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Time is now for Honolulu County spending cap

This commentary was originally published May 30, 2019, in Honolulu Civil Beat. If Honolulu County ever needed a cap on annual spending growth, that time is now. Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s recently approved budget for fiscal year 2020 called for a $220 million increase in county expenditures over the previous year, and the

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Relax Maui zoning to allow more urban dwellings

For many Maui families, purchasing a home is a pipe dream. However, there may be an opportunity for them to realize that dream, if county residents would be open to reforming local housing regulations. Maui’s complex zoning laws act as a barrier to homebuilding, according to a March 2018 audit

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Maui could use spending cap

By law, Maui County government spending is limited only by its revenues and appropriations. However, as its revenues have increased, the county’s spending has kept pace, increasing between 2008 and 2016 by 13.5 percentage points more than average Maui wages. Aaron Lief of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii wrote about this

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Maui hospitals point the way

After years of hemorrhaging millions of Hawaii taxpayer dollars, the three state-run hospitals in Maui County have been turned over to a public-private partnership that now is improving the quality of the medical services at those facilities while reducing their financial burden on the public. Maui Health System, an affiliate

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Empty retail an opportunity

It’s clearly not the end of brick-and-mortar retail, but retail vacancies on Maui are on the rise, and mall owners may need to find new uses for their properties. Given Maui’s housing shortage, could empty retail space be transitioned into housing? Aaron Lief of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii writes

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Why no trailer parks on Maui?

Whether it’s mobile homes, “tiny homes” or even just traditional single-family homes or condominiums, homebuilders on Maui and throughout Hawaii need greater access to appropriately zoned land and clear rules to encourage them to build homes of any type and help ease the state’s acute housing crisis. Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Time is now for Honolulu County spending cap

This commentary was originally published May 30, 2019, in Honolulu Civil Beat. If Honolulu County ever needed a cap on annual spending growth, that time is now. Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s recently approved budget for fiscal year 2020 called for a $220 million increase in county expenditures over the previous year, and the

Read More →

Relax Maui zoning to allow more urban dwellings

For many Maui families, purchasing a home is a pipe dream. However, there may be an opportunity for them to realize that dream, if county residents would be open to reforming local housing regulations. Maui’s complex zoning laws act as a barrier to homebuilding, according to a March 2018 audit

Read More →

Maui could use spending cap

By law, Maui County government spending is limited only by its revenues and appropriations. However, as its revenues have increased, the county’s spending has kept pace, increasing between 2008 and 2016 by 13.5 percentage points more than average Maui wages. Aaron Lief of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii wrote about this

Read More →

Maui hospitals point the way

After years of hemorrhaging millions of Hawaii taxpayer dollars, the three state-run hospitals in Maui County have been turned over to a public-private partnership that now is improving the quality of the medical services at those facilities while reducing their financial burden on the public. Maui Health System, an affiliate

Read More →

Empty retail an opportunity

It’s clearly not the end of brick-and-mortar retail, but retail vacancies on Maui are on the rise, and mall owners may need to find new uses for their properties. Given Maui’s housing shortage, could empty retail space be transitioned into housing? Aaron Lief of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii writes

Read More →

Why no trailer parks on Maui?

Whether it’s mobile homes, “tiny homes” or even just traditional single-family homes or condominiums, homebuilders on Maui and throughout Hawaii need greater access to appropriately zoned land and clear rules to encourage them to build homes of any type and help ease the state’s acute housing crisis. Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Read More →