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Monday, January 08, 2018
Red tape tally long overdue
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:46 PM :: 420 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...It is commonly said that Hawaii has too many government regulations, but how many regulations are there exactly?....

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Maui hospitals point the way
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:16 AM :: 697 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Labor

...the state should consider privatizing more of its medical facilities....

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Friday, December 29, 2017
Federal tax plan exposes Hawaii’s high taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:36 PM :: 855 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...this could make Hawaii and other high-tax states less competitive for their wealthiest earners, since those residents will be less able to deduct the high local taxes....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
State pension woes raise specter of county bankruptcies
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:15 PM :: 1970 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Taxes

...Hokama also asked Thom Williams, executive director of the ERS, if the debt would still be owed if the county went bankrupt....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Bureaucracy thwarts state modernization
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:07 PM :: 870 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...Hawaii’s entrenched state and county bureaucracies delaying the advance of high technology into their own operations....

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Thursday, December 14, 2017
Hawaii among worst states for economic freedom
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:17 AM :: 1793 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...The 2017 Economic Freedom of North America report helps explain why life is tough in the Aloha State....

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Saturday, December 02, 2017
'Certificate of need’ laws are certifiably unnecessary
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:23 PM :: 734 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... no politician would want to get caught saying they supported limiting the number of  hospitals, dialysis facilities or MRI machines for rural areas.  And yet, that’s exactly what Hawaii's legislature has done ....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Hawaii doesn’t need ‘certificate of need’ laws
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:21 PM :: 1080 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...the median wait time for treatment in the Queen’s Medical Center ER is about six hours and 20 minutes....

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Monday, November 06, 2017
Bottleneckers in Hawaii: How licensing laws make it harder to get a job
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:09 PM :: 827 Views

...A national Institute for Justice (IJ) study says they are the most burdensome in the nation, covering more than 40 occupations in which residents must acquire the state’s permission before being allowed to work....

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Thursday, November 02, 2017
Video: ERS not out of woods yet
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:08 PM :: 907 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Featuring: Thom Williams, Executive director, Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii....

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Tax Conference 2017: Hawaii’s Taxes, from the Outside Looking In
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 AM :: 2068 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii’s tax and public pension systems will be put under the microscope at a series of three free panel discussions hosted by Hawaii Rep. Andria Tupola, on Thursday, Nov. 2....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Rail Plan B: FTA Contradicts Caldwell
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:09 AM :: 1863 Views :: Rail

...At no point did the FTA reject a “Plan B” option....

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Friday, October 20, 2017
Government is making a mess of Honolulu's Kakaako Waterfront Park
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:40 AM :: 1109 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness

...There likely are plenty of groups around Hawaii that would be willing to manage Kakaako Waterfront Park instead of the state. Why not give them a try?....

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Saturday, October 14, 2017
Hawaii politicians missing the boat on Jones Act reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:13 PM :: 1113 Views :: Jones Act

...It isn't often that a supposedly controversial political issue builds to an overwhelming consensus among Hawaii citizens — especially when that consensus is in direct opposition to the official position of the state's Democratic Party....

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Thursday, October 05, 2017
Cost of Living: Honolulu adjusted salaries lowest in USA
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:39 PM :: 2195 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Honolulu’s adjusted salaries are the lowest in the country, more than $7,000 below the next lowest, Tucson, AZ....

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Friday, September 29, 2017
White House waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico -- For Just 10 Days
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:16 AM :: 2197 Views :: Jones Act

...Puerto Rico needs more than temporary Jones Act waiver...the Jones Act had been significantly hindering essential relief efforts to the millions of hurricane victims on the island....

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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Council yanks ‘forensic’ from rail audit
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:51 PM :: 1395 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...the Honolulu City Council unanimously approved Resolution 17-199 to audit the rail for financial cost overruns, but watered down language that would’ve made the audit “forensic.”....

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Sunday, September 10, 2017
How to fix health care in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:28 PM :: 1115 Views :: Health Care

...foster greater competition among doctors, hospitals, drug companies and insurance companies, by simplifying the regulatory environment....

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Saturday, September 09, 2017
U.S. waives Jones Act before Hurricane Irma hits
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:18 PM :: 999 Views :: Jones Act

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii praises waiver to help hurricane victims....

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Grassroot Institute Testifies on Jones Act in Washington, DC
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:57 AM :: 2047 Views :: Jones Act

...President Keli'i Akina Discusses Act’s Economic Impact, Reform at SBA Hearing....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Postpone tax talk until after rail audit
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:44 PM :: 878 Views :: Taxes

...there is, in fact, another feasible option: no tax increases at all....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Oahu, Maui Events: New Directions in Education
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:49 AM :: 1246 Views :: Education K-12

...Students in Hawaii have few options when it comes to school choice....

