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Sunday, February 18, 2024
Hawaii's high cost of living is due to “one little thing after another, just building on each other”
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:22 PM :: 670 Views :: Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... good housing bills, awful tax bills at Legislature ....

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
Hawaii energy policy bedeviled by price, reliability tradeoffs
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:10 PM :: 803 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... ‘What will it cost, and at what price in terms of reliability?’ ....

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Blackouts cast doubt on renewable energy mandates
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:10 PM :: 986 Views :: Energy, Environment

... Hawaiian Electric blamed reduced solar and wind power as a partial cause of the blackouts ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Danger: 200 tax bills being considered by Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:59 PM :: 1356 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

"... they’re not providing a very efficient source of revenue ...."

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Hawaii: Never a shortage of costly and grandiose project proposals
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:48 PM :: 1430 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... how to facilitate homebuilding in Hawaii at no cost to taxpayers ....

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
Reduce Minimum Lot Size to Lower Housing Costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 PM :: 965 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... the minimum lot size on Maui of 6,000 square feet incentivizes the construction of large homes rather than smaller, more affordable ones ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Not Much to Show for Governor's Emergency Housing Proclamations
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:54 PM :: 1177 Views :: Development, Land Use

... the proclamations have only been used once ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Proposed STR regulations pose threat to Hawaii Island economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 1258 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
DoTAX Grabs for Restaurants' COVID Relief Money
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:23 PM :: 1019 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... restaurants hit with surprise tax bill applicable to the financial aid received under federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund .... 

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Saturday, January 20, 2024
Changing ideas is the key to improving Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:37 PM :: 1049 Views :: Hawaii State Government

"...a unique, uncensored and raw platform...."

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Saturday, January 20, 2024
Hold on to your wallets! The Legislature is back in session
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:56 AM :: 1029 Views :: Development, Land Use, Taxes

... “artificial limiters” imposed on the housing stock via the state’s 5% cap on land zoned for residential ....

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Thursday, January 18, 2024
Time to ask ‘tough questions’ about state energy policy
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:54 AM :: 1083 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy

... Are rolling blackouts going to be Hawaii’s “new normal”?  ....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Hawaii fares poorly in ‘economic freedom' ranking
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:13 PM :: 1165 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... Hawaii 46th ....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024
State De-Carbonization Report Debunked
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:57 PM :: 1074 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... the report presents “aggressive scenarios of emission-reduction targets that will be incredibly challenging" ....

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Sunday, January 14, 2024
Honolulu’s Skyline rail ridership still paltry, cost now $72 each
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:24 PM :: 1344 Views :: Rail

... Skyline’s average daily ridership since opening in July is 3,100 ....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
​Hawaii Isle property tax bill could penalize owners with ohana units
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:45 AM :: 1162 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Cost of Living

... they often foot the bill for property tax increases in the form of higher rent ....

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Friday, January 5, 2024
As new year dawns, old maritime law still a problem
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:49 PM :: 1381 Views :: Jones Act

... increasing East Coast fuel costs, killing a massive wind farm project and crippling LNG tranport ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Long-term rental tax relief should include mixed-use properties
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1115 Views :: Hawaii County , Taxes

... a new real property tax classification specifically for long-term rental properties ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Ways to make it easier for private homebuilders to build more homes
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:00 AM :: 1098 Views :: Development, Land Use

... what can Hawaii policymakers do? ....

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Sunday, December 17, 2023
Cost-free ways Hawaii can increase its housing stock
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:45 PM :: 1396 Views :: Development, Land Use

... The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges lawmakers to prioritize zoning and other reforms because residents need homes now ....

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Sunday, December 17, 2023
Voluntary tax incentives could encourage landlords to house displaced Lahaina residents
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:34 PM :: 1105 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... provide anyone who rents to Lahaina residents displaced by the August 2023 wildfires a 100% exemption from Maui County’s property tax ....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
Why Hawaii costs so much — and what we can do about it
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:05 AM :: 2689 Views :: Cost of Living

... Whether we’re talking about buying groceries, paying utilities or just keeping roofs over your heads, Hawaii is always at or near the top of the national rankings for cost ....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
More craziness caused by 1886 maritime law
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:00 AM :: 1172 Views :: Jones Act

... Cruise ships sailing empty?....

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Saturday, December 9, 2023
‘Not everyone wants to move to Hawaii’
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:48 PM :: 1715 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... if Hawaii is so popular, why has its population declined for seven years in a row? ....

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Saturday, December 9, 2023
Fixation on short-term rentals called distraction from 'true culprit'
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:37 PM :: 1490 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

... government actions created the demand for STRs in the first place, and government regulatory failures “created housing unaffordability long before STRs even came into existence." ....

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
Two types of corruption fuel cronyism in Hawaii — illegal and legal
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:14 PM :: 1292 Views :: Ethics

... Legal corruption comes in the form of special interest groups currying favor from politicians to pass laws that narrowly benefit just them ....

