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Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Crossover: House Sends 497 Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 5195 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...As the 2019 Legislative Session nears its crossover deadline this week, the House of Representatives has passed nearly 500 bills....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Technology Transformation: Priority Bills on the Move
By News Release @ 10:11 PM :: 3298 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...important legislation relating to government data and information and technology strategy remain in play, with some bills already crossing over to the other house....

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Monday, March 4, 2019
Legislative Preview: This Week's Bills on the Move
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 4215 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Crossover is the deadline for bills to pass third reading in order to move (or “crossover”) to the other chamber....

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Friday, March 1, 2019
Help People Save by Cutting Their Taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:41 PM :: 5382 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Multiple bills heard this session have revolved around encouraging residents to save. The details vary, but there’s a common theme: The state wants to be your local bank....

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Monday, February 25, 2019
This Week's Legislative Agenda
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:37 PM :: 4226 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...your testimony is needed....

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Sunday, February 24, 2019
Aloha Stadium Scheme Exploits Federal Tax Breaks
By Selected News Articles @ 6:52 PM :: 5703 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...the program’s requirement that investments must “substantially improve” zone property in order to qualify for tax breaks is quite loose....

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Friday, February 22, 2019
House Finance Committee Passes Dozens of Bills
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 3107 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...These measures will move to a full vote on the House floor....

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Monday, February 18, 2019
Legislative Preview: This Week's Bills on the Move
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:46 PM :: 4481 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Legislative Hearings Week 5....

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Sunday, February 17, 2019
Squirreling Away Money at the Dept. of Transportation
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4943 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The auditor found that they have lots of money lying around. More than $120 million in accounts that haven’t been even touched for five years....

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
Four Bills for Hawaii Government Technology Transformation
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 2963 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Data, strategic planning bills critical to transforming state government....

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Friday, February 15, 2019
Board of Agriculture Chair Resigns After Two Weeks on Job
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 6813 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

...Ige has appointed Phyllis Shimabukuro-Geiser chairperson of the Hawai‘i Board of Agriculture.  Former Chair Denise Albano resigned for personal reasons on January 29, 2019....

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Monday, February 11, 2019
Senate Committee Refuses to Recognize Hundreds of Emailed Testimonies
By News Release @ 1:44 AM :: 6737 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Second Amendment

...The Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental, and Military Affairs has arbitrarily decided to not accept testimony submitted to it via e-mail....

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Sunday, February 10, 2019
Legislative Preview: This Week's Bills on the Move
By Brett Kulbis @ 6:54 PM :: 4653 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Legislative Hearings Week 4....

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Monday, February 4, 2019
Legislative Preview: This Week's Bills on the Move
By Brett Kulbis @ 11:19 AM :: 4499 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...Legislative Hearings Week 3....

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Sunday, February 3, 2019
Applicants Wanted for State Campaign Spending Commission
By News Release @ 4:29 PM :: 5335 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

...The terms will run from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023....

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Saturday, February 2, 2019
Sex Harassment: New House Rules "add another layer of silence"
By News Release @ 7:55 PM :: 6636 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Notably, the draft policy excludes the Hawaii State Ethics Commission, which rendered the Souki decision last year....

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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Medicaid Fraud: DHS Still Not Doing the Real Work
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:32 AM :: 5899 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...The recommendations not implemented are the ones where DHS actually has to go out and catch fraudsters, instead of just talking about it....

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Republicans Call for Testimony on Bills
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:25 PM :: 6865 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections, Republican Party

...It is up to us to voice concerns and to make our voice heard.... 

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Auditor Slams DoT--$112M Illegally Hidden from Legislature
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 1:16 PM :: 5427 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

...three revolving funds, and one trust fund with remaining balances which total approximately $120 million as of June 30, 2018, had no financial activity during our (5 year) review period....

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Monday, January 28, 2019
Who Should Regulate Drones in Hawaii?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:11 PM :: 6629 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Small Business

...Local rules that conflict with national ones threaten the growth of the entire U.S. drone industry....

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Sunday, January 27, 2019
Public pension crisis? We're on it!
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:14 PM :: 5398 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...How to resolve Hawaii’s public pension debt crisis....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Plaintiffs to Appeal 'Gut-n-Replace' Ruling
By News Release @ 7:13 PM :: 3718 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

..."It legitimizes a practice born in smoke-filled rooms, out of the public's eye and is an insult to the openness we brag about in the Hawaii State Legislature."....

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Finance Committee Passes Base Budget
By News Release @ 8:09 PM :: 3228 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The ultimate goal of performance-based budgeting is to have every state agency justify discretionary funds they receive for each two-year budget cycle. Eventually, zero-based budgeting will analyze the entire budget of programs....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Bipartisan Women's Legislative Caucus Elects Leadership for 2019
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 3344 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...co-conveners for 2019 Senators Rosalyn H. Baker and Laura H. Thielen and Representatives Lauren Matsumoto and Linda Ichiyama....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Full Text: Ige's State of the State Address
By News Release @ 9:46 PM :: 3520 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...The state of the State of Hawaii is sound...."

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Sunday, January 20, 2019
Lesson for UH and DoE--How P3 Can Eliminate Deferred Maintenance
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 5816 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...Public agencies tend to delay or not perform preventive and predictive maintenance. Lack of preventive maintenance of assets of any type leads to deterioration that only accelerates as the maintenance is put off....

