‘Let’s not be greedy’ ‘Let’s not be greedy’

'Let's not be greedy'

State government at work: This is not a drill State government at work: This is not a drill

State government at work: This is not a drill

Hawaii’s debt to Freddy Hawaii’s debt to Freddy

Hawaii's debt to Freddy

‘Stacks of rule for renters’ ‘Stacks of rule for renters’

'Stacks of rule for renters'

Red tape tally long overdue Red tape tally long overdue

Red tape tally long overdue

Hawaii taxes feel the heat Hawaii taxes feel the heat

Hawaii taxes feel the heat

Federal tax reform is unmasking high-tax states Federal tax reform is unmasking high-tax states

Federal tax reform is unmasking high-tax states

Maui hospitals point the way Maui hospitals point the way

Maui hospitals point the way

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‘Let’s not be greedy’

‘Let’s not be greedy’

Watch out for your wallet! In a classic case of imposing on the many to benefit a few, Jones Act supporters in Congress are angling to require petroleum and liquid natural gas produced in the United States be shipped on only so-called Jones Act ships. At the Jan. 17,...

State government at work: This is not a drill

State government at work: This is not a drill

Like so many of you, I was awakened last Saturday morning by a text message with a heart-stopping warning: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” Despite the unequivocal wording of the message, my first instinct was...

Hawaii’s debt to Freddy

Hawaii’s debt to Freddy

"Hawaii island rancher Freddy Rice may not have intended for his name to go down in history as shorthand for race-blind election laws, but that only demonstrates how much he was a son of the Aloha State. He was doing what he thought best for all Hawaii citizens,...

‘Stacks of rule for renters’

‘Stacks of rule for renters’

Everyone please welcome award-winning cartoonist and illustrator David Swann to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii team. Formerly the editorial cartoonist for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, he directs his first cartoon for us at recent news stories about Hawaii's...

Red tape tally long overdue

Red tape tally long overdue

It is commonly said that Hawaii has too many government regulations, but how many regulations are there exactly? The answer: Nobody knows. However, researchers from the Mercatus Center have embarked on a project to count by the end of this year the number of...

Hawaii taxes feel the heat

Hawaii taxes feel the heat

While the new federal tax plan has most people thinking about how much money it might save them, local politicians, true to their nature, are busy worrying about how much it might affect their ability to spend. This week, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii staff attended...

Federal tax reform is unmasking high-tax states

Federal tax reform is unmasking high-tax states

What many people miss about Hawaii is that it’s just become the state with the second-highest tax rate in the country — and losing its millionaires could wreak substantial financial havoc. During the 2017 session, the Hawaii legislature reinstated an income tax rate...

Maui hospitals point the way

Maui hospitals point the way

After years of hemorrhaging millions of Hawaii taxpayer dollars, the three state-run hospitals in Maui County have been turned over to a public-private partnership that now is improving the quality of the medical services at those facilities while reducing their...

Tax plan a reason to cheer

Tax plan a reason to cheer

This week, an actress did something almost unheard of. She apologized for spreading misinformation about the new tax law. Jenna Fisher, who was on NBC's “The Office,” was one of many who claimed the new tax law eliminated a deduction for teachers buying classroom...

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Only Jones Act supporters invited to Congressional Jones Act “lovefest”

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Washington Post considers why anyone would want to move away from Hawaii

Trump pulls support for $13 billion New York-New Jersey rail project

Bloomberg News editors outline how to dismantle the Jones Act

Let Uber and Lyft serve Maui airport, too

Pacific Business News reports: “Hawaii among worst states for economic freedom, study says”

Bloomberg News editors urge permanent waiver from Jones Act — for everybody!

It’s magic! The Jones Act “makes cows fly”

Grassroot Institute responds to HGEA chief on county worker salaries

Puerto Rican economist busts Jones Act myths

Jones Act a burden to Puerto Rico — and U.S. generally — Akina tells Watchdog.org

Grassroot Institute president moderates panel on fixing public pension woes

Drudge Report links to article riffing off Grassroot Institute article in The Maui News

Maui News puts Grassroot event with ERS’s Thom Williams on Page One

Akina and Hansen recommend Jones Act reform in Star-Advertiser “Insight” article; reform opponents stick to their script

Akina slams “blatant attempt to manipulate” Legislature over rail options

Star-Advertiser reminds us why semi-privatized state airport would be step in right direction

Rail tax supporters behind the curtain

‘Time to repeal the Jones Act,’ says The Garden Island newspaper 

Party’s over — Jones Act exemption for Puerto Rico expires

Why does our congressional delegation support the Jones Act?

So much for “draining the swamp”

Jones Act really continuation of pre-WWI policy

Consider permanent Jones Act exemptions, Civil Beat says

Three ways to help Puerto Rico right now — One: Repeal the Jones Act

PODCAST: “Make America great again by improving the Jones Act”

Hirono backs waivers but still supports Jones Act; Schatz lays low

Dubious defense of Jones Act can’t be taken seriously

Big Island Now readers respond to news of Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico

Reason.com urges Jones Act waiver for Puerto Rico go further — and replays VIDEO featuring Grassroot Institute scholar Ken Schoolland

What the Puerto Rico waiver actually says

White House waives Jones Act for Puerto Rico!

‘National security’ more important than disaster aid? 

The Jones Act in Perspective

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State of the State Budget 2017

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Economic Freedom of North America 2016

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