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
Hawaii to join more medical licensure compacts?
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:58 PM :: 991 Views :: Health Care, Military

... green-light compacts for other medical professionals, such as nurses, physical and occupational therapists, emergency medical service personnel, psychologists, audiologists ....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Hawaii’s housing crisis deemed ’eminently solvable’
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1251 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawai'i recently reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would incentivize state and local governments to liberalize housing regulations around transit projects ....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
'Upzoning' to address need for homes on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:00 AM :: 1180 Views :: Maui County, Development

...Other ideas presented to legislators in a Shelter Working Group were enacting a 'YIGBY' bill and allowing prefabricated housing....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Medical certificate-of-need laws have little to do with actual need
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:38 AM :: 1112 Views :: Health Care

... Prospective healthcare providers need state permission before they can build new hospitals or offer other services in Hawaii ....

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Monday, November 20, 2023
Maui can take lead in ‘Yes in God’s backyard’ housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:00 AM :: 1333 Views :: Maui County, Development, Religion

... Family Life Center and King’s Cathedral in Kahului are partnering to put up 85 modular homes on 10 acres of the church’s land ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
VIDEO: Super-weird vigilante vessel known as the "Jones Act Enforcer"
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:03 PM :: 1550 Views :: Jones Act, Law Enforcement

... the "Jones Act Enforcer" tracks down and identifies violators of the 1920 protectionist federal maritime law known as the Jones Act ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Caldwell's COVID Slush Fund: 'Follow the Money'
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:36 PM :: 1431 Views :: Ethics, Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

... you have to follow the money, especially when there’s a huge surge of funds given to the government to dole out ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Tax relief for properties that house Lahaina residents
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:21 PM :: 1278 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Bill 95 would exempt from the Maui County property tax all residential real property in Lahaina and other residential real property that was damaged or destroyed by the fires ....

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Sunday, November 12, 2023
VIDEO: High Cost of Housing Freaks out Gigantic Baritone Cat
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:14 AM :: 1566 Views :: Cost of Living

... Grassroot videos on Instagram rack up more than 1 million views in October ....

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Sunday, November 12, 2023
​Honolulu Council approves self-certification for permits
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:00 AM :: 2922 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Bill 6 (2023), CD1 would allow building applications to be reviewed by professionals qualified to self-certify that the plans and other data in the applications are in compliance ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Relax rules on ‘cottage food’ entrepreneurs
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:49 AM :: 1478 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... folks who simply want to sell homemade food products must jump through numerous hoops. Considering that one of the state’s official goals is to boost local food production, that just doesn’t seem right ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
‘CON’ laws hindering access to better Hawaii healthcare
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:31 AM :: 1386 Views :: Health Care

... repealing CON laws in Hawaii could result in “11 more hospitals, including four more rural hospitals [and] two more ambulatory surgical centers” ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Adjusting AMI for Kauai’s affordable rental program could backfire
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:23 AM :: 1477 Views :: Kauai County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... a sweeping reform of Kauai’s property tax system ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
VIDEO: Why is Hawaii so Expensive?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:09 AM :: 1697 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

"...It’s the only state where a six-figure salary is required to live comfortably...."

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
‘Affordable housing’ making housing worse for everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:45 PM :: 2038 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... since 1969, the median home price in Hawaii has surged from being less than three times the median income to nearly 10 times the median income today ....

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Thursday, November 2, 2023
Maui Fires: Three bills offer property tax relief
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:56 AM :: 1524 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Bill 102 best of three bills but should be retroactive ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
Adaptability is key to solving Hawaii’s housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:01 PM :: 1405 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... adaptive reuse as a possible solution to two pressing issues in Honolulu: downtown office vacancies and Oahu’s housing shortage ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
​Grassroot testifies before county councils on housing, property tax relief, permitting
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1633 Views :: Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Development, Land Use

... testimony to the Honolulu, Maui and Kauai county councils about measures that could increase the supply of housing ....

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Saturday, October 21, 2023
Hawaii urged to steer clear of Vienna housing model
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:59 PM :: 1906 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...Does social housing actually work? Setting the record straight on the Vienna Model....”

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Thursday, October 19, 2023
Property Tax Relief for Maui Fire Victims
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:08 AM :: 1673 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Maui County Council Bills 95 and 102 ....

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Saturday, October 14, 2023
Crony Capitalism: Jones Act in the News
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:05 PM :: 1536 Views :: Jones Act

... the 103-year-old federal maritime law started as "garden-variety political parochialism" ....

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Saturday, October 14, 2023
​Is it really a good idea to build a new Aloha Stadium?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:20 PM :: 1992 Views :: Ethics, Development, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

... Considering the record of the old Aloha Stadium, there are many questions ....

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Saturday, October 14, 2023
West Maui tourism decision should be individual choice
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:12 PM :: 1503 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... leave it to each resident’s own timeline, not government officials ....

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Saturday, October 7, 2023
Aloha Stadium Boondoggle Becoming Instagram Joke
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:49 PM :: 2062 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... Jonah Jameson from the "Spiderman" movie franchise laughing at a news headline about the stadium project with a sarcastic caption above it that reads "This won't be another disaster like the rail." ....

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