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Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Hawaii is the fourth most impacted state by retail crime in America
By News Release @ 3:14 PM :: 3599 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... $288 stolen per resident ....

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Monday, November 13, 2023
While Lahaina Waits, One Business Quickly Allowed to Reopen
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 1731 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Drugs

... its a cannabis dispensary ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Relax rules on ‘cottage food’ entrepreneurs
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:49 AM :: 1616 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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Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Hawaii Among Worst: 2024 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Selected News Articles @ 3:49 PM :: 1725 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... the state’s property tax system ranked 31st and its unemployment insurance tax ranked 41st. The state is 42nd overall ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Honolulu Businesses Invited to Participate in Small Business Survey
By UHERO @ 9:25 PM :: 876 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

... Results from this survey will help the city allocate resources to better support the business community ....

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Steps we could take to help Lahaina rebuild more quickly
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:14 AM :: 1842 Views :: Maui County, Development, Small Business

... licensure laws that constrain the supply of skilled trades workers, building codes that complicate and disincentivize adding accessory dwelling units, and laws prohibiting prefabricated homes ....

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Thursday, August 24, 2023
House Committee demands SBA briefing on Hawaii wildfire relief
By Selected News Articles @ 4:56 PM :: 1589 Views :: Maui County, Small Business

...The House Small Business Committee sent a letter to the Small Business Administration seeking information and a staff-level briefing on how the agency is assisting victims of the Hawaii wildfire....

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Monday, August 21, 2023
​New healthcare law a practical and philosophical win for Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:00 AM :: 1791 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... how a licensure compact is likely to benefit Hawaii residents ....

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Thursday, August 17, 2023
Realtors 'Cautioned' on Pressuring Lahaina Property Owners for Sales
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 2141 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Small Business

... According to sources, these people have been cold-calling landowners in an attempt to purchase properties from those injured and to take advantage of their vulnerable situation ....

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Saturday, August 12, 2023
City to temporarily suspend short-term vacation rental laws in response to Maui wildfires
By News Release @ 3:39 AM :: 2306 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... Blangiardi directed DPP to suspend the short-term vacation rental 30–day minimum rental period requirement to increase the availability of temporary housing on Oʻahu ....

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Friday, August 4, 2023
FAA Outlines Hawaii Air Tour Safety Improvements
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 2396 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... The public will have 30 days to comment on the new process, which would take effect in spring 2024. It would replace an outdated, 15-year-old manual ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
Why is it hard to buy and sell cryptocurrency in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 2421 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii is the worst state in the nation for cryptocurrency, due to the state's strict and confusing regulations ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
Small Business Regulatory Review Board Elects Officers
By News Release @ 3:49 PM :: 872 Views :: Small Business

“...The SBRRB oversees rules and regulations for Hawai‘i small businesses promulgated by state and county agencies...."

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
‘Think outside the box’ to fix Hawaii’s unemployment tax
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:24 PM :: 2138 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... businesses in Hawaii are going to be paying $130 million more this year in unemployment taxes than they did last year. That’s a 46% increase ....

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Retailers to stop shipping cigars to Hawaii July 1
By Selected News Articles @ 5:47 PM :: 3055 Views :: Small Business

... in response to S.B. 975, a recently-passed law in Hawaii that purportedly aims to cut down on youth vaping ....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Resolution 33: Tinkering with Property Tax Rates on Rental Units
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:47 PM :: 1885 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes

... decrease the rates on the first tier of Residential A homes from $4.50 to $4.00 per $1,000 and increase rates on the second tier from $10.50 to $11.40 per $1,000 ....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Bill 56: Increase amount for permit exemptions to ease 209 day backlog
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:31 PM :: 1929 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

... 209 days spent waiting for a permit often equates to higher costs for labor and materials ....

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Some gems amid Legislature’s overspending?
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:25 PM :: 1990 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... two bills that would improve Hawaii’s economy ....

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Monday, June 5, 2023
Helicopter Association Slams Air Tour Plans for Hawaii National Parks
By News Release @ 3:09 PM :: 2029 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... air tour management plans would severely limit helitours at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the Haleakalā National Park ....

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Friday, June 2, 2023
Drone Bills in Hawaii Legislature
By News Release @ 2:49 AM :: 1814 Views :: Small Business

... For the 2023 legislative session, Hawaii introduced five measures, two of which passed ....

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Thursday, June 1, 2023
Grassroot Institute urges special session to block huge unemployment tax increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:48 PM :: 1955 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

... If no action is taken, Hawaii businesses will pay about $355 million for 2023, up 46% over last year ....

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Governor urged to veto ‘crypto crackdown’ bills
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:01 AM :: 1743 Views :: Small Business

... the two cryptocurrency bills now sitting on Gov. Josh Green’s desk are SB945 and HB525 ....

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Flags Lowered for Late Senator Sam Slom
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 2220 Views :: Hawaii History, Republican Party, Small Business

“Sam dedicated some 20 years to representing East Honolulu and was a vocal member of the Republican Party and a longtime strong voice for small business.”

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Sunday, May 21, 2023
A short list for the governor
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:32 AM :: 2147 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... use his line-item veto power to trim back this massive spending overreach, including the $200 million “slush fund” ...

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Thursday, May 18, 2023
US Pacific Fishing Fleet Role in Countering China
By Video @ 2:26 AM :: 2130 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Military, Small Business

... US Coast Guard Permanent Presence Also Emphasized ....

