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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

Vacation rental fines inviting legal trouble Vacation rental fines inviting legal trouble

Vacation rental fines inviting legal trouble

Hawaii rank goes up, but not its economic freedom Hawaii rank goes up, but not its economic freedom

Hawaii rank goes up, but not its economic freedom

Hawaii moved up in rankings, despite lower score in economic freedom Hawaii moved up in rankings, despite lower score in economic freedom

Hawaii moved up in rankings, despite lower score in economic freedom

Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper

Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper

City Council broke promise on rail City Council broke promise on rail

City Council broke promise on rail

Rail vote breaks promise – again Rail vote breaks promise – again

Rail vote breaks promise – again

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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....

Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper

Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper

Many Hawaii taxpayers breathed a sigh of relief after the state Supreme Court on Oct. 19 voided a ballot question that would’ve allowed the state to raise taxes on investment real property. Supporters of the proposal had argued that higher taxes could be the key to...

City Council broke promise on rail

City Council broke promise on rail

This was originally published as a Letter to the Editor in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday, Nov. 4. The Honolulu City Council’s decision to approve Bill 42 violates the promise made to Honolulu taxpayers in 2006 that city funds would not be used for the rail...

Rail vote breaks promise – again

Rail vote breaks promise – again

Sometimes, addressing rail funding can feel like you’re standing on the tracks, politely asking Hawaii’s policymakers to consider hitting the switch and redirecting the train before it runs us over. That is why the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii last week was at a...

Lower cost of living to help teachers, everyone

Lower cost of living to help teachers, everyone

This was originally published as a letter to the editor in The Maui News on Oct. 28, 2018.  Lowering Hawaii’s cost of living would be a better way to help our public school teachers than the proposed constitutional amendment that was thrown out Oct. 19 by the Hawaii...

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