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New rail taxes in our future? New rail taxes in our future?

New rail taxes in our future?

Maui Event: Build up or build out? Maui Event: Build up or build out?

Maui Event: Build up or build out?

Together we can resolve Hawaii’s pension crisis Together we can resolve Hawaii’s pension crisis

Together we can resolve Hawaii's pension crisis

Report: How to resolve Hawaii’s public pension debt crisis Report: How to resolve Hawaii’s public pension debt crisis

Report: How to resolve Hawaii's public pension debt crisis

Jones Act supporters nervous Jones Act supporters nervous

Jones Act supporters nervous

Fixing Hawaii’s pension crisis Fixing Hawaii’s pension crisis

Fixing Hawaii's pension crisis

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Ask about the Jones Act

An omen for Honolulu rail? An omen for Honolulu rail?

An omen for Honolulu rail?

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New rail taxes in our future?

New rail taxes in our future?

With budget shortfalls a continuing part of the conversation about the Honolulu rail, one question voters are asking is: “Are there more taxes in our future?” The answer is … maybe. Representatives of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) have said...

Maui Event: Build up or build out?

Maui Event: Build up or build out?

Should developers in Hawaii “build up” or “build out” to help ease the housing shortage in Hawaii? Randal O’Toole, land-use regulation expert and senior fellow at the Cato Institute, says higher-density zoning (building up) might not be the solution to the housing...

Together we can resolve Hawaii’s pension crisis

Together we can resolve Hawaii’s pension crisis

You've often seen me sign off with the words “E hana kākou!” The premise behind that motto (which literally translates to “Let’s work together!”) is that, despite our differences, we must work together to make a better Hawaii. We may be from different islands, with...

Jones Act supporters nervous

Jones Act supporters nervous

We talk a lot about the Jones Act and why it’s bad for Hawaii businesses and consumers. With so much evidence showing that the Jones Act is sorely in need of modernization, one can only wonder: What are the interests propping up this archaic legislation? To answer...

Fixing Hawaii’s pension crisis

Fixing Hawaii’s pension crisis

Grassroot Institute to release report on how to fix pension crisis The independent, nonprofit think tank will debut its findings July 31 at a presentation on Maui HONOLULU, July 26, 2018 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii will release a new report on Tuesday, July...

Ask about the Jones Act

Ask about the Jones Act

As the Trump administration continues its efforts to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses and the economy, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is working to remove one of the biggest economic burdens in Hawaii — the Jones Act. Last week, the Grassroot Institute...

Economic Freedom of North America 2017

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10-minute podcast explains how Jones Act harms Puerto Rico

Hellenic Shipping News (in Greece) takes note of ABA resolution on Jones Act

ABA Law Journal reports on resolution to exempt PR from Jones Act

Grassroot Institute cited in ABA’s Jones Act resolution (pages 2 and 5)

NYC and NY State Bar Associations prevail on ABA to urge Congress to exempt PR from Jones Act

How are those rail ridership projections working out for you, Puerto Rico?

The Jones Act: ‘A burden America can no longer bear’

Cato Institute puts ‘outdated law’ in its crosshairs

HART board could have spoken with State Auditor

Honolulu Star-Advertiser opposes ceiling on ridehail fares 

Minor Jones Act violation threatens future of U.S. fishing firm

A new study finds occupational licensing laws hurt many low-income workers by reducing their economic mobility. 

WalletHub ranks Hawaii one of the worst states in the nation (38th) for millennials.

Texas railroad commissioner writes letter urging Congress to review the “outdated” Jones Act.

Thanks to federal tax reform, Kauai’s Kōloa Rum Company giving employees bonuses, raises

Higher taxes could be on the horizon after Hawaii’s Senate passes $72 million tax bill package

Puerto Rico freed from the Jones Act? White House reportedly studying permanent waiver for PR

An environmental case against the Jones Act: Law complicates offshore wind energy construction

WATCH: Heritage Foundation hosts Jones Act panel discussion in Washington, D.C.

Washington Post: Supreme Court case involving mandatory public union membership fees could lead to a fiscal crisis

WSJ: ‘Inclusionary zoning’ laws create a vicious circle of higher prices and reduced demand

U.S. Treasury Dept. plans to cut 298 tax regulations

Guam mulls tax hikes, not privatization, to save floundering public hospital

Reason.com cites Hawaii bill to ban plastic straw sales

Worker responsible for false missile alert had a history of job issues

Pacific Business News explains why Hawaii needs an independent airport authority

Shipping magnates and friendly lawmakers air-kiss over loathsome law that torments poor Hawaiians, Puerto Ricans

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

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The Jones Act in Perspective

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State of the State Budget 2017

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The costs of public employment in the Aloha State

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