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Friday, November 20, 2020
And the hits just keep on coming!
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:46 PM :: 625 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...When businesses across the state are fighting for their lives, the state is about to levy an enormous hike in the unemployment tax.... 

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Monday, November 16, 2020
State unemployment tax slated to automatically triple in 2021
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:52 AM :: 773 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...Failure to address the legally required increase could discourage employers from hiring back employees after the lockdowns....

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Saturday, November 14, 2020
Today is your lucky day!
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:53 PM :: 473 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... to get right to the heart of what it means to have a healthy economy ....

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Friday, November 13, 2020
Federal aid is not the cure
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:09 PM :: 531 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...to bail out Hawaii's politicians at the local level, who have been doing little during our prolonged coronavirus lockdowns to trim the state's extravagant spending, despite the collapse of the state's private sector and evaporation of its tax stream....

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Friday, November 6, 2020
Same old, same old won't do
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:49 PM :: 568 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...At the county level, there could be some changes....

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Friday, October 30, 2020
Federal PVSA is pilau
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:43 PM :: 714 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... As Hawaii struggles to rebuild its economy following the COVID-19 lockdown, we are faced with big questions about the future of our tourism industry. ...

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Will Hawaii's emergency lockdowns ever be declared illegal in court?
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:01 PM :: 1442 Views :: COVID-19

... The state Constitution says emergency proclamations expire after 60 days, but Hawaii now is in its eighth month of lockdown ....

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Monday, October 26, 2020
Remember when U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye led the charge for Jones Act reform?
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:36 PM :: 627 Views :: Hawaii History, Jones Act

... “If you are going to get the cost of living down … you are going to have to get the Jones Act amended.”  -- Alaska Gov. Walter Hickel, speaking to the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce, Sept. 12, 1967 ....

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Friday, October 23, 2020
Rail and Bill 80 two peas in a pod
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:43 PM :: 672 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Rail, Tourism

...Two examples of the old way of thinking, both in Honolulu....

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Old federal maritime law holds back Hawaii tourism, new report shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:53 PM :: 933 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

...Ocean cruising has been suspended during the coronavirus lockdowns, but when it resumes, the industry needs more freedom to benefit Hawaii....

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Monday, October 19, 2020
Bill 80 Imposes Rehiring Formula on Hotels
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:03 PM :: 918 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Tourism

...rehire employees according to a strict formula based on an occupancy ratio....

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Saturday, October 17, 2020
How to diversify Hawaii's economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:35 PM :: 709 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Tourism

“...If all of us had to go back and work in the agricultural sector, we’re not as productive in that, and we would lose income....”

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Thursday, October 15, 2020
COVID: Hawaii debt increases by $9 billion
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:12 PM :: 709 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s unfunded liabilities for infrastructure and public health benefits have increased so far this year to $97 billion....

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Thursday, October 15, 2020
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "We must lift the Jones Act, which has exploited Puerto Rican consumers and strangled the economy"
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:24 PM :: 1907 Views :: Jones Act

...U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) used the recent three-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico to call for a lifting of the Jones Act....

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Saturday, October 10, 2020
How to stop the exodus
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:04 AM :: 1072 Views :: Economy, Cost of Living, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s negative migration of the past several years in a row is going to accelerate....

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Thursday, October 8, 2020
Great Lockdown Crash of 2020 is wake-up call for Hawaii lawmakers
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:57 AM :: 1100 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s leading industry, tourism, has virtually disappeared; unemployment is at historic highs; hundreds, if not thousands, of businesses have permanently closed; state and county tax revenues have evaporated....

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Friday, October 2, 2020
Rein in this red-tape rascal
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:02 PM :: 756 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...When your state lacks sufficient housing, the last thing you should do is make building a difficult, risky and lengthy process. But that’s exactly what Hawaii has done....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Pollyana approach not working
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:08 PM :: 799 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... At the beginning of the year, our governor boasted about his efforts to put the state on a “sound financial footing.” What a difference a few months can make ....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Reform state LUC to encourage more housing, new report says
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:50 AM :: 612 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...The state Land Use Commission has strayed from its core mission, leading to fewer homes and higher home prices for Hawaii residents....

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
"Good intentions are not alone enough"
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:33 AM :: 1028 Views :: COVID-19

...the road to tyranny can be paved with good intentions....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
Ridiculous rules laughable but no laughing matter
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:40 AM :: 1484 Views :: COVID-19

...The yo-yo nature of Hawaii’s lockdowns is destroying local businesses....

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Liberalize West Maui Plan to encourage more housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:42 PM :: 640 Views :: Maui County, Land Use

... The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii advises Maui planners against adding more regulations if they wants more housing ....

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Friday, September 4, 2020
We weren't crying "Wolf" after all
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:38 PM :: 1515 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...that crisis finally came, and we were unprepared for it....

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Watchdog group urges Ige to release COVID records
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:02 PM :: 1162 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says the lack of transparency is ‘eroding public trust in the management of the pandemic’....

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Friday, August 21, 2020
Time to come clean about COVID crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:01 PM :: 1480 Views :: COVID-19

...a lack of public trust came from a lack of transparency....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
‘Updating the Jones Act for the 21st Century’
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:46 PM :: 843 Views :: Jones Act

...calling for outright repeal of the protectionist federal maritime law known as the Jones Act so far has not been a successful strategy....

