A tax plan worth copying? A tax plan worth copying?

A tax plan worth copying?

Pension pinches profligacy Pension pinches profligacy

Pension pinches profligacy

Hawaii doesn’t need ‘certificate of need’ laws Hawaii doesn’t need ‘certificate of need’ laws

Hawaii doesn’t need ‘certificate of need’ laws

Pension crisis averted? Pension crisis averted?

Pension crisis averted?

‘Bottleneckers’ in Hawaii: Promoting unemployment ‘Bottleneckers’ in Hawaii: Promoting unemployment

'Bottleneckers' in Hawaii: Promoting unemployment

ERS not out of woods yet ERS not out of woods yet

ERS not out of woods yet

Tax Conference 2017: Hawaii’s Taxes, from the Outside Looking In Tax Conference 2017: Hawaii’s Taxes, from the Outside Looking In

Tax Conference 2017: Hawaii's Taxes, from the Outside Looking In

More reason to ‘Audit the rail’ More reason to ‘Audit the rail’

More reason to 'Audit the rail'

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A tax plan worth copying?

A tax plan worth copying?

There’s a lot of news out there about the tax bills before the Congress, and nearly all of it is confusing. Call it a symptom of our increasingly partisan media culture or a reflection of political infighting, but it does make it frustrating for those of us who are...

Pension pinches profligacy

Pension pinches profligacy

Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii pointed out that the state Legislature had discovered a new tactic for meeting its public pension financial obligations: passing the costs on to the counties. Now, Hawaii's county governments — and county taxpayers...

Hawaii doesn’t need ‘certificate of need’ laws

Hawaii doesn’t need ‘certificate of need’ laws

It might not be hard to get admitted to a hospital emergency room in Hawaii, but getting treated in one within a reasonable amount of time — with your life possibly hanging in the balance — is another matter. A 2017 report by The Wall Street Journal found that the...

Pension crisis averted?

Pension crisis averted?

Recent legislative reforms have enabled the state Employees' Retirement System to avert a crisis, but that's partly because much of the burden to strengthen the system has shifted to the counties. Maui County alone, for example, will be paying $36 million extra over...

ERS not out of woods yet

ERS not out of woods yet

The bad news for Hawaii taxpayers is that Hawaii's state public employee pension system has about $12 billion in unfunded liabilities, which means that if it had to pay off all its beneficiaries with the savings it has on hand, it would be unable to do so. That would...

More reason to ‘Audit the rail’

More reason to ‘Audit the rail’

DATELINE: Oct. 24, 2017, Honolulu, Hawaii CONTACT: Joe Kent, (808) 987-7322, jkent@grassrootinstitute.org   FOIA request raises questions about rail misrepresentations   Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli'i Akina says FTA response reinforces need...

Raising taxes awful … unless?

Raising taxes awful … unless?

"As Mr. Carnicelli said, the county likes a tax hike when the money goes to the county, but dislikes it when it goes to the state." Read...

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Puerto Rican economist busts Jones Act myths

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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? 

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