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Friday, January 31, 2014
Hawaii AG: Trans-Pac Partnership Endangers State Tobacco Revenues
By News Release @ 1:51 PM :: 5533 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

Attorney General David M. Louie joined 46 fellow state and territorial attorneys general in signing a letter sent to the U.S. Trade Representative....

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Friday, January 31, 2014
Campaign Season: Abercrombie Spoons out Another $20M CIP
By News Release @ 12:40 PM :: 3700 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...$20 million for various capital improvement projects (CIP) administered by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources....

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Thursday, January 30, 2014
DLNR Invites Comment on Statewide Outdoor Recreation Plan
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 4179 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...informational meetings about the 2014 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan ....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Hawaii’s minority leaders push for more power for the people
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:43 PM :: 5525 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Hawaii is the only state without any form of referendum, recall and initiative on a statewide level....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
VIDEO: Hawaii House, Senate Republicans Join Forces
By Video @ 10:04 PM :: 6503 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, Taxes

Senator Slom and Representative Aaron Ling Johanson and his fellow House Republicans are introducing companion legislation that includes financial relief for every taxpayer in Hawaii....

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Monday, January 27, 2014
Nominations Closing for State Water Commission
By News Release @ 11:34 PM :: 4069 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The nominating committee for the state Commission on Water Resource Management (Water Commission) is still accepting applications for one (1) position on the commission....

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Hawaii's $9,000 million Deficit, not $850 million Surplus
By Selected News Articles @ 11:34 PM :: 5608 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

The Governor's $850 million Surplus is imaginary, given his $9,000 million Retirement System Deficit....

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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Abercrombie: $28.3M for NELHA, DURF, FTZ, HCDA
By News Release @ 10:07 PM :: 4245 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$9,694,000 – Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA) Frontage Road and New Intersection Connections, Hawaii Island – Construction of a 0.8-mile frontage road....

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Saturday, January 25, 2014
Auditor: State Laws Sufficient to Protect Against Diploma Mills
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:25 PM :: 4996 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

House Bill No. 1200, House Draft 2, is not needed to comply with the Higher Education Act of 1965 and other flaws in the bill do not warrant its enactment....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Hawaii Pedestrian Plan Wins National Recognition
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 4624 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

...the first in the nation to have a statewide, pedestrian-only focus....

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Minority leaders dispute governor’s claims that Hawaii is on solid financial ground
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:23 PM :: 5178 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

"the governor is not getting high marks for performance from real people.”

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Thursday, January 23, 2014
Kelii Akina: Fiscal Responsibility with Community Focus
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:32 AM :: 3591 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...“best practices” for a healthier state economy. Listen to the entire interview....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Full Text: Office of Information Management Report to Legislature
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 3945 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Areas Where the Transformation Effort Fell Short in 2013....

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Ige: $844M Surplus Direct Result of $800M Cuts in Abercrombie Spending
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 3383 Views :: Hawaii State Government

We must address the unfunded liabilities of public employees before we can truly begin talking about a surplus in the budget....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Full Text: State of the State Address
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 3664 Views :: Hawaii State Government

I believe we may be able to reduce taxes in key areas....

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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Furloughs: Abercrombie Caught in Lie as He Launches First Campaign Ad
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 9685 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Politicians

Sound financial management required making tough decisions and hard choices. All with NO furloughs** (this is a lie, Abercrombie continued Furloughs, renamed as DLWOP Days)....

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Sunday, January 19, 2014
Four Bills in House, Senate Democrat Package
By News Release @ 2:34 PM :: 6493 Views :: Democratic Party, Environment, Hawaii State Government

This is the first combined House-Senate Majority package since 2008....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
House Republican Caucus 2014 Legislative Package
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 4860 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party
“Empowering Hawaii’s People to Improve Our Quality of Life”
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Friday, January 17, 2014
State CON Laws Drive up Health Care Costs
By NCPA @ 1:53 PM :: 4189 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

Thirty-six states (including Hawaii) require that health care providers seeking to offer or expand their services obtain what are known as Certificates of Need (CON)....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Should ERS Project 8% Rate of Return?
By NCPA @ 1:41 PM :: 4187 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

Today, riskier investments appear to improve public pension funding. Current accounting rules mean that riskier investments are given higher expected rates of return....

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Friday, January 17, 2014
Audit: Repealed Special Fund Accounts Never Closed
By News Release @ 3:14 AM :: 3632 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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Thursday, January 16, 2014
House Approves 2014 Committee Assignments
By News Release @ 3:51 PM :: 3867 Views :: Hawaii State Government

This morning, the House voted to approve HR2, which details changes to committee assignments as follows....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Omnibus Laden With $744M Federal Pork for Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:18 AM :: 6168 Views :: National News, Hawaii State Government

... more than $744 million directly for Hawaii projects ....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Sen. Sam Slom Opening Day Comments
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 10:49 PM :: 5344 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

Many of us are glad that 2013 is behind us, because the year did not live up to expectations of change or measurable improvement and was difficult for our local families and small businesses....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Speaker Souki Opening Day Remarks
By News Release @ 10:32 PM :: 3788 Views :: Hawaii State Government

My fellow members and guests, aloha and welcome to the 2014 Regular Session of the Hawaii State Legislature....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Opening Day: Johanson Outlines Republican Caucus Goals
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 5017 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

These include citizen participation in democracy and government, a high cost of living, educational opportunities, and the health of our people....

