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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Hawaii taxpayers about to get railroaded?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:24 AM :: 3414 Views :: Rail, Taxes

But signs in the media, the Legislature and the governor’s office all point to a special session this summer where the tax hikes are likely to materialize....

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Hawaii Expats: There's No Place Like Home
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:57 PM :: 5858 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

We're the Hawaii expats....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Right to Couch Surf: Home-sharing in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:13 PM :: 3314 Views :: Tourism

It's easier than ever before to rent space in your house, but a movement to crack down on home-sharing may threaten this new and evolving industry....

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Monday, May 8, 2017
The Jones Act and other regulations have buried the shipping industry
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:01 AM :: 2966 Views :: Jones Act

Today, the U.S. has fewer shipyards than any time in the recent past. Between 2006 and 2011, the Jones Act-eligible fleet shrank by over 17 percent....

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Thursday, May 4, 2017
Union salary hikes include hidden costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:09 AM :: 3838 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

That’s because when government salaries increase, so do pension promises....

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Are local families fleeing Hawaii taxes?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:37 PM :: 4414 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

...the phenomenon of locals leaving Hawaii to live on the mainland has been increasing significantly in recent years....

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
State not exempt from family budgeting principles
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:30 PM :: 3202 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Most families in Hawaii know that they shouldn’t spend more money than they have. But somehow, Hawaii legislators haven’t gotten the message....

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
US should rethink migrant aid in West Pacific
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:26 PM :: 2677 Views :: National News

As comprehensive policy failures go, COFA may be the best-kept secret in Washington, D.C....

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Hill: How the Jones Act drives up the cost of food and gasoline for millions of Americans
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:08 PM :: 3871 Views :: Jones Act

...the Jones Act is not just a Hawaii problem — it’s a national problem....

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Friday, April 14, 2017
How to Change the Jones Act
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:05 PM :: 2915 Views :: Jones Act

At nearly 100 years old, it is still able to defeat reform efforts … despite a mountain of evidence that it cripples the economy, fails to achieve its aims and is badly in need of modernization....

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Monday, April 10, 2017
Research surveys Jones Act costs and effects
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:19 PM :: 3630 Views :: Jones Act, Military

...Jones Act distorts U.S. economy, endangers military....

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Friday, April 7, 2017
Time for change at Hawaii’s airports
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:12 PM :: 6405 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Tourism

For Randy Perreira, head of the Hawaii Government Employees Association, the problems at Hawaii’s airports are just a matter of not enough kumbaya....

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Friday, April 7, 2017
Good Citizen or "Vexatious Requester"?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:41 PM :: 4488 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Hawaii State Government

When first introduced, HB1518 put forth a very worrisome proposal....

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Friday, March 31, 2017
Hawaii lawmakers barreling toward $1 billion spending increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:10 PM :: 3812 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Hawaii lawmakers would like us to believe that they are cutting the state budget in the current legislative session, but it’s not true....

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Doubling Hawaii’s Food Production?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:52 PM :: 3290 Views :: Agriculture

...The Governor did, at least, stop short of calling it his “Five Year Plan”....

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Thursday, March 16, 2017
How to fix Hawaii’s pension problem
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:29 PM :: 3925 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Hawaii’s public pension system has been operating like a Ponzi scheme....

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Thursday, March 16, 2017
Study: Ige's Budget Runs Out of Money in Two Years
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:20 AM :: 2827 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige’s current budget overspends by $292 million next year....

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Grassroot Institute Urges Caution in Light of New Revenue Projection
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:12 AM :: 3705 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Watchdog Group Says State Budget Must be Reevaluated....

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Thursday, March 2, 2017
What you can do to help contain taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:05 PM :: 2520 Views :: Taxes

... the Honolulu Star-Advertiser noted with apparent alarm the “uncommonly heavy load of tax proposals still moving through both state Capitol chambers” ....

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
New Study Details Driving Forces of Hawaii's Unfunded Liability Crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:54 PM :: 5400 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Unsustainable government salaries and pensions are worsening the crisis....

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Saturday, February 25, 2017
62% Hike in Minimum Wage Hike Will Hit Consumers, Small Business Hard
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:58 AM :: 4754 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

SB107 would raise the minimum wage 62% from $9.25 / hour ....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Local business owners speak out about the minimum wage
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:17 PM :: 3835 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...if the minimum wage was increased, many grocery stores today would simply replace workers with automated tablets....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Governor Ige’s ‘cuts’ still result in big spending increases
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:01 PM :: 3119 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige announced that he would cut $220 million from his current spending plan. However, the ‘cuts’ are only reductions in proposed spending increases....

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Sunday, February 19, 2017
The Cost of Public Employment
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:52 PM :: 3680 Views :: Labor
“Plunder! How public employee unions are raiding treasuries, controlling our lives and bankrupting the nation”
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
How to give teachers a pay raise … without raising taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:08 PM :: 4431 Views :: Education K-12, Labor

 ...$9,450 a year more without spending a penny....

