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Sunday, November 17, 2019
Invasive Species Inspection Fee for Air-flown Commodities
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 330 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the fee is collected only on shipments by water....

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Thursday, November 14, 2019
‘Driving Report' Tax Hike Propaganda from HDoT Coming to Your Mailbox
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 383 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... HDoT's fake ‘report’ will make it seem that you will save money with a road usage charge.  Will you believe them? ....

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019
No Sea Level Rise Here: Moody's Upgrades HDoT Highways Bond Rating
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 384 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The rating upgrade was announced prior to the Highways Division’s upcoming 2019 revenue bond sale, scheduled for November 13th-14th....

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Hawaii Sitting on $281M Unspent Federal Welfare Block Grant
By Selected News Articles @ 8:28 PM :: 544 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

...Idea: Use the money to FORCE the homeless into shelter with drug treatment and mental health care....

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Friday, November 08, 2019
Are Auditor's Recommendations Implemented?
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:02 PM :: 397 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...This report covers recommendations made in reports issued from 2014-2017....

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Kauai: Welfare Checks Going 100% Electronic
By News Release @ 6:57 AM :: 470 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii State Government

...On Tuesday, Oct. 29, WIC will launch on Kaua‘i eWIC, an electronic benefits transfer card, which is used like a debit card and replaces paper checks....

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Thursday, October 24, 2019
Kahuku and Waimanalo Protests show why Hawaii Needs Municipal Government
By Andrew Walden @ 6:03 PM :: 1723 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Hawai'i is the ONLY state without any municipal governments below the county level....

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Monday, October 21, 2019
Hawaii Legislature Hiring for 2020 Session
By News Release @ 5:58 AM :: 628 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Employment Opportunities with the Hawaii State House and Senate....

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Sunday, October 20, 2019
Business Fees Go Down! – Huh?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 551 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...In the news recently was a story about business and licensing fees actually going down....

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
Ige Approval Rate Drops to 36%
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 798 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Politicians

...Ige's approval rate ranks 48th among US governors....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
COFA: Hawaii Wants Feds to Pay for Welfare
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 834 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...In 1996, under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (Welfare Reform Act), COFA migrants living and working legally in the United States under the Compacts were deemed ineligible for most federal public benefits. Hawaii, as a U.S. port of entry in the Pacific, has directly borne the cost of public services related to migration under the Compacts....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Ige Names Three to BLNR
By News Release @ 1:35 AM :: 701 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...Vernon Char, Wesley “Kaiwi” Yoon, Christopher Yuen....

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Friday, October 11, 2019
Brig. Gen Hara Appointed Adjutant General
By News Release @ 8:22 PM :: 612 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...Ige has appointed Brig. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara to be the Adjutant General for the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Defense effective Dec. 6, 2019. He replaces Maj. Gen. Arthur “Joe” Logan who will be retiring....

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Friday, October 11, 2019
How to Avoid ‘Troubled Waters’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:30 PM :: 717 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...a task force of eminent Hawaii business and other community leaders has just issued a warning that Hawaii’s current rate of government spending is not sustainable....

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Thursday, October 10, 2019
$88B Debt: Hawaii CHANGE Initiative highlights state's future financial obligations
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:06 PM :: 907 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

...Troubled Waters: Charting a New Fiscal Course for Hawaii....

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Monday, October 07, 2019
Ige Heralded for 'Worst Policy Proposals' of 2019
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 981 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The latest entry of the State of the States publication breaks down each governor’s “state of the state” address and identifies strong and weak policy prescriptions within....

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Thursday, September 26, 2019
Small Business Regulatory Review Board Launches New Website
By News Release @ 9:04 PM :: 770 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...user-friendly tool to assist Hawai‘i’s business community, rule-drafting agencies, business chambers and trade organizations in providing current information on the status of state and county new and proposed HARs....

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Hawaii’s One-Stop Solution for Professional Licensees Wins State Government Project Experience Award
By News Release @ 9:12 PM :: 816 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...“A recent enhancement that allowed new applications to be submitted online has cut Guard Employee (GDE) processing time from 15 days to two!”....

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Debt: Hawaii Owes $31,200 Per Taxpayer
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 1172 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii is tied with Massachussets for 4th-highest debt per taxpayer....

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Hawaii retiree health care severely underfunded
By News Release @ 4:37 AM :: 850 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hawaii's OPEB plans are only 12.7 percent funded. Hawaii, like many others, treats OPEB on a pay-as-you-go basis, whereby benefits are paid when retirees receive the health care. This leaves future taxpayers stuck paying for OPEB benefits earned by current employees....

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019
DoTax Deploys Final Phase of Tech Upgrade
By News Release @ 4:12 AM :: 716 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...With this final installment, the department will add cigarette/tobacco, fuel and liquor taxes to the new system, completing the configurations needed to administer all Hawaiʻi taxes....

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Thursday, August 29, 2019
Workshops: How to Participate in Legislative Process
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 1021 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

...The workshop/presentation "Your Voice!" is about an hour in length and covers the Legislature and how to effectively participate in the legislative process....

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Saturday, August 24, 2019
DoT Among Most Inefficient: Hawaii Highways Rank 47th
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 1251 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Study Ranks Every State’s Highway System, Finds Road Conditions Worsening In Important Categories....

