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Friday, March 31, 2023
Creating Positions: Senate WAM Budget Burns Your Tax Cut Money
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 1692 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... can you count how many times the word 'adding' is used? ....

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Friday, March 31, 2023
Memo to reluctant legislators: Hawaii can afford to cut taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:48 PM :: 1909 Views :: Taxes

... we can’t afford not to cut taxes because really, what we’re sitting on right now, are unhealthy ending balances ....

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Friday, March 31, 2023
2017 cesspool law creating a mess for Hawaii property owners
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 2161 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... the state’s mandate to eliminate cesspools is too costly for homeowners ....

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Friday, March 31, 2023
VA Error Leaves Potentially Thousands Of Student Veterans Without Rent Payments
By Selected News Articles @ 4:12 PM :: 1837 Views :: Higher Education, Military

... Meanwhile, tens of thousands of servicemembers and dependents stationed in Guam and Hawaii are in danger of seeing their cost of living allowances slashed ....

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Friday, March 31, 2023
Bishop Museum Appoints Dee Jay Mailer President
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 1791 Views :: Ethics

... Mailer has been leading the Museum on an interim basis since Feb. 2, 2023 ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority Appoints Isaac Choy as Vice President of Finance
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 1958 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... Choy begins work on April 10 and will be responsible for overseeing HTA’s management of finances and government funding, including compliance with legislative and auditing requirements ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Next Boondoggle: $44M Blaisdell Renovation
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 1919 Views :: Honolulu County

... health, safety and deferred maintenance ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
753,750 visitors arrived in the Hawaiian Islands in February 2023
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 1810 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... tourist spending in nominal non-inflating dollars is +18.0% vs February 2019.  Inflation is 16.77% 2019-2023 so we are just treading water ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
How counties can provide tax relief
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:31 PM :: 1718 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... County lawmakers haven’t decided yet how to deal with property tax hikes that are expected to result from higher property assessments across the state ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Schatz, Hirono Vote to Continue Trump's COVID Emergency
By Selected News Articles @ 10:10 PM :: 2275 Views :: Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... the 68-23 Senate approved a resolution Wednesday aimed at ending the national COVID emergency declared by then-President Donald Trump in 2020 ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Hawaii Population Declines 0.8% During COVID
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 1883 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Between July 1, 2020 and July 1, 2022 the state population declined at an average rate of 0.4% per year ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Hawaii taxpayers shell out more than $5,500 in state and local taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 PM :: 1759 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii’s state debt is also among the top five in the nation at $7,992 per capita and $11,879 when local debt is factored in as well ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
More Red Light Cams Activated
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1848 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement

... Since start, nearly 1,800 citations issued along Vineyard and Pali ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Bra and Panty Birthday Parties: Lawsuit Details Work Life at Hawaii DOBOR
By Andrew Walden @ 1:52 AM :: 7759 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"...You must promise me that if things ever get really ugly between the both of us, you will not say a word about this...."

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Hawaii Towns with Highest & Lowest Credit Scores
By Selected News Articles @ 7:25 PM :: 1963 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... median credit scores of residents in 16 Hawaii towns ....

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Gun Bills: Legislative Update
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 1963 Views :: Second Amendment

... many bad changes to Hawaii's gun laws ....

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Sue and Settle: 122,277 acres on Big Island to be 'critical habitat'
By Court House News @ 3:44 PM :: 1765 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment

... The perennial’s natural habitat happens to overlap with a military-owned training area ....

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Lawmakers broaden educator housing eligibility to all school employees
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 1656 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

... The committees approved $185 million in total to finance the teacher housing projects at or near three schools ....

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Sovereignty Activist Sentenced--17 Years in Prison for Wire Fraud Schemes and Aggravated Identity Theft
By News Release @ 5:41 AM :: 2722 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics

... stealing money intended to provide scholarships to underprivileged students at Kamehameha Schools ....

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Micronesian President: Chinese Bribery ‘Happens all the Time’
By Andrew Walden @ 10:33 PM :: 2937 Views :: Ethics, World News

... The Vice President was asked by Ambassador Huang if he could sit up front, with other Senators, and also to accept an envelope filled with money; Vice President Palik refused, telling the Ambassador to never offer him a bribe again ....

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Hawaii 2nd-Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:50 PM :: 1947 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... only New York is worse ....

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Hawaii Attorney general urges U.S. Congress support right-to-repair law
By Selected News Articles @ 5:24 PM :: 1677 Views :: Small Business

... Twenty-seven states’ attorneys general are asking Congress to pass Right-to-Repair legislation that they say will protect consumers, farmers and small businesses as inflation increases ....

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Study: 40% of Hawaii Roads Substandard
By Selected News Articles @ 5:24 AM :: 1548 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... bad roads cost Hawaii motorists $764 per year ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Hawaii February 2023 Unemployment 3.6%
By News Release @ 5:56 PM :: 1720 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii is exactly average ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Class of 2023 high school graduation ceremonies scheduled
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 2375 Views :: Education K-12

... there are currently no planned health and safety restrictions for this year's graduation ceremonies ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Ban on short-term rentals won't help Hawaii County produce more homes
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 2010 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Hawaii County already has some of the most restrictive housing regulations in the U.S. ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Three reasons why Hawaii's healthcare is in trouble
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 AM :: 1878 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... three reasons: the state general excise tax, Hawaii's occupational licensure laws and the state's medical certificate-of-need laws ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Update Hawaii licensing laws to attract more doctors
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:05 AM :: 1835 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... medical professionals have found Hawaii to be an increasingly uninviting place to practice ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Council on State Taxation: Looking Out for Business
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:01 AM :: 1741 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... the Committee on State Taxation focuses on the impact of state taxes on businesses across the country ....

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Sunday, March 26, 2023
Hawaii Family Forum Legislative Week in Review
By Hawaii Family Forum @ 11:59 PM :: 1953 Views :: Family, Life

... abortion and suicide ....

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Sunday, March 26, 2023
Maui: Sterile Mosquitoes to Reduce Avian Malaria
By News Release @ 3:11 PM :: 1845 Views :: Maui County, Environment

... The NPS will use an incompatible insect technique (IIT) which consists of repeatedly releasing incompatible male mosquitoes into the wild ....

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Sunday, March 26, 2023
Prince Kuhio's Fight to Americanize Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 6:01 AM :: 34255 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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Sunday, March 26, 2023
Credit Madness
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1686 Views :: Tax Credits

... Tax Credits were proposed for, among other things, upgrading technology infrastructure; sequestering carbon; upgrading or conversion of cesspools; being a health care preceptor; manufacturing food; providing childcare to employees; being in a creative district; producing organic food; and just being in the state while everyone else is being hammered by a carbon tax ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
This Week’s Testimony from Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:44 PM :: 1880 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The Hawaii State Legislature is off and running again after a brief pause during which the House and Senate exchanged the bills they each had approved ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
Hawaii Congressional Delegation How They Voted March 25, 2023
By GovTrack .us @ 11:20 PM :: 1683 Views :: Congressional Delegation

... Bills introduced and votes cast in Congress ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
FSM: Top Micronesia Officials Guilty in Fake Ship Registry Scam
By News Release @ 6:17 PM :: 2051 Views :: Ethics, Jones Act

... Martin Jano Found Guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering & Lukner Weilbacher Found Guilty of Conflict of Interest in Micronesia International Ship Registry Case ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
HTA by any other name is still HTA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:57 PM :: 1741 Views :: Tourism

... SB1522 would replace the HTA with a new “Office of Destination Management.” ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
HART Seeks 9th Board Member
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 1898 Views :: Rail

... the ninth voting member will be selected by the other eight voting members ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
Dela Cruz Manipulation? Senate Rejects Green's Pick for DBEDT
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 3970 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Green's pick for #2 at DBEDT is Dane Wicker, a current business partner and former chief of staff to Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz.  If Sadayasu is rejected, Wicker could advance to #1 ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
VIDEO -- See For Yourself: Rep Pierick at Ewa Int School
By Video @ 3:04 AM :: 3274 Views :: Education K-12, Family, First Amendment, Republican Party

... Here is what happens if you even slightly question the gay agenda for children ....

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Friday, March 24, 2023
The Number of People Killed by Police Officers in Hawaii in the Last 10 Years
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 1887 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Police

... In Hawaii, 48 police killings were reported from 2013 to 2022, or about 3.3 for every 100,000 residents, the 22nd fewest among states ....

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Friday, March 24, 2023
Another Bank of America Lawsuit Crashes and Burns
By Court House News @ 5:39 AM :: 2081 Views :: DHHL, Judiciary

“...egregiously long, unnecessarily complex, and confusing....”

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Friday, March 24, 2023
Lancet: Hawaii Lowest COVID Death Rate--Highest Economic Impact
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 1548 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Hawaii, Washington DC, and New York had the largest reduction in employment ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Samoa: Biden's Giant Sanctuary Proposal Behind Back of Pacific Territories
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 1855 Views :: Environment

... the administration made no effort to discuss this issue with the Pacific delegations or to notify us even at the recent IGIA forum that such a drastic change to our way of life was even being considered ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Army Corps of Engineers Seeks Comment on Honolulu Harbor Modifications
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 1945 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Jones Act

... two public scoping meetings, March 30 and 31 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Hawaii Tax Burden 14.1% of Income -- 3rd-Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 11:26 PM :: 1772 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii State & Local Tax Burden as a Share of State Income -- 14.1% -- 3rd highest in USA -- $8,410 per capita ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Rookie House Democrats Tout Bills
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 1923 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... 55 bills introduced by the House Majority Freshmen have passed third reading in the House and crossed over to the Senate ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Koko Head Archery Range reopening Friday, March 24
By News Release @ 10:41 PM :: 1792 Views :: Honolulu County, Second Amendment

... Pistol and rifle ranges at the Koko Head Shooting Complex on-track for reopening in April 2023 ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Maui Physician Charged with Unlawful Distribution of Hydrocodone
By News Release @ 6:13 PM :: 1729 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Drugs

... in June 2022, an undercover agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) sought an appointment with Boulange, posing as a new patient seeking a prescription of opioids ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Green Signs Abortion Bill
By Court House News @ 3:35 AM :: 1690 Views :: Life

... The state bolstered its already robust abortion laws to better shield abortions seekers and providers from being targeting by states with more hostile abortion restrictions ....

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