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Friday, December 07, 2018
Nation’s Capital hears our message on Jones Act
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:06 PM :: 406 Views :: Jones Act

...“The Jones Act: Charting a New Course After a Century of Failure.”...

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Friday, November 30, 2018
Not all public-private partnerships are good
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:13 PM :: 294 Views :: Rail

...to distinguish good public-private partnerships from bad ones, we use the same principles employed whenever we evaluate government action: cost, accountability and risk....

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Connected: Rail, Pensions, and Vacation Rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:48 PM :: 557 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Keli'i Akina and Joe Kent discuss the latest research by the Grassroot Institute on rail, vacation rentals and the unfunded liabilty of Hawaii's public pension system....

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Saturday, November 17, 2018
Maui rental fines not fine
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:25 AM :: 741 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

...Renting out your room illegally to someone vacationing on the island for 10 days would mean more than $100,000 in fines....

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Hawaii rank goes up, but not its economic freedom
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:31 PM :: 855 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...The Economic Freedom of North America 2018 outlines Hawaii's statistical paradox....

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Monday, November 12, 2018
How to Build More Housing in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:02 PM :: 921 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

...how some well-intentioned regulations have had a chilling effect on efforts to build more homes....

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Saturday, November 10, 2018
Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:40 AM :: 556 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

Many Hawaii taxpayers breathed a sigh of relief after the state Supreme Court on Oct. 19 voided a ballot question that would’ve allowed the state to raise taxes....

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Friday, November 02, 2018
Lower cost of living to help teachers, everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:50 PM :: 720 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Cost of Living

...lower state and county taxes, reduce government regulations, allow more housing to be built, update the federal Jones Act and narrow the scope of occupational licensure....

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Rail: Bill 42 Breaks a Promise
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:22 PM :: 836 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...Bill 42 break the promise made by the full City Council in 2006 that city funds or bonds would not be used to fund the rail....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
​‘P3′ for rail a budgetary ruse
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:23 PM :: 1342 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...to duck budgetary limits in the short run and spread their higher costs over the long run....

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Friday, October 19, 2018
More taxes won’t cure our ills
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:18 PM :: 593 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...even a Hawaii Supreme Court Justice isn’t sure who is supposed to pay....

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Case, Cavasso agree on updating Jones Act
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:41 PM :: 789 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

...Democrat and Republican candidates say they would seek reform of the Jones Act, if elected....

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Friday, September 28, 2018
Janus: Hawaii union law potentially unconstitutional
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:20 AM :: 1548 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...Two prominent attorneys agree Act 007 may violate Supreme Court Janus decision....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
'Education Tax' -- $21K per House
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:52 PM :: 1352 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...A proposed state “surcharge” on “investment real property” to fund public education could result in county property taxes statewide going up by an average of $21,005....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Grassroot Institute to Host Congressional District 1 Candidate Forum
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:25 PM :: 1420 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Politicians

...Friday, Sept. 28, from noon to 1 p.m....

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Saturday, September 08, 2018
Impacts of 'Janus' on public sector
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:02 PM :: 901 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...Now that the U.S. Supreme Court's Janus v. AFSCME ruling has had time to settle, what’s next?....

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Pension spiking cost Hawaii taxpayers $20.5M in FY 2017
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:12 PM :: 2266 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...A Grassroot Institute FOIA request reveals that 320 employees spiked their salaries ahead of retiring....

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Saturday, September 01, 2018
Arizona ruling shows Hawaii ballot question vulnerable
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 PM :: 1032 Views :: Higher Education, Taxes

...An "education tax" proposal similar to Hawaii's was held back from voters for being vague....

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Maui Event: Build up or build out?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:50 PM :: 1619 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...opening up more land for housing should also be on the table, if policy makers want to ease pressure on the housing market....

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Thursday, August 23, 2018
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii sends Jones Act waiver request to President Trump
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:43 PM :: 904 Views :: Jones Act

...Grassroot Institute president says a waiver will help island families rebuild....

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Exempt Hawaii from Jones Act for Hurricane Lane
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:44 PM :: 730 Views :: Jones Act

...Federal agencies should take precautionary steps now to better assist Hawaii residents....

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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Rosy assumptions could be thorny for Hawaii ERS
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:01 PM :: 1113 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...end date could drag out far longer if the investments of the state’s Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) do not perform as well as expected....

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Thursday, August 02, 2018
Grassroot Institute releases report on fixing pension debt crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:29 PM :: 1364 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...how to bring under control the almost $13 billion in unfunded liabilities of Hawaii’s public pension system....