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Wednesday, August 07, 2019
BLNR Nominees Sought
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 1353 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...Ige is recruiting qualified and dedicated people who are interested in serving on the State Board of Land and Natural Resources....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Ige names Rona Suzuki interim director of DOTAX
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 863 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Current director Linda Chu Takayama to take chief of staff position in Ige Administration August 1....

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019
$350M Stadium Bill: "Abusive Gut and Replace" Scheme being Challenged in Court
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 1674 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

"...the Legislature should have fully and seriously considered HB 1586 and allowed the public to weigh in on the measure, given the major financial effects on the State, instead of using the ‘gut and replace’ practice currently being challenged in court....”

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Sunday, July 28, 2019
A Veil of Secrecy Around Revenue Estimates
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1024 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...attempt by a government agency to shroud its operations in the shadows....

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Sunday, July 21, 2019
The Special Land and Development Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1046 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...Stop shooting the messenger and concentrate on cleaning house!....

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Thursday, July 18, 2019
Hawaii Pension Funds Only 55% Funded
By Tax Foundation @ 4:50 PM :: 1673 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...How Well-Funded are Pension Plans in Your State?....

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Friday, July 12, 2019
Ige Appoints New Chief of Staff, COO
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 1020 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige has appointed Linda Chu Takayama as his chief of staff, effective Aug. 1 an Keith Yamamoto as chief operating officer.... 

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Ige Vetoes 18 Bills, Allows Two to Become Law
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 981 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Ige boosts film tax credit and allows condo associations to conduct non-judicial forclosures ....

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Ige Signs More Bills into Law
By News Release @ 10:36 AM :: 2169 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...ACT 268 establishes the Stadium Development District and puts the state’s Aloha Stadium lands under the jurisdiction of the Stadium Authority....

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Saturday, June 29, 2019
Ige Appoints New Budget and Finance Director
By News Release @ 9:59 AM :: 1053 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Neal Miyahira starts as Budget and Finance director on July 1. His appointment is subject to Senate confirmation....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Ige: Intent to Veto 20 Bills--Including AirBnB Tax
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 2108 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...Ige notified legislative leaders and key lawmakers of his Intent to Veto the following 20 measures....

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Friday, June 21, 2019
​Why doesn’t Hawaii privatize more public services?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 1810 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...Hawaii’s state and county governments aren’t known for delivering high-quality public services in a cost-efficient manner....

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Friday, June 21, 2019
Inspired by ‘simplicity and efficiency’
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:45 PM :: 1197 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

...the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii “quietly chips away at the stone of economic issues in Hawaii”....

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Auditor: No More Silly Talk About Profits at the Convention Center
By Andrew Walden @ 9:41 PM :: 1569 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Released today, a State Auditor’s report shows the Convention Center ‘s operating loss has jumped up from an anemic $4.3M in 2017 to a much more robust $8.3M in calendar year 2018....

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Conservative Rankings of Hawaii State Legislators
By Selected News Articles @ 9:15 PM :: 1693 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...nineteen Senators and two Representatives – all Democrats – earned membership in the ‘Coalition of the Radical Left’ by scoring 10% or less.... 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Ige Signs 64 Bills Into Law
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 1438 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Gov. David Ige signed the following bills on June 7, 2019. Legislative leadership has been notified....

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
Akina: Hope that Hawaii can change
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:10 PM :: 1255 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...if people speak out and let policymakers know that taxes should be lowered and barriers to economic freedom removed, things could change....

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Thursday, May 23, 2019
Ige Administration Announces Job Openings
By News Release @ 2:02 AM :: 1579 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige is recruiting qualified and dedicated individuals who are interested in working for state government....

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Sunday, May 19, 2019
Gut-n-Replace 2019
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2222 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

...the law’s discrimination against nonresidents was prohibited by a part of the U.S. Constitution that the deputy attorney general didn’t consider.  “Oops,” the deputy said....

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Friday, May 17, 2019
Putting a spike into pension spiking
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:41 PM :: 2277 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...The first step is admitting you have a problem....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
JP Morgan Report Highlights Hawaii Pension Problems
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 AM :: 2075 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Hawaii was third behind Illinois and New Jersey for how much of its total revenue would be required to pay off its unfunded retirement liabilities over the next 30 years....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Grassroot: 2019 Hawaii Legislature Review
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:27 PM :: 1322 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...good news and bad news for Hawaii's taxpayers during this past legislative session....

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Friday, May 10, 2019
Legislature pau, but its new taxes live on
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:22 PM :: 1378 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The Hawaii Legislature approved 303 bills, among which were measures clarifying what people must do in crosswalks with countdown timers, determining who is allowed to drive “low speed electric bicycles,” and expanding the prohibition on the capturing or killing of manta rays to all rays. ...

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Friday, May 03, 2019
DLNR Audit: Four Material Weaknesses
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:15 AM :: 1423 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"Improve recordkeeping to prepare accrual basis financial statements"

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Friday, May 03, 2019
House Passes 298 Bills
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 2295 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...There is more to be done, and we will use this interim to develop priorities for next year...."

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Monday, April 29, 2019
ERS Invested Millions With Alleged Fraudster
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 AM :: 2466 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...As of Sept. 30, Hawaii has paid $36.4 million to Abraaj Global Growth Markets Fund....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
Let’s End ‘Gut and Replace’ at Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:26 PM :: 1753 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The victims of these tactics usually are bills that have been passed by one chamber and are waiting for hearings in the non-originating chamber. This makes them ripe for tinkering because they no longer require hearings or votes in the original house....

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