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Thursday, May 9, 2019
Grassroot: Bill 89 Unconstitutional
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:48 AM :: 4396 Views :: Honolulu County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

...The Hawaii Constitution also has a clause that protects citizens from excessive fines, making it even more likely that someone will challenge the enormous fines associated with this proposal....

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Monday, May 6, 2019
Honolulu 5th-lowest Small Business Growth
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 2321 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Honolulu is slightly ahead of Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio....

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Friday, May 3, 2019
‘Sticks’ won’t resolve vacation rental debate
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:14 PM :: 2795 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...Hawaii’s contradictory approach to short-term vacation rentals hasn’t been doing much to make anybody happy, and could, in fact, just be making things worse....

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
SCR204: OHA Insiders Exploit Aloha Poke Controversy to Grab Ownership of Hawaiian Culture for Themselves
By Andrew Walden @ 5:30 PM :: 3299 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

...The plan is the feudal-minded Office of Hawaiian Affairs-OHA will own ‘Aloha’ and you will have to buy aloha from them.  Poke too.  And they are using this to grab control of ‘genetic’ resources as well....

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Monday, April 22, 2019
Hawaii's Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business
By Selected News Articles @ 5:22 PM :: 2855 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Hilo and Kahului are the places to be....

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
State Launches Aquaculture Accelerator
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 2815 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits

...The accelerator will be based at NELHA’s Hawai‘i Ocean Science and Technology Park in Kailua-Kona on Hawai‘i ‘i Island and is expected to start its first cohort in the fall of 2019....

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
$17 Minimum Wage Cost $1.456 Billion per year
By News Release @ 4:19 AM :: 3638 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

...If the average pay hike is $3.50/hr for 208K workers, a $17 minimum would cost $5.6M per 8 hour shift--$28M per 40 hr week--$1.456B per year....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Why Farm?
By Joni Kamiya @ 5:36 PM :: 3681 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...Wouldn’t be wonderful if a wealthy non-profit volunteered to pay for all the regulations they demand?....

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Sunday, April 14, 2019
Hawaii Smallest Firearms Industry in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:38 PM :: 3673 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Second Amendment, Small Business

...2019’s States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry....

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Friday, April 12, 2019
Want higher wages? Try economic freedom
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:24 PM :: 4027 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...Hawaii policymakers cannot mandate people into prosperity....

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Friday, April 5, 2019
DLNR Seeks Bidders to Redevelop Ala Wai Harbor
By News Release @ 2:09 PM :: 4734 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, OHA, Small Business, Tourism

...The redevelopment should take into consideration input received in the DTL, LLC Final Report....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Got Milk? DoH Consent Decree Requires Shut Down of Big Island Dairy
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 4153 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Agriculture, Small Business

...The AOC requires Big Island Dairy owners to terminate their dairy operations, remove all their cows from confinement on the site, clean and remove the existing wastewater system, and pay $79,000 by June of 2019....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Maui Mayor Proposes $869.5M Budget
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 3998 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...tax increases would affect commercial, up by 14 cents per $1,000 of valuation; industrial, up by 3 cents per thousand; hotel and resort, up by 23 cents per thousand; and short-term rental, up by 27 cents per thousand....

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Monday, March 25, 2019
Hilo Has the Highest Food Prices in America
By Selected News Articles @ 10:40 PM :: 5123 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Small Business, Cost of Living

...As much as a third of the food waste in Hawaii is due to food that has gone bad before it reaches the consumer....

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Monday, March 25, 2019
​The hypocrisy of minimum-wage laws
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:45 PM :: 3268 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...it is never enough....

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Friday, March 22, 2019
How high is too high? What’s known and unknown about minimum wage increases
By UHERO @ 4:02 AM :: 2738 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...the subsequent increase to $13 led to large reductions in hours for low wage workers of 6-7% that completely offset a 3% rise in the average hourly wages....

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Monday, March 18, 2019
Lesbian Home Invasion: Supreme Court Will Not Hear Hawaii Case
By Selected News Articles @ 4:54 PM :: 5116 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...A state-level decision against the property owner shows the limits of the Supreme Court's wedding cake ruling....

