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Monday, November 20, 2017
Insider Trading: State Employee Writes RFP, then Works for Bidders
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 137 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...the former state employee could improperly benefit by trading on his or her “insider knowledge” to secure future employment or business opportunities....

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Sunday, November 19, 2017
State Senate Accepting Applications for 2018 Session
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 280 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Most begin on January 3, 2018 and end on the last day of the legislative session.... 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Pension pinches profligacy
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 8:00 AM :: 384 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hawaii’s county governments — and county taxpayers — are about to feel the pinch....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
HGEA Hospital Debacle: DOH Places Seven On Leave
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 368 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...after decades ignoring the festering problems at the HGEA job trust State Hospital, AG and DoH pretend to suddenly be oh-so-very-concerned....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
State Capitol Signs up for Non-Existent Seawater Air Conditioning Scheme
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 732 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...a seawater jet powered by Hawaii tax credits is used to shoot pies up into the sky--electricity is generated by harnessing the energy of the pies as they fall back to Earth....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017
$1.8B Special Fund Audit: DHRD Refuses to Report to Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:42 AM :: 421 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

..."We disagree with DHRD. The statutory requirements that DHRD report to the Legislature are unambiguous and do not exempt these trust funds." -- Auditor....

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Island Air: Did the Airports Division bamboozle Fitch Ratings?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:42 AM :: 1651 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

“The Airports Division expects near-term traffic results will be better than projected due to Island Air expanding interisland traffic...." -- Fitch Ratings, October 26, 2017

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Counties stuck with bailing out pension debt
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 1:11 PM :: 504 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...the state Legislature has discovered a new tactic for meeting its public pension financial obligations: passing the costs on to the counties....

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Thursday, November 09, 2017
Legacy Pension Costs--Hawaii Scores D-
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 AM :: 527 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Legacy Costs evaluates whether states provided adequate funding, as defined by retirement system actuaries, for pensions and other promised retirement benefits for public workers.....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Animal Quarantine Station is Preferred Site for New Jail
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 531 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Ige today announced that his administration has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the relocation of the O‘ahu Community Correctional Center....

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Professional License--DCCA Launches Online Application Status Search
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 446 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...to enable new applicants or existing licensees to search for their application status....

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Thursday, November 02, 2017
Video: ERS not out of woods yet
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:08 PM :: 587 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Featuring: Thom Williams, Executive director, Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii....

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Thursday, November 02, 2017
New HDoT Website Maps Pavement Conditions, Traffic Counts, Fatal Crashes
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 485 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...New datasets include pavement conditions, traffic counts for state roads, and locations of fatal crashes between 2012-2016....

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017
What Can Hawaii Learn From Google
By Video @ 4:53 AM :: 455 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...Kelii Akina and Ray Tsuchiyama discuss applying the lessons of Google to the future of Hawaii....

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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Fitch Upgrades Airports Division Based on Island Air Growth Expectations
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 616 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...meanwhile Island Air planes are being repossessed....

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Friday, October 27, 2017
Right tools can dig us out of pension debt
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 5:48 PM :: 679 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii’s public pension system has an unfunded liability of $12 billion....

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Sunday, October 22, 2017
DoTax Leaves Fewer Callers in the Dust
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 629 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Did DOTAX Turn the Corner on Customer Service?....

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Friday, October 20, 2017
Caldwell Flees State as Ex-Chief is Arrested
By News Release @ 5:40 PM :: 1744 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Police

...Caldwell left O‘ahu the evening of Oct 18 for a 'personal vacation', and is scheduled to return on Tuesday, October 31...

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Moody's: Hawaii has Already Collected the Taxes for Next Recession
By Selected News Articles @ 9:47 AM :: 750 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii has enough in cash reserves to weather next recession, report says....

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Friday, October 13, 2017
Fuchigami Taking over from Ige's Chief of Staff? – That’s What the State Constitution Says 
By News Release @ 3:56 AM :: 2183 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The position of administrative director is actually one of the few positions created by the State Constitution....

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Thursday, October 12, 2017
Hawaii AG Obstructs Requests on How Much Taxpayer Funds Are Being Spent Fighting Trump’s Travel Ban
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 1292 Views :: National News, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...the Hawaii AG office denied the public interest fee waiver request and charged $28,396.30 to complete the document search....

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Thursday, October 12, 2017
USNWR: Best States? Hawaii Ranks 27th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:51 AM :: 788 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Fiscal Stability#41....

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Hawaii 6th Most Indebted State
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 1253 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...$27,100 = Each taxpayer's share of Hawaii's debt....

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Sunday, September 17, 2017
Legislature with U R Missing
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 815 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...there is "supposed to be" opportunity for participation....

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Saturday, September 09, 2017
BLNR Approves Boating Rule Changes
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 936 Views :: Hawaii State Government, OHA, Small Business

...The rule changes cover a spectrum of boating and ocean recreation uses, such as: commercial use and parking permits and fees; commercial marine operations and tours....

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
HDOT Sitting on $505M of Unspent Federal Funds
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 949 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail

...In two and a half years we have successfully reduced the pipeline from nearly $750 million to $505 million....