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Friday, July 27, 2018
How to resolve Hawaii’s public pension debt crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:33 PM :: 2334 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is releasing a new report that outlines how policymakers could resolve Hawaii’s financially dangerous public pension crisis....

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Thursday, July 05, 2018
Only One Jones Act Ship Used in Iraq War
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:25 PM :: 1243 Views :: Jones Act, Military

...For its overseas sealift operations, America’s military generally relies on America’s Maritime Security Program (MSP) fleet — all foreign-built ships that do not comply with the requirements of the Jones Act....

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018
The 1840 Hawaiian Constitution and the Fourth of July
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:02 AM :: 6678 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, June 15, 2018
HART violating FTA funding agreement?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:10 PM :: 1950 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Board member John Henry Felix says there might be a breach of contract with the feds....

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Monday, June 11, 2018
​Public-Private Partnerships in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:41 PM :: 1459 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...how to ease barriers to public-private partnerships in the state, and the benefits that could result if done right....

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Friday, June 08, 2018
'Surge pricing' ban will hurt Honolulu consumers
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:59 PM :: 1353 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges Mayor Caldwell to reject the City Council measure....

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Friday, June 01, 2018
Auditor: HART Management Listening in on My Interviews with Employees
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:35 AM :: 1687 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Kondo voices his objection to a HART policy requiring all employees participating in the audit to tape record their interviews with him. Those recordings are being given to HART management....

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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Lava disaster could worsen Hawaii pension crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:27 PM :: 1683 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii State Government, Labor

...ERS director warns emergency overtime costs add to state's unfunded liabilities....

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Monday, May 14, 2018
State encouraged building in risky lava zone
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:22 PM :: 2472 Views :: Hawaii County

...ongoing disaster could have been avoided....

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Thursday, May 10, 2018
How State Government fanned flames of volcano disaster
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:45 PM :: 7247 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Land Use

...the state originally encouraged the building of homes in this dangerous area by offering lava insurance where no private company would....

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Thursday, May 03, 2018
Navigating risk at Hawaii's public pension system
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:43 PM :: 1879 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...$12.9 billion in unfunded liabilities, a huge risk for government employees and all Hawaii families alike....

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
New study ranks Hawaii economy poorly but offers guide to ‘course correction’
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:53 PM :: 1230 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...The study, “Rich States, Poor States,” released Tuesday by the Virginia-based American Legislative Exchange Council, showed Hawaii slipping two spots from last year’s ranking....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Hawaii occupational licensing laws 'headed in wrong direction'
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:23 PM :: 1555 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

...Grassroot Institute president urges removal of barriers to economic mobility....

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Thursday, April 05, 2018
Grassroot: Low unemployment masks Hawaii’s unhealthy economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:37 PM :: 1845 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Labor

....Grassroot president says high taxes, regulations discourage higher-paying jobs....

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Monday, March 19, 2018
Grassroot: Bond plan for rail a bad sign for taxpayers, would violate city ordinance
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:16 PM :: 2418 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...Caldwell’s plan to use $44 million in bond debt is an ill-founded, potentially illegal attempt to payoff administrative costs related to the construction of the over-budget, behind-schedule Honolulu rail system....

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Friday, March 16, 2018
How the ‘Trump Tax’ affects Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:14 PM :: 1450 Views :: Taxes

...Thu, March 29, 2018 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM HST....

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Thursday, March 01, 2018
VIDEO: Why economic freedom matters to Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:59 PM :: 2336 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...José Torra, an economist and research director for Caminos de la Libertad in Mexico City....

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Hawaii Legislators Grasping at Straws
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:36 PM :: 1957 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

...A bill proposed in the Hawaii Legislature would ban the use of plastic straws. But the problem runs much deeper than the straw bill....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
​Hawaii bail system victimizes taxpayers, too
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:38 PM :: 1911 Views :: Judiciary, Law Enforcement

...government inefficiency is resulting in excessively high costs to Hawaii taxpayers....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Wage floor great for robots
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:57 AM :: 1564 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...it’s not a living wage if you’ve been replaced by a robot....

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Friday, January 19, 2018
Stacks of rules for renters
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:40 PM :: 1807 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...award-winning cartoonist and illustrator David Swann....

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Monday, January 08, 2018
Red tape tally long overdue
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:46 PM :: 2084 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 :: 2562 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 :: 1721 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 :: 4466 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 :: 2046 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 :: 3179 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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