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Saturday, November 26, 2016
Are capitalism and spirituality incompatible?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:44 PM :: 5161 Views :: Economy, Religion
Free markets can help the rich, but what about the poor?
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Micronesian Homelessness in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:10 PM :: 5640 Views :: Homelessness

Thursday, December 1st, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Steady decline in Jones Act ships
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:42 PM :: 5499 Views :: Jones Act

...the American shipping industry has been in a steady decline for decades....

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Sunday, November 6, 2016
Build up, build out, or accept Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:47 AM :: 4339 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...what isn’t working....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Better Ways to Fix Traffic on Oahu
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 4401 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

... By “tinkering” with the traffic lights, it’s possible to reduce traffic ....

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Friday, November 4, 2016
Hawaii has the longest permit approval process in the country
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:03 AM :: 5268 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics

...a study done by Dr. Ralph McLaughlin, an economist at Trulia, concluded that delays in the permitting process are the greatest factor for lack of affordable housing....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Does Hawaii Need a "Property Ownership Fairness Act"
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:41 AM :: 4063 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

In Hawaii, this can be seen most starkly with the advent of the "shared" economy....

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Grassroot Backs Suit Against 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 PM :: 3535 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Grassroot Institute argues that this is not about the right to collect taxes, but rather a matter of mis-allocation of the funds....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Brewbaker: The Future of Agriculture on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:35 PM :: 4377 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture
Thursday, October 27th, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Maui Country Club, Paia
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Monday, October 24, 2016
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Home-Sharing
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:35 PM :: 4440 Views :: Land Use, Tourism

Mrs. Sandefur will be speaking on Oahu and Maui on October 24th and 31st respectively....

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Video: The Town That Privatized Everything
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:58 PM :: 3152 Views :: Health Care

“We’ve never even heard of a publicly run hospital.”

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Saturday, October 15, 2016
The Health Financing Crown Wears Heavy on the Insurers’ Heads
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:03 PM :: 2534 Views :: Health Care

Some have argued that health insurance is “not insurance”....

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Why did Governor Ige get an F for fiscal policy?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:15 AM :: 3239 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

In total, Governor Ige increased spending by $1.8 billion since he took office....

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Pension Reform? Fiscal responsibility is key to improving state's economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:03 PM :: 4734 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...administration will seek to both accelerate state payments into the Employee Retirement System pension fund and establish new rules for dealing with the privatization of government operations....

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Saturday, October 8, 2016
Can a feasibility study make or break the inter-island ferry?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:24 AM :: 3188 Views :: Jones Act

...consider how a Jones Act exemption and privately-operated model can change the game....

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Thursday, October 6, 2016
Politicians In Un-Contested Races Get More Contributions
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:51 PM :: 2842 Views :: Ethics
Why would candidates in uncontested races be given so much money?
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Jones Act Does Not Keep America Safe
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:13 PM :: 3329 Views :: Jones Act

...the harmful effects of the Jones Act on our Navy....

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Fed Wreck: The Federal Push for a Hawaiian Government
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:29 AM :: 4295 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...A look at the recent rules handed down by the Department of Interior....

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Friday, September 16, 2016
What if Hawaii’s government were run by a private company?
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:49 PM :: 2928 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Oliver Porter, a leader in the creation of the public-private city model, will come to Hawaii to be featured at a Grassroot Institute event on Oahu on September 28th and on Maui on September 29th....

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Saturday, September 10, 2016
US policies may hurt Micronesians more than they help
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:36 PM :: 4644 Views :: National News

...Micronesians arriving in Hawaii cite three reasons for leaving their home islands: access to healthcare, education, and employment. However, US taxpayers spend a great deal to fund these issues, both locally and in Micronesia, and it’s not clear whether the money is spent wisely....

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Saturday, September 10, 2016
How Guam May Impact Hawaii: Race-Based Voting Deja Vu
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:33 PM :: 3978 Views :: Akaka Bill

...Davis v. Guam is currently being heard in federal district court. The decision could have a huge impact on the Native Hawaiian nation-building effort....

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Saturday, September 10, 2016
Rent control would worsen affordable housing shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:27 PM :: 2848 Views :: Cost of Living

When New York City implemented tough rent control policies during the 1970s and early 1980s, over 300,000 apartments were abandoned over an 11-year period....

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
Hawaii The 2nd-Least Tax-Friendly State in the U.S.
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:21 PM :: 4143 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Our review of states’ fiscal health reveals crippling deficits and pension liabilities that could lead to future tax hikes, service cuts or both....

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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Honolulu adds hurdles for military families driving for Uber, Lyft
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:31 PM :: 3921 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...in a state that is consistently ranked the worst place in America to make a living, the government decided to make getting a job even more challenging....

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Friday, August 19, 2016
Homelessness Decrees: Short-Term or Shortsighted?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:12 PM :: 2904 Views :: Homelessness

...the Governor is opening the door to a major expansion of executive power in our state....

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Sunday, August 14, 2016
Hawaii Budget: Taxes on the Horizon
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:46 AM :: 3547 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

Hawaii’s Legislators are well on their way to depleting the state’s $890 million cash balance....

