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Accountability

The Growing Illegitimacy of Big Government

A new Gallup poll indicates that 82% of all Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job by /Danny de Gracia II “But as the power of Hellas grew, and the acquisition of wealth became more an object, the revenues of the states increasing, tyrannies were by their

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Hawaii Spending Transparency Site Make Its Debut

Honolulu, Hawaii – Today the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (GRIH) announced the launch of HawaiiSunshine.org, a new web site that promises to revolutionize government accountability in Hawaii by revealing waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars at the state and local level.  The site exposes details for more than $12

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Introducing HawaiiSunshine.org

This is the welcome and orientation video for HawaiiSunshine.org, a new project of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. HawaiiSunshine.org allows you to take a close look into how Hawaii’s state government is spending your tax dollars. Hosted by Jamie Story, president of the Grassroot Institute.

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DBEDT Director Ted Liu Faces Serious Charges

by Pearl Hahn  In a draft audit, state auditor Marion Higa alleges that under Director Ted Liu, the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism has been operating under less than honest standards. According to the report, the department violated procurement procedures, filed false financial reports, and spent funds inappropriately on

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Councilman Yagong Upholds Accountable Government

by Pearl Hahn On the Big Island, Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong has introduced a measure, Bill 132, that would bolster transparency in government land sales. At present, when property is sold, the council does so through sealed bid, lease, trade, or adopts a resolution authorizing the transaction. The finance director then

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Special Interests Continue Mischief in the House

by Pearl Hahn  The House Ethics Committee has been probing three members of the House; Maxine Waters (D) of California, Sam Graves (R) of Missouri, and Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D) of Illinois. In the meantime,  Representative Jackson’s investigation has been deferred. The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct said the investigations

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Accountability Needed to Keep Hawaii Beaches Clean

by Pearl Hahn Hawaii’s beach water quality was recently ranked sixth in the nation by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The few states that topped Hawaii included Delaware, Virginia, and New Hampshire. The waters of Hawaii attract over seven million visitors annually and provide year-round recreation for residents. Keeping them

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House Lagging on Public Posting of Expenses

by Pearl Hahn House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the House Chief Administrative Officer earlier this year to post expenses of House members online as soon as possible. Yet, the deadline for doing so has passed (three months and counting). Presently, there is no plan in place for the Senate to

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The Growing Illegitimacy of Big Government

A new Gallup poll indicates that 82% of all Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job by /Danny de Gracia II “But as the power of Hellas grew, and the acquisition of wealth became more an object, the revenues of the states increasing, tyrannies were by their

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Hawaii Spending Transparency Site Make Its Debut

Honolulu, Hawaii – Today the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (GRIH) announced the launch of HawaiiSunshine.org, a new web site that promises to revolutionize government accountability in Hawaii by revealing waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars at the state and local level.  The site exposes details for more than $12

Read More →

Introducing HawaiiSunshine.org

This is the welcome and orientation video for HawaiiSunshine.org, a new project of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. HawaiiSunshine.org allows you to take a close look into how Hawaii’s state government is spending your tax dollars. Hosted by Jamie Story, president of the Grassroot Institute.

Read More →

DBEDT Director Ted Liu Faces Serious Charges

by Pearl Hahn  In a draft audit, state auditor Marion Higa alleges that under Director Ted Liu, the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism has been operating under less than honest standards. According to the report, the department violated procurement procedures, filed false financial reports, and spent funds inappropriately on

Read More →

Councilman Yagong Upholds Accountable Government

by Pearl Hahn On the Big Island, Hamakua Councilman Dominic Yagong has introduced a measure, Bill 132, that would bolster transparency in government land sales. At present, when property is sold, the council does so through sealed bid, lease, trade, or adopts a resolution authorizing the transaction. The finance director then

Read More →

Special Interests Continue Mischief in the House

by Pearl Hahn  The House Ethics Committee has been probing three members of the House; Maxine Waters (D) of California, Sam Graves (R) of Missouri, and Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D) of Illinois. In the meantime,  Representative Jackson’s investigation has been deferred. The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct said the investigations

Read More →

Accountability Needed to Keep Hawaii Beaches Clean

by Pearl Hahn Hawaii’s beach water quality was recently ranked sixth in the nation by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The few states that topped Hawaii included Delaware, Virginia, and New Hampshire. The waters of Hawaii attract over seven million visitors annually and provide year-round recreation for residents. Keeping them

Read More →

House Lagging on Public Posting of Expenses

by Pearl Hahn House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the House Chief Administrative Officer earlier this year to post expenses of House members online as soon as possible. Yet, the deadline for doing so has passed (three months and counting). Presently, there is no plan in place for the Senate to

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