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$88 Billion: A New Price Tag For Fixing Hawaii’s Infrastructure And Retirement Systems Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$88 Billion: A New Price Tag For Fixing Hawaii’s Infrastructure And Retirement Systems

A new report from the Hawaii Executive Conference details the state’s worsening financial problems, but it doesn’t offer any solutions.

Retired Judge Appointed To Prison Oversight Commission Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Retired Judge Appointed To Prison Oversight Commission

Mike Town, who retired in 2010, was appointed by Senate President Ron Kouchi.

Hawaii Gets An ‘F’ For Its Transparency On State Government Spending Flickr.com

Hawaii Gets An ‘F’ For Its Transparency On State Government Spending

A transparency website is meant to provide the public easy access to information, but it isn’t always updated quickly.

Audit: Hawaii Needs To Get Its Act Together In Responding To Outbreaks Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Audit: Hawaii Needs To Get Its Act Together In Responding To Outbreaks

When it comes to communication and record keeping, the Health Department seems to start from scratch with each disease outbreak.
4 Hawaii Lawmakers Have Received Sexual Misconduct Complaints Since 2008 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

4 Hawaii Lawmakers Have Received Sexual Misconduct Complaints Since 2008

But the Legislature says state law requires it to withhold the names of the three House members and one senator.

Officials Still Silent About How Killer Escaped From Hawaii State Hospital PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Officials Still Silent About How Killer Escaped From Hawaii State Hospital

The AG’s office issued a $500,000 warrant for the arrest of Randall Saito, calling him a “dangerous individual” who needs to be off the street.

Chad Blair: Special Interests Spend Big On Their Lobbyists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Special Interests Spend Big On Their Lobbyists

Ethics Commission reports provide some details about what Hawaii’s professional persuaders spend, and what they earn.

Chad Blair: Hawaii’s Surprising Number Of Lobbyists Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chad Blair: Hawaii’s Surprising Number Of Lobbyists

It doesn’t take a whole lot to satisfy the state’s legal definition of a lobbyist.

Did Hawaii Lawmakers Just Give Public Worker Unions Too Much Power? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Did Hawaii Lawmakers Just Give Public Worker Unions Too Much Power?

Government officials fear a bill sitting on Gov. Ige’s desk will strip them of their ability to tell their employees what to do without union interference.

Delays, Denials Plague Hawaii’s Program To Help Injured Workers

Delays, Denials Plague Hawaii’s Program To Help Injured Workers

The state is trying to streamline its workers’ compensation system, but critics say wholesale changes are needed.

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals

Why did the Ige administration try to change rules on tax refunds and general excise tax licenses? It doesn’t want you to know.

Hawaii Failed To Take Steps Meant To Prevent Day Care Deaths Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Failed To Take Steps Meant To Prevent Day Care Deaths

State officials promised lawmakers they’d draft new rules to protect infants, but more than three years later nothing’s changed.

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