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Opening Day Legislative Preview
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 3924 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii state legislature opens today at 10 a.m....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Budget Solvency: Hawaii Ranks 47th
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 6251 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... state budget challenges have far outlasted the Great Recession ....

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Monday, January 13, 2014
Former KITV Weatherman to Head Abercrombie Communications
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 3828 Views :: Hawaii State Government
Fujioka will work alongside other team members who are also stepping into new roles....
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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Abercrombie: Less Revenue--What, Me Worry?
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 3498 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Abercrombie today commented on the state Council on Revenues’ revised forecast....

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Thursday, January 9, 2014
Insurance Div Submits Four Reports to Legislature
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 3323 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Annual Report of the Insurance Division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs....

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Sunday, January 5, 2014
OPEB, Pre-K and a 10% Reserve: Abercrombie Says we can Have it all
By News Release @ 12:25 PM :: 3667 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...But fiscal sustainability is essential; to this we remain committed....

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Friday, January 3, 2014
Governor Releases $9.3 Million for Various CIPs Statewide
By News Release @ 11:38 AM :: 4287 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$4,742,845 – Department of Public Safety Facilities....

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Thursday, January 2, 2014
DCCA: 300 Mortgage Loan Originators Lose License
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 5614 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...a list of more than 300 mortgage loan originators (MLOs) and mortgage loan originator companies (MLOCs) that failed to renew their licenses....

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Saturday, December 28, 2013
$14.3M CIP for Harbors, Highways Statewide
By News Release @ 1:37 PM :: 4209 Views :: Hawaii State Government

$3,055,000 (in addition to $10,200,000 in federal funds) – Farrington Highway Intersection Improvements at Nanakuli Avenue and Haleakala Ave....

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Saturday, December 28, 2013
House, Senate Schedule Committee Hearings on Budget
By News Release @ 12:47 AM :: 4188 Views :: Hawaii State Government
  • DATE: Monday, January 06 - 14, 2014
  • PLACE: Auditorium, State Capitol
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Gary Gill Appointed Temporary Health Dep’t Director
By News Release @ 6:49 PM :: 5224 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...the Governor has until Feb. 9, 2014, to name a permanent director....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Full Text: Hawaii State Auditor Gets Audited
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 4282 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...we reviewed the system of quality control of the Hawaii Office of the Auditor in effect for a three-year compliance period from 2011 to 2013....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
$3.46M CIP for Hawaii Film Studio
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 5452 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

...$3.46 million in capital improvement project (CIP) funds for the Hawaii Film Studio, including a new production and multipurpose building....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Abercrombie Releases $74M Airport CIP
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 4135 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...capital improvement projects (CIPs) that further invest in Hawaii’s airports....

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Friday, December 20, 2013
Panos: Helmet Law, Jones Act Repeal Top Wish List for 2014
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:58 PM :: 6149 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Rail

My first transportation wish for 2014: Hawaii needs a motorcycle helmet law....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Airports Division Signs $518M Energy Contract
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 5063 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government

...to design, manage and install energy efficiency measures that will upgrade facilities, reduce energy usage by about 49 percent and with additional operational improvements save a total of $518 million at 12 state-operated airports....

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Monday, December 16, 2013
FULL TEXT: Abercrombie Releases Supplemental Budget
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 3536 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Abercrombie Administration on Monday submitted its Executive Supplemental Budget for Fiscal Biennium 2013-2015 and updated Program and Financial Plan for 2013-2019 to the state Legislature....

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Friday, December 13, 2013
Election Season: Abercrombie Gives $3M to Nonprofits
By News Release @ 8:25 PM :: 3619 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Abercrombie today announced the release of more than $3.03 million for various capital improvement grants to Hawaii-based nonprofit organizations whose missions benefit ....

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Friday, December 13, 2013
Hawaii’s retirement system tackles $8.5 billion shortfall
By Malia Zimmerman @ 7:54 PM :: 5038 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes
About 2,000 state and county employees retire each year, but will there be enough money to pay their retirement, disability and other benefits?
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Senate Committees Set Two-Day Budget Briefing
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 4175 Views :: Hawaii State Government
  • DATE: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
  • TIME: 1:30 p.m.
  • PLACE: Auditorium, State Capitol
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Saturday, December 7, 2013
Abercrombie Finds $844M, Wants to Spend it on Preschool Vouchers
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 5295 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Abercrombie today announced that the State of Hawaii ended fiscal year 2013 with a positive fund balance of $844 million....

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Thursday, December 5, 2013
"We the Powerful!" Discover the Public's Power in the Legislative Process
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 3687 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....

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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Senate Committees to Examine ERS Financial status
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 5622 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...informational briefing is to provide the legislature with an update on the ERS’ financial status and actuarial valuation report prepared by Gabriel Roeder Smith and Company....

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
State of Hawaii Sued for Short-Changing Foster Parents and Children
By News Release @ 10:44 PM :: 6260 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...violating federal law by failing to pay foster parents enough to adequately care for the foster children in their homes....

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