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Washington hears our message on Jones Act Washington hears our message on Jones Act

Washington hears our message on Jones Act

Public pension reform will benefit government workers Public pension reform will benefit government workers

Public pension reform will benefit government workers

Not all public-private partnerships are good Not all public-private partnerships are good

Not all public-private partnerships are good

Beware of Maui County’s ‘shiny new ball’ Beware of Maui County’s ‘shiny new ball’

Beware of Maui County’s ‘shiny new ball’

Public pension crisis could have silver lining Public pension crisis could have silver lining

Public pension crisis could have silver lining

Giving thanks to you Giving thanks to you

Giving thanks to you

Maui rental fines not fine Maui rental fines not fine

Maui rental fines not fine

HART’s P3 Plan Another Bad Sign For Rail HART’s P3 Plan Another Bad Sign For Rail

HART’s P3 Plan Another Bad Sign For Rail

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Washington hears our message on Jones Act

Washington hears our message on Jones Act

Aloha, from Washington, D.C. Or as the locals say, “Get out of my way! That light has been green for two nanoseconds now!” I traveled here to the nation’s capital to participate Thursday in a conference about the Jones Act. Hosted by the Cato Institute, the event...

Public pension reform will benefit government workers

Public pension reform will benefit government workers

This is a letter to the editor that was published Monday, Dec. 3, in The Garden Island, which headlined it, "Pension problem needs solving." Your recent guest column, “Don’t begrudge pensions for public employees,” (TGI, Nov. 27) misrepresented the position of groups...

Not all public-private partnerships are good

Not all public-private partnerships are good

In the past, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has been favorably disposed to public-private partnerships (P3s). While not quite the same thing as privatization, these partnerships are often a good way to improve public services and relieve taxpayers of some of the...

Beware of Maui County’s ‘shiny new ball’

Beware of Maui County’s ‘shiny new ball’

This article was originally published in The Maui News on Thursday, Nov. 29. Maui County Council members this month voted to “go vertical” and move forward on financing a proposed $81.2 million Wailuku Civic Complex, but policymakers would be wise to focus less on the...

Public pension crisis could have silver lining

Public pension crisis could have silver lining

This article was originally published in The Garden Island on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Soaring public pension and health benefit costs will be slamming Hawaii’s county governments in coming years, forcing them to consider cutting important government services or...

Giving thanks to you

Giving thanks to you

Happy Thanksgiving, from all of us at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. This is a day when we stop to count our blessings. We are thankful for the freedoms and great opportunities we all enjoy in America — and to the many men and women who fought for and...

Maui rental fines not fine

Maui rental fines not fine

Say you’re in desperate need of money and decide to rent a room in your Maui home through Airbnb. You look at the other rentals being offered and decide to make your price competitive at $100 a night. You know this won’t make you a millionaire — you’re just hoping it...

HART’s P3 Plan Another Bad Sign For Rail

HART’s P3 Plan Another Bad Sign For Rail

This article was originally published as a "Community Voice" in Civil Beat on Nov. 14, 2018. The Honolulu rail system is projected to lose millions of dollars every year after opening in 2026. So it’s baffling that any company would want to partner with the Honolulu...

Vacation rental fines inviting legal trouble

Vacation rental fines inviting legal trouble

This article was published as a letter to the editor in The Maui News on Nov. 14, 2018. On Nov. 6, Maui voters decided to drastically increase the fines for illegal short-term vacation rentals on Maui, which could expose the county to dangerous legal challenges....

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