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Friday, July 25, 2014
Retiree Healthcare: Hawaii's $3.5B Magic Trick
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 7665 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...Can anything be in worse condition than unfunded government pensions? Unfortunately, yes – and it’s called OPEB....

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Friday, July 25, 2014
Lawmakers Highlight Need for More Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 5:15 AM :: 5634 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...50,000 new units needed to be built between 2012 and 2016 to meet demands....

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
$15.45B Report: 560 Big Construction Projects for Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 6438 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Rail

...we identified significant public and private infrastructure projects that are “on the books” over the next 20 years....

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Spotlight on 2014 Hawaii laws
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:42 AM :: 4462 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie called it “a year of progress.” Read through the new laws and decide for yourselves....

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Sunday, July 20, 2014
HB2427: One Stroke of the Pen
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 6008 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Labor

...the CLEAR facility is located at UH West Oahu, and that campus testifies that it is okay with scrapping the CLEAR fund....

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Thursday, July 17, 2014
More Appointments Rushed for LUC, HHFDC
By News Release @ 4:25 AM :: 4026 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Jonathan Scheuer to the Land Use Commission, as well as Rona Fukumoto and Edwin Taira to the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Three to BLNR
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 5678 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

...Vernon Char, Ulalia Woodside and Christopher Yuen....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Two to Ethics Commission
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 4387 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie today announced the reappointment of David O’Neal as well as the appointment of Melinda Wood to the State Ethics Commission....

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Unfunded liabilities leave HI taxpayers ‘drowning in debt,’ fiscal watchdog says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:39 PM :: 6874 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...the administration “performing a $4 billion magic trick”....

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Abercrombie Vetoes 7 Bills, 6 Become Law without Signature
By News Release @ 12:50 AM :: 3931 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...After reviewing 245 measures passed by the 2014 Hawaii State Legislature, Abercrombie today notified legislators of his decision to veto seven bills and to allow six bills to become law without his signature....

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Thursday, July 3, 2014
Volunteers Sought for Vacancies Opening Up on Boards and Commissions as Ethics law Takes Effect
By News Release @ 4:42 PM :: 4532 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

individuals looking to serve the public should apply for state board or commission openings that will occur as Senate Bill 2682 takes effect on July 8....

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Thursday, July 3, 2014
Stay seated: Hawaii will pay $81K for fall-prevention coordinator
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:31 PM :: 3968 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii seems compelled to pay someone — rather handsomely — to offer such ubiquitous and common-sense advice....

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Abercrombie Jets off to Yacht Club to Sign Bills
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 4103 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

In another first, Gov. Neil Abercrombie today at Hilo Yacht Club enacted measures....

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Monday, June 30, 2014
16 Bills Signed into Law
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 5457 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Office of Elections

Abercrombie today signed House Bill 2590 (Act 166), a measure that will allow voter registration at absentee polling places beginning in 2016 and late voter registration, including on Election Day, beginning in 2018....

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Ige, Slom Question Possible 'Financial Disclosure' Veto
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 6709 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...This is just an example of the "same old, same old," where the Governor and his appointees get to wield power with a distinct lack of public scrutiny....

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Abercrombie Sends Notice to Veto 10 Bills
By News Release @ 5:25 AM :: 4492 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...he must either veto or sign by July 8, 2014, or allow them to become law without his signature....

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Ward Questions DoT Plan for Kalanianaole Hwy
By News Release @ 4:07 AM :: 4901 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

“It took 4 years to add 2 lanes to the old 4-lane Kalanianaole Highway while at the same time paving 6 lanes...."

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Saturday, June 21, 2014
Criminal, Energy, Emergency, Agriculture--Abercrombie Signs Bills
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 3602 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today signed....

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
High Tech Development Corp still relying on carbon paper and typewriters
By Selected News Articles @ 2:20 AM :: 5361 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

HTDC still relying on carbon paper and typewriters to draft communications with the state, which she says causes more work in the end for her staff....

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Monday, June 16, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Members to BLNR, HTA
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 7173 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Land Use, Tourism

Both are interim appointments subject to state Senate approval....

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Monday, June 16, 2014
Writ to Watch: Oahu Publications, Inc. v. Neil Abercrombie
By Robert Thomas @ 7:31 PM :: 5954 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

On June 13, 2014, the HAWSCT accepted cert in Oahu Publications, Inc., dba The Honolulu Advertiser v. Neil Abercrombie....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Rep Wooley Replacement from Secret List
By News Release @ 5:15 AM :: 6223 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Gov. Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointment of George Okuda to the state House of Representatives seat for District 48....

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Paychecks Hawaii Ratings of the 2014 Legislature
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 6520 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Small Business
Lawmakers are rated on their support and advocacy for small business and an improved business climate....
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Slom: Abercrombie Should Cut $46M from CIP not DoE
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 6829 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government
...House Finance chair blames mistake on governor's last-minute Turtle Bay deal....
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Friday, June 6, 2014
Will State Lose $800M in Fed Funding Due to Governor Abercrombie?
By News Release @ 12:03 AM :: 5954 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Since Abercrombie’s tenure as governor, hundreds of millions of dollars that should have been used to repair deteriorating highways and bridges have set untapped....