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Saturday, January 19, 2019
Ige Announces More Second Tier Appointments
By News Release @ 10:38 AM :: 5491 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...HDoT, DAGS, DLIR, B&F, PSD.....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Ige Sends McCartney to DBEDT, Fuchigami now Chief of Staff
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 5456 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...A press release announcing McCartney’s appointment Wednesday morning made no mention of the dual roles for Fuchigami....

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Opening Day Speech: What is a Loyal Opposition?
By Rep Gene Ward @ 4:00 PM :: 4350 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

...We will be faithful and committed to the needs of the people of Hawai‘i, and to the agenda that you set out as the Majority – but we ask that your agenda conform to the generally accepted principals of free markets, free people void of government shackles, and greater prosperity for all the people of Hawai‘i....

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Sunday, January 13, 2019
Zero-Based Budgeting
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3646 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Today, we examine “zero-based budgeting,” an idea that has been around for a while but was recently championed by House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke....  

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Saturday, January 12, 2019
Budget: Hawaii Scores 'D-' for Legacy Costs
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 3547 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...The Volker Alliance gave states grades of A to D-minus, the lowest possible mark, for their practices in five areas that are the building blocks of budgeting nationwide....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
‘Singapore model’ doesn’t sing for Hawaii housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:42 PM :: 9065 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Rail, Cost of Living

Among conditions for the buyers of these “ALOHA homes”....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Hawaii Ranks 49th for Federal Aid
By Tax Foundation @ 7:31 PM :: 4653 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Which States Rely the Most on Federal Aid?....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Hawaii's coming recession--Are legislators Listening?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:03 PM :: 5460 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The economic boom of the last few years allowed them to continue spending at high levels, and many of them would like to keep it that way....

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Thursday, January 10, 2019
New Hi-Tech Payroll System Reveals 4,589 State Employees Paid for 'Multiple Positions'
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 4577 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...On the first pay date of the year on Jan. 4, 2019, the PeopleSoft Payroll system issued 70,771 payments to 66,182 employees, as there are individuals issued pay for multiple positions....

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Tech Modernization Plans in the 2019-21 Budget
By News Release @ 2:36 AM :: 3106 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...tens of millions of dollars for modernization within nearly every department....

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Ige Appoints New Directors at Three Departments
By News Release @ 1:32 AM :: 3478 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...BUF, DAGS, DLIR....

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Ige Appoints New PUC Chair
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 5888 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...Jay Griffin becomes PUC chair immediately....

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Ige Reappoints Directors at Eleven Departments
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 10809 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...HDOT, DoTAX, DHRD, DOH, DHS, DLNR, DCCA, PSD, DHHL, ETS, DoD....

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Auditor Follows up on Foundation on Culture and Arts
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:18 AM :: 4254 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...the Foundation and DAGS have implemented 16 and partially implemented 7 of the 29 recommendations. Six recommendations have not been implemented....

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Sunday, January 6, 2019
So Did You Meet Your Goals This Year? -- Um, We Dunno
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3487 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the agencies are supposed to come up with a “variance report” that is supposed to list how much they were budgeted, how much was spent, and a narrative explanation for any significant difference ....

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Thursday, January 3, 2019
Ige Appoints Clare Connors Attorney General
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 4697 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...Connors was nominated to the Federal District Court by Obama, but the Senate did not vote and the nomination lapsed when Obama's term ended....

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Thursday, January 3, 2019
New Insurance Commissioner Appointed
By News Release @ 5:14 PM :: 3257 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...DCCA Director Catherine P. Awakuni Colón has named Colin M. Hayashida as insurance commissioner for the State of Hawaii. The appointment was effective January 1, 2019....

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
House Finance Committee Sets Budget Hearings
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 3539 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...a series of Informational Briefings in January to hear testimony and review requests for the state budget from governmental agencies....

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
No, Killing a Special Fund Doesn’t Kill People
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 5046 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...DLNR needs to understand that the money in these funds isn’t “their” money. It’s taxpayer money....

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Saturday, December 29, 2018
Commissioners Sought for Legacy Land Conservation Commission
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 5791 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...Submit an online application to the Office of the Governor, Boards and Commissions, and learn more about how you can make an impact serving on the Commission....

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018
CAFR: State Pension Debt Grows faster Than Tax Revenues
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 4548 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...the state still spent about $2 billion more than it generated in fiscal year 2018, and its overall net position dropped by $718.4 million dollars over the course of the fiscal year, in spite of a $326 million increase in revenue generated mostly by airport and harbor fees....

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Saturday, December 22, 2018
State Now Accepting Grant-in-Aid Applications
By News Release @ 1:31 AM :: 3944 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The deadline to submit grant applications is 4:30 p.m. January 18, 2019....

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Friday, December 21, 2018
Senate Updates Committee Assignments
By Selected News Articles @ 11:38 PM :: 8169 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The following senators will take on the leadership roles for the Thirtieth Legislative Biennium 2019 through 2020....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Ethics: DLNR Manager Steals Equipment, Funnels Money to Contractor
By News Release @ 4:33 PM :: 8960 Views :: Kauai County, DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Aaron Hoff also pops up in the recent eviction of a gym from DHHL land in Anahola....

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