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Friday, August 18, 2017
Hawaii misses the bitcoin boom
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 2308 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

....Since then, the price of bitcoin has catapulted to over $4,000 per bitcoin, up from $1,000....

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Monday, August 14, 2017
Grassroot: Investigate Rail Fraud, Waste, Abuse
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:00 PM :: 1102 Views :: Ethics, Rail

“What is needed is a full, independent forensic audit of the project, to identify the reason — or reasons — for its significant cost overruns and missed deadlines...."

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Friday, August 11, 2017
No need for special session this summer
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:49 PM :: 1735 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the immediate cash flow problems have been solved for the most part by the Honolulu City Council, which authorized the sale of $350 million in bonds to help bail out the project....

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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Rail: ‘Special audit possibly coming down the line’
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:00 AM :: 1273 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Cliff Slater told the HART board that “everything should come up on the table, as John Henry Felix is calling for.”....

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Friday, July 28, 2017
Hawaii a case study in how government can make basic healthcare a nightmare
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:01 AM :: 1877 Views :: Health Care

...the state-run Maui Memorial Hospital faced every problem a medical facility could. Dogged by consistently low professional accreditation ratings, it lacked specialists and had constant funding shortfalls. Patients regularly had to be airlifted to Honolulu, even for trauma care....

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Maui Event Features Peggy Grande, confidant to President Ronald Reagan
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:06 AM :: 978 Views :: Republican Party

...Peggy will share her behind-the-scenes stories and insights about Ronald Reagan’s final years....

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Saturday, July 22, 2017
Grassroot: Special Session Should Order Rail Audit
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:48 AM :: 1111 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...VIDEO: Grassroot Institute writer discusses audit of rail fiasco....

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Saturday, July 15, 2017
How to Lower the Cost of Health Care and Bring Doctors Back to Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 1422 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

...Presentation featuring Dr. Kyle Varner, former Hawaii physician....

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Floating rail bonds could sink city credit
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:49 PM :: 1025 Views :: Rail

...rail leaders want to put $350 million on the city’s “credit card” to fund the project....

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Friday, July 07, 2017
HART board chokes on forensic audit
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:36 AM :: 1563 Views :: Ethics, Rail

“It’s not my intent to muck around in the past.”

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Tuesday, July 04, 2017
The 1840 Hawaiian Constitution and the Fourth of July
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:02 AM :: 4867 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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Thursday, June 29, 2017
Honolulu rail clearly a fiasco
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:08 AM :: 1311 Views :: Rail

...things could have turned out differently....

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Honolulu rail project most expensive in the world
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:25 PM :: 2911 Views :: Rail

...there has never been a full independent audit investigating the rail for fraud, waste and abuse....

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Panos: Statewide Surface Transportation Challenges and Opportunities
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:05 PM :: 1092 Views :: Maui County, Rail

Stuck in traffic? Panos Prevedouros will share traffic solutions that will free up our state's gridlock and get traffic flowing again....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
State Labor Negotiators partly to blame for counties’ tax hikes
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:57 AM :: 1424 Views :: Labor, Taxes

...negotiations with the public employee unions take place mostly at the state level, but the counties nevertheless are on the hook....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
No Jones Act Tankers to Carry LNG
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:54 AM :: 1666 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...Currently no Jones Act-eligible tankers are capable of carrying LNG....

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Saturday, June 03, 2017
VIDEO: The Right to Home Share in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:26 PM :: 1254 Views :: Small Business

...Airbnb and other home-sharing applications are regulated by market demands for safety and quality, most notably, by star ratings....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
HB209: Tax credit to help poor really helps politicians
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:45 AM :: 931 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...state lawmakers mostly would just be raising taxes on the rich and giving it to themselves....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
The case for short-term rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:37 AM :: 1239 Views :: Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...the home sharing economy helps locals deal with Hawaii’s cost of living....

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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Grassroot Institute video goes viral
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:29 AM :: 1667 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii reached almost half a million people in just six days with a video about how locals are fleeing Hawaii’s high taxes and cost of living....

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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Hawaii taxpayers about to get railroaded?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:24 AM :: 1335 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 :: 2150 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 :: 1528 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 08, 2017
The Jones Act and other regulations have buried the shipping industry
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:01 AM :: 1167 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 04, 2017
Union salary hikes include hidden costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:09 AM :: 1750 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 :: 1691 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 :: 1168 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 :: 1114 Views :: National News

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

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