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Monday, August 9, 2021
HDoT: Global Warming Can be a Real Money Spinner for us
By News Release @ 5:43 PM :: 2210 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government

... you believe so we get billions ....

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Friday, August 6, 2021
Ige Mandates Vax or Testing for Public Employees--Unions Resist
By News Release @ 2:43 AM :: 2879 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Beginning Aug. 16, 2021, all State and county employees must provide their vaccination status to their department ....

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Thursday, August 5, 2021
Are Hawaii's government finances really so bad? Yes. Find out why.
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:10 AM :: 2894 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii’s finances are in worse shape than our state and county officials would have us believe ....

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Monday, August 2, 2021
Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:38 PM :: 3083 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... many Hawaii residents were disappointed by the failure of the Legislature to approve HB103, which would have placed limits on the governor’s emergency powers ....

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Saturday, July 17, 2021
Coalitions are the key to change
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:16 PM :: 2393 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

... Put together a coalition of voices behind one cause and you instantly become “strong,” worthy of attention ....

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Friday, July 9, 2021
Special Session Totals: Six Overrides, Three Amendments
By News Release @ 12:10 AM :: 2035 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The Governor has until Thursday, July 22 to act on HB1299 and SB589. ...

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Ige Announces Final 26 Vetoes
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 3128 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... Ige announced that he has vetoed 26 of the 28 bills on his Intent to Veto list ....

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Go X Celebrates Hawai‘i’s Electric Foot Scooter Law
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 2910 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

... Electric foot scooter bill signed into law (Act 174) ....

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Sunday, July 4, 2021
Intent to Veto--the Enola Gay Frankenbill
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2575 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Hopefully, the bad stuff will die and remain dead ....

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Friday, July 2, 2021
Let's not forget what makes July Fourth special
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:25 PM :: 2311 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... it would be appropriate if our legislators spent some of that time addressing the balance of powers and the emergency management statute that has ruled our lives for the past year ....

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
​Funding the Hawaii Tourism Authority: TAT vs General Fund…Or?
By UHERO @ 12:04 AM :: 2859 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... According to the U.S. Travel Association, fourteen state tourism offices are funded either partly or entirely by a statewide lodging tax ....

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Ige's intent-to-veto list praised for being 'fiscally responsible'
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:09 PM :: 2216 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii CEO Keli'i Akina says the list reflects a commendable effort to avoid increasing Hawaii's taxpayer burden ....

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Monday, June 21, 2021
Ige Releases 'Intent to Veto' List
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 2031 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Gov. David Ige has notified legislative leaders and key lawmakers of his intent to veto 28 out of 268 bills passed during the 2021 Hawai‘i legislative session .... 

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Monday, June 21, 2021
Four More Unlicensed Crypto Currency Dealers for Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 3117 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Admittance into the DCIL enables the companies to conduct business in Hawaii without first obtaining a state money transmitter license ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
UHERO: Should the Counties Get a Share of the Transient Accommodation Tax?
By UHERO @ 11:05 PM :: 2676 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... The Legislature’s decision to strip the county’s share of TAT revenues is certainly a stark change from just a few years ago ....

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Monday, June 7, 2021
Ige Signs Emergency Order Linking Reopening to Vaccination rate
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 2934 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, COVID-19

... eviction moratorium extended, procurement law restored ....

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Thursday, June 3, 2021
Hawaii pension funds are only 55% funded
By Tax Foundation @ 4:45 AM :: 2469 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii pension funds rank 42nd in USA ....

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021
HGEA Membership Approves Contract
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 4948 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...  HGEA requires voter ID to cast ballot.  UPW has some fun Q&A about ballot handling issues ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
Ige Seeks BLNR Nominees
By News Release @ 6:23 AM :: 2293 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... currently, the designated Maui and O‘ahu land district seats are open ....

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Thursday, May 20, 2021
UIPA Requests for FY2020
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 2009 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... data about Hawaii’s open records law collected by 284 state, county, and independent agencies on their UIPA Record Request Logs for FY 2020 ....

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
HDOT Wins $31.7M by Suing Software Contractor
By News Release @ 10:41 PM :: 1690 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Ciber was hired in 2008 to design and implement a financial accounting system, on an Oracle software platform ....

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Saturday, May 15, 2021
Rep Ward: "It's clearly time to open up the State Capitol"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:25 AM :: 2653 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The State Capitol has been closed since March of 2020 when the pandemic began, and unlike other State and government buildings across our State, the Capitol has remained closed to the public ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
DoT Hosts Public Meetings for 'Statewide Transportation Improvement Program'
By News Release @ 9:15 PM :: 1796 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"... The STIP is a four-year programming implementation document that identifies State and County transportation projects to be funded in part with federal funds ...."

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Friday, May 7, 2021
Creating Facts on the Ground: Stadium Authority Rushes Decision to Demolish Aloha Stadium
By News Release @ 3:45 AM :: 4259 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

... In a special Stadium Authority Board Meeting this morning (Thursday, May 6), the Board confirmed and voted for an early demolition of the existing stadium location ....

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Thursday, May 6, 2021
Senate Reorganizes Leadership, Committees
By News Release @ 2:31 PM :: 2230 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... appointment of Senator Dru Kanuha (District 3 – Kona and Kaʻū) as the new Senate Majority Leader ....

