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HAWAII’S LEADING INDEPENDENT THINK TANK

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Jones Act a costly failure

Jones Act a costly failure

  "The Jones Act is expensive and ineffective. Trying to prop it up with questionable studies and faulty logic is a path to disaster." That was the conclusion of Malia Hill, policy director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, as stated in a commentary published...

How we can keep our children in Hawaii

How we can keep our children in Hawaii

The Hawaii Legislature convened this week for its 2019 session, and the continuing decline of Hawaii’s population seemed to be one of its top agenda items. Addressing his colleagues on the opening day, Senate President Ron Kouchi talked about how his “greatest passion...

Hawaii’s coming recession

Hawaii’s coming recession

Talk of recession is in the air, but are Hawaii legislators listening? I wouldn’t presume to predict the future, but there have been indications that an economic downturn might be in Hawaii’s future. Gov. David Ige in his most recent budget projected state revenues...

‘Singapore model’ doesn’t sing for Hawaii housing

‘Singapore model’ doesn’t sing for Hawaii housing

A proposal to build high-rise housing in Hawaii based on the so-called Singapore model could end up costing Hawaii taxpayers dearly — and distract from implementing the more effective solution of simply streamlining land-use regulations so it would be easier to build...

Happy New Year, Hawaii, now pay up!

Happy New Year, Hawaii, now pay up!

It doesn’t rank up there with trees, gifts and turkey dinners, but New Year’s Day does mark an annual tradition: increases in our taxes. Perhaps most notable are the increases in the general excise tax on Kauai and Hawaii Island. These took effect after the state...

Why are residents leaving Hawaii?

Why are residents leaving Hawaii?

It’s too expensive. That’s why most people move away from their beloved Hawaii. Consider the story of Christopher Peralta, who left Honolulu in 2009 and now lives in Portland. He told the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii: “I was working three jobs and had nothing to show...

Our Santa wish list for Hawaii

Our Santa wish list for Hawaii

Well, it’s Christmas season again, so here is what I drafted recently for Santa to consider: Dear Santa, We at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were very good this past year about defending the free market. We helped educate policymakers, stood for transparency and...

The problem with rail isn’t PR

The problem with rail isn’t PR

This is a letter to the editor that was published Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. We commend the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for putting the spotlight on the failed public relations efforts of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (“Loss on...

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Big Island Video News quotes Akina on voided ballot measure

The Garden Island covers pension presentation to Kauai City Council

Orange County Register quotes Akina on building in lava zones

Tuesday ‘Janus’ event covered by The Maui News

Monday ‘Janus’ event covered by Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Civil Beat, Pacific Business News

Star-Advertiser editorializes against ‘gut and replace’

Common Cause, League of Women Voters sue to stop ‘gut and replace’ 

Jones Act could hamper Hawaii’s recovery from Hurricane Lane

Jones Act waiver sought for Hawaii by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Hurricane Lane price caps will worsen shortages

The Jones Act makes little sense in a globalized world

Federal government puts local zoning in its sights

Hawaii ranks 49th in Cato Institute’s ‘Freedom in the 50 States’ report 

‘The time is past due to end the outdated, protectionist relic known as the Jones Act’

10-minute podcast explains how Jones Act harms Puerto Rico

Hellenic Shipping News (in Greece) takes note of ABA resolution on Jones Act

ABA Law Journal reports on resolution to exempt PR from Jones Act

Grassroot Institute cited in ABA’s Jones Act resolution (pages 2 and 5)

NYC and NY State Bar Associations prevail on ABA to urge Congress to exempt PR from Jones Act

How are those rail ridership projections working out for you, Puerto Rico?

The Jones Act: ‘A burden America can no longer bear’

Cato Institute puts ‘outdated law’ in its crosshairs

HART board could have spoken with State Auditor