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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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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Second Crossover: Complete List of House and Senate Bills
By Andrew Walden @ 3:59 PM :: 3778 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Here is a complete list of the bills under consideration for Third Reading before Crossover....

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Monday, April 7, 2014
Video: Grassroot Institute Think Tank Talk
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:41 PM :: 4185 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Grassroot President Keli’i Akina and Policy Director Malia Hill consider the relationship between think tanks and the development of free market solutions....

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Friday, April 4, 2014
Slom Slims Budget: "If we don't change our course, we are headed for fiscal disaster"
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 7:03 PM :: 4839 Views :: Hawaii State Government
"The numbers are real... The issues are real...The question is the solution.”
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
HCDA ‘Small Business’ Reps: Kobayashi & Mitsunaga
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 7558 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the Kobayashi Group is an investor in a hui that plans to build one or more luxury developments in Kaka’ako....

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Legislative Playbook: Whack-a-Mole With Bad Bills
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 4183 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...sometimes the Legislature feels like a Whack-a-Mole game, where you knock down a bad bill, only to find the contents pop up again in another bill....

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
UH first state department to adopt electronic payroll statements
By News Release @ 12:55 PM :: 5097 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...The new (to the State) application is expected to save money, improve security, and enhance sustainability (everybody else has been doing this for years, but hey) ....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
$58.4M CIP for UH
By News Release @ 5:54 AM :: 4515 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$38,213,000 – Honolulu Community College Advanced Technology Training Center, Oahu....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: People vs. government
By Rachelle Chang @ 4:02 AM :: 5651 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...highlighting those bills that champion taxpayers and residents; and bills that affect our rights and freedoms....

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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Hawaii Legislative Watch: Education
By Rachelle Chang @ 3:58 AM :: 6443 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...highlighting education proposals, spending, and reforms....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Hawaii to run out of cash reserves in 2016
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:51 AM :: 8672 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Constitutionally, the state can only engage in annual deficit spending as long as there are enough cash reserves to absorb these deficits....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Senate Informer: Life of a Bill
By Video @ 2:14 PM :: 4940 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Video traces a bill through Hawaii's legislative process....

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Sunday, March 23, 2014
Legislators Consider Permanent Hunt for Old Child Molesters--Except those Employed by Government
By Selected News Articles @ 10:21 PM :: 6994 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Religion

Two dozen civil lawsuits have been filed during the past two years in what state lawmakers initially intended as a one-time opportunity....

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Sunday, March 23, 2014
Kakaako: Sneaky Legislative Tactic of the Day
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 4771 Views :: Hawaii State Government

If they do not have the votes, they will keep deferring the bill until they get the right mix of senators to pass the bill....

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Friday, March 21, 2014
Auditor: Eight Transportation Special Funds Do Not Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:44 PM :: 3641 Views :: Hawaii State Government

We also found instances where multiple funds were combined as a single fund in reports and did not include specific details of individual funds or accounts....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Reps. Johanson and Fukumoto Mid-Session Report
By Video @ 1:19 AM :: 6242 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Republican Party

Representatives Aaron Ling Johanson, Minority Leader and Beth Fukumoto Minority Floor Leader present a mid-session legislative report for 2014....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Last Year’s $844 Million Surplus is Borrowed from the Future
By Selected News Articles @ 4:49 AM :: 5066 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

The downward forecast means that the state has now fewer projected revenues that could be used to fund some of the proposed spending initiatives....

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Saturday, March 15, 2014
Election Year CIP: Abercrombie Spoons out Another $36.6M
By News Release @ 6:29 AM :: 3927 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$27,695,000 – Kamamalu Building Renovation, Oahu....

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Friday, March 14, 2014
After Mysterious Disappearance, Patricia McManaman Returns as director of the Department of Human Services
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 5259 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Flashback February 9, 2014: Did McManaman Quit Abercrombie Administration or Not?
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Thursday, March 13, 2014
$500M Swept Away by Council on Revenues
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:43 AM :: 4154 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...both the Governor and the House budget drafts are not in balance....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Election Year: Abercrombie Tosses Out Another $64.7M CIP
By News Release @ 10:54 PM :: 4050 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...$64.7 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) that will help stimulate....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
House Approves $211M Judiciary Budget
By News Release @ 9:08 PM :: 4078 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House of Representatives today approved HB1638 HD2, appropriating $161,137,650 for operating expenses and $50,590,000 for capital improvement costs of the Hawaii State Judiciary....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
House Finance Committee Cuts $180M from Abercrombie Budget
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 4298 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...At this point last year, the House had reduced the Governor’s budget by almost $600 million....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Council on Revenues Knocks $478M Hole in Abercrombie Budget
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 6368 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

The council projected zero percent growth for the fiscal year that ends in June, down from 3.3 percent....

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Election Year: Abercrombie Writes Check to Kupuna Care as Medicaid Applicants Get Cut Off
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 4542 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

Meanwhile: Get Medicaid? Lose Kupuna Care....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Informational Briefing on Grants-in-Aid
By News Release @ 11:21 AM :: 4985 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Finance will conduct a joint informational briefing on Chapter 42F, HRS grant applications....