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Saturday, May 13, 2023
‘One step forward, one step back’ was Legislature’s MO
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 2057 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Small Business

... the Legislature approved a bill authorizing the state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which will help alleviate the state’s doctor shortage, but shelved other licensure compact bills that would have applied to nurses and other healthcare professionals. It also failed to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax ....

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Friday, May 12, 2023
EEOC Sues Honolulu Restaurant and HR Company for Sexual Harassment of Male Employees
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 3001 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... Restaurant Co-Owner Sexually Harassed Male Employees, Federal Agency Charges ....

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Sunday, May 7, 2023
Territorial Governors Challenge Biden on Marine Monument
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 2205 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... the Governors have requested a meeting with President Biden to discuss the affect of his announced plan to place 777,000 square miles of Pacific waters off limits to fishing ....

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to NOAA Requirement that Vessels Pay Monitoring Fees
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 2122 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... a funding scheme that would force them to hand over 20 percent of their pay to third-party at-sea monitors they must bring on their boats—a mandate that Congress never approved by statute ....

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Hawaii gets low marks in business tax ranking
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 AM :: 2190 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... the Tax Foundation’s 2023 State Business Tax Climate Index ....

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Sunday, April 30, 2023
An amazing day at the Capitol
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:04 PM :: 2848 Views :: Development, Small Business, Taxes

... it finally became clear which big-ticket items were going to make it to the governor’s desk for signing — or hit the cutting room floor ....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023
NOAA Comments Open: Designate 777,000 Square Mile Marine Sanctuary Near Hawaii
By News Release @ 2:12 PM :: 4148 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Small Business

... that’s an area larger than Alaska and Colorado put together ....

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Saturday, April 15, 2023
"Transparency" or unwarranted government meddling?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:28 PM :: 2334 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... SB1057 would hurt the people it is aiming to help by hamstringing those who are best able to help them — their potential employers ....

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Sunday, April 9, 2023
​This Week’s Testimony from Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 2302 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Testimonies submitted to the state Legislature, Honolulu Council, and Maui Council by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii during the past week ....

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Hawaii's Throwback Rule -- The wrong tax, at the wrong rate, in the wrong state
By Tax Foundation @ 12:00 PM :: 1990 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... motivating these businesses—or at least certain aspects of their business—to locate elsewhere ....

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Hawaii Attorney general urges U.S. Congress support right-to-repair law
By Selected News Articles @ 5:24 PM :: 1760 Views :: Small Business

... Twenty-seven states’ attorneys general are asking Congress to pass Right-to-Repair legislation that they say will protect consumers, farmers and small businesses as inflation increases ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Ban on short-term rentals won't help Hawaii County produce more homes
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 2150 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Hawaii County already has some of the most restrictive housing regulations in the U.S. ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Council on State Taxation: Looking Out for Business
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:01 AM :: 1847 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... the Committee on State Taxation focuses on the impact of state taxes on businesses across the country ....

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Promoting Local Foods in Hawaii; Removing Barriers is Key to Growth
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:08 AM :: 2004 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... The state has used numerous strategies to achieve that goal, but with mixed success ....

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Sunday, March 12, 2023
Hawaii Longliners Producing Highly Monitored, Sustainable Swordfish in First Season since MSC Certification
By News Release @ 2:53 PM :: 1970 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... This is the first season since the fishery was certified sustainable by the globally recognized Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ....

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Saturday, March 4, 2023
​‘Wealth Tax’ has a wealth of problems
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:31 PM :: 2176 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... Difficulty in administering a “wealth tax” is the primary reason there are only three European countries with wealth taxes today, down from 12 in 1990 ....

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Five bills of importance to small business
By News Release @ 12:06 AM :: 2301 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... Any bills that made it past this deadline now have until March 9 to complete their last committee hearing ....

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Monday, February 27, 2023
Ed Case Reintroduces Helicopter Noise Bill
By Ed Case @ 6:19 PM :: 2044 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Measure To Impose Strict Safety Requirements And Provide For State And Local Community Disruption Regulation On Commercial Air Tour Operations ....

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Friday, February 24, 2023
Another Sue-n-Settle targets Hawaii and American Samoa Fisheries
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 2076 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... The Conservation Council for Hawaii sued National Marine Fisheries Service ....

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Thursday, February 23, 2023
New report urges licensure reform to boost ranks of medical workers
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:52 AM :: 1958 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says making it easier for qualified medical professionals to practice here would improve healthcare access ....

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Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Hawaii Prepaid Health Care Act Keeps Employer Insurance Costs High
By Selected News Articles @ 3:26 AM :: 2102 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... This can make it very difficult for Hawaii employers to offer HDHPs to their employees ....

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Monday, February 6, 2023
Taxi Rates: Council should repeal price fixing law
By Selected News Articles @ 7:49 PM :: 1558 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

... repeal the price fixing provisions in the Revised Ordinances of Honolulu ....

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Thursday, February 2, 2023
Proposed Short Term Rental Regs Could Harm Big Island Farmers, Economy.
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:19 PM :: 2243 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Small Business, Tourism

... Some members of the Hawaii County Council are proposing tighter regulations on hosted short-term rentals ....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023
​Fifth Circuit Launches Small Claims Online Dispute Resolution Pilot
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 1741 Views :: Kauai County, Judiciary, Small Business

... Beginning today, parties to certain small claims cases will be required to use TurboCourt, an online application, to file, negotiate, and attempt to resolve their small claims cases ....

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Monday, January 30, 2023
Judge Lifts West Hawaii Fishing Injunction
By News Release @ 6:16 PM :: 1610 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... the lifting of the injunction in the WHRFMA does not permit the immediate resumption of commercial aquarium fishing ....

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