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Most Hawaii residents want lower taxes, new survey shows

The following is a news release issued Oct. 13, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. __________ A professional poll of almost 1,000 people throughout the islands suggests lawmakers are ignoring what their constituents really want HONOLULU, Oct. 13, 2021 >> A new survey by one of Hawaii’s top polling companies shows that a substantial

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PBN editor laments government, media handling of COVID crisis

There are many reason to complain about how Hawaii has dealt with the coronavirus threat to public health, and business journalist and columnist Kam Napier covered a lot of them in his Oct. 11, 2021, appearance on Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program. Napier is editor in chief of Hawaii’s leading business publication,

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U.S. maritime laws partly to blame for product shortages, Akina says

Photo by Ted Kefalas In his weekly column and on KHON2, the institute CEO explained why shipping delays are tied to excