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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Ige Signs Bill Lowering Unemployment Tax
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 3197 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... The measure allows employers to pay, on average, less than half of what they would otherwise pay into the system ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
DLIR: Decades-old Mainframe Behind Delays
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 AM :: 2414 Views :: Labor, COVID-19

... the technological backbone of the state’s UI program is an antiquated mainframe system that runs on a Natural database language ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
Hawaii Economy Projected to Grow 2.7% in 2021
By News Release @ 2:06 PM :: 2398 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...DBEDT estimates that Hawaii’s real GDP fell by approximately 7.5 percent in 2020, a smaller decline than the 11.7 percent contraction forecast in the previous quarter....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Hawaii Among States Taxing Forgiven PPP Loans
By Tax Foundation @ 7:36 PM :: 5699 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... If policymakers wish to avoid imposing taxes on these small business lifelines  they need to act quickly, as tax deadlines are fast approaching ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
January 2021 visitor arrivals drop 80.1%
By News Release @ 12:04 AM :: 3177 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... In January, a total of 171,976 visitors traveled to Hawaii by air service, compared to 862,574 ....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
HIDOE Allows In-person School Graduation Ceremonies
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 2678 Views :: Education K-12, COVID-19

"...allow additional flexibility for our schools beyond virtual options in bringing our graduates together for this momentous occasion...."

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Tops in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:02 AM :: 3765 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

... In December, Hawaii had the highest unemployment rate among the states at 9.3%, followed by Nevada at an unemployment rate of 9.2%. Both of these rates are higher than the national unemployment rate of 6.7%....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Auditor Releases Community Survey of Honolulu Residents
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 2546 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Only a little more than half of Honolulu residents surveyed consider the city and county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic to be effective ....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
COVID Closes Canadian Ports, Alaska Seeks Passenger Vessel Services Act Waiver
By News Release @ 5:23 AM :: 3006 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... Archaic Protectionism Is Set to Sink Alaska Cruises ....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
HTA: January Hotel Occupancy 23.3%
By News Release @ 5:05 AM :: 2946 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... statewide RevPAR decreased to $58 ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available for 18+ in Micronesia
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 2337 Views :: COVID-19

... Federated States of Micronesia is one of the most advanced countries on Earth ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
COVID Vax to be Available for Age 70+
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 2556 Views :: COVID-19

... The Department of Health will announce when sites are prepared to accept registration for this new age group ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
How to prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency law
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:56 AM :: 2771 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... The governor’s continued exercise of extended unilateral power also has called into question the legality of the state’s emergency powers law ....

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Friday, February 19, 2021
Salaries Restored for 216 top UH Executives
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 2861 Views :: Higher Education, COVID-19

... Laissez les bon temps rouler! ....

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Monday, February 15, 2021
Bumpy Kanahele's lawyer tops an Associated Press list of worldwide COVID conspiracy quacks and cranks
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 PM :: 4988 Views :: Hawaii History, COVID-19
... Hawaiian Sovereignty 'Expert' a Superspreader of COVID Conspiracy Theories ....
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Friday, February 12, 2021
DLIR Fixes Antique Computers--PEUC Checks Coming
By News Release @ 2:15 PM :: 2863 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... DLIR announced that it has completed system updates for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program that was extended by the Continued Assistance Act ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Bills on the Move: Conveyance Tax, Pension Suspension, Un-Affordable Housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:28 AM :: 3580 Views :: Maui County, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... increasing Hawaii's tax burden at a time when its economy is in its worst depression ever ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Survey: Pandemic Affecting Mental Health
By News Release @ 3:16 AM :: 2367 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... COVID-19 is affecting the mental health of all Hawai‘i residents, but especially for young adults and those whose household income is less than $50,000 ....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Congressman Case On His Vote on HCR 11 -- COVID Aid
By Ed Case @ 11:09 PM :: 1371 Views :: Congressional Delegation, COVID-19

... He explains his vote in detail ....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Poll: 91% Want COVID Vax
By News Release @ 8:19 PM :: 2445 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... According to the survey commissioned by the Hawai‘i Department of Health, 55% plan to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible and 36% will wait before receiving their vaccinations ....

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
Bill 31: Former Meth-head Helps Sand Island Lobby for Property Tax Cap
By Andrew Walden @ 3:02 AM :: 4816 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... It is naturally hard to say no to an ex-tweeker who, at Bishop Estate, achieved the kind of things most Honolulu politicians can only dream of ....

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
COVID Unemployment Insurance Relief on Fast Track for Approval
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 3337 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Ige must sign a bill into law before March in order to prevent automatic assessment increases from being triggered ....

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
DHHL Rental Relief Program Receives $2.4M Federal Boost
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 2412 Views :: DHHL, COVID-19

... Under the freshly funded relief program, the Department has partnered with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) as its administrator ....

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
$510K Fine for Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 2761 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, COVID-19

... During a follow-up revisit of Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home on Jan. 6, 2021, inspectors found the facility to be in compliance, avoiding a mandatory termination of the facility on April 16, 2021 ....

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Friday, February 5, 2021
HB103: Rein in Power of Governor During State of Emergency
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:45 PM :: 3337 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

"...By requiring legislative approval for the extension of an emergency past a 60-day time limit, the bill would take a positive step toward protecting the balance of powers and the public trust...."

