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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
State of the State Budget 2020
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:53 PM :: 1322 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...A new Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report suggests ways to build a financial reserve....

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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Hawaii--2nd Highest State Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:51 PM :: 1318 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Unlike tax rates, which vary widely based on an individual’s circumstances, tax burden measures the proportion of total personal income that residents pay toward state and local taxes....

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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Is Leasehold Housing Built on Government Land a Solution to Unaffordable Housing in Honolulu?
By UHERO @ 4:50 AM :: 1298 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...the State (in 1967) and the City and County of Honolulu (in 2004) passed legislation designed to dismantle leasehold housing on private lands....

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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Community meeting to be held for O‘ahu’s first Pedestrian Plan
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 1010 Views :: Honolulu County

...this will be exploited to jam up traffic even more....

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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Stressed States? Hawaii Ranks 42nd
By Selected News Articles @ 4:18 AM :: 925 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii residents get the least amount of sleep per night and have the 3rd-lowest job security in USA....

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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Hawaii County has Least Expensive Housing in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 AM :: 1471 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Editor's Note: The Big Island is different because the subdivisions in Puna and Kau change the supply-demand equation. 

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Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Governor Announces 2020 Census Committee
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 976 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...The committee is charged with increasing awareness about the importance of being counted; organizing state resources effectively and cost-efficiently to promote the count; and improving the response rate for the 2020 Census questionnaire....

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Monday, April 01, 2019
HHS Cuts Funding to Hawaii Planned Parenthood
By Selected News Articles @ 4:51 PM :: 1540 Views :: Family, Health Care, Life

...Trump Admin Awards $5.1 Million to Group of Pro-life Medical Clinics, Cuts Funding to Planned Parenthood....

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Monday, April 01, 2019
Honolulu Republicans Reelect Brett Kulbis Chair
By News Release @ 12:37 PM :: 1155 Views :: Honolulu County, Republican Party

"...With two newly-elected Republican legislators on Oahu in 2018, we are really beginning to turn things around....”

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Monday, April 01, 2019
Hawaii County Police Community Satisfaction Survey
By News Release @ 5:00 AM :: 1005 Views :: Hawaii County , Police

...Survey dates are Monday, April 1, 2019 to Tuesday, April 30, 2019....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
The Biggest Fruit Ever Grown in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 9:36 PM :: 14832 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

Henry Opukahai'a was an orphan raised by his uncle to be a pagan priest....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Auditor: Many Deficiencies in State Federal Funding Compliance
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:04 PM :: 1136 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...four material weaknesses and ten significant deficiencies in internal control over compliance with major federal programs....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 31, 2019
By News Release @ 9:00 PM :: 1033 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... weekly update from GovTrack.us ....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 4:46 PM :: 1144 Views :: Family, Health Care, Life

...Suicide Prevention and Palliative Care bills still moving....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Trump Tax Cut Lowers Electric Bills--HECO Gave Back the Least
By Selected News Articles @ 4:18 PM :: 1410 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Utility bills have dropped ranging from less than a dollar a month for the average residential customer in Hawaii to about $14 for the same group in Florida....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Got Milk? DoH Consent Decree Requires Shut Down of Big Island Dairy
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 1648 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Agriculture, Small Business

...The AOC requires Big Island Dairy owners to terminate their dairy operations, remove all their cows from confinement on the site, clean and remove the existing wastewater system, and pay $79,000 by June of 2019....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
JSC Seeks Applicants for Judicial Vacancy – District Family Judge, First Circuit
By News Release @ 3:41 PM :: 953 Views :: Judiciary

...The application must be postmarked or delivered on or before the application deadline of Thursday, June 27, 2019....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Judgments Aren’t Necessarily the End of Litigation
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1306 Views :: Judiciary, Taxes, Tourism

...Before the ink was dry on those judgments, the Department of Taxation produced additional assessments against the taxpayers, this time on car rental commissions....