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Hawaii Sues Trump over DACA
By News Release @ 5:07 PM :: 871 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

...Sen. Dianne Feinstein suggests DACA is on shaky legal ground....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Obamacare Could Bankrupt ERS
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 7:18 PM :: 1262 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...a 1% increase in health care costs equals a $2 billion increase in unfunded liabilities....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Ige Appointments: 5 HCDA, 1 UH Regent, 1 HLRB, 2 Judges
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 2312 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Land Use

...While all eyes are on rail....

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Sunday, August 20, 2017
The Grand Skim of Things, Part 3
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 969 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government

 ...one State department that has funds with no exemption, and refuses to pay it: the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL).... 

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Friday, August 18, 2017
Hawaii misses the bitcoin boom
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 2015 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

....Since then, the price of bitcoin has catapulted to over $4,000 per bitcoin, up from $1,000....

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Sunday, August 13, 2017
The Grand Skim of Things, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 936 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the Central Services Skim has redirected about $45 million a year from the special funds to the state general fund....

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Want Land? DLNR Will Buy You Some
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 1110 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

Grant applications for land acquisition....

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Sunday, August 06, 2017
The Grand Skim of Things (Part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1158 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...A Hawaii law dating back to 1955, which now can be found at HRS section 36-27, says that 5% of any special fund’s income will be paid to the state general fund to pay “central service expenses....”

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Sunday, July 30, 2017
No Hanahana -- Kaukau Anyway
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1771 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...if you don’t work, you don’t eat....

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Thursday, July 27, 2017
HiDoT Puts State Highway Project Database on line
By News Release @ 3:56 AM :: 717 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Available data includes the schedule, scope, and estimated cost for all current State Highways projects as well as all projects planned to begin construction in the next two years....

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Saturday, July 22, 2017
Millennials are public pension losers
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 1:56 PM :: 1176 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Hawaii may be giving millennials the short end of the stick when it comes to the state’s unfunded public pension liabilities....

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Friday, July 21, 2017
AG Chin Politicizing Office and ignoring his real job
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 2:04 AM :: 1455 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

...a hyper-partisan, publicity-seeking, grandstander....

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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Invasive Species Inspectors Communicate 'Caveman Style' After (another) State IT Project Failure
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:03 PM :: 1043 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

...After more than a decade of development and close to $4.2 million in new and amended contracts, Department of Agriculture has failed in its attempt to implement a central integrated database....  (try MS Excel next time)

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Ige Vetoes 13 Bills--Two Become Law Without Signature
By News Release @ 9:40 PM :: 2178 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige announced that he has vetoed 13 of 15 bills on his Intent to Veto list....

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Saturday, July 08, 2017
IT Project Stripped out of DOTax after decade of influence buying, psychosis, and bankruptcy
By Selected News Articles @ 12:55 PM :: 1659 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...The shift out of DOTax is just a scam to justify vetoing HB1414 which mandated an audit of the State's decade-long series of IT debacles....

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Friday, June 30, 2017
SB410: Public union power grab goes too far
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 2:54 PM :: 1026 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

All employers need a few basic freedoms to be productive, among them the freedom to manage their employees....

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Friday, June 23, 2017
Ige to Veto 15 Bills
By News Release @ 11:46 PM :: 1412 Views :: Hawaii State Government

SB410 Labor Union Givesway, SB1240 Aquarium Fishing, SB562 AG to Defend Counties, HB2 'Tiny Homes' on Big Island Ag Land, HB627 Public-Private Partnerships....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
NFIB Hawaii Small Business End-of-Session Report
By Selected News Articles @ 11:15 PM :: 1108 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

Defeat – for now – of onerous paid leave and minimum wage proposals highlight accomplishments for small business. Big court victory an added bonus....

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Friday, June 16, 2017
Auditor: 2017 Legislature Batting .000 -- 65 Bogus Special Funds
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:21 AM :: 1095 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...None of the 65 Special Funds proposed in the 2017 Legislative session met criteria....

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Monday, June 05, 2017
VIDEO: Sam Slom, Hawaii's Opposition Voice
By Video @ 11:42 PM :: 1193 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...E Hana Kakou with Keli'i Akina, "Sam Slom, Hawaii's Opposition Voice"....

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Sunday, June 04, 2017
Human Casualties at the Legislature, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 11:31 PM :: 1279 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...fifteen senators wanted to stick their thumbs in the Governor’s eye....

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Sunday, May 28, 2017
Human Casualties at the Legislature
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:09 AM :: 979 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...If there is a position taken by a committee chair on one bill or one issue that is not reflecting the wishes of the committee, why can't the committee simply reject the chair's recommendation?....

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Monday, May 22, 2017
State Scores ‘F’ -- Balance Sheets Hide Retirement Debt
By Selected News Articles @ 12:21 PM :: 384 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics
...state government officials continue to obscure large amounts of retirement debt on their balance sheets, despite new rules to increase financial transparency....
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Monday, May 15, 2017
Star-Adv Flacks for DHS Insiders--Trashes Peter Boy Book
By Andrew Walden @ 3:46 PM :: 1385 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...entrenched interests within the DHS culture of secrecy are afraid of this book and its contents....

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