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Monday, March 18, 2019
Innovation? Hawaii Ranks 45th
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 3349 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Small Business

...Innovation is a principal driver of U.S. economic growth....

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Saturday, March 16, 2019
Restore flexibility for delivery of public services
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:38 PM :: 3153 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...You just violated Hawaii law. Get ready to be sued....

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Thursday, March 14, 2019
Forgotten Voices: The Inadequate Review and Improper Alteration of Our National Monuments
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 3716 Views :: Environment, National News, Small Business, Obama

...The American Samoan Government and its people were barely consulted before these monuments were established or expanded. As a result, our local fishermen were barred from accessing the waters that Samoans have been visiting for over a millennium....

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Thursday, March 14, 2019
State’s use of contractors just a hint of what could be
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:47 PM :: 3358 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...state agencies have saved thousands of dollars a year by privatizing some of their janitorial positions....

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Sunday, March 10, 2019
Hawaii Supreme Court: Must Employer Hold Open Injured Worker's Position Eternally?
By Robert Thomas @ 4:33 PM :: 3023 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Small Business

...Amicus Brief: Employer Can Fill Injured Worker's Position If There Are Legitimate Business Reasons For Doing So....

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Friday, March 8, 2019
SB931: Tourism Industry Aims to Shut Down Aquarium Fishery
By Selected News Articles @ 7:12 PM :: 3166 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

...Introduction of the aquarium fishery closure bill is the tourist groups’ attempt to preempt the HEPA environmental review completion....

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Thursday, March 7, 2019
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 3:10 AM :: 2575 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii Ranks 23rd at $129 per capita....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Tokuda-Connected Recycler Busted for Fraud
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:55 PM :: 4423 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tax Credits

...During FY 2018, the total deposit amounts reimbursed to Reynolds Recycling was approximately $7.96 million....

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Thursday, February 28, 2019
SB1009 Negates Public Health Benefits of Vaping
By Selected News Articles @ 4:16 AM :: 3567 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... SB1009 threatens the efficacy of a tobacco harm reduction tool that has helped millions of adult Americans quit smoking cigarettes ....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Feds Bust Labor Law Violators at Hawaii Malls
By News Release @ 10:29 PM :: 2968 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Small Business

...Wage and Hour Division (WHD) focused on retail mall employers in Hawaii, recovered $698,120 in back wages and liquidated damages for 339 employees, and led WHD to assess $59,523 in civil penalties for child labor violations during Fiscal Year 2018....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Hawaii Small Businesses Speak out Against Minimum Wage Hike
By News Release @ 4:45 AM :: 2523 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Hawaii small-business association offers a better idea for State House to consider....

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
DOBOR Sets Hearings for Massive Fee Hikes
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 3057 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

...People who use any of Hawai‘i’s small boat harbors, offshore moorings, landings or wharfs will have a chance to comment on new proposed fees and rules....

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Monday, February 18, 2019
Solar Fail: EnSync Going Bankrupt 'Very Short Term'
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 3505 Views :: Energy, Small Business

...the offtaker for a sizeable project the Company was working on in Hawaii sent the Company a letter purporting to terminate the subject power purchase agreement....

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Aquarium Fishing and Hawaiian Culture
By Selected News Articles @ 11:49 PM :: 2510 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... the ancient Hawaiians were practical people that utilized their natural resources ....

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Restaurant Closures Correlate to Minimum Wage Hikes
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:05 PM :: 3126 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Tourism

...For every dollar that the San Francisco minimum wage went up, there was a 4 to 10 percent increase in the likelihood of restaurant closings....

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Saturday, February 2, 2019
HB1191: Minimum Wage Hike Written to Exclude Public Employees
By News Release @ 8:01 PM :: 3137 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Under HB1191 HD1, the minimum wage for employees not receiving employer-sponsored health insurance will gradually increase until it reaches $15.00 in 2024, and $12.50 in 2024 for employees who are receiving employer-sponsored health insurance  (Editor's Note: This formula avoids re-writing State and County union contracts)....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Economic Impact of Immigration by State
By Selected News Articles @ 12:32 PM :: 2643 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Small Business

...Hawaii Ranks 15th....