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Saturday, March 30, 2019
‘Backward budgeting’ wrong way to move forward
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:18 PM :: 1354 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Hawaii lawmakers are considering a myriad of new tax increases in order to pay for their spending plans, but instead they should clamp down on their spending so tax hikes aren’t needed....

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Saturday, March 30, 2019
PEW: Hawaii Pension Fund Positioned to Withstand Next Recession
By Selected News Articles @ 5:11 PM :: 1489 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Stress tests help validate increases in state, worker contributions....

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Saturday, March 30, 2019
Complaint Filed in NRA-supported Challenge to Hawaii Concealed Carry Law
By News Release @ 4:43 AM :: 1785 Views :: Second Amendment

...The Hawaii Rifle Association today filed a lawsuit challenging Hawaii’s extreme requirement that a concealed carry license can only be issued in “urgent” or “exceptional” instances.... 

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Friday, March 29, 2019
Court: OHA LLCs Subject to UIPA
By Andrew Walden @ 11:29 PM :: 1797 Views :: Ethics, OHA

“…the court finds as a matter of law that OHA owns, and has authority and control over the operation and management of the LLC’s operations….”

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Friday, March 29, 2019
Akina: OHA spending rate unsustainable
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:41 PM :: 1135 Views :: OHA

...Trustees now have an opportunity to address the Spending Policy, and other financial policies that are under review....

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Friday, March 29, 2019
Tourist Numbers Up, Spending Down (again)
By News Release @ 1:24 AM :: 1199 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Hawaii Visitor Statistics Released for February 2019....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Auditor Rips Rail Oversight: DAGS 'Busy Work Gives False Sense of Assurance'
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:35 PM :: 1993 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...We found that DAGS fundamentally misunderstands its responsibilities under Act 1, performing unnecessary busy work that not only wastes time and money but also increases the risk of improper payment....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Environmental Review for Aloha Stadium Tear-Down Begins
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 1668 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

...We already have a good stadium.  And this consultant now admits Aloha Stadium is located in the best possible place.  So why tear it down for yet another unnecessary boondoggle?....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Reforming Rental Car Excise Taxes
By News Release @ 1:48 PM :: 1112 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...a byzantine structure of taxes and fees, with effective tax rates on consumers often exceeding 30 percent....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
First phase of grid modernization plan approved--Ratepayers Soaked to Funnel More Money to Silicon Valley Billionaires
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 1324 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

“Would you accept a rate increase to modernize the grid? How much of an increase? What about a 5%, 10%, 15% increase to your current bill?”

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Six Solar Schemes Approved by PUC
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 1252 Views :: Energy, Agriculture

...Among the projects approved is Hoohana Solar 1 in Kunia, which is planned for a parcel zoned as prime agricultural land, where renewable energy projects are currently not permitted....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Nominations Open for Commission on Water Resource Management
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 1283 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

...The new term for the Commissioner will begin July 1, 2019 and run for four (4) years, expiring on June 30, 2023....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Legislature Sends Budget Bill to Governor--Tax Hikes Next on Agenda
By News Release @ 12:19 AM :: 831 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...with a month to go, legislators will have plenty of time to raise your taxes....

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Ala Wai? Corps of Engineers has Long History of Corruption and Cost Overruns
By Selected News Articles @ 9:08 PM :: 1887 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Ethics, Development, Military

...Reminiscent of rail, projected Ala Wai costs have already leapt from $200M to $470M.... 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Federal Investigation Forces Hawaii AG to Back off Mandatory Abortion Stance
By Selected News Articles @ 8:59 PM :: 1409 Views :: First Amendment, Life

...An investigation of complaints made against the state of Hawaii came to a close this month after Hawaii Attorney General Clare Connors issued a memorandum stating that her department will not enforce a controversial law....

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Auditor: Transportation Division Books a Mess
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:44 PM :: 1118 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Auditors reviewed 25 HDOT projects in progress where little or no activity had occurred in the prior two fiscal years and found that all but five were categorized inappropriately. Twenty of the selected projects “were deemed to either have been placed in service or were canceled....”