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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Watch Out for Rising Taxes in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:42 AM :: 2348 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii lawmakers will likely attempt to raise taxes next year to pay for new record spending levels....

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Thursday, August 11, 2016
ESAs: How to increase school funding without raising taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:03 PM :: 3014 Views :: Education K-12

...a new program called Education Savings Accounts has accomplished this elsewhere, and provided more educational options for families....

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Saturday, August 6, 2016
Occupational Licensing: Hawaii Most Burdensome Requirements in USA
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:00 PM :: 3770 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

Hawaii has the most burdensome licensing requirements for low to middle income jobs compared to the rest of the nation....

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Saturday, August 6, 2016
Maui’s long waiting list for water
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:55 PM :: 2994 Views :: Maui County

...1,900 applicants have been waiting for years, often decades, to get hooked up to the county water system....

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Thursday, August 4, 2016
Why it’s so expensive to cool Hawaii’s schools
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:01 AM :: 4751 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Ethics

...dividing the project into an AC portion and an energy portion would greatly reduce the per-classroom cost....

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Why are more Micronesians coming to Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:28 PM :: 6103 Views :: National News, Homelessness

...why they’ve chosen to leave their home islands....

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Sunday, July 31, 2016
Hawaii Budget: Taxes on the Horizon
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:35 AM :: 3342 Views :: Hawaii State Government

At the rate Hawaii is spending and taxing, projected budgets will only be sustainable for two more years....

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
SB2077: Randy Perreira Face-Saving Bill
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 3691 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...kabuki theater aimed at baffling and confusing union members to make it look like their union bosses are actually doing something for them when they’re not....

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
Maui County set to strangle Airbnb
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:37 PM :: 3562 Views :: Maui County

Officials in Maui County are set to impose stringent standards upon short-term housing permitting while serving Airbnb hosts with harsh civil penalties....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Hawaii Pension System $8 Billion in Trouble
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:14 AM :: 4110 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...at $6,000 per resident, the burden of Hawaii’s pension shortfalls is among the highest in the nation....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Hawaii Police Departments decreasing in size per capita
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:12 AM :: 4015 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Police

There are less police officers on the streets today per person than there were in the 1990’s....

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Sunday, July 24, 2016
How Much Money Does Hawaii Spend Per Student?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:35 AM :: 3021 Views :: Education K-12

...in Hawaii, parents aren’t allowed to send their children to a different school unless they get a rare district exemption....

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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Video: Winds of Change in Education
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:04 PM :: 2763 Views :: Education K-12

...why it's so expensive to cool Hawaii schools....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
The Hawaii Legislature's Exercise in Short-Term Thinking
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:01 PM :: 3543 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

In essence, the legislature just handed the Hawaii taxpayers a bill, and even they don't know how high it's going to be....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Maui Hospital Veto Override will jeopardize the Employee Retirement System
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:11 AM :: 4830 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

... Grassroot Institute Exposes Flaws in Veto Override Regarding Maui Hospitals ....

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
State lawmakers to return Monday to discuss wasteful $25 million union deal
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:13 AM :: 3035 Views :: Health Care, Labor

Legislators will convene on Monday, July 18th for a special session to determine whether $25 million in severance pay will be paid to union employees transitioning to new employment in a private hospital system....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Maui HGEA Payoff: Still $25M too Much
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:04 PM :: 4262 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor

"The legislature must avoid establishing a costly disincentive that would hinder the saving of other neighbor islands' hospital systems through healthy public-private partnerships...."

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Monday, July 11, 2016
Healthcare: Legislators Muddle Definition of ‘Direct Primary Care’
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:49 AM :: 2583 Views :: Health Care

“There’s plenty of resistance from insurance companies at the state level against direct primary care."

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Saturday, July 9, 2016
Rifle Association: Six Lawyers Working on Hawaii ‘Rap Back’ Lawsuit
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:01 AM :: 4439 Views :: Second Amendment
“The 1986 Firearm Owners’ Protection Act is very explicit,” he told me. “This [measure] is not legal.”
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Friday, July 8, 2016
Will Obama Give Honolulu a Pardon from Rail Jail?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:46 PM :: 3420 Views :: Rail

...Grassroot Institute analyst Matthew Reade speaks with Thomas Rubin, a mass transit consultant who advised Hawaii officials in the early stages of the project....

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Friday, July 8, 2016
Does the Film Industry Need Taxpayer Subsidies?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:36 PM :: 3224 Views :: Tax Credits
“A lot of the time, they’re simply checks.”
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Friday, July 1, 2016
Why are there no mobile home parks in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:33 PM :: 4993 Views :: Homelessness, Land Use

“Here in Hawaii we don’t have trailer parks–they’re not legal.”

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Compact Impact: Why Pacific Islanders are Fleeing to Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:58 PM :: 4587 Views :: Health Care, Homelessness

Compact Impact: Why Pacific Islanders are Fleeing to Hawaii - Neil Mellen...

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Friday, June 24, 2016
In the Beginning, Rail Cost Only $3B
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:22 PM :: 2980 Views :: Rail

Early in the effort to determine a mass transit alternative for Oahu, city officials announced that the rail project would likely cost a little more than $3 billion....

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