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Monday, January 28, 2019
Who Should Regulate Drones in Hawaii?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:11 PM :: 3648 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Small Business

...Local rules that conflict with national ones threaten the growth of the entire U.S. drone industry....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
HDOT: Uber/Lyft Eligible to Begin Sister Isle Airport Pickups
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 1889 Views :: Small Business

...ride share pick up locations at Kahului Airport (OGG), Lihue Airport (LIH), Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA), Hilo International Airport (ITO) and Kapalua Airport (JHM) have been established by HDOT....

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Small Business Poll: 88% Say 'No' to Minimum Wage Hike
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 2598 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Hawaii employers have the added expense of complying with the state’s Prepaid Healthcare Act, which should be considered when examining the minimum wage....

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Thursday, January 17, 2019
Hawaii Tax Structure Uniquely Anti-Manufacturing
By Tax Foundation @ 8:42 PM :: 2685 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii, a state with a sales tax base so broad that it applies to more than the state’s entire economy, taxes not just the machinery businesses use to manufacture goods, but also the raw materials used in manufacturing....

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Monday, January 14, 2019
Birth Control: Judge Blocks Religious Freedom in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 11:42 AM :: 4598 Views :: First Amendment, Judiciary, Religion, Small Business

...The decision comes after a divided Ninth Circuit last month rebuked Gilliam for “abuse of discretion” by blocking interim versions of the rules in December 2017 in all 50 states....

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019
The Misinformed, Ineffective War on Styrofoam
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:43 PM :: 2951 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...a recent report on Oahu suggests that a Styrofoam ban is unlikely to reduce litter and increase recycling....

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Sunday, January 6, 2019
VIDEO: Economic Cost of Jones Act to Koloa Rum Co
By Video @ 10:45 PM :: 3026 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business

...How the Jones Act affects one Hawaii business....

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Friday, January 4, 2019
Government-Funded Sweatshops: No Minimum Wage for Hawaii Disabled Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:39 PM :: 5336 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Labor, Small Business

...people with disabilities in Hawaii often work for pennies per hour while living on welfare benefits....

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Monday, December 31, 2018
Auditor: Styrofoam Ban Doesn't Reduce Litter
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 3493 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Small Business

...H-Power allows recycling without requiring participation in the rituals of the eco-religion....

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
OHA’s $500K Cookie Crumbles
By Andrew Walden @ 2:38 AM :: 5066 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

... “Hawaii Gourmet Cookies has ceased operations.”   That’s the word from Oahu Auctions and Liquidations ....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Ige Approves Rule Changes for Small Boat Harbors
By News Release @ 3:39 PM :: 3183 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...drunks, bums, and feral animals....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Hawaii Becomes the Second State to Shut Out Wild-Animal Circuses
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 3973 Views :: Environment, Greenmail, Small Business, Tourism

...Gov. David Ige approved the new regulation Dec 21, 2018....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Environmental Council Completes Rewrite of Environmental Review Rules
By News Release @ 3:08 PM :: 3767 Views :: Environment, Development, Small Business

... The proposed rules now go before the Small Business Regulatory Review Board, which issues a recommendation to the Governor ....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Surfboards count as 'vessels' under the Jones Act, and it's creating big problems for workers' comp
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 PM :: 3587 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business

...this would technically require the business to have both state and federal workers’ compensation insurance, which means paying two separate premiums....

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Thursday, December 20, 2018
DLNR, Animal Liberation Nuts Imagine Aquarium Poachers--Post Reward
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 2814 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...they're upset because nobody has been accused of violating the law....

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Thursday, December 13, 2018
Auditor: DLNR Held Back Ceded Lands Payments
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:32 PM :: 4576 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, OHA, Small Business

...Over $26 Million of State Portion of Ceded Land Revenues were not Transferred to the State General Fund in a Timely Manner....

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