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Sunday, June 16, 2024
Budgeting Backwards
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 388 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

... there is now, government-wide, about a 30% vacancy rate in the number of authorized positions ....

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Saturday, June 15, 2024
Can Hawaii afford its new income tax cuts?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:24 PM :: 394 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Hawaii taxpayers are expected to save about $1.2 billion in 2030 ....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024
SB2516: HGEA Power Grab forced State CIO to Resign
By Selected News Articles @ 6:00 PM :: 1586 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... CIO Murdock resigned without notice May 31, 2024.  Now we know why ....

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Green: Civil Beat Publisher will Steer Hawaii's Applications for Federal Funds
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 622 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Pierre Omidyar

... to assist in applying for and securing federal funds relating to renewable energy, local food, clean transportation, and fresh water ....

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Crooks and Cronies on the Move in Primary Races
By Andrew Walden @ 5:31 AM :: 3666 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government, OHA, Republican Party

... Keli’i Akina, OHA’s only honest Trustee, is being challenged by three has-beens in an obviously coordinated effort ....

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Sunday, June 2, 2024
Kauai: Grassroot Legislative Wrapup
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:42 PM :: 681 Views :: Kauai County, Development, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Cost of Living

... It was mostly a good year for Hawaii at the 2024 Legislature, and policy experts from Grassroot will explain how that came to be ....

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Saturday, June 1, 2024
Green Makes Several Appointments
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 956 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... a new deputy director for the Department of Human Resources Development, and appointed several individuals to various open positions in state boards and commissions ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Senate Committee Changes Announced
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 873 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... With the retirement of Senator Maile S.L. Shimabukuro effective today, Senate President Ronald D. Kouchi announced changes to the composition of Senate Standing Committees ....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Governor's Office 'Listening Sessions' on Child Welfare System
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 140 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

... with a culminating virtual statewide meeting on Tuesday, July 2 ....

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Saturday, May 25, 2024
Bills that will ‘truly help the people of Hawaii’
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 768 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

... huge wins in the areas of taxes, healthcare and housing reform ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
Akina lauds Legislature’s Lahaina-response spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:08 PM :: 1000 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... legislators earmark $1 billion to cover costs such as emergency housing and rental assistance ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
Curt Otaguro Named new Boss of Airports Division
By News Release @ 1:45 AM :: 1210 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... In his previous roles as State Comptroller and Deputy Superintendent of Operations for the Department of Education, Otaguro managed facilities on a large scale as well as complex Capital Improvement Projects ....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024
SB930 Signed into Law: New Rental Application Fee Rules
By News Release @ 4:45 AM :: 684 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... the law prohibits a landlord from charging an applicant for a residential dwelling unit, a tenant screening fee that is more than the actual cost to obtain information ....

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Sunday, May 12, 2024
Lahaina Lesson? "Prepare for quick evacuation"
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 1411 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

..."Practices are improved from lessons learned in previous disasters"....

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Saturday, May 11, 2024
Defeating Bad Bills Also a Form of Winning
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:31 PM :: 1451 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... helping to defeat many measures that would have harmed Hawaii’s economy and added to our already high cost of living ....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Pinata: 'Federal Funds Summit' set for July
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 1152 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... to competitively pursue and secure the historic investments made possible through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) ....

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Sunday, May 5, 2024
Legislature comes through big time
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:00 AM :: 1574 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The best news to come out of it was that our lawmakers passed a major income tax-relief bill, HB2404, which Gov. Josh Green is almost certain to sign because it was part of his much-touted "Green Affordability Plan." ....

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Saturday, May 4, 2024
Dems: Income Tax Cut Tops off 'Productive' Legislative Session
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 1352 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"... ALICE families will experience firsthand one of the biggest tax cuts in the State’s history ...."

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Sunday, April 28, 2024
The Home Stretch at the Legislature
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1088 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... At the end of this month, the Legislature wraps up and we see what gets sent to Gov. Green’s desk for signature or veto ....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Budget Emerges from Conference Committee
By News Release @ 10:35 PM :: 963 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... House Bill 1800 CD1 will be up for a final vote in both chambers before being transmitted to the governor for consideration ....

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Monday, April 22, 2024
Four House Bills up for Final Reading
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 947 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... The final vote is set for 11:30 a.m. during the Floor Session. Upon approval, these bills will advance to the governor's desk for his signature ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
​‘Blankety-blank’ bills at Legislature leave Hawaii taxpayers in the dark
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:04 PM :: 1025 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... To address the problem, Yamachika suggested that legal action might be necessary ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
25 House Bills up for Final Reading
By News Release @ 1:30 AM :: 1015 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... A final vote is scheduled for Friday, April 19 at 11:30 a.m. on the House Floor during the Floor Session ....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Naming Names: Airports Division Ran Late-Night Parties Where Hawaii Politicians Raked In Money
By Selected News Articles @ 4:04 PM :: 4562 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA, COVID-19

... late-night parties in a cramped second-floor office where lobbyists and executives seeking government contracts lined up to drop cash and checks into a metal lockbox ....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024
10 'Good Government' Bills up for Final House Vote
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 1056 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... A final vote is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, and upon approval, the bills proceed to the governor's desk for his signature....

