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Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Hawaiʻi State Legislature Announces 2024 Legislative Timetables
By News Release @ 7:03 PM :: 1282 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the 2024 Legislative Session which will convene on Wednesday, January 17, 2024 ....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Mizuno Quits House to Become Homeless Czar
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 1445 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Politicians

... A successor for Mizuno who has served in the House (HD29) since 2006 and has been in public service for more than 32 years will be named within 60 days .... 

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Monday, December 18, 2023
Green 2025 Budget Adds $1.2B New Spending
By News Release @ 10:51 PM :: 1197 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The Executive Supplemental Budget request adds $326 million in general funds to the operating budget to continue essential operations and support statewide priorities, and $890 million in general obligation bond funds ....

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Sunday, December 17, 2023
School Non-Spending
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1405 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

... the Department of Education approached the Department of Budget and Finance with a list of about $900 million in projects that it didn’t think it could move before the funding for the project ran out of time ....

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Lahaina Fires: Legislative Working Groups Publish Final Report
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 1219 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... from six bipartisan working groups, formed to evaluate topics related to the Lahaina wildfire ....

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Friday, December 15, 2023
Green Picks Miyake for HD10 Vacancy
By Andrew Walden @ 9:58 PM :: 2761 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Tyson Miyake--Construction boss and former Maui County Chief of Staff under Victorino, now Vice President of Corporate Affairs for lobbying firm, Karey Kapoi LLC ....

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Thursday, December 14, 2023
Hawai‘i State Capitol gets metal detectors
By News Release @ 11:25 PM :: 1232 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Second Amendment

... Beginning Monday, December 18, the Hawai‘i State Capitol will join 37 other state capitols that have incorporated metal detection into their security measures ....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
The Two Gorillas Still Menace the Budget
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:14 AM :: 1755 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

 ... The names of the two gorillas are ERS and EUTF ....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
The easiest way to increase tax revenues
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:42 AM :: 1391 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the state had a huge surplus and many of our lawmakers were going hog-wild trying to spend it ....

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Green Speech Marks First year in Office
By News Release @ 11:47 AM :: 991 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... 10,800 housing units were approved.  800 were actually built ....

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
Green Appoints Hashimoto to Senate Dist 5 Maui
By News Release @ 11:12 PM :: 2994 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

... there is now a vacancy in HD 10 ....

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Lahaina Fires: House Working Groups recommend disaster response changes
By Selected News Articles @ 10:35 AM :: 2917 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... On September 6, 2023, the House formed six bipartisan working groups to evaluate specific topics related to the Lāhainā wildfire ....

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Thursday, November 2, 2023
HIEMA Rewrites 'Hazard Mitigation Plan'
By News Release @ 3:11 AM :: 1587 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Military

... FEMA requires that states must have an approved hazard mitigation plan to qualify for numerous federal assistance and mitigation grants ....

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Saturday, October 28, 2023
Gays, CNHA, ACLU Push Amendment to Hawaii State Constitution
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 1993 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

... Coalition members say repealing Section 23 is an important step in securing marriage equality for the LGBTQIA+ community in Hawaiʻi ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Legislature Accepting Applications for 2024 Session
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 2006 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Legislative experience is not required ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Hawaiʻi Recognized as Captive Insurance Domicile of the Year
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 1590 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Greater than $5bn Gross Written Premiums ....

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Sunday, October 22, 2023
Hawaii the Sinkhole State
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2388 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... fat, dumb, and happy ....

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Saturday, October 14, 2023
Maui Emergency Sirens 'can be inoperable for extended periods'
By Selected News Articles @ 2:07 PM :: 1623 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... On Oct. 2, the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HIEMA) conducted a statewide test of the emergency warning sirens statewide ....

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Hawaii Among Five Worst 'Sinkhole States'
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 3003 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... The report found that Hawaii's financial condition improved in 2022, but the state still needed $11.4 billion to pay its bills ....

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Wednesday, September 27, 2023
HI-EMA Clarifies Siren-Activation Rules
By News Release @ 7:51 PM :: 1609 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

“...These protocols haven’t changed....”

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Friday, September 22, 2023
Fire Insurance Claims? Senate Field Hearing Set for Lahaina
By News Release @ 9:07 PM :: 1028 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... Thursday, September 28, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lahaina Civic Center ....

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Lahaina Fires: Chinese Disinformation Circulates at State Capitol
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:24 AM :: 2129 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... China's most recent act of using artificial intelligence to circulate false images and videos worldwide, which purported the Maui wildfire was caused by the U.S. government thru the use of a meteorological weapon ....

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Saturday, September 16, 2023
Six House Working Groups Investigate Lahaina Fires
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 1687 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... Each working group will produce a preliminary report by November 1 and deliver a final report by December 15, 2023 ....

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Friday, September 8, 2023
Medeiros Resigns: Governor Blames Threats from BJ Penn
By News Release @ 5:17 AM :: 3954 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Republican Party

"...Threats have been made against me, loved ones who don’t even work for the government, and even children...."

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Thursday, September 7, 2023
Lahaina Fires: House Forms Working Groups
By News Release @ 12:00 AM :: 1722 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... to formulate recommendations for the upcoming session, which begins January 17, 2024 ....

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Next Tech Fail: State Signs Giant Procurement Revamp Contract
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 1580 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii signs a multi-year agreement to use mdf commerce's advanced procurement technology suite to digitize and streamline its end-to-end procurement process ....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023
Sen Keith-Agaran Resigns--Chased out by Ethics Investigation?
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 3002 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

“... I was appointed to this position, I didn’t run for it initially so I’m not wedded to staying in the Legislature ....”

