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Friday, July 7, 2023
HHFDC Gives Solar Farm Control of Waianae Affordable Housing Complex
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 1527 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 :: 1759 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 :: 1667 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 :: 3481 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 :: 2396 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 :: 2068 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 :: 2163 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 :: 2233 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 :: 2080 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 :: 1883 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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Saturday, June 17, 2023
How Grassroot Institute is working for a better Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:16 PM :: 2083 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

... Grassroot Institute “actually proposed 15 model bills this year that were introduced and got one across the finish line, which was the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact” ....

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Saturday, June 17, 2023
What you need to know about property taxes in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:57 PM :: 2736 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Hawaii property tax rates thus can be low because the counties that assess and collect them do not have to cover the cost of public schools ....

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Green Cuts $1B from Budget--Kills First Responder Campus Scheme
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 1741 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Don Dela Cruz is not a happy boy ....

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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Foley hails inroads on corruption
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:32 PM :: 1814 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... progress was made in the fight to improve transparency and accountability ....

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Saturday, June 10, 2023
DelaCruz uses HIEMA in First Responder Campus Dog n Pony Show
By News Release @ 2:03 AM :: 2089 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military, Police

..  Dela Cruz sales pitch for latest boondoggle ....

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Sunday, June 4, 2023
Hawaii’s Shadow Budget
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2165 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

“...ready, fire, aim....”

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Hawaii governor still has long list of bills to sign
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 1946 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... House Bill 954 would increase the personal exemption from $1,444 to $2,288 beginning with the 2023 tax year and increase the standard deduction ....

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Saturday, May 27, 2023
HDoT Reopens HNL Runway--sort of
By News Release @ 4:01 AM :: 1932 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

... Nightly closures of runway 8L from 5 p.m. and 7 a.m. will be needed for a 140-day period to complete the improvements to the runway ....

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Friday, May 26, 2023
Line Item Veto of Slush Fund ‘the responsible thing to do'
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:10 PM :: 1895 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii’s taxpayers have paid about $1.5 billion in just the past two years for housing, but “Where’s all the affordable housing?” ....

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Monday, May 22, 2023
Green Touts 'Progress' in First Six Months
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 1577 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The main areas where progress was cited were affordable housing, homelessness, the high cost of living, healthcare, education, and the environment ....

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Sunday, May 21, 2023
Another Rainy Day Slush Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1982 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The HHRF shut down in 2002.  It's fund still has $186.7M today ....

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Friday, May 19, 2023
VIDEO: What went well — and wrong — at the 2023 Hawaii Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:51 AM :: 1806 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... an inside look at the 2023 Hawaii legislative session ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
‘Defense wins championships’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:03 AM :: 2081 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Since bad bills tend to outnumber good ones, that means we played a lot of defense ....

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Saturday, May 13, 2023
‘One step forward, one step back’ was Legislature’s MO
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 2088 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Small Business

... the Legislature approved a bill authorizing the state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which will help alleviate the state’s doctor shortage, but shelved other licensure compact bills that would have applied to nurses and other healthcare professionals. It also failed to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax ....

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Saturday, May 13, 2023
Biggest Budget Increase Ever: The good, bad and ‘mostly ugly’ at 2023 Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:41 PM :: 2084 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... “The budget is increasing by 30% this year,” Kent said, far exceeding last year’s record increase of 17% and breaking the state’s constitutionally mandated spending limit as well, which can be bypassed by a two-thirds vote .... 

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Friday, May 12, 2023
Hawaii DoE Legislative Wrap-up
By News Release @ 5:31 PM :: 2064 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

... The Department had a successful legislative session, with five out of the seven administrative bills we advocated for being passed ....

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Projected state surplus vanishes in face of planned higher spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:29 PM :: 2181 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The Legislature's proposed spending plan for fiscal 2024 could result in a state budget deficit of $45 million by fiscal 2028, if OK'd by the governor ....

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Monday, May 8, 2023
DoI to End 'Compact Impact' Payments
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 2294 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

... More than half of these populations now reside in the continental United States and an estimated 43% are U.S. citizens ....

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Sunday, May 7, 2023
Join us for our annual overview of what went down at the Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:36 PM :: 2069 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... On Maui, Hawaii Island and Oahu, Grassroot Institute staffers will take a look at the ups and downs of this year's legislative session ....