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Monday, April 15, 2024
Got your Top Three? Secret Staffing Agency Helps State Retirees get Contract Work
By News Release @ 5:21 AM :: 1721 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

... and the State Ethics Commission says it's all good ....  

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
2nd Crossover: Senate Moves 182 Bills
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 1042 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the Senate passed 182 House Bills out on third reading this week ....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
SB2553: Hawaii 'opt out' retirement scam
By Selected News Articles @ 5:31 PM :: 3450 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...a scam designed to shunt the least attentive investors -- those who do not 'opt out' -- into low return, high fee accounts run by whichever financial institution makes the most campaign contributions....

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Saturday, April 6, 2024
Judge Dismisses Claims: State cannot be Sued in Federal Court over Lahaina Fire
By Court House News @ 5:00 AM :: 1721 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Hawaii State Government, Judiciary

... The state is dismissed from a set of federal cases that aim to hold it liable for the deadly wildfires but may still face claims in state court ....

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Friday, March 29, 2024
OIP Director Leaving Office
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 1547 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

... Park will be retiring from OIP at the end of March 2024.  Supervising Staff Attorney Carlotta Amerino will become OIP’s Acting Director in April. ....

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Friday, March 29, 2024
Aloha Stadium Bidding Limited to Two Gangs of Insiders
By News Release @ 4:34 AM :: 3776 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

... only these insiders are qualified to bid ....

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Thursday, March 28, 2024
Senate WAM Approves Budget
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 1364 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Additionally, due to the August 2023 Maui Wildfires, Ways and Means unanimously approved other emergency appropriation bills, House Bill 679 Senate Draft 2 and House Bill 2610 Senate Draft 2 ....

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Green Appoints Dozens to Powerful State Boards
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 2551 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Land Use

... BLNR, BoE, UH Regents and more ...

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Hawaii 2nd-Worst Taxpayer ROI
By Selected News Articles @ 6:46 PM :: 1883 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... states with the Best & Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment in 2024 ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
Green's PLA directive will make Government Contracting Even More Expensive
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:05 PM :: 1654 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii taxpayers are going to be paying more for state government projects under a directive issued in February by Gov. Josh Green ....

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Saturday, March 16, 2024
Green Releases 'The Hawai‘i We Deserve' policy report
By News Release @ 4:35 PM :: 1589 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... a comprehensive outline of the Green Administration’s plans to confront key issues facing the state of Hawai‘i ....

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Thursday, March 14, 2024
House Passes State Budget
By News Release @ 4:30 AM :: 1505 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

"... will come at an extraordinary cost ...."

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Saturday, March 9, 2024
DHS: Green Appoints Political Hack to Oversee Department Overflowing with Dead Babies
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 2227 Views :: Ethics, Family, Hawaii State Government

... As a state Representative from 2004 to 2023, Yamane chaired various committees including Health, Human Services, and Homelessness ....

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Friday, March 8, 2024
OIP: Sunshine and UIPA Bills on the Move
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 1493 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... we are halfway through the 2024 legislative session, the State Office of Information Practices (OIP) is providing this update of Sunshine Law and UIPA bills that have survived and crossed over ....

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Thursday, March 7, 2024
Kouchi in Danger After Nahale-a Debacle?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 AM :: 3653 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Politicians

... if a person who voted for Nahale-a gets ticked off enough to try and flip at least one of the votes that voted against, then they could have a shot at reorganizing the Senate ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
Rep Bert Kobayashi to Retire from Legislature
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 1780 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

... to retire on November 5, 2024, at the end of his present term ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Green Launches Compensation Fund for Lahaina Dead, Injured
By News Release @ 2:33 AM :: 1439 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

"...The Fund Will Help Families of Deceased Avoid Lengthy, Uncertain Litigation...."

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Monday, February 26, 2024
Hawaii needs better budgeting for Maui recovery
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:16 PM :: 1500 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... it was only a year ago that state lawmakers had a healthy budget surplus to work with. But then they went on an ill-advised spending spree ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
How do criminals become foster parents in Hawaii?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:33 PM :: 2222 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

... The DHS recruits them with offers of money ....

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Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Executive Order: Hawaii is a 'Trauma-Informed' State
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 1653 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... first, Green's task force will seek out 'traumatized' State employees ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
What Were They Thinking?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1440 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the process to separate the wheat from the proverbial chaff has begun ....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
18 Years Later State Wins Dannenberg EUTF Suit
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 1437 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... contending that the EUTF had unconstitutionally diminished accrued retiree health benefits under Article XVI, Section 2 of the Hawai‘i Constitution ....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2024
House Democrats Introduce 2024 Legislative Package
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 1187 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii State Government

... Consisting of nine bills ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Reasons to be optimistic about the 2024 Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:00 AM :: 1264 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Will this be the year that we finally start to see positive big changes — or are we going to see more taxes, more spending, more regulations? ....

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Friday, January 26, 2024
Hawaii Bill Would Take Steps Against a Central Bank Digital Currency
By Selected News Articles @ 1:18 PM :: 1734 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

“A person who chooses not to participate in a digital currency system shall not be subject to additional surveillance, monitoring, or scrutiny by any government entity."

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