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Hawaii 4th-Worst State for Small Business
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:45 AM :: 4867 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Hawaii Ranks 47th in Small Business Friendliness

Low Ranking on Small Business Policy Index Points to Need for Economic Reform

News Release from Grassroot Institute

HONOLULU, HAWAII--Dec. 11, 2014--Hawaii is the fourth-worst state in the nation when it comes to policies that are friendly to small business according to a recent study by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. The state ranked 47th overall with only New York, New Jersey, and California scoring lower. This score represents a drop from last year's 46th place ranking.

The 2014 Small Business Policy Index considers 42 separate policy indicators in scoring and ranking each state. While the report did identify a few positives, such as the low property taxes, low corporate capital gains tax, low wireless taxes, and beautiful weather, the pros were far outweighed by the negatives that contributed to the state's low score. In particular, certain very high taxes were cited as especially problematic for small business, such as the high unemployment taxes, high gas and diesel taxes, and state death tax. Moreover, Hawaii has the second-highest personal income tax rate and the highest consumption-based taxes. These high tax rates, combined with restrictive regulations (like the increased minimum wage) make Hawaii a difficult place for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

"Small businesses are the canary in the coal mine for a healthy state economy," stated Keli'i Akina, Ph.D., President of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. "The fact that we are slowly suffocating small business and entrepreneurship should alarm those who are working for a brighter economic future in Hawaii."

"With a new Governor in place and the legislative session about to start, it is time to embrace policies that foster entrepreneurship and encourage the growth of small business," continued Dr. Akina. "Lowering taxes and cutting the red tape that makes Hawaii unfriendly to small business are the first steps toward creating a robust, self-sufficient economy."


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Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, the free market, and limited, accountable government throughout Hawai`i and the Asia-Pacific region.  Read more about us at

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About Grassroot President:

Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.,  is a recognized scholar, educator, public policy spokesperson, and community leader in Hawaii.  Currently, he is President/CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a public policy think tank dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, free markets and limited, accountable government.  An expert in East-West Philosophy and ethics, Dr. Akina has taught at universities in China and the United States and continues as an adjunct instructor at Hawaii Pacific University.  Dr. Akina was a candidate for Trustee at Large of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in the 2014 General Election run-off.

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