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Housing crisis culprit staring us in the face

The evidence continues to mount that land-use, zoning and other homebuilding-related restrictions are the main force behind Hawaii’s ever-increasing housing prices. Nevertheless, many people in Hawaii have for years been blaming the state’s housing crisis on “outsiders” — people from elsewhere in the U.S. or from foreign countries. A recent

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Five myths that pervade the minimum-wage debate

Despite what many Hawaii residents want to believe, increasing the state’s legal minimum wage can result in unemployment The vast majority of Hawaii residents support increasing the state’s legal minimum wage on the grounds that it would help Hawaii’s low-income workers better cope with the state’s high cost of living. But that isn’t

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Hawaii does not need a minimum-wage increase

Chart courtesy of Marginal Revolution University The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 27, 2022, in Honolulu Civil Beat. _____________ Last week Senate Bill 2018 — a proposed minimum wage increase to $18 per hour over the next four years — was introduced by state lawmakers. Although SB2018 is

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Grassroot Institute founder was right about big government

The following article was originally published in Honolulu Civil Beat on Sept. 22, 2021. ___________ The late Richard “Dick” Rowland, founder of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, famously remarked, “The bigger government gets, the smaller you get.” “Big government,” of course, is a euphemism for extensive economic interventionism and authoritarianism,

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Housing crisis culprit staring us in the face

The evidence continues to mount that land-use, zoning and other homebuilding-related restrictions are the main force behind Hawaii’s ever-increasing housing prices. Nevertheless, many people in Hawaii have for years been blaming the state’s housing crisis on “outsiders” — people from elsewhere in the U.S. or from foreign countries. A recent

Read More →

Five myths that pervade the minimum-wage debate

Despite what many Hawaii residents want to believe, increasing the state’s legal minimum wage can result in unemployment The vast majority of Hawaii residents support increasing the state’s legal minimum wage on the grounds that it would help Hawaii’s low-income workers better cope with the state’s high cost of living. But that isn’t

Read More →

Hawaii does not need a minimum-wage increase

Chart courtesy of Marginal Revolution University The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 27, 2022, in Honolulu Civil Beat. _____________ Last week Senate Bill 2018 — a proposed minimum wage increase to $18 per hour over the next four years — was introduced by state lawmakers. Although SB2018 is

Read More →

Grassroot Institute founder was right about big government

The following article was originally published in Honolulu Civil Beat on Sept. 22, 2021. ___________ The late Richard “Dick” Rowland, founder of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, famously remarked, “The bigger government gets, the smaller you get.” “Big government,” of course, is a euphemism for extensive economic interventionism and authoritarianism,

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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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