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Aloha, economic freedom?

Aloha, economic freedom?

The 2017 Economic Freedom of North America report helps explain why life is tough in Hawaii HONOLULU, Dec. 14, 2017  >> Hawaii moved up a notch nationwide in 2017 in terms of economic freedom, but the Aloha State still is near the bottom, according to factors...

Share freedom, not red tape

Share freedom, not red tape

Hawaii took the long route to increasing consumer choice at its largest state airport, but it arrived there nevertheless, if only temporarily. After lengthy negotiations, the state granted Uber and Lyft permission to pick up passengers from two designated areas at the...

Pension woes hit Kauai big

Pension woes hit Kauai big

Earlier this year, the Kauai County Council admirably balanced its budget without the need for a tax increase. But now, it might be tempted to raise taxes after all, or cut services to make room for the extra dollars earmarked for the pension fund. READ...

‘Certificate of need’ … Really?

‘Certificate of need’ … Really?

No politicians would want to get caught saying they supported limiting the number of  hospitals, dialysis facilities or MRI machines for rural areas. And yet, that’s exactly what dozens of states legislatures have done through the passage of so-called...

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...

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Bloomberg News editors urge permanent waiver from Jones Act — for everybody!

It’s magic! The Jones Act “makes cows fly”

Grassroot Institute responds to HGEA chief on county worker salaries

Puerto Rican economist busts Jones Act myths

Jones Act a burden to Puerto Rico — and U.S. generally — Akina tells Watchdog.org

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? 

The Jones Act in Perspective

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State of the State Budget 2017

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Economic Freedom of North America 2016

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