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Saturday, August 15, 2020
​Lockdown reveals Hawaii's economic house of cards
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:42 AM :: 1778 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Growing the budget and approving government employee pay raises when Hawaii is running out of money is an unsustainable way to run a state....

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Saturday, August 8, 2020
Lockdown mania, at what cost?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:45 PM :: 1125 Views

...Day after day we learn of businesses that have filed for bankruptcy or shut their doors for good....

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Friday, July 31, 2020
Boldly going where no research has gone before
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 846 Views :: Jones Act

...If you remember nothing else, remember these numbers: 1.2 billion, 5 and 9,100....

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Jones Act costs Hawaii families almost $1,800 extra every year
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:58 PM :: 1193 Views :: Jones Act

...the Jones Act overall costs Hawaii $1.2 billion annually, including 9,100 jobs and $148 million in taxes....

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020
10AM -- Major new study finally reveals how much Jones Act costs Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:50 AM :: 1904 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

...U.S. Sen. Mike Lee and U.S. Rep. Ed Case will be on hand when the findings are presented during a live webinar July 29 at 10AM >>>JOIN THE PRESENTATION<<< ....

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Saturday, July 25, 2020
We've touched a nerve
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:00 AM :: 1413 Views :: Jones Act

...How do you know you’re starting to make a real difference on an issue? The quality of both your critics and your friends improves....

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Friday, July 17, 2020
Jones Act: Something we can all agree on
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:24 PM :: 948 Views :: Jones Act

...the Jones Act, a protectionist federal maritime law enacted in 1920, is one of the few political issues that doesn’t break down along party lines....

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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Legislative Session: The good, the bad and the ugly
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:42 PM :: 1353 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... donning rose-colored glasses and approaching the budget shortfall as a temporary setback ....

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Friday, July 10, 2020
City Council defers borrowing for rail
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:11 AM :: 863 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...a resolution that would have authorized up to $26 million in borrowing to help fund its over-budget and behind-schedule rail project....

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020
COVID Debt Bomb Puts Honolulu Over the Limit
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:48 PM :: 1270 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

...Honolulu county can't afford to borrow more for rail, Grassroot Institute says....

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Saturday, July 4, 2020
The 1840 Hawaiian Constitution and the Fourth of July
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:02 AM :: 11270 Views :: Hawaii History

In 1840 the Kingdom of Hawaii adopted a constitution with strong parallels to the Constitution of the United States....

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Friday, July 3, 2020
Yes, we are different from Minneapolis; our police misdeeds are kept secret
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:37 PM :: 1177 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, Police

...The intense secrecy that has come to characterize the Honolulu Police Department....

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Thursday, July 2, 2020
HB2502 Still Dangerous: Grassroot Institute warns again about granting wide powers to health director
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:09 AM :: 1259 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...the institute said it "continues to have grave concerns," since "the powers contemplated in this bill are so sweeping and broad as to raise significant questions about privacy, civil liberties and constitutionality."....

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Friday, June 26, 2020
Note to Legislature: Focus!
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:28 PM :: 841 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...With Hawaii facing its greatest financial crisis in generations, the state Legislature is finally taking action on balloon launches, a “climate innovation technology park” and red light cameras....

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Thursday, June 25, 2020
HB2502: 'Gut and replace' bill would give emergency powers to health director
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:29 AM :: 3286 Views :: COVID-19

...the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and Health will be meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, to consider HB2502, Proposed SD1....

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Saturday, June 20, 2020
​‘The Jones Act isn’t just inefficient, it’s failed’
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:42 PM :: 890 Views :: Jones Act

...Who opposes repeal of the Jones Act?....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Lockdown victims include Hawaii healthcare providers
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:37 PM :: 976 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, COVID-19

...by mid-April, the same Convention Center that was poised to be converted into extra hospital facilities was instead turned into a phone bank facility to handle the influx of unemployment claims....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Hawaii Spending Cap Too Easily Ignored by Lawmakers
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:03 PM :: 798 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Start working now to adopt a meaningful spending cap....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Kam Napier: How to strike the right balance in reopening Hawaii economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:00 PM :: 1065 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... Napier has encouraged his readers to think critically about how our state and counties have responded to the public health threat ....

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Friday, June 5, 2020
Jones Act 100th -- Happy Birthday, NOT!
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:54 PM :: 714 Views :: Jones Act

...The best gift for this 100-year-old law that harms Hawaii would be to modernize it for the 21st century....

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020
VIDEO: How to Save Lives in Hawaii, in 50 Seconds
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:34 PM :: 924 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...if our leaders let their coronavirus lockdowns linger, Hawaii can expect a wave of "deaths of despair"....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Grassroot: Quarantine Extension Will Delay Economic Recovery
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:32 PM :: 1267 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...If Hawaii extends its 14-day quarantine or imposes testing requirements on visitors, this could lead to “a steeper decline in arrivals in 2020 and would likely delay the recovery”....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
How to Reopen Hawaii's Economy--Michael W. Perry Interviews Keli'i Akina
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:24 AM :: 1150 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...Roadmap to Prosperity: How Hawaii can recover and even excel after the coronavirus lockdown....

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Does Jones Act protect national security?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:15 PM :: 1314 Views :: Jones Act, Military

...Rust Buckets: How the Jones Act Undermines U.S. Shipbuilding and National Security....

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