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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 :: 405 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 :: 561 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 :: 643 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 :: 1459 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 :: 828 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 :: 1402 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 :: 1100 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 :: 900 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 :: 847 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 :: 1171 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 :: 1509 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 :: 1431 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 :: 1215 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 :: 2676 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 :: 1368 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 :: 2684 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 :: 1079 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 :: 1476 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 :: 1012 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 :: 1176 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 :: 2291 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 :: 2143 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 :: 1494 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 :: 1400 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 :: 2475 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 :: 2433 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 :: 1672 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 :: 1293 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 :: 1196 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 :: 2221 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 :: 1037 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 :: 1514 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 :: 2523 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 :: 1309 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 :: 1964 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 :: 1486 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 :: 2048 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 :: 1208 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 :: 1270 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 :: 1712 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 :: 1165 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 :: 1789 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 :: 5126 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 :: 1476 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 :: 3073 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 :: 1418 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 :: 1656 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 :: 2034 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 :: 1544 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 :: 1308 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

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

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