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Hawaii moved up in rankings, despite lower score in economic freedom Hawaii moved up in rankings, despite lower score in economic freedom

Hawaii moved up in rankings, despite lower score in economic freedom

Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper

Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper

City Council broke promise on rail City Council broke promise on rail

City Council broke promise on rail

Rail vote breaks promise – again Rail vote breaks promise – again

Rail vote breaks promise – again

Lower cost of living to help teachers, everyone Lower cost of living to help teachers, everyone

Lower cost of living to help teachers, everyone

Honolulu rail funding bill would break a promise Honolulu rail funding bill would break a promise

Honolulu rail funding bill would break a promise

Court victory welcome, but what about public schools? Court victory welcome, but what about public schools?

Court victory welcome, but what about public schools?

‘P3′ for rail a budgetary ruse ‘P3′ for rail a budgetary ruse

‘P3' for rail a budgetary ruse

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Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper

Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper

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 on investment real property. Supporters of the proposal had argued that higher taxes could be the key to...

City Council broke promise on rail

City Council broke promise on rail

This was originally published as a Letter to the Editor in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday, Nov. 4. The Honolulu City Council’s decision to approve Bill 42 violates the promise made to Honolulu taxpayers in 2006 that city funds would not be used for the rail...

Rail vote breaks promise – again

Rail vote breaks promise – again

Sometimes, addressing rail funding can feel like you’re standing on the tracks, politely asking Hawaii’s policymakers to consider hitting the switch and redirecting the train before it runs us over. That is why the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii last week was at a...

Lower cost of living to help teachers, everyone

Lower cost of living to help teachers, everyone

This was originally published as a letter to the editor in The Maui News on Oct. 28, 2018.  Lowering Hawaii’s cost of living would be a better way to help our public school teachers than the proposed constitutional amendment that was thrown out Oct. 19 by the Hawaii...

Court victory welcome, but what about public schools?

Court victory welcome, but what about public schools?

Last week’s action by the Hawaii Supreme Court to boot the “education tax” proposal from the Nov. 6 ballot was a victory for accountable government and the democratic process. Had it been approved by the voters, it would have authorized the state to tax real property...

‘P3′ for rail a budgetary ruse

‘P3′ for rail a budgetary ruse

Honolulu’s rail project is hoping to save costs by partnering with private companies in a process known as a public-private partnership, or “P3.” But experts say that nationally many rail P3s have enabled the government project managers to duck budgetary limits in the...

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