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Sunday, May 2, 2021
Legislators Sum up 2021 Session
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 3183 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... The Governor has until June 21, 2021, to provide the Legislature with notification of his intent to veto ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
Legislature allows governor to act without restraint for another year
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:26 PM :: 3050 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... This bill was so close to the finish line that the only question seemed to be whether Gov. Ige would agree to limit his power ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
Surprise! Another Cash Giveaway to HSTA Members -- $2,200 This Time
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 4268 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... The payments aim for “workforce stabilization to retain teachers” and will be made to full- and half-time teachers. (Translation: Incumbent stabilization to retain HSTA endorsement for 2022.) ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Bills would Increase efficiency of State procurement
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 3677 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... HB526 and SB1329 ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Real ID enforcement deadline extended to May 2023
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 3051 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... Oahu residents now have an additional 19 months to get the REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and state identification cards before they will need it to board domestic flights and enter some federal buildings ....

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Lock and dam system for Honolulu? Is this just the beginning?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:55 PM :: 3612 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Hawaii State Government

... Chow believes there is “a good chance that the feasibility study will be funded in Federal fiscal year 2022 by the application of Congress’ Community Project Funding (CPF)” and asks for support from the harbors’ group “convincing Congress to fund the Honolulu Harbor feasibility study.”….

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Capital improvement procurement protests grind to a halt
By Andrew Walden @ 11:30 PM :: 3022 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... a “potential catastrophe” enabling “abuse of discretion… (which) …will promote and enable favoritism and/or corruption in public procurement.” ....

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Sen J Kalani 'Powdernose' English Resigns--Ige to Appoint Replacement
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 4170 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... In accordance with State law, Democratic Party officers from the fifteen precincts in Senate District 7 will convene to identify three names that will be transmitted to Governor Ige for consideration. The Governor has sixty days to fill the vacancy ....

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Sunday, April 25, 2021
The Whackee Strikes Back!
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:38 PM :: 3548 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... and he pulls no punches ....

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Sunday, April 25, 2021
Union Contract Talks: HGEA, UPW, UHPA Ratify and Reject--HSTA Still Holding Out
By News Release @ 12:54 AM :: 4324 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... HGEA BU13 and UPW BU10 rejected contract proposals ....

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
​How to tell which bills to veto
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:34 PM :: 2768 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the spotlight is moving toward Gov. David Ige .... 

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
HB200: Final Budget Deal Approved by Conference Committee
By News Release @ 6:17 PM :: 2193 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... $31.17 billion through all methods of funding (MOF) for the fiscal biennium beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2023 ....

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Ige releases $278M for infrastructure projects
By News Release @ 6:02 PM :: 2157 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the state released more than $278 million for Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) in the month of March ....

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
State Auditor Facing a Whack Job?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 4775 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

... the report spends lots of time reviewing the Auditor’s recent actions involving the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ....

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
VIDEO: Should Government Account for Long-Term Liabilities?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:36 PM :: 2012 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the private Government Accounting Standards Board is considering rule changes that would make it easier for governments to ignore long-term liabilities when crafting short-term budgets .... 

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
2021 UH Legislative Update, including proposed budget cuts
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 3043 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, COVID-19

... Many of the reductions are hopefully made up with federal stimulus funding ....

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
SB1350: Hawaii House Votes to Suspend Pay Raises for Legislators
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 3188 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The House voted for a suspension running through December 31, 2022 ....

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Auditor: Working Group Report "Slipshod and riddled with errors and omissions"
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:06 PM :: 3924 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

... Scathing ‘audit’ of Hawaii state auditor Les Kondo is met with scathing rebuttal ....

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Saturday, April 10, 2021
Rep Ward Questions Inaction on Legislative Pay Hikes
By Rep Gene Ward @ 5:48 AM :: 3401 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

.... Speaker Saiki and Senate President Kochi have until April 28 (Adjournment Day) to rectify the situation if they so desire ....

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Republican ​Legislative Week in Review
By Brett Kulbis @ 9:46 PM :: 2669 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

... we warned you about SB56 ....

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Monday, April 5, 2021
Fiscal notes could help Hawaii avoid fiscal calamity
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:50 PM :: 2193 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... for the most part, Hawaii lawmakers are just guessing about how their proposed bills will affect Hawaii’s economy ....

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Monday, April 5, 2021
Does ARPA Outlaw Hawaii Tech and Film Tax Credit Expansion?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:28 PM :: 3742 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes, COVID-19

"...Hawaii increased the cap on its film incentives and decoupled from federal restrictions on research and development tax credits...."

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Is Bitcoin illegal in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:27 PM :: 3373 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... options to buy crypto are very limited at the moment. That’s because of a little-known rule from a little-known government organization ....

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 3357 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

"... The Aa2 rating on the State of Hawaii's general obligation bonds recognizes the significant fiscal challenges posed by the current health and economic crisis...."

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
House Budget: Irresponsible record-breaking spending spree
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:34 PM :: 3368 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Keli’i Akina says House members should have aimed to pay off more debt instead of go on a record-breaking spending spree ....

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