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
Hawaii needs self-managed pension plan for public-worker retirees
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 PM :: 3939 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Hawaii is missing $23 billion ....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Trump Confusing Both Liberals and Conservatives
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:45 PM :: 2942 Views :: National News

Keli'i Akina and Andy Blom share Grassroot insights from Hawaii and DC....

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
County Employees in Hawaii make double what private sector workers make
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:14 PM :: 5093 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...Honolulu County workers make more than neighbor island workers....

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Monday, February 6, 2017
Hawaii government growing faster than private sector
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:41 PM :: 3931 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...New data show government outpacing private sector, pointing to an unhealthy economy....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Don’t mug taxpayers to pay for Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:01 AM :: 2872 Views :: Taxes

...give everybody a pay raise--by cutting taxes....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
SB938: End the State Rail Tax Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:37 AM :: 3425 Views :: Rail, Taxes

the Department of Taxation has been allowed to keep a full 10% of the rail surcharge for the costs of administering it, despite the fact that the law directs DOTAX to calculate how much is required for its management of the surcharge, then return the remainder to the rail project....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
Hawaii public employee benefits rise 5 times faster than private sector
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 4671 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

Salaries and benefits of Hawaii government workers have increased by 26 percent in the past decade....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
‘Challenging and exciting times’
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:07 PM :: 3544 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...challenging times include high shipping costs, high taxes, a high rate of public sector unionism, shaky government pension programs, inadequate housing supply and pervasive homelessness, excessive business and employment regulations, cronyism and corruption....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
SB938: Eliminate DoTax 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:58 PM :: 3914 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Grassroot Institute Urges Legislature to Act on Surcharge "Skimming"....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
County workers in Hawaii make highest wages in the nation
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:22 PM :: 5961 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

...county workers in Hawaii make a mean average wage of $61,365 a year....

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Saturday, January 28, 2017
VIDEO: School Choice Dance 2017!
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:42 PM :: 2780 Views :: Education K-12

Students, parents and teachers from Lanakila Baptist School held a special event this week to celebrate National School Choice Week....

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Saturday, January 28, 2017
FSMA: Unknown Regulatory Threat Leaves Agriculture in Limbo
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:27 PM :: 3710 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business
“The little guy gets squeezed out.”
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Thursday, January 26, 2017
Grassroot: Stop the Return of Earmarks
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:52 PM :: 3474 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation

We congratulate the Senate Republican Conference for its vote on January 10th to keep the ban on earmarks....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Hawaii Non-Governmental Workers Receive Lowest Pay in USA
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 5943 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...non-government workers in Hawaii make, on average, $43,544 in annual pay and benefits (adjusted for cost of living) which ranks as the lowest compensation in in the nation....

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Monday, January 23, 2017
Government Mandates on Local Farmers
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:47 PM :: 3179 Views :: Agriculture

...Baylen Linnekin is the author of Biting the Hand that Feeds Us....

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Obamacare Repeal: How Will it Affect Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:22 PM :: 4464 Views :: Health Care

Dr Goodman is one of four people who have most influenced the changes shaping our health care system....

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Hawaii pension debt rises to $12 billion, but the real debt is more like $35 billion
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:16 PM :: 4225 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

State lawmakers were in shock this week as Hawaii’s pension debt increased from $8 billion to $12 billion....

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Campaign-Finance Rules Chill Speech Unrelated to Election Campaigns
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:13 PM :: 4697 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment

Case on appeal to Supreme Court challenges "chilling effect" of campaign finance law....

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Friday, January 6, 2017
State pension debt will likely get worse
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:53 PM :: 3644 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

"Our membership will live two to three years longer, which means we’ll have to pay...."

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Friday, January 6, 2017
Out with Obamacare…In with Trumpcare?
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:48 PM :: 3053 Views :: Health Care
What should the government’s role be when it comes to ensuring healthcare access for its citizens?
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Friday, December 30, 2016
Who spent Hawaii’s $1 billion surplus?
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:00 AM :: 3331 Views :: Hawaii State Government

The Hawaii state budget figures show a record high surplus of over $1 billion in 2016....

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Friday, December 23, 2016
State Land Use Commission has not approved housing in the past 3 years
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:48 PM :: 4892 Views :: Development, Land Use

...the last project to be approved was in 2013....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
Interest in building ohana units rising on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:32 AM :: 5457 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Cost of Living

Instead of spending money on enforcement, it would be better to use resources to expedite the permitting process....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Hawaii Ranks 46th in Survey of Economic Freedom in North America
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:12 PM :: 3535 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii's ranking was dragged down by especially low scores in income tax (49th), sales tax (50th), and union density (48th)....

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Friday, December 9, 2016
‘Sharing’ the American Dream
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:07 PM :: 2860 Views :: Small Business

The term "shared economy" tends to bring to mind app-based services like Uber, Lyft, or Airbnb. But that's only one facet....

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