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
HHC, COR: Green appoints new members
By News Release @ 11:29 PM :: 3833 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government

... Governor Josh Green, M.D., has announced several appointees to state boards and commissions ....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
P3 Restructures 1,221-Unit Affordable Housing Portfolio
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 1591 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

"... Innovative Transaction to Rehabilitate Properties and Preserve Long-Term Affordability ...."

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023
What Does It Mean for HTA to be Administratively Attached to DBEDT?
By UHERO @ 9:07 PM :: 2028 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

... HRS Chapter 26-35 spells out the requirements that apply to an agency administratively attached to a state department ....

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Saturday, August 12, 2023
Tokuda: Hawaii Emergency Planners 'underestimated the lethality, the quickness of fire'
By Video @ 8:24 PM :: 2426 Views :: Maui County, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii underestimated the deadly threat of wildfire, records show ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
Why is it hard to buy and sell cryptocurrency in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 2417 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii is the worst state in the nation for cryptocurrency, due to the state's strict and confusing regulations ....

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Saturday, July 29, 2023
Green Appoints Thielen, Hannemann ... and Ex-Con Stacy Moniz
By News Release @ 2:17 PM :: 4231 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... The Moniz appointment is due in large part from a new law. Under a recent law, Act 260 Session Laws of Hawaii, the Governor must appoint the person nominated by the public employee unions. ....

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Thursday, July 13, 2023
Green Signs 263 Bills -- Vetoes 11
By News Release @ 3:20 PM :: 11387 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Green issued 11 vetoes on July 7, due to serious legal and programmatic concerns ....

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Thursday, July 13, 2023
Hawaii Finally Outlaws Nepotism--except Legislative and Judicial
By News Release @ 4:24 AM :: 2066 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

... It applies to almost all state employees (except those working for the legislative or judicial branches) ....

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Thursday, July 13, 2023
Hawaii Ethics: 'Community of Social Workers' Banned -- Chinese Communist Propaganda Allowed
By Rep Gene Ward @ 4:07 AM :: 1866 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"...Thank you for giving a heads up to legislators about accepting a book from Hawai’i’s social workers because it might be an Ethics Violation...."

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Sunday, July 9, 2023
The Budget Is Signed
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1746 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... At the ceremony, the Governor made clear that tax relief, especially for ALICE (asset-limited, income-constrained, employed) families, is still on the table.  There will be a Phase 2, he said, apparently targeting the 2024 legislative session ....

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Saturday, July 8, 2023
New Sunshine Law Requirements
By News Release @ 1:21 PM :: 1536 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... two 2023 laws, Act 019 and Act 125, added new Sunshine Law requirements effective July 1 and October 1, 2023 ....

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Saturday, July 8, 2023
New council will evaluate effectiveness of Hawaii DOT
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 1552 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Act 242, signed by Gov. Josh Green this week, established the council, which renamed the Highway Safety Council to the Hawaii Highway Safety and Modernization Council ....

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Friday, July 7, 2023
Need $60K to Pay Your Mortgage?
By News Release @ 5:02 AM :: 1780 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... Since the program’s inception in 2021, service providers from the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and Hawaiʻi Community Lending have been serving homeowners with the greatest needs ....

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Friday, July 7, 2023
HHFDC Gives Solar Farm Control of Waianae Affordable Housing Complex
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 1494 Views :: Energy, Development, Hawaii State Government

... The agreement, which began on June 30, calls for Solar Farm View Estates LLC (SFVE) to undertake substantial repairs to the complex and operate it for the next 75 years. The Board of Directors of HHFDC, which retains the property’s fee-simple interest, approved a $4.95 million, low-interest, 10-year loan that allows SFVE to facilitate the repairs ....

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Sunday, July 2, 2023
Lawmakers Wasting Your Money: Let me count the ways
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:26 PM :: 1733 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

... Housing, the Honolulu rail, the Aloha Stadium, homelessness and the 64% pay raise for Honolulu City Council members ....

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Saturday, July 1, 2023
Green Signs $37.2B Budget
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 1631 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Senator Donovan Dela Cruz, chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, hailed the tax break bill as a positive financial benefit for struggling families ....

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Friday, June 30, 2023
Green Releases 'Intent to Veto' List--Legislature Will not Override
By News Release @ 11:51 PM :: 3441 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Governor Josh Green, M.D., today notified legislative leaders and stakeholders of his intent to veto 11 bills passed by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature during the 2023 session. ...

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
How Does $10B Disappear? 
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:53 PM :: 2358 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... What happened to Hawaii’s $10 billion budget surplus? ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
Economic Misfortune Can Fix Our “Shadow Budget”
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:01 AM :: 2038 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Sometimes it takes a bad situation to make another bad situation better.  This might be one of those times ....

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Thursday, June 22, 2023
Hawaii finances ‘unsustainable’ without economic growth
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:58 PM :: 2134 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

" ... if the government spending is growing faster than the private sector, then it is unsustainable .... "

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Thursday, June 22, 2023
Green Pours Millions into Housing
By Selected News Articles @ 4:33 PM :: 2197 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Cost of Living

... "We are working with our colleagues, possibly in the next couple of weeks, you will see this housing declaration of emergency, similarly to address some of the bottlenecks on housing," Green said. ....

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Thursday, June 22, 2023
New XO at HI-EMA
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 2050 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

... Don Aweau most recently served with the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a senior advisor ....

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Saturday, June 17, 2023
$1B Budget Cuts 'Wise and Courageous'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:46 PM :: 1864 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Green plans to trim approximately $1 billion from the Legislature’s proposed biennial budget via 22 separate line item vetoes ....

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