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Friday, February 5, 2021
COVID Restrictions Correlate With Unemployment
By Selected News Articles @ 3:51 AM :: 2655 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... but not so much with Corona Virus rates ....

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021
How to fix Hawaii's broken emergency powers law
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 1962 Views :: COVID-19

... After nearly a year of the governor exercising unilateral power, it is clear the people need a greater voice in dealing with emergencies ....

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021
HTA Releases Results from Special Visitor COVID-19 Study
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 2239 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... surveyed visitors from the U.S. mainland who visited Hawaii in the first two weeks of December 2020, to gauge their experience with Hawaii’s Safe Travels program ....

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Sunday, January 31, 2021
Grim Reality of Unemployment Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3725 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Our unemployment system, as of January 8, 2021, has paid out $3.4 billion in unemployment benefits ....

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Saturday, January 30, 2021
Flirting with Disaster
By Joni Kamiya @ 8:35 PM :: 3149 Views :: GMOs, COVID-19

... activists were determined to get their way ignoring all of the evidence while creating lots of fake “evidence” ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Managing emergencies and protecting liberties
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:31 PM :: 2107 Views :: COVID-19

... “Lockdowns Versus Liberty,” -- civil liberties in the time of an emergency ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Hawaii Leads Nation in Unspent CARES Act Higher Education Funds
By Selected News Articles @ 5:46 PM :: 3021 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, COVID-19

... Institutions in Hawaii have only spent 40 percent of total allocated funds ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Survey: Half of State Wants COVID Vax
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 2380 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Research shows that half of Hawaii’s population wants the vaccine and another quarter are still deciding ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Hawai'i Rental Assistance Program Distributed Most Per Capita in 2020
By News Release @ 1:37 AM :: 2513 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... "Recent analysis by the Hawai'i Budget & Policy Center finds that this statewide program got out more housing assistance to help renters per capita than any other state effort across the country" ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Vaccinated!
By Joni Kamiya @ 1:00 AM :: 3457 Views :: COVID-19

... I was fortunate to get an appointment the very next day I called at my local Kaiser Clinic ....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Full Text: State of the Judiciary Speech
By News Release @ 6:04 PM :: 2551 Views :: Judiciary, COVID-19

... domestic violence and sexual exploitation – have likely intensified ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
Legislature Stages Vaccination Party for 500 Cronies and Insiders
By News Release @ 11:27 PM :: 4676 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... all Legislative employees working in the Hawaiʻi State Capitol will be able to be vaccinated as members of its prioritized vaccination system's Phase 1b (i.e., individuals essential for government operations), on January 28, 2021 ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
DoH Announces 60 previously unreported COVID deaths
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 2447 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... The deaths occurred in August through December, 2020 with 51 deaths reported on O‘ahu, six on Hawai‘i, and three on Maui ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
State of State: Ige Punts Tax Hike to Legislature
By Video @ 6:16 PM :: 3707 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... House speaker calls Ige’s State of the State address ‘risk averse’ ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Let's get our voice back
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:50 AM :: 2776 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... a perpetual emergency status ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Rental Market: Troubling Signs Remain As State Prepares for an Uncertain 2021
By UHERO @ 12:54 AM :: 3605 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... UHERO second quarterly survey of rental property owners and managers ....

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Friday, January 22, 2021
Vaccination Rate: Hawaii Ranks 33rd
By Selected News Articles @ 11:39 PM :: 2769 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... Hawaii vs Alaska Safest COVID States ....

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Friday, January 22, 2021
December 2020 Hawaii Hotel Occupancy 23.8%
By News Release @ 7:24 PM :: 2637 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... In December 2020, Hawai‘i hotels statewide reported substantial declines in revenue per available room ....

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
HSTA Tells School Board that Donald Trump Ordered Hawaii to Raise Taxes to Fund Vacant DoE Positions
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 4520 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... As a service to our readers we are providing a line-by-line debunk of HSTA's argument in parenthesis below ....

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Monday, January 18, 2021
New report calls for reform of state's emergency powers
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:00 PM :: 3403 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... Hawaii's Legislature needs to step in to prevent the extensive exercise of unchecked unilateral power, says the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii ....

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Monday, January 18, 2021
Waikīkī Shell Parking Lot to assist in American Samoa repatriation effort
By News Release @ 2:27 AM :: 2129 Views :: Honolulu County, COVID-19

... Approximately 800 American Samoan residents are anticipated to transit through Honolulu, be tested for COVID-19, and quarantine en route to their previously shuttered island home ....

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Saturday, January 16, 2021
Grassroot Institute 10 most-viewed stories of 2020
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:16 PM :: 2470 Views :: Hawaii History, COVID-19

... 2020 STARTED OUT like any other year, but ....

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Friday, January 15, 2021
When saving money isn't really
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:31 PM :: 3523 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes, COVID-19

... that $2 billion in “savings” is going to end up costing the taxpayers almost four times as much in the long term ....

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Thursday, January 14, 2021
VIDEO: Pro-Trump Rally at Hawaii Capitol Peaceful
By News Release @ 12:59 AM :: 4700 Views :: COVID-19

... VIDEO: The Knights of Aloha protesting at the Hawaii State Capitol Friday January 15, 2021 ....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Kauai: Vaccine for Age 75+ Begins Jan 15--Sign up here
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 3198 Views :: Kauai County, COVID-19

... sign up here ....

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