Fiscal notes provide value for legislators and the public by forecasting revenue changes in proposed legislation. However, many times bills are introduced and voted on before the data on fiscal repercussions are made available to those voting on the bills. State officials can easily feign surprise at the state of the budget when it is obvious that the long-term budget forecasts have either been unseen or utterly disregarded. For more info, please click on the PDF below! (more)
“Honolulu, Hawaii—The Grassroot Institute applauds the House Minority Caucus for including fiscal note legislation in its 2011 legislative package. “House minority leader Gene Ward said the Republicans would ‘be the watchdogs for fiscal discipline and controlling government spending’ and ‘insist on a more open and accountable government, especially when it comes to finances and education’. (more)
Jamie StoryOn March 25, 2008, Jamie Story became the President of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Before moving to Hawaii, Jamie was an education policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a nonprofit, free-market research institute based in Austin. She previously served as an associate consultant in the Dallas office of Bain & Company, one of the top strategic management consulting firms in the world, helping many Fortune 500 companies to redefine strategy and realize greater efficiency. Jamie also completed a year of service as Miss Texas 2004, during which she spoke to public school students, educators, government leaders, and civic organizations. Jamie holds a B.A. in Mathematical Economic Analysis and Sport Management from Rice University, where she spent hundreds of hours studying Title I schools in Houston ISD. Jamie was born and raised in Bedford, Texas.
Correcting historical revisionism and misconceptions promoted by the Akaka Bill.
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