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The Grassroot Institute blog offers news and commentary on a wide variety of topics related to free market principles and the defense (and propagation) of individual liberty. Come back frequently to see the latest from our staff, contributors, and Board of Scholars.
Hawaii taxes block prosperity

Hawaii taxes block prosperity

On Thursday, I had the honor of speaking at the Tax Foundation of Hawaii’s annual luncheon, along with Tom Yamachika, president of the foundation, and Gavin Thornton, co-executive director of the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. During the panel...

Jones Act dissed in D.C.

Jones Act dissed in D.C.

Speaking on behalf of Hawaii residents who struggle under one of the highest costs of living in the nation, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina testified in Washington, D.C., in late August about the negative impact of the Jones Act on Hawaii....

How to gut an audit

How to gut an audit

Hawaii lawmakers are finally embracing the call for a “deep dive” audit of the Honolulu rail project, but how they follow through on that embrace could make it all for naught. There are many ways to subvert a serious audit, which is why it is important to insist that...