The Whackee Strikes Back!

Last week we wrote about an unflattering report on the State Auditor released by a working group convened by the House Speaker’s Office.  The Speaker’s memo seemingly asked his working group to help the Auditor’s Office optimize its job prioritization … Read More

State Auditor Facing a Whack Job?

The House Speaker’s office recently released an unflattering report on the State Auditor. It faulted the Auditor’s Office for appointing executives without proper experience and said the move contributed to “delays and untimely reports,” and other actions that were “not … Read More

Bride of Frankenbill!

We wrote last week about House Bill 58, a “Frankenbill” made from bits and pieces of other bills.  By putting those pieces into a bill that is still alive at the Legislature, those pieces are given new life. It turns … Read More

Return of the Frankenbill!

Most of us have heard of “Frankenstein,” a novel written in 1818 by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.  The story’s protagonist, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, created a creature by assembling bits and pieces from cadavers and then bringing it to life using some … Read More

Maintenance of Effort, Part 2

A little more than a month ago, we ranted on about Senate Bill 815, the “maintenance of effort” bill, that would ensure funding for the Department of Education (DOE). After some refinement after going through several legislative committees, it now … Read More

National Attention!

We in Hawaii are getting national (and some international) attention. But not the good kind. Witness an editorial from the Wall Street Journal that was published on March 12, 2021, titled “Confiscation in Paradise:  Move to Hawaii, pay the nation’s … Read More

C’mon, Let’s Soak the Rich!

In the couple of weeks before the Legislature’s “First Decking” deadline, legislators were hearing tax-related bills, not only the “Enola Gay” bill we discussed last week.  Different tax increase bills of all stripes were being considered.  The testimony in response … Read More

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