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Saturday, May 6, 2023
Legislature on track to violate state's legal spending limit
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:56 PM :: 2439 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The proposed budget is $668 million more than the governor requested and doesn't even include almost 30 other measures that require funding ....

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Saturday, May 6, 2023
Dela Cruz News: Conference Committee Sneaks $200M Slush Fund into Budget
By Andrew Walden @ 7:48 AM :: 2608 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Apparently the Governor is becoming the appropriator--constitutionally a function of the Legislature .... 

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Saturday, May 6, 2023
HTA Funding? $30M Magically Appears After Legislature Zeroes out Budget
By News Release @ 6:20 AM :: 2391 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

“HTA is thankful that the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the Legislature agreed on a funding approach that will allow HTA to continue...."

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Saturday, May 6, 2023
Sine Die: Green Calls Session Success
By News Release @ 6:10 AM :: 2059 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...Green would like to thank the legislature for its collaboration...."

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Saturday, May 6, 2023
Green Names Tokioka head of DBEDT
By News Release @ 5:31 AM :: 2520 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

... how will this help Dela Cruz make money on Aloha Stadium? ....

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Saturday, May 6, 2023
Mana Moriarty to head Office of Consumer Protection
By News Release @ 5:03 AM :: 2681 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The Executive Director of OCP is the consumer counsel for the State of Hawai‘i ....

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Friday, May 5, 2023
HB600: Safe Routes to School
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 2138 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

... empower the State, county, schools, and community members to directly collaborate on efforts to make streets safer ....

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Friday, May 5, 2023
Sine Die: House Leaders Tout Budget
By News Release @ 5:37 PM :: 2015 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... On closing day, the House passed the final version of the state budget and priority fiscal bills ....

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Thursday, May 4, 2023
Chair of State Council on Developmental Disabilities Indicted for International Financial Fraud
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 3028 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... a years-long scheme to steal millions of dollars from American consumers’ bank accounts ....

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023
He'eia: DOBOR Spews Filth into Harbor for Eight Years--Now DoH Grabs Control of Budget
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 2150 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Hawaii State Government

... After eight years of inaction, DoH forced DOBOR's hand by grabbing control of their budget ....

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Sunday, April 30, 2023
Grassroot Institute Week in Review
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:40 PM :: 2369 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Taxes

... Grassroot Institute in the news ....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023
​2023 Hawaii legislative wrap-up: the highlights and the lowlights
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:11 PM :: 2093 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is hosting events across the state in May to discuss how key measures fared at the Legislature this year ....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Conference Committee Approves Budget Bill
By News Release @ 9:56 PM :: 2128 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... A final version of the State Budget Bill (HB300 CD1) was approved last night by Senate and House conferees ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
Grassroot Institute Legislative Week in Review
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:00 PM :: 1960 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... testimony submitted during the past week includes ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
Are you ready to hear the real facts about OIP?
By News Release @ 6:26 AM :: 2521 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... people often make inaccurate assumptions about what OIP is and what it does ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
TANF Hoarding, Continued
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2222 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii was called out by the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica in 2022 for letting TANF money gather dust in some dark corner instead of putting it to use helping families and children ....

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
Conference Committee: Fraud, fictitious claims, and campaign funds
By News Release @ 10:25 PM :: 2231 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... House and Senate conferees began negotiations today on judiciary measures relating to fraud, fictitious claims, and campaign funds ....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Secret Conference Committee Tracking System
By Andrew Walden @ 12:11 AM :: 2232 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... this is not easy to find ....

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Friday, April 14, 2023
HB300: Senate Sends Draft of State Budget Back to House
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 2078 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The Senate's version of HB300 for the biennium budget covering fiscal years 2024 (FY24) and 2025 (FY25) includes appropriations of $11,652,494,699 and $9,942,927,794 in general funds, respectively. Additionally, the bill allocates $19,840,434,756 in FY24 and $18,151,811,832 in FY25 for all means of financing. ...

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Second Crossover: House Approves 77 More Senate Bills
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 1942 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... These bills now head back to the Senate for their consideration ....

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Bribery: Rep Ty Cullen gets 24 Months Prison
By News Release @ 5:49 AM :: 2384 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Cullen accepted bribery payments on eight (8) separate occasions over the course of several years ....

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