Holding the state accountable Holding the state accountable

Holding the state accountable

Good intentions pave road to homelessness Good intentions pave road to homelessness

Good intentions pave road to homelessness

State encouraged building in risky lava zone State encouraged building in risky lava zone

State encouraged building in risky lava zone

Ditch minimum wage; help the poor Ditch minimum wage; help the poor

Ditch minimum wage; help the poor

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Government fanned flames of volcano disaster Government fanned flames of volcano disaster

Government fanned flames of volcano disaster

Enlist private sector to help cut Maui water list backlog Enlist private sector to help cut Maui water list backlog

Enlist private sector to help cut Maui water list backlog

Was 2018 Hawaii Legislature a success? Was 2018 Hawaii Legislature a success?

Was 2018 Hawaii Legislature a success?

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Holding the state accountable

Holding the state accountable

I'm delighted to let you know that The Wall Street Journal has just published exclusive research by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Our story on how the Hawaii state government encouraged the building of homes in the currently erupting lava zones has now gone...

Good intentions pave road to homelessness

Good intentions pave road to homelessness

We are all aware of Hawaii’s "pay to play" culture and "friends and family" cronyism, but the high cost of housing does not appear to be the result of widespread corruption. It is more a case of good intentions gone awry. That was the message of David Callies, law...

Ditch minimum wage; help the poor

Ditch minimum wage; help the poor

Hawaii’s Legislature did not approve a higher minimum wage this year, and that’s a good thing, if you want to help the poor. In 2010, researchers from the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Federal Reserve Board compiled the results of 53 scholarly studies...

Government fanned flames of volcano disaster

Government fanned flames of volcano disaster

As lava engulfs the homes of many unfortunate Hawaii Island residents, it’s important to remember that the state originally encouraged the building of homes in this dangerous area by offering lava insurance where no private company would. In the 1990s, the town of...

Enlist private sector to help cut Maui water list backlog

Enlist private sector to help cut Maui water list backlog

Maui County has a backlog of 1,728 applications from residents seeking to hook up to the county water supply, and the county is processing only about 60 a year. Hiring a private contractor to help is an obvious solution, and there is a way to do it legally.

Was 2018 Hawaii Legislature a success?

Was 2018 Hawaii Legislature a success?

This year’s legislative session has ended and our legislators are proud. At this week’s “Legislative Wrap-Up,” House Speaker Scott Saiki said, “This has been the most productive session that I’ve been involved with.” Lest there be any doubt about what he meant, Saiki...

Hawaii has poor record with ‘low’ tax proposals

Hawaii has poor record with ‘low’ tax proposals

Hawaii fares poorly when it comes "temporary" taxes or new taxes that were promised to always stay low and targeted. Exhibit A: the state's "temporary" 5 percent transient accommodations tax, which now is permanent and so far up to 10.25 percent. A new proposal —...

Economic Freedom of North America 2017

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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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