The Legislature is pau, but the talk is of a special session to take care of unfinished business.

4:46 p.m. Inouye On Twin Towers Memorial

After touring the site of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center site, Dan Inouye said in a press release the following:

“The site where the twin towers once stood is rapidly rebuilding and I remain committed to helping in anyway that I can. The planned memorial and museum will honor those who lost their lives and serve as a symbol of the resilient, proud spirit of our great nation.”

The memorial features defined by two large reflecting pools that sit within the footprints of where the Twin Towers stood, a grove of trees and the names of the victims inscribed in bronze.

3:22 p.m. Abercrombie Tweets from Pupukea

This tweet comes from @neilabercrombie: Governor Abercrombie visits Author Paul Theroux, showing support for Hawaii’s writers. http://ow.ly/4W2DG

Great pics. And “Theroux” is spelled correctly.

2:55 p.m. Inouye Tweets from NYC

More travels from Dan Inouye: Mahalo to @NYCMayorsOffice and Mayor Michael R. Bloomber for the tour of the 9/11 Memorial in New York City this morning.”

Note to @Daniel_Inouye: “Bloomber” is missing a consonant.

12:39 p.m. Akaka Endorses Veterans’ Employment Bill

Dan Akaka has joined 13 other Senators in introducing the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011, a bill “to help veterans struggling find work and to address the rising unemployment among our nation’s heroes,” according to a press release.

“With the national unemployment rate among young veterans aged 20-24 at over 27 percent, this bi-partisan bill would require job skills training for separating service members and create new pathways to private sector and federal employment,” the release says.

“Our nation’s veterans are well trained, highly skilled, experienced, and capable,” said Akaka.

10:45 a.m. Neighbor Island News

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports that a proposal to review Hawaii County‘s property tax structure is before the County Council’s Finance Committee today:

Kohala Councilman Pete Hoffmann has proposed a resolution that would ask Mayor Billy Kenoi to allocate money from this year’s operating budget for an outside consultant to conduct the comprehensive review.

A public perception of inequities in the county’s tax code prompted him to offer the measure, Hoffmann said.

The Garden Island reports that the Kauai County Council‘s Committee of the Whole “has nearly finished reviewing” and modifying Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr.’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012:

Despite Councilman Mel Rapozo saying the county is facing the “worst fiscal time” he has seen, he said the committee was set to act on the “most agressive-spending budget” ever at $185.97 million in operational expenses and $83.23 million in capital improvement projects.

Throughout the departmental review process, Rapozo said the council would have to look at making cuts in the budget. But when the council reached decision-making this week, he said it felt more like Christmas due to the way the budget was ballooning with requests for extra funding.

The Maui News reports that Neil Abercrombie said the state “cannot agree” to pay more money to Maui Memorial Medical Center nurses because it is in a “fiscal crisis”:

“Every public employee is already sacrificing,” he said Sunday during a talk-story session for Maui residents at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater.

Abercrombie was responding to a question posed by a Maui Memorial nurse, who said the nurses need fair wages. The hospital nurses have been rallying to protest terms of a new contract with the state and are concerned about the continuation of pay cuts as well as new cuts in benefits. There’s also a concern about a growing pay disparity between what nurses in private hospitals earn versus those in public hospitals.

9:02 a.m. Gov’s Unsuccessful Appointments Now Total 20

With the announcement Friday that Bobby Hall, deputy director of the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, will be retiring, it brings to 20 the number of Neil Abercrombie appointments that either withdrew or left unexpectedly.

No reason was given for Hall’s retirement only five months after his appointment by the governor. A message was left this morning with the governor’s spokeswoman.

[Hawaii Reporter](http://www.hawaiireporter.com’s Jim Dooley reports that Hall may have gotten himself into hot water on the job over purchase of treadmill for the DHHL office and his handling of a DHHL home-construction agreement with Habitat for Humanity.

When Hall’s appointment was announced Nov. 29, the administration said Hall, 57 at the time, had more than 30 years of service with the state including 15 years as DHHL.

Where’s Neil?

Here’s Neil:

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association, luncheon keynote speaker, Honolulu Country Club, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Hawaii Law Enforcement Memorial Groundbreaking, Capitol Grounds, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

UH Philosophy Conference, welcome remarks, Imin Center, East West Center, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

UH ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, remarks, UH Manoa, Kennedy Center, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
       
       


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