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Anti-Vaxxer Charter School May Lose Charter over Financial Irregularities
By News Release @ 3:23 PM :: 1466 Views :: Hawaii County , Education K-12, Ethics

...Kona Pacific Public Charter School, 222 students, 37.4 percent not vaccinated....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Hawaii: Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard This Week
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 866 Views :: Second Amendment

...March 27th, the Hawaii state House Committee on Judiciary will be holding a decision making hearing on anti-gun legislation, Senate Bill 600 and Senate Bill 1466.  On Thursday, March 28th, the Senate Committee on Judiciary will be holding a decision making hearing on House Bill 720....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Hawaii Democrats Propose Ranked-Choice Voting in Presidential Preference Poll
By News Release @ 5:27 PM :: 1214 Views :: Democratic Party

...Before we submit our plan to the DNC, we need your input. On April 24, our State Central Committee will vote on a final plan. Please give us all your comments before then....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Hawaii More drug deaths than traffic fatalities
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 1071 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Drugs

...through 2018, the incidence of drug related deaths in the state has surpassed traffic fatalities in Hawaii. Fortunately, death rates have declined since the Initiative was launched, with more than 120 overdose reversal from administration of Naloxone in the last year....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Maui Mayor Proposes $869.5M Budget
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 1333 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...tax increases would affect commercial, up by 14 cents per $1,000 of valuation; industrial, up by 3 cents per thousand; hotel and resort, up by 23 cents per thousand; and short-term rental, up by 27 cents per thousand....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Hawaii: Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 PM :: 1657 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...contrasting state and local tax collections with the quality of the services residents receive in each of the 50 states....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Prince Kuhio’s Fight to Americanize Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 17276 Views :: DHHL, Agriculture, Hawaii History, Land Use

...the homestead associations he championed in his first decade of service were multi-ethnic groups seeking the fee-simple ownership of land promised in the Hawaii Organic Act....

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Monday, March 25, 2019
Tulsi Gabbard says Mueller clearing Trump is 'a good thing for America'
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 1432 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...She said the alternative — an indictment — “could even have led to civil war.”....

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Monday, March 25, 2019
Hilo Has the Highest Food Prices in America
By Selected News Articles @ 10:40 PM :: 2146 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Small Business, Cost of Living

...As much as a third of the food waste in Hawaii is due to food that has gone bad before it reaches the consumer....

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Monday, March 25, 2019
​The hypocrisy of minimum-wage laws
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:45 PM :: 1303 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...it is never enough....

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Monday, March 25, 2019
UH Class Constitutes "material support of a Foreign Terrorist Organization"?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:07 PM :: 2036 Views :: Higher Education, Law Enforcement, Military

...The 'Humanize Palestine' website was deactivated later in 2017, about two weeks after the University of Hawaii Chancellor became aware of a nexus that consisted of University of Hawaii content, Palestinian terrorism and the website....

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Monday, March 25, 2019
Pearl Harbor Profligacy
By Selected News Articles @ 5:31 PM :: 1467 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...government officials are blaming others and dodging responsibility....

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Monday, March 25, 2019
Best States for Doctors? Hawaii Ranks 46th
By Selected News Articles @ 12:34 PM :: 1383 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii ranks 51st for 'medical environment'....

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Monday, March 25, 2019
Iowa Poll: Gabbard Surges to 1%
By News Release @ 12:04 PM :: 1234 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Gabbard trails 10 points behind Pete Buttigieg....

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Sunday, March 24, 2019
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 8:33 PM :: 1551 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Life, Drugs

... We believe these bills are unconstitutional ....

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Sunday, March 24, 2019
Post Those Tax Returns, Darn It!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1067 Views :: Ethics

...if we think it’s such a great idea, why don’t we apply it to state executives, judges, or legislators?....

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