Balancing Budget on Backs of Students Ill-advised

Senate President Donna Mercado Kim introduces resolution urging UH officials to not raise student fees to fix Athletic Department’s potential $2 million deficit Senate President Donna Mercado Kim is strongly urging University of Hawaii officials not to balance a potential $2 million budget deficit by raising student fees. Through a senate resolution, she points out the already high student fees per semester that amount to $1,400,000 per year to the UH Athletics Department. Students currently…

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Senate Spotlight Featuring: Senator Brian Taniguchi

Senator Brian Taniguchi (Senate District 11- Manoa, Makiki, Punchbowl, Papakolea) talks about his goals for the 2013 Legislative Session. Chair of the Senate Committee on Higher Education, Senator Taniguchi discusses the committee’s priorities, including following up on the 2012 Senate Special Committee on Accountability’s investigative hearing and improving the University of Hawaii System. He also touches on building a “sense of place” for his community. To view video: http://youtu.be/kcnIRqLKsSI.

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Briefings to Discuss University of Hawaii Salaries and Tuition

Honolulu —  The Senate Committees on Ways and Means and Higher Education will be holding two joint informational briefings to discuss employee salaries and student tuition at the University of Hawaii (UH) system.  UH’s Board of Regents (BOR) has been requested to present at both briefings. There are growing demands for state resources.  A better understanding of how the university uses its money will help determine how state funds are allocated,” said Senate Ways and…

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Senate President Introduces UH Bills that Respond to Issues Raised in the Failed UH Concert

Honolulu – Senate President Donna Mercado Kim is proposing six bills in her legislative package that directly impact the University of Hawaii.  The bills are based on findings and recommendations from the Senate Special Committee on Accountability’s informational briefings to review the oversight, accountability, and transparency of the operational and financial management of the University of Hawaii System, chaired by Senator Kim in September and October 2012. The discussion and call for University of Hawaii…

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Senate Special Committee on Accountability Releases Report on UH

Honolulu — The Senate Special Committee on Accountability today released its report resulting from the informational briefings that looked into the oversight, accountability, and transparency of the operational and financial management of the University of Hawaii, including but not limited to the University of Hawaii’s athletics program. Some key points of the report include: The committee finds that for reasons that remain unclear, the University started pre-selling tickets to the Concert even though proper cancellation…

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Senate Special Committee on Accountability to Discuss Findings from Informational Briefings on UH

Honolulu —  The Senate Special Committee on Accountability will be holding an informational briefing to discuss its findings and recommendations resulting from the informational briefings that looked into the oversight, accountability, and transparency of the operational and financial management of the University of Hawaii, including but not limited to the University of Hawaii’s athletics program.  The briefing will be held on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in conference room 221 at the State…

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Senate Committee on Accountability Held Hearings to Shed Light on the Failed UH Concert

By Senator Donna Mercado Kim The Senate Committee on Accountability recently held two hearings to shed light on the failed concert fund raising attempt by the UH Athletic Department. In the wake of the UH administration and Board of Regents’ unwillingness or reluctance to explain what had happened to a confused and frustrated public, we gave the Regents, President M.R.C. Greenwood, Chancellor Tom Apple, Jim Donovan, and Rich Sheriff an opportunity to clear the air….

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Senate Committee Looks into UH Oversight, Accountability and Transparency

The following video clips were segmented from the video transcripts of the September 24, 2012 and October 2, 2012 Senate Special Committee on Accountability informational briefings. These videos were shared by Senator Donna Mercado Kim, chair of the Senate Special Committee on Accountability. During the briefings, the Committee reviewed the oversight, accountability, and transparency of the operational and fiscal management of the University of Hawaii (UH) System, including but not limited to UH’s Athletics Department….

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Briefing Addresses Oversight, Accountability, and Transparency at the UH System

Honolulu — The Senate Special Committee on Accountability continued its informational briefing today on the oversight, accountability, and transparency of the operational and financial management of the University of Hawaii System, including but not limited to the University of Hawaii’s Athletics Department. Today’s briefing was the second in a series of meetings. A previous meeting was held on September 24. Attorney Jeffrey Harris (Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington, Harris), University of Hawaii Chancellor Tom Apple, Stan…

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Briefing to Address Oversight, Accountability, and Transparency at the UH System Continues

Honolulu —  The Senate Special Committee on Accountability will continue its informational briefing on the oversight, accountability, and transparency of the operational and financial management of the University of Hawaii System, including but not limited to the University of Hawaii’s Athletics Department on Tuesday, October 2 at 1 p.m. in the State Capitol’s room 211. University of Hawaii Chancellor Tom Apple, Stan Sheriff Center Manager Rich Sheriff, University of Hawaii Board of Regents Vice Chairs…

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