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Minimum-wage bill is wrong tool for the job

The following testimony was submitted Jan. 26, 2022, to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means, which was to meet Jan. 27, 2022, to consider increasing Hawaii’s mandatory minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2026. ______________ Jan. 27, 2022 10:45 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 & Videoconference

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Testimony on proposed minimum-wage increase, v. 2022

Jan. 24, 2022 3:00 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 & Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts       Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair       Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii            Joe Kent, Executive vice president Re: SB2018 — RELATING

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Jones Act lobby misdeals ‘homeland security’ card

The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 14, 2022, by RealClear Policy. ______________ By Mark Coleman and Jonathan Helton When the facts don’t work, try appeals to national or “homeland” security. That seems to be the tactic of the Jones Act lobby, which has been increasingly hard-pressed in recent

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Oahu short-term rental owners raise alarm about Bill 41

A bill being considered by the Honolulu County Council could potentially devastate Hawaii’s vacation rental industry by limiting short-term rentals on Oahu to no less than 180 days at a time. That was the message of short-term rental owners Ed Jones and Peggy Aurand, who joined host Keli’i Akina on

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Hawaii population continues to dwindle

HONOLULU, Jan. 4, 2022 >> Hawaii’s population declined by 0.7% between July 2020 and July 2021, the third greatest per capita population decline in the country, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.[1] Hawaii trailed only New York, at -1.6%, and Illinois, at -0.9%. Hawaii’s net loss

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State budget windfall opens way for tax cuts

The following is a news released issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Dec. 23, 2021. ____________ Grassroot Institute of Hawaii calculations show there is plenty of room for the Legislature to break its habit of continually increasing taxes HONOLULU, Dec. 23, 2021 >> Gov. David Ige’s fiscal 2023 general fund

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Healthcare bottom line: ‘We have a shortage of all those things’

“Hawaii has done a great job at getting everybody health insurance, but having health insurance does not equate to having access to healthcare.” That was one of the observations expressed by Lisa Rantz, executive director of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, during the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Minimum-wage bill is wrong tool for the job

The following testimony was submitted Jan. 26, 2022, to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means, which was to meet Jan. 27, 2022, to consider increasing Hawaii’s mandatory minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2026. ______________ Jan. 27, 2022 10:45 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 & Videoconference

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Testimony on proposed minimum-wage increase, v. 2022

Jan. 24, 2022 3:00 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 & Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts       Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair       Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii            Joe Kent, Executive vice president Re: SB2018 — RELATING

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Jones Act lobby misdeals ‘homeland security’ card

The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 14, 2022, by RealClear Policy. ______________ By Mark Coleman and Jonathan Helton When the facts don’t work, try appeals to national or “homeland” security. That seems to be the tactic of the Jones Act lobby, which has been increasingly hard-pressed in recent

Read More →

Oahu short-term rental owners raise alarm about Bill 41

A bill being considered by the Honolulu County Council could potentially devastate Hawaii’s vacation rental industry by limiting short-term rentals on Oahu to no less than 180 days at a time. That was the message of short-term rental owners Ed Jones and Peggy Aurand, who joined host Keli’i Akina on

Read More →

Hawaii population continues to dwindle

HONOLULU, Jan. 4, 2022 >> Hawaii’s population declined by 0.7% between July 2020 and July 2021, the third greatest per capita population decline in the country, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.[1] Hawaii trailed only New York, at -1.6%, and Illinois, at -0.9%. Hawaii’s net loss

Read More →

State budget windfall opens way for tax cuts

The following is a news released issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Dec. 23, 2021. ____________ Grassroot Institute of Hawaii calculations show there is plenty of room for the Legislature to break its habit of continually increasing taxes HONOLULU, Dec. 23, 2021 >> Gov. David Ige’s fiscal 2023 general fund

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Healthcare bottom line: ‘We have a shortage of all those things’

“Hawaii has done a great job at getting everybody health insurance, but having health insurance does not equate to having access to healthcare.” That was one of the observations expressed by Lisa Rantz, executive director of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, during the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Read More →