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Friday, May 23, 2014
Abercrombie Releases CIP for Prisons, Mental Hospital
By News Release @ 4:29 AM :: 5992 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $46 million for various capital improvement projects....

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
Sen. Sam Slom: Legislative Session in Review
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:30 PM :: 5193 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Senator Slom addresses issues facing Hawaii and our State government....

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Sunday, May 18, 2014
The Turtle Bay Gut and Replace Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6790 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government

...something remarkable happened in the last days of our legislative session....

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Saturday, May 17, 2014
Chamber of Commerce 23 Harmful Bills Stopped in Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 5:15 AM :: 6055 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

Of the 54 bills harmful to business that were introduced this session that we tracked, 23 bills were stopped....

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Friday, May 16, 2014
Search Tool: Where Politicians Spend Your Money
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:38 PM :: 5364 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Sen. Malama Solomon’s office has turned in the most for allowance reimbursements at more than $21,000....

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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Hawaii welfare cheat gets 57 months in federal prison
By Malia Zimmerman @ 1:28 PM :: 5656 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

Vaughn G. Sherwood sentenced to 57 months for stealing $200,000 in government benefits....

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
DoT Director Glenn Okimoto Flees Abercrombie Administration
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 7293 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the name of Okimoto's interim replacement, Ford Fuchigami, pops up on page 14 of the sex-harassment lawsuit ....

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Saturday, May 3, 2014
State Senate Adjourns Session Approving More than 240 Bills
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 3906 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii State Senate today adjourned the 2014 session passing more than 240 bills....

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
House Passes Final Group of Bills for 2014 Session
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 3813 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Measures relate to state budget, minimum wage, TAT, Health Connector, seniors, invasive species, mandatory kindergarten, police misconduct, abuse of minors....

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Thursday, May 1, 2014
Budget: Spend now, pay later
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 5:34 PM :: 4674 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Senator Sam Slom said  "It is not a budget, it is a spending bill."
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Legislature Passes State Budget
By News Release @ 6:47 PM :: 6546 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

The budget, which provides $6.189 billion in general funds and $12.147 billion in all means of financing, was characterized by House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke as measured and prudent....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
VIDEO: House Republicans Speak out on State Budget
By Video @ 6:41 PM :: 6581 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Republican Party

VIDEO: House Republicans speak out on Hawaii State Budget during final debate today....

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Monday, April 28, 2014
$52.4M CIP for Public Housing Renovation, DHS IT Planning
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 4269 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Design funds for plans to modernize the case management system for the Social Services Division. The current system is approximately 25-years-old....

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
Complete List of Bills up for Final reading in House and Senate
By Andrew Walden @ 1:55 PM :: 4329 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...bills up for final reading in the Senate and House on Tuesday, April 29....

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Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Power of the Money Committees
By News Release @ 3:29 AM :: 4086 Views :: Hawaii State Government

A quick glance at the table below, and you see how powerful the money committees are....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Ige: Pay for Turtle Bay by Refinancing Hawaii Convention Center
By News Release @ 5:17 PM :: 6973 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government

"It would be an opportunity for us to within the existing resources acquire the easement." --Ige

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
VIDEO: Grassroot Institute Looks at One Party States Idaho and Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:17 PM :: 5364 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

...the lack of meaningful competition between political parties can be stifling to new ideas, regardless of the underlying ideology....

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Monday, April 21, 2014
$335M Airport CIP Released
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 3693 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $335 million for various capital improvement projects....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
House Republican Leaders Address Budget Negotiations
By Video @ 3:05 PM :: 4840 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Representative Aaron Ling Johanson, Minority leader and Representative Beth Fukumoto Chang, Minority Floor Leader address the House of Representatives Budget at Mid-session in 2014.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
HCDA Restructuring Among Bills Landing on Abercrombie's Desk
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 5012 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government

HB1866 HD2 SD2 is one of a number of bills that originated in the House, was amended by the Senate, and now goes to the Governor for his review....

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Law would give Hawaii gov’t unprecedented emergency powers
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:46 AM :: 5497 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

...the governor and the mayors of Kauai; Maui; Hawaii; and the city and county of Honolulu, encompassing Oahu, are authorized to use all services, materials and facilities owned by partnerships, corporations and small businesses, including media outlets....

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Sunday, April 13, 2014
Conference Committee: Let the Games Begin!
By News Release @ 3:05 AM :: 3586 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Bullies get pushier; dealers posture; trouble-makers know just when and where to light the match....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hawaii gets better marks for new online transparency system
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:06 AM :: 4423 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

The government watchdog group called this a “huge improvement” for Hawaii, because in the past the state received an “F” grade....

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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Auditor Updates Progress on Public Housing, Charter Schools
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 5004 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

The 2008 Legislature amended the Auditor’s governing statute to require follow-up reporting on recommendations made in various audit reports....

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
House passes over 150 measures on second crossover
By News Release @ 6:36 PM :: 4530 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The majority of these bills, along with House bills passed by the Senate, will go into conference committees where House and Senate conferees will negotiate differences in the measures and determine which will be presented for final consideration....

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