Leadership Team and Committee Chairs
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 2758 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The only incumbent Democrat to get nothing is Brickwood Galuteria.....

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Your Ballot Explained: Issuing New Bonds
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:33 PM :: 2099 Views :: Agriculture, Development, Hawaii State Government

When Election Day comes, voters never seem to get a chance to reduce government spending....

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Sunday, November 02, 2014
The Great Pension Debate
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2155 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Other states don’t have anything like these exceptions....

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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Five to Boards and Commissions
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 2646 Views :: Hawaii State Government
... Denise Antolini, Denise Albano, Lloyd Haraguchi, Margarita Hopkins and Yukio Kitagawa ....
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Friday, October 24, 2014
Governor Requests Disaster Declaration of Pahoa Lava Flow
By News Release @ 11:28 PM :: 1440 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Emergency protective measures undertaken by Hawaii County include the repair, restoration, and re-establishment of alternate routes in and out of affected communities....

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Friday, October 24, 2014
DLNR Approves Community Management of Haena Fishpond
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 1863 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Near Unanimous Support from Haena Community Results In Historic Decision....

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
S&P Downgrades Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 1952 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...state tax revenues underperformed what the state's Council on Revenues had forecast for fiscal 2014 (although, in our view, not by as much as officially reported)....

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Saturday, October 18, 2014
UPDATE: Hurricane Ana Takes Aim at Kauai
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 4305 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii State Government

Tropical Storm Warning in effect as Ana takes aim at South Shores of Kauai and Island of Niihau ....

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Budget: Does Hawaii Have a Boom, or a Bust?
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:09 PM :: 1749 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

“...a number of serious hard decisions need to be made financially for our state budget.”

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Ana: Big Island Schools Closed Friday, Governor Issues Emergency Proclamation
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 1684 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Tropical Storm Ana is expected to strengthen over the next 12 hours, forcing the closure of all Hawaii Island public schools on Friday....

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