Hawaii ranks worst for tax burden, report says

By   /  October 17, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Emily Metcalf/HawaiiReporter.com

Hawaii ranks worst in three major categories in the seventh annual “Rich States, Poor States” report, which tracks states’ economic policies that impact prosperity based on 15 policy areas.

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Hawaii students get gift cards to participate in sex education program

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Hi Rep. Bob McDermott holds up a copy of notes from an 11-year-old student enrolled in the sex education classes in the state's public schools. Many parents complained the content is inappropriate and graphic for their children.

The University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies gives gift cards to middle school students who participate in a controversial sex education program.

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Roadside animal farm may be casualty of Hawaii government

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Malia Zimmerman

By Malia Zimmerman |Watchdog.org
HONOLULU — A 10-year battle in state court over a 120-acre commercial property in Waimanalo is coming to an end, but an animal farm that’s home to more than 100 abandoned animals and birds may fall as a result.
The property, owned by the state Department of Hawaiian Homelands, has been leased commercially by [...]

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New director takes over Hawaii’s troubled Obamacare exchange

By   /  October 7, 2014  /  Hawaii, Health Care, News, Obamacare  /  No Comments

SIGN HERE: Hawaii Health Connector sign ups improved Hawaii's uninsured rate by 2.75 percent at a cost of $204 million, study shows.

Hawaii’s troubled Obamacare exchange has a new executive director, and he’ll have a mess to sort out to earn his $150,000 annual salary.

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Unions take dues from more than 250,000 public workers

By   /  October 2, 2014  /  Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, National, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, News, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, unions, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Public-sector unions took forced dues from more than 250,000 public employees in 2013, siphoning away taxpayer money to support the unions’ shared goal of bigger government.

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Hawaii will go bust by 2016, Senate minority leader says

By   /  October 1, 2014  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

NO TRANSPARENCY: Hawaii Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom filed the complaint with the U.S. GAO which will be investigated

By Malia Zimmerman | Watchdog.org
HONOLULU — Hawaii Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom is warning fellow lawmakers he has serious concerns about the state’s economic future.
Slom, the only Republican in the 25-member Senate, cites the Council on Revenues’ recent downgraded economic forecast indicating Hawaii is in a much worse financial position than anticipated.
“Hawaii is set to go [...]

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