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Full Text: Souki Reprimands Hanohano—conduct “intimidating, disruptive”
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 4761 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

"If it is confirmed by me that a future incident of this nature has occurred, whether at the Capitol or elsewhere, I will immediately remove you from all committee assignments...."

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Friday, March 7, 2014
Ige Slams Abercrombie over Pension Tax Hypocrisy, Morita Appointment
By News Release @ 2:07 AM :: 6444 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Taxes

The governor may not be following the legislative process closely....

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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Rep Wooley Director of Office of Environmental Quality Control
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 7687 Views :: Democratic Party, Environment, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

This is the same worthless job Abercrombie gave to shut Gary Hooser up back in 2011....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Senate Passes More Than 300 Bills
By News Release @ 10:36 PM :: 3128 Views :: Hawaii State Government

In preparation for the first crossover deadline Thursday, the Senate today held a long floor session to move bills out of its chamber so that it may crossover to the House of Representatives....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
House Votes to Move Another 183 Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 3077 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The House now stands in recess and will reconvene to take action on final measures for third reading on Thursday, March 6 at 12 p.m....

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Election Year: Abercrombie Forks Out $164.7M in CIP
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 3711 Views :: Hawaii State Government

News Releases from Office of the Governor ....

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Saturday, March 1, 2014
Complete List of Bills Set for Third Reading in Senate, House March 4
By Andrew Walden @ 5:05 PM :: 5017 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Click on the bill number for Text and Status....

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Saturday, March 1, 2014
House Passes More than 200 Bills on to Senate
By News Release @ 3:27 AM :: 3785 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The body now stands in recess and will reconvene to take action on additional measures up for third reading next week on Tuesday, March 4th at 9 a.m....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Auditor: 11 Special Funds Do not Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 12:33 AM :: 4020 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...although some funds have been repealed or are no longer active, their appropriation accounts have not been closed and balances remain....

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Monday, February 24, 2014
Can they get up? HI Legislature to fund coordinator to help seniors avoid falls
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:59 PM :: 4094 Views :: Hawaii State Government

“Government wants a coordinator for all of life’s risks,” Slom said. “Taxpayers should not fall for more bureaucracy.”....

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Saturday, February 22, 2014
Full Text: Legislators Challenge Abercrombie over Morita Dismissal
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 7779 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living
...William Kaneko, who chairs Abercrombie's re-election campaign, is a former lobbyist for Aina Koa Pono....
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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Budget: Kalbert Young Talks to Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:18 AM :: 4482 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...topics as varied as the illusory nature of the state budget surplus and the demands of rail....

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Friday, February 14, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Dr. Linda Rosen Director, Department of Health
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 3547 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Dr. Rosen’s appointment is subject to state Senate confirmation....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Hawaii legislators reject Azerbaijani Resolutions
By Selected News Articles @ 3:46 AM :: 6633 Views :: World News, Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii legislature publicly debated and then rejected a pair of Azerbaijan-initiated anti-Armenian measures....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Fiscal watchdog disputes Hawaii governor’s surplus claims
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:30 PM :: 5482 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

How vibrant Hawaii’s fiscal health is depends on who you ask....

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Monday, February 10, 2014
Senator Sam Slom Appointed to Special Investigative Committee
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 4716 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...examining allegations of administrative abuses and an ongoing failure to provide a safe work environment at the Hawaii State Hospital....

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Monday, February 10, 2014
Bhagowalia Quits Abercrombie Administration, Flees State
By News Release @ 6:56 PM :: 9524 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Abercrombie today announced the appointment and promotion (resignation) of Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia as Chief Advisor for Technology and Cyber-Security (CIO), effective Feb. 18, 2014....

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Sunday, February 9, 2014
UPDATE: Did McManaman Quit Abercrombie Administration or Not?
By News Release @ 11:50 PM :: 7183 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"I will be out of the office starting 02/07/2014 and will not return until 04/30/2014....."

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Friday, February 7, 2014
SB2149: Combat Fraudulent Liens and Mortgage Filings
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:13 PM :: 5141 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement

Hawaii legislators set to hear a bill to combat fraudulent lien filings on February 11, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. in room 229 at the Hawaii Capitol....

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Friday, February 7, 2014
Clayton Hee: “We give notice we cut you at the knees”
By Andrew Walden @ 2:32 PM :: 8020 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Watch the Senate committee system falling apart....

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Friday, February 7, 2014
Hawaii Aerospace Caucus Explores the Final Frontier
By News Release @ 2:03 AM :: 4669 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

Initiatives include studies for a space exploration R&D park, international flight training center and a laser optical communications ground station in Hawaii....

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Friday, February 7, 2014
Taxes, Transparency, Initiative, Referendum, Recall, Children and More Supported by Legislative Minority
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 1:07 AM :: 4262 Views :: Hawaii State Government

These bills have been set up on the front burner of this year’s legislative agenda after the pre-empted initiative to “Let the People Vote” during last year’s “not -so-special-session” on same-sex marriage....

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Bills on their way to becoming laws that promote fiscal transparency
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 9:27 PM :: 3526 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Two important bills (SB2153 and SB2519) that promote greater fiscal transparency and protections for Hawaii's taxpayers passed the Ways And Means Committee today....

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