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Sunday, April 2, 2023
Legislative Madness
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1992 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... “It’s just four months of chaos" ....

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Friday, March 31, 2023
Creating Positions: Senate WAM Budget Burns Your Tax Cut Money
By News Release @ 7:19 PM :: 1766 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... can you count how many times the word 'adding' is used? ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Bra and Panty Birthday Parties: Lawsuit Details Work Life at Hawaii DOBOR
By Andrew Walden @ 1:52 AM :: 8085 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

"...You must promise me that if things ever get really ugly between the both of us, you will not say a word about this...."

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
This Week’s Testimony from Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:44 PM :: 2026 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The Hawaii State Legislature is off and running again after a brief pause during which the House and Senate exchanged the bills they each had approved ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
Dela Cruz Manipulation? Senate Rejects Green's Pick for DBEDT
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 4166 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Green's pick for #2 at DBEDT is Dane Wicker, a current business partner and former chief of staff to Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz.  If Sadayasu is rejected, Wicker could advance to #1 ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Rookie House Democrats Tout Bills
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 2052 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... 55 bills introduced by the House Majority Freshmen have passed third reading in the House and crossed over to the Senate ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Green Signs First Bills into Law
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 2146 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Judiciary, Law Enforcement, Life

... SB36 amends state law to allow county prosecutors to initiate felony cases by complaints following preliminary hearings and prohibits multiple attempts to initiate a felony prosecution for an offense, except in certain circumstances ....

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Sunday, March 19, 2023
Republican Bills On The Move
By News Release @ 10:25 PM :: 2047 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... The following measures have PASSED the first crossover and are moving to the Senate ....

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023
House passes state budget for third reading
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 1933 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... update on the state budget and the Majority Caucus' legislative priorities ....

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Green Marks First 100 Days as Governor
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 1395 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Gov. Green became Hawaiʻi’s ninth governor on December 5, 2022 and has since managed to fully staff his office ....

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Sunday, March 12, 2023
California’s Surplus to Deficit
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1925 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the revenue that did materialize was spent in a flash ....

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Sunday, March 12, 2023
Good news, bad news at Legislature’s halfway mark
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 AM :: 1938 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The Hawaii Legislature is halfway through its 2023 session ....

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Saturday, March 11, 2023
First Crossover: Republican Legislative Report
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 1987 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... four House Republican Bills Cross Over to Senate ....

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Saturday, March 11, 2023
Kouchi Thanks Green for Releasing Capital Improvement Project Funds for Kauai
By News Release @ 1:57 AM :: 2000 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The Princeville Public Library will receive $2 million ... Kaua‘i High School will receive $1.5 million ....

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Thursday, March 9, 2023
House Finance Committee Approves $18.9 Billion Budget
By News Release @ 3:50 AM :: 1591 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The intention is not to immediately spend the money ....

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Monday, March 6, 2023
Time running out at Legislature for bills hoping to make it to the governor's desk
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:20 PM :: 1682 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... 'Crossover' is March 9, but any bill not out of committee by today likely will be dead ....

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Senate Suddenly Begins Posting Legislative Allowance Expenditure Reports
By News Release @ 12:49 PM :: 2032 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... how are Senators burning your money? ....

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Sunday, February 26, 2023
Five Republican Bills on the Move in the House
By News Release @ 5:48 PM :: 2311 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... The following measures are moving through the legislature ....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
After Bribery Arrests: House Adopts New Rules
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 1958 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... House Rules 29.1–29.3 and 62.5–62.6 incorporate CISC recommendations relating to ethics reform, ethics disclosures, standards of conduct, and conflict of interest ....

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Thursday, February 16, 2023
Shining a Light on the Legislature--Do Anti-Corruption Bills Have a Chance?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:01 AM :: 1880 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Why are some agencies opposing them? ....

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Thursday, February 16, 2023
Green Appoints Evslin, LaChica to House
By News Release @ 1:26 AM :: 1492 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... Luke Evslin will serve House District 16 (Wailuā, Hanamā‘ulu, Kapaia, Līhu‘e, Puhi, portion of ‘Ōma‘o) on Kaua‘i and Trish LaChica will serve House District 37 (Mililani Mauka, Mililani Town, Koa Ridge and Waipi‘o Gentry), on O‘ahu ....

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Monday, February 13, 2023
Governor sends additional budget requests to Legislature
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 1430 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... since taxes are not being cut, lets spend this money ....

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Sunday, February 12, 2023
Get Out, Evil!  Stay In, Good Fortune!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1544 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Japanese celebrate a festival known as Setsubun.  While there are regional variations on how to celebrate it, many of them involve roasted beans and an Oni, or demon ....

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Saturday, February 11, 2023
A ‘Capitol Convo’ about Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:10 PM :: 1777 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... factors that contribute to the state’s high cost of living, such as its high cost of housing, high taxes, boondoggle projects, shortage of medical professionals and more ....

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Saturday, February 11, 2023
‘The more-government stuff doesn’t work’
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:03 PM :: 1535 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii isn’t doing so well ....

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Thursday, February 9, 2023
House Judiciary Committee Rejects Five Ethics Bills
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 1518 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... two bills advance, five deferred ....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023
House Sends Four Campaign Finance Reform Bills to Senate
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 1368 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... will the Senate kill these bills? ....

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Sunday, February 5, 2023
Grassroot Institute hits the ground running in promoting liberty at Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:49 PM :: 1293 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii so far has submitted more than 20 pieces of testimony on bills relating to issues ranging from housing to healthcare ....

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Sunday, February 5, 2023
Did You Meet Your Goals This Year? – Pff, We Don’t Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1363 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Our Legislature’s 2023 session is definitely cranked up now ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2023
Don't let emergency orders become the norm
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:33 PM :: 987 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

... bureaucracy and red tape have become a major barrier to affordable housing in Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Could this be a good year at the Hawaii Legislature?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:54 PM :: 1955 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Small Business, Cost of Living

... we have high hopes for a few ideas that could make a real difference for our state ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Proposed Hawaii State Privacy Laws
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 AM :: 1889 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Small Business

... Hawaii lawmakers introducing consumer privacy bills and biometric privacy bills ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Green's State of the State: What's to like? 
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:38 AM :: 1529 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Most compelling was the governor's proposal to increase tax deductions and support open records, but all the talk about spending was worrisome ....

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Monday, January 23, 2023
VIDEO: State of the State Address
By Video @ 3:18 PM :: 1686 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Gov Josh Green, State of the State address, January 23, 2023 ....

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Saturday, January 21, 2023
​Feds award Hawaii $15.8 million to offset COFA costs
By Selected News Articles @ 5:38 PM :: 1690 Views :: World News, Hawaii State Government

... About 16,300 members of the COFA lived in Hawaii, according to numbers from fiscal year 2022 ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
Let the sun shine in
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:33 AM :: 1411 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The only question is whether they have the political will ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Opening Day for 2023 Legislature
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 1237 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Hawaii targets housing reform as Legislature returns
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 AM :: 1985 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... 156 bills are on the current docket to be introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Green Names New Disaster Advisor and HI-EMA Administrator
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 1815 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

... Luke Meyers is joining the Office of Governor Josh Green, M.D., as the State Disaster Management Advisor (SDMA), with Col. (Ret.) James D.S. Barros named as the new Administrator for the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) ....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023
House Democrats Outline Top Priorities for 2023 Session
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 1509 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... On Wednesday, January 18, 2023, the Hawaiʻi State Legislature will convene ....

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Sunday, January 15, 2023
Transparency by Executive Order? Gov Green responds
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:59 PM :: 1824 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... two dozen community and media organizations suggest changes that could be implemented by executive order ....

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Saturday, January 14, 2023
Prioritizing lists
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 1901 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... The list is directly from the HGEA’s email to members earlier this week, January 9, 2023 ....

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Sunday, January 8, 2023
Akina recaps victories, disappointments of 2022; is optimistic about 2023
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:31 PM :: 2001 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s “wins” over the past year ....

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Sunday, January 1, 2023
Lives Matter
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1753 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... the important thing isn’t money for the sake of money, but whether it’s being used wisely to make our lives better ....

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Saturday, December 31, 2022
Bill Would Ban TikTok on Government Phones and Computers
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:33 PM :: 1581 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... TikTok is known to be mining and storing in China the identities and private information of up to 200 million Americans ....

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Friday, December 30, 2022
Green Announces Seven New Appointees--Pulls Tokioka and Yamane from House
By News Release @ 1:52 AM :: 3327 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Reps. James Tokioka of Kauai and Ryan Yamane of Mililani will resign their seats in the Legislature and start in their new positions next week ....

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022
New Hawaii Laws taking effect January 1, 2023
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 2645 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... fireworks auditing, cigarette tax stamps, ranked choice voting ....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Hawaiʻi Senate Ways and Means Committee releases public briefings schedule for state budget
By News Release @ 2:23 AM :: 1614 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... more than 20 briefings to be held between Jan. 10 and 24 ....  

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Legislature will be awarding Grants-in-Aid for 2023
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 2189 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2023 ....

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Sunday, December 25, 2022
Reforming Hawaii Professional Licensing Laws
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:06 PM :: 2196 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii is the fourth-worst state in the country when it comes to requiring occupational licenses ....

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