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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Ciber: Company Behind 7-Year HDOT Software Failure Files Bankruptcy
By News Release @ 12:55 AM :: 6031 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

2015: State Sues Tech Firm for Buying Influence with Abercrombie Administration....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
House-Senate Conference Committee Begins Budget Negotiations
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 3071 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Early agreements include funds for Medicaid increases, telehealth, housing....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Accountability? DoE Releases ESSA Plan
By News Release @ 6:09 PM :: 5857 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

The 30-day public comment period begins today, Tuesday, April 18, and will run through Thursday, May 18, 2017....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Corporate Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 5:33 PM :: 4503 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Corporate income taxes are one of the smallest sources of state and local tax revenue....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Schatz Gins up Phony Investigation to Help Hotel Industry Beat Airbnb
By Selected News Articles @ 1:21 PM :: 6795 Views :: Politicians, Tourism

...Schatz asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Airbnb's impact on rising housing costs, at the AHLA's urging....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
‘30-35’ Applications for Honolulu Police Chief—Will Outsiders be Allowed to Compete?
By News Release @ 1:05 PM :: 6852 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Police
HB1534: Will Legislators Allow Outsiders to Apply for HPD Chief?
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Rich States-Poor States: Hawaii Ranks 43rd
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 7333 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...after the Legislature finishes raising taxes, Hawaii will be back up to 50th....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
FBI Investigating Muslim Terrorists in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 7:34 PM :: 7995 Views :: Law Enforcement, Military, Religion

...because a caliphate is in place, more and more Muslims are beginning to practice their religion....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
What will happen to Food for Peace cargo preference?
By Michael Hansen @ 7:03 PM :: 4631 Views :: Jones Act

...there is new criticism of the Food for Peace program and the requirement that much of the food aid be grown in the U.S. and transported on U.S. flag ships....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Kawananakoa Letter Debunks OHA LLCs Claim to be Immune from UIPA
By Andrew Walden @ 3:34 PM :: 6774 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...attorneys representing Abigail Kawananakoa effectively debunk arguments used by the LLC lawyer Kimberly Greeley in opposition to an earlier open records request--which is still pending--from Hawai'i Free Press....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Hawaii: April 19 is Tax Freedom Day
By Selected News Articles @ 3:17 PM :: 4569 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Tax Freedom Day is the day when the state as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Office of Maunakea Management awarded 2017 Preservation Commendation
By News Release @ 2:22 AM :: 6315 Views :: Environment, Higher Education, OHA

The Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation will honor the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Office of Maunakea Management (OMKM) for its outstanding preservation efforts of Maunakea....

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Monday, April 17, 2017
Video: Free Market Solutions for Hawaii's Economy
By Video @ 11:51 PM :: 4467 Views :: Economy

Affordable housing, homelessness, the high cost of living, and unfunded state worker liabilities. These are just a few of the serious problems facing Hawaii's economy....

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Monday, April 17, 2017
Race for Hawaii Republican Party Chair—Interviews with Ostrov and Tupola
By Video @ 4:49 PM :: 4530 Views :: Republican Party

Grassroot Institute President Kelii Akina interviews Andria Tupola and Shirlene Ostrov....

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Sunday, April 16, 2017
Tax Casualty? Maui County Carnival
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6630 Views :: Maui County, Jones Act, Taxes

The 2nd Annual Maui County Carnival, scheduled for April 6-9, 2017, has been cancelled. Skyrocketing state government fees have been blamed....

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Study: House GOP Blueprint Would Put $5613 in Your Pocket, Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:58 AM :: 4539 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

There have been a raft of studies recently isolating the effect of certain elements of the House GOP tax reform “Blueprint” on various industries and even the 50 states....

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Connect to Careers: Preparing next generation of Hawaii workforce
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 5408 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

...business and education partners including the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) and the Hawaii Carpenters Apprenticeship and Training Fund....

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Free Speech Crackdown on Hawaii Pregnancy Centers Passes House
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 AM :: 5605 Views :: First Amendment, Life

With only 10 of Hawaii's 51 state representatives voting against SB 510....

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 1:39 AM :: 7033 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life
Upcoming Legislative Dates....
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Friday, April 14, 2017
Telescope Solution: Maunakea World Park?
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 8447 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

'Maunakea World Park' Advanced by Hawaii Mayor Kim at ILOA Galaxy Forum Kona....

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Friday, April 14, 2017
How to Change the Jones Act
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:05 PM :: 4351 Views :: Jones Act

At nearly 100 years old, it is still able to defeat reform efforts … despite a mountain of evidence that it cripples the economy, fails to achieve its aims and is badly in need of modernization....

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Friday, April 14, 2017
House Approves Massive Rail Tax Hike and 37 Other Bills
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 6148 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...an additional $1.2 billion funding package for the City’s financially troubled rail project....

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Thursday, April 13, 2017
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Property Taxes?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:11 PM :: 4650 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This is the first in a four-part map series in which we will examine the primary sources of state and local tax collections....

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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Willes Lee Fills Vacancy on NRA Board
By News Release @ 9:03 PM :: 4439 Views :: Second Amendment

Willes K. Lee of Honolulu was sworn in today as the newest member of the National Rifle Association's board of directors....

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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Those Life Saving Facts
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:46 PM :: 9841 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, Land Use, GMOs

I asked why CFS and other groups like Shaka aren’t informing followers of rat lungworm disease....

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Leapfrog: Hawaii Among States With Most ‘A’ Grade Hospitals
By News Release @ 6:22 PM :: 5259 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...Hawaii has 8 ‘A’ Hospitals out of 12 total hospitals....

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Robin Danner Writing OHA’s Budget
By Video @ 6:09 PM :: 5315 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Trying To Get Their Hands On Your Beneficiary Funds....

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
How They Voted: SB501 Mandatory Promotion of Abortion
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 2:38 AM :: 5770 Views :: First Amendment, Life

10 House Members voted against the measure....

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
UH 2017 legislative budget update
By News Release @ 1:01 AM :: 5063 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

Much of the university’s request is not included in either the House or Senate version of the budget....

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Family Prosperity Index: Hawaii Ranks 41st
By News Release @ 12:44 AM :: 6790 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

In 2015, Hawaii had the highest SNAP spending at $222.99, while New Hampshire had the lowest at $103.87—a difference of 115 percent....

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Conservative Rankings of Hawaii Legislators—2016 Session
By News Release @ 12:25 AM :: 5657 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Politicians

In our third year of rating the state, ACU found that the Republican average decreased by 21 points—from 67 out of 100 in 2015, to 46 out of 100 in 2016....

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
SB501: AG Slaps Senators for Censoring Testimony opposing Anti-Free-Speech Bill
By Andrew Walden @ 4:48 AM :: 7640 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care, Life

On March 6 Hawai’i Free Press carried an article reporting on SB501: “Hawaii lawmakers are censoring pro-lifers who were defending free speech”.  Now the Attorney General has weighed in....

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Caldwell Signs Tax Hikes, Spending Bills
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 6629 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

“This shows that the city is committed to funding and completing the rail project,” said Mayor Caldwell....

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Monday, April 10, 2017
Top Dems Attack Gabbard After She Fails to Blame Assad for Gas Attack
By Selected News Articles @ 5:45 PM :: 8178 Views :: Democratic Party, Congressional Delegation, Politicians, Tulsi Gabbard

...Neera Tanden, a close confidante of Hillary Clinton and president of the Center for American Progress, took to Twitter on Friday to urge Hawaiians to vote Gabbard out of Congress....

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Monday, April 10, 2017
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted April 10, 2017
By Congress.org @ 3:52 PM :: 4593 Views :: Congressional Delegation
  • Senate: Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch
  • House: Employee Stock Sales
  • House: Self-Insured Health Plans
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Monday, April 10, 2017
Research surveys Jones Act costs and effects
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:19 PM :: 5430 Views :: Jones Act, Military

...Jones Act distorts U.S. economy, endangers military....

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Sunday, April 9, 2017
CreditAbles
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5207 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

Terms being bandied about include exemptions, deductions, and tax credits, and among tax credits there are the “CreditAbles” – refundable, nonrefundable, and assignable credits.....

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Sunday, April 9, 2017
After Appealing to Supreme Court, State Wins Right to Forcibly Medicate Psycho Killer
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 5527 Views :: Health Care, Law Enforcement

In 2013, the Hawaii State Hospital moved for a court order authorizing the involuntary administration of medication to Lawrence after he refused to accept medication....

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Saturday, April 8, 2017
SB501: House Set to Vote on Bill Forcing Pro-Life Centers to Promote Abortion
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:51 PM :: 9041 Views :: First Amendment, Life

... Tuesday April 11 at 9AM ....

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Saturday, April 8, 2017
Schatz-Connected Developer building ‘Shopping Center’ at Pupukea
By Selected News Articles @ 5:52 PM :: 10539 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Development

...the Star-Adv omits any reference to “Hanapohaku Project Manager Linda Schatz”, also known as Mrs Brian Schatz....

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Friday, April 7, 2017
DLNR: Waikiki Eco Confab Cost Taxpayers Millions
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 9402 Views :: Environment, Ethics, OHA, Tourism

...and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ponied up $500K buying Kamanao Crabbe the chance to MC the event....

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Friday, April 7, 2017
Time for change at Hawaii’s airports
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:12 PM :: 80269 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Tourism

For Randy Perreira, head of the Hawaii Government Employees Association, the problems at Hawaii’s airports are just a matter of not enough kumbaya....

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Friday, April 7, 2017
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 7:13 PM :: 7377 Views :: Family, First Amendment, Life

...Upcoming Legislative Dates....

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Friday, April 7, 2017
Dairy: Billionaire Developer Omidyar Creates More Precedents Farmers Can’t Follow
By News Release @ 6:37 PM :: 6177 Views :: Environment, Agriculture

...the Makauwahi Cave Reserve be the recipient of $125,000 for a supplemental environmental project to be funded by Hawai‘i Dairy Farms....

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Friday, April 7, 2017
Ige Energy Code: Increase Home Construction Costs by $4700 per unit
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 5769 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Gov. Ige’s signing of the new IECC will pave the way for the eventual adoption of the code by Hawai‘i’s counties, requiring that all new commercial and residential construction meet the code....

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Friday, April 7, 2017
HB1022: $10M for Latest Honolulu Airport Mess
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 5538 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

“Settling these claims now spares all parties years of litigation and lets HDOT use existing project monies to pay subs for the work that was done,” said Doug Chin....

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Friday, April 7, 2017
Good Citizen or "Vexatious Requester"?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:41 PM :: 6475 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

When first introduced, HB1518 put forth a very worrisome proposal....

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Thursday, April 6, 2017
Hawaii Pensions Underfunded by 39%
By Selected News Articles @ 7:04 PM :: 5015 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Pension obligations must be fulfilled eventually....

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Thursday, April 6, 2017
Deal Announced to Preserve Ka Iwi Coast
By News Release @ 7:00 PM :: 4297 Views :: Environment

...ending a 40-year-long battle to preserve the area....

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Hawaii 2nd-Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 8:54 PM :: 5227 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Total Tax Burden: 11.27% – #2 in USA....

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