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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
We the Powerful! -- Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process
By News Release @ 11:58 PM :: 3561 Views :: Hawaii State Government

These meetings are designed to demystify the State lawmaking process, and will demonstrate ways that you can speak out at the legislature without ever having to leave your home island....

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Full Text: Lt Gov. Tsutsui Inaugural Speech
By News Release @ 2:42 AM :: 5264 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

May God Bless all of you. May God continue to bless our great state, and may God continue to bless the United States of America....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Grassroot Institute Encourages Ige to Consider Budgetary Reforms
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:09 PM :: 3042 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot Institute Commends Ige for Determination to Put People and Prosperity Above Special Interests....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Auditor Slams State Foundation on Culture and the Arts
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 5584 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

...Agencies failed to remit funds resulting in a potential loss of $147,213 in public arts revenues, and in one instance, the special fund received $100,000, when it should have received just $100....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Audit: 67% of 'Exempt' State Positions Vacant
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 6444 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

DHRD’s jurisdiction consisted of 21,783 positions, of which 15,069 were civil service and 6,714 exempt....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Ige Releases 11-Point 'Action Agenda'
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 4400 Views :: Hawaii State Government

State government needs to be agile and efficient, innovative in developing solutions, adaptable to a rapidly changing environment, and above all, accountable to our “customers,” the people of Hawaiʻi....

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Monday, December 1, 2014
Full Text: Ige’s Inaugural Address
By News Release @ 5:50 PM :: 3782 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...looking at new ways to empower schools....

...taking our pioneering experience in pre-paid health care to the next level and not letting bureaucracy get in the way....

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
CATO: Abercrombie Boosted Spending $900M
By Selected News Articles @ 7:48 PM :: 5762 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii taxpayers can now breathe easier because he was defeated in the Democratic primary....

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Hawaii Unfunded Liabilities Could Become a "Broken Promise"
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:39 PM :: 5933 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...the state may one day be forced to break the promise it made to its employees regarding their pensions and benefits....

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Ige Names Fuchigami to Head DoT, Extends Application Deadline
By News Release @ 2:28 PM :: 4917 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Fuchigami had been tapped by Mayor Kirk Caldwell last month to lead the city’s Department of Enterprise Services....

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014
State Retirement Funds Play Tricks on Retirees, Taxpayers
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 5147 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Hawaii has employed gimmicks to give the appearance of fiscal improvements in their entitlement programs....

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Thursday, November 13, 2014
House Announces Committee Chairs, Leadership
By News Release @ 3:13 AM :: 4819 Views :: Hawaii State Government

No Republican Vice-Chairs ....

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Employment Opportunities with the Hawaii State Senate
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 4174 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii State Senate is accepting applications for the 2015 legislative session....

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Saturday, November 8, 2014
Legacy Land Commission Seeks New Members
By News Release @ 8:12 PM :: 5494 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

There are currently three vacancies....

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Saturday, November 8, 2014
Ige Administration Accepting Job Applications
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 4496 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Those interested in joining the Ige-Tsutsui administration may click on the link provided below to begin the online application process....

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Friday, November 7, 2014
Transition: Ige Chooses McCartney, Hiraoka
By Selected News Articles @ 6:18 PM :: 7923 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

McCartney is a former executive director of the Hawaii State Teachers Association....

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Friday, November 7, 2014
David Ige’s Action Plan: “Engineering Hawaii’s Future”
By News Release @ 6:07 PM :: 6357 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

"Hawaiʻi needs leadership that moves us forward collectively instead of favoring special interests."

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Friday, November 7, 2014
Decreases in Federal Funding Require New Path for Hawaii's Policy Makers
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:07 PM :: 5212 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

Emphasis should be on creating opportunity, stronger economy....

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Kim Announces Senate Leadership Team and Committee Chairs
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 5176 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...The only incumbent Democrat to get nothing is Brickwood Galuteria.....

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Your Ballot Explained: Issuing New Bonds
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:33 PM :: 6417 Views :: Agriculture, Development, Hawaii State Government

When Election Day comes, voters never seem to get a chance to reduce government spending....

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Sunday, November 2, 2014
The Great Pension Debate
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5231 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Other states don’t have anything like these exceptions....

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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Five to Boards and Commissions
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 5743 Views :: Hawaii State Government
... Denise Antolini, Denise Albano, Lloyd Haraguchi, Margarita Hopkins and Yukio Kitagawa ....
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Friday, October 24, 2014
Governor Requests Disaster Declaration of Pahoa Lava Flow
By News Release @ 11:28 PM :: 3700 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Emergency protective measures undertaken by Hawaii County include the repair, restoration, and re-establishment of alternate routes in and out of affected communities....

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Friday, October 24, 2014
DLNR Approves Community Management of Haena Fishpond
By News Release @ 9:47 PM :: 4808 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

Near Unanimous Support from Haena Community Results In Historic Decision....

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
S&P Downgrades Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:11 PM :: 4322 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...state tax revenues underperformed what the state's Council on Revenues had forecast for fiscal 2014 (although, in our view, not by as much as officially reported)....

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Saturday, October 18, 2014
UPDATE: Hurricane Ana Takes Aim at Kauai
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 9500 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii State Government

Tropical Storm Warning in effect as Ana takes aim at South Shores of Kauai and Island of Niihau ....

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Budget: Does Hawaii Have a Boom, or a Bust?
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:09 PM :: 4553 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

“...a number of serious hard decisions need to be made financially for our state budget.”

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Ana: Big Island Schools Closed Friday, Governor Issues Emergency Proclamation
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 4660 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

Tropical Storm Ana is expected to strengthen over the next 12 hours, forcing the closure of all Hawaii Island public schools on Friday....

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Hawaii ERS Sticks With Troubled Bond Fund as Others Flee
By Selected News Articles @ 4:23 PM :: 4274 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Billionaire 'Bond King,' Erotic Sneezing Enthusiast, Quits Job Just Ahead Of Firing....

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Friday, October 3, 2014
Hawaii will go bust by 2016, Senate minority leader says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:34 AM :: 5377 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the state is “headed into a situation where there is anticipated fiscal year imbalance” because spending is outpacing revenue....

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Forum: Will Hawaii's State Government Go Bust in 2016?
By News Release @ 7:31 PM :: 5097 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes
Unfunded liabilities, downsized revenue projections & soaring project costs... Do these spell financial disaster for Hawaii's State government?
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
ERP-SURF Integrates Core Hawaii Government Functions
By News Release @ 12:01 AM :: 4709 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the SURF program will integrate core, back office functions including human resources, finance, payroll, acquisition, and more, into a single system....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Ethics: Contractors Give Free Golf to Dozens of State Employees
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 6593 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...Some of the Settling Employees appeared to have accepted free golf on numerous occasions over a period of years....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
Hawaii Department of Human Services Released from Federal Injunction
By News Release @ 6:27 PM :: 3975 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...a February 2011 class action lawsuit for failure to issue Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits within timeframes outlined by federal law....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
Class Action Suit Seeks Treatment for Autistic Children in Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 5770 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...accusing the State of Hawai`i Department of Human Services of denying critically needed treatment for autistic children....

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Friday, September 19, 2014
Abercrombie Releases $335,600 to New Nonprofit Formed by Leader of Carpenter's Union
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 5958 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor
Question: Which one of these things is not like the others?
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
Hawaii $90K 'Administrative Cost' Per Mile of State Roads
By News Release @ 5:45 AM :: 7372 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Connecticut had the next highest administrative costs at $77,000 per mile. Meanwhile in Texas administration costs were less than $4,000 per mile....

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Slom: State Set to go Bust Unless Major Changes Made in 2015
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 5662 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...if the State continues to spend at the current rate Hawaii will use up its general fund carryover balances as early as 2016....

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Hawaii.gov -- 'Best Government Website'
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 4593 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii.gov was named “Best Government Website” today as part of the Web Marketing Association’s 2014 WebAwards....

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Friday, September 12, 2014
DLIR Retakes Occupational Safety Job from OSHA
By News Release @ 12:50 AM :: 5517 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...OSHA and HIOSH have shared regulatory responsibility for Hawaii per an Operational Status Agreement that went into effect in September 2012....

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Friday, September 5, 2014
Hawaii Scores B+ in Government Technology
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 3701 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...B+ grade in e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government’s (CDG) biennial Digital States Survey. The grade is an improvement from a B- in 2012....

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Sunday, August 31, 2014
Pension Tax: How Did Your Legislator Vote?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:40 PM :: 7791 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...find your state representative and determine how he or she voted every time the pension tax was up...

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Sunday, August 31, 2014
Report: These Five States Have Highest Liability Per Taxpayer
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:39 PM :: 6085 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics
“Sinkhole States” — are Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Hawaii....
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Friday, August 29, 2014
FEMA Rejection Shows Lack of Leadership by Schatz
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 8001 Views :: Hawaii County , Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...The rejection of the disaster declaration shows the people of Hawaii that Schatz has no influence where it matters most....

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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Report: Hawaii Ranks in Top 6 States for Open Data
By News Release @ 1:58 PM :: 5128 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

The six top-scoring states are Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah....

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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Iselle Emergency Proclamation Updated
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 3816 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Insurance Division also outlined resources and advice for affected families and businesses dealing with their insurance companies....

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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Do We Really Want to Starve the Golden Goose?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4651 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Department of Taxation employees were able to answer the phone only 59% of the time in 2013....

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Friday, August 8, 2014
Major storms hit Hawaii after lawmakers raid hurricane fund
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:11 PM :: 4996 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state’s $126 million hurricane relief fund has nearly run dry after the state Legislature snatched the funds to balance the budget in 2011....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Abercrombie: We can’t go back
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 5231 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

...we have an opportunity to continue the course that we’ve charted. We can’t go back....

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Ige Unveils Action Plan for Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:46 PM :: 5440 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians
...‘Engineering Hawaii’s Future’....
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