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Friday, June 14, 2024
‘If you are paying into the income tax, you are going to feel this cut’
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:53 AM :: 62 Views :: Development, Taxes

... a household making the median income in Hawaii of around $91,000 that currently owes about $5,300 in income taxes will incrementally see that amount owed go down to $1,600 by 2031 ....

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Thursday, June 13, 2024
Lawsuit Exposes CWS Coverup AFTER Geanna Bradley Found Murdered
By Andrew Walden @ 6:03 PM :: 114 Views :: Ethics, Family, Judiciary

... CWS social workers did not seek immediate medical attention for John “A.B.” Doe after Geanna Bradley was found murdered on January 18, 2024, instead, on January 19, 2024, they placed him with Brandy Blas’ sister ....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Lawsuit Challenges Honolulu Concealed-Carry Rules
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 189 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... CCW permit policies, which have been deemed excessively burdensome and a violation of constitutional rights ....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024
SB2516: HGEA Power Grab forced State CIO to Resign
By Selected News Articles @ 6:00 PM :: 1048 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... CIO Murdock resigned without notice May 31, 2024.  Now we know why ....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Court stays six Red Hill lawsuits until verdict is reached in recent trial
By Selected News Articles @ 3:14 PM :: 148 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... The six lawsuits involved in the court-ordered stay requested by the government involve 2,375 people ....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Hawaii's Medicaid coverage for palliative care expected to save the state money
By Selected News Articles @ 2:30 PM :: 520 Views :: Health Care

... the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a new State Plan Amendment (SPA) to cover community palliative care services through Medicaid ....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Six Feet Under: UH Doubles Sea Level Rise Projection (again)
By News Release @ 2:28 PM :: 214 Views :: Environment, Tourism

... UH has been peddling '3.2-foot' sea level rise claims since 2018.  That projection was itself a doubling of earlier projections.  Now they have suddenly doubled it again to six feet.  Did you notice? .... 

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024
Civil Beat Publisher Monopolizes Federal Trade Commission
By Selected News Articles @ 1:47 PM :: 276 Views :: First Amendment, Pierre Omidyar

... Omidyar's massive partisan activities have flown under the radar because he prefers to influence politics through ostensible charity groups rather than direct campaign contributions ....

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Green: Civil Beat Publisher will Steer Hawaii's Applications for Federal Funds
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 261 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Pierre Omidyar

... to assist in applying for and securing federal funds relating to renewable energy, local food, clean transportation, and fresh water ....

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Crooks and Cronies on the Move in Primary Races
By Andrew Walden @ 5:31 AM :: 390 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, OHA, Republican Party

... Keli’i Akina, OHA’s only honest Trustee, is being challenged by three has-beens in an obviously coordinated effort ....

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Judge pares down charges against accused Hawaii crime boss
By Court House News @ 4:48 AM :: 251 Views :: Law Enforcement, Drugs

... On Monday, Watson acquitted Miske of the attempted murder of Lindsey Kinney, along with associated racketeering and firearm charges ....

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Sunday, June 9, 2024
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted June 8, 2024
By GovTrack .us @ 8:27 PM :: 281 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... votes cast and bills introduced ....

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Sunday, June 9, 2024
Hawaii has a lot of room for new ideas
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 PM :: 255 Views :: Development, Taxes

... staffers from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in attendance at Gov. Josh Green's recent bill-signing ceremonies for historic tax cuts and housing reform ....

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Sunday, June 9, 2024
Some History Behind the Newly Enacted Healthcare GET Exemption
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 349 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... House Finance was persuaded to resurrect SB 1035.  It then went to Conference Committee, and it came up with a version that both houses then passed ....

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Sunday, June 9, 2024
Lahaina: Hundreds Remaining in Hotels to be Kicked Out Monday, June 10
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 915 Views :: Maui County

... all families in the NCS program who are 'actively participating' in their recovery efforts will continue to receive support ....

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Saturday, June 8, 2024
Hawaii County Council follows through on proposal to cut homeowner taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 PM :: 360 Views :: Hawaii County , Kauai County, Maui County, Development, Taxes

... Despite the bill's timidity, passage of the bill was still a welcome move .... 

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Saturday, June 8, 2024
Charter Amendment another obstacle to Maui mayor's TVR phase-out plan
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:32 PM :: 344 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... four of the districts have no representation, which could raise questions about fairness over any recommendations the planning body might make ....

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Saturday, June 8, 2024
Oahu Flood Risk Survey results
By News Release @ 1:22 PM :: 288 Views :: Honolulu County

... The majority of respondents have homeowners insurance (82%) and hurricane insurance (59%). However, the vast majority are not aware of the gaps in coverage between these insurances and flood insurance ....

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Saturday, June 8, 2024
Hawaii Voters Can Track Their Mail-in Ballot
By News Release @ 3:44 AM :: 349 Views :: Office of Elections

... Hawaii voters can expect to receive their Primary Election ballot in the mail by July 23, 2024 ....

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Friday, June 7, 2024
Blue Hawaii takes the plunge on tax cuts
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:01 PM :: 350 Views :: Taxes

... In a deep-blue bastion where seldom is heard a peep of pushback against tax hikes, Hawaii legislators surprised everybody last month by unanimously approving a bill that is being heralded as the biggest tax cut in state history ....

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Friday, June 7, 2024
DBEDT Projects 'Sluggish' Economic Growth in Aftermath of Lahaina Fire
By News Release @ 3:23 PM :: 258 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Between January and April 2024, visitor arrivals by air to Maui County fell 24.0 percent and expenditures decreased 22.6 percent compared to the same four months in 2023 ....

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Thursday, June 6, 2024
PIT Count Claims 14% Drop in Sister Isle Homeless
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 268 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness

... Unsheltered homelessness fell significantly in two of the three rural counties, with Hawaii down 27 percent and Maui 26 percent. Kauai realized an eight percent increase in unsheltered homelessness ....

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Thursday, June 6, 2024
KIUC Continues to Lead State in 'Renewable' Generation
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 242 Views :: Kauai County, Energy

... Solar contributed 38.1% of KIUC’s generation in 2023. Almost one-third of the solar production came from members’ rooftop systems. Other renewables contributing in 2023 were hydropower (12%) and biomass (7.8%) ....

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Hawaii Cost of Living 80% Above US Average
By Selected News Articles @ 4:53 AM :: 615 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Most of the pain can be traced to home purchases, which cost an astounding 313% more than average ....

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Hawaii Per-Capita GDP Grows as Young Families Flee Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 3:25 AM :: 597 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... Young families are leaving Hawaii.  Rich retirees are moving in.  The result is a sharp increase in per capita GDP ....

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024
279 Candidates File Papers for 2024 Elections
By News Release @ 10:50 PM :: 21608 Views :: Office of Elections

... Candidate filing ended today, Tuesday, June 4, 2024 -- candidates may withdraw tomorrow ....

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Court Upholds Governor's Emergency Proclamation on Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 403 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... the Sixth Proclamation Relating to Affordable Housing—remains in full effect ....

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Monday, June 3, 2024
Hawaii 2nd-Worst Economy in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 868 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... Innovation Potential: 50th ....

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Monday, June 3, 2024
"Historic tax relief that will lower Hawaii’s high cost of living"
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:26 PM :: 2256 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... Akina said HB2404 will incrementally provide Hawaii taxpayers with the biggest income tax cut in state history ....

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Monday, June 3, 2024
Hawaii Ranks #1 for Hidden Home Buyer Fees
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 PM :: 511 Views :: Cost of Living

... Hawaii tops the list with $17,966.04 of unexpected fees on average ....

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Sunday, June 2, 2024
Kauai: Grassroot Legislative Wrapup
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:42 PM :: 632 Views :: Kauai County, Development, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Cost of Living

... It was mostly a good year for Hawaii at the 2024 Legislature, and policy experts from Grassroot will explain how that came to be ....

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Sunday, June 2, 2024
Jones Act reform increasingly popular as law's effects become better known
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:12 PM :: 751 Views :: Jones Act

... Almost every day, there are articles and studies being published that illustrate why this protectionist maritime law needs to be updated ....

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Sunday, June 2, 2024
Dealing with the Insurance Crisis
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 927 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

... premiums are rising at astronomical rates ....

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Sunday, June 2, 2024
Keeping more of your own money is a good thing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:26 AM :: 974 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... passing the biggest income tax cut in state history ....

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Saturday, June 1, 2024
Clayton Hee Trying to Sneak Back into the State Senate
By Andrew Walden @ 6:26 AM :: 3960 Views :: Ethics, Office of Elections, Republican Party

... UPDATE Monday, June 3, 2024:  Republican Sen Brenton Awa pulled and filed today.  Democrats Clayton Hee and Ben Shafer filed their nomination petitions.  .... 

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Saturday, June 1, 2024
Green Makes Several Appointments
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 873 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... a new deputy director for the Department of Human Resources Development, and appointed several individuals to various open positions in state boards and commissions ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Green Picks Nominees for Four Oahu Circuit Court Vacancies
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 2130 Views :: Judiciary

... The Governor has 30 days from his receipt of these lists today to make his appointments .... 

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Hawaii Family Forum: What's up with legislation on the Governor's Desk?
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:20 PM :: 784 Views :: Family, First Amendment

... If the Governor intends to veto a bill, the Governor must inform the Legislature by June 25, 2024 ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Senate Committee Changes Announced
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 827 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... With the retirement of Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro effective today, Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi announced changes to the composition of Senate Standing Committees ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Al Hee to Cut Hawaiian Homelands Phone Lines?
By News Release @ 10:01 PM :: 2060 Views :: DHHL, Ethics

... An SIC service outage would also affect DHHL’s phone service...the department has established an interim call center for lessees ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Hawaii County Property Tax Cuts for Homeowners and 'Affordable Rentals'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:51 PM :: 754 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

... The County Council actually improved on a tax cut proposed by Mayor Roth, but neither version gives a break to industrial or commercial properties ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Tourism-related property tax hike a threat to Kauai economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:46 PM :: 753 Views :: Kauai County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... a $3.49 million tax increase on hotels and resorts and a $4.15 million increase on vacation rentals ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Red Hill Tanks to be Vented and Cleaned
By News Release @ 4:38 PM :: 634 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military

... Notification to the public at least 12 hours before the start of venting a tank ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
April 2024 Tourist Spending and Arrivals Down Sharply
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 781 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... There were 753,551 visitors to the Hawaiian Islands in April 2024, down 8.9 percent from the same month last year. Total visitor spending measured in nominal dollars was $1.51 billion, which was a 12.6 percent drop from April 2023 ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Green Signs Condo Bills
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 649 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... designed to streamline processes, enhance management practices, and increase accessibility to clean energy programs ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
Hawaii Highest Fast Food Prices in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:59 PM :: 876 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Hawaii emerges as the state with the highest average price for a medium cheese pizza, reaching $18.99 ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
DLNR: No Evidence Cruise Ships too Close to Na Pali Coast
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 650 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism

... The cruise line elected to include Nāpali Coast sailings after being unable to make port calls at Lahaina due to last year’s wildfires ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
HECO to Begin Preemptive Blackouts for Fire Risk Areas
By News Release @ 2:05 PM :: 730 Views :: Energy

... Starting July 1, Hawaiian Electric may preemptively shut off power in areas that appear at high risk of wildfire during periods of forecast high winds and dry conditions ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
'Sun Bucks' -- $177 per kid Boost on EBT Cards
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 704 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Cost of Living

... Most eligible families will get SUN Bucks automatically without the need for an application ....

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Thursday, May 30, 2024
65 Lahaina Fire Victims Opt in to Settlement Fund
By News Release @ 2:20 AM :: 894 Views :: Maui County

... Another Deadline Extension Will Allow Additional Applicants to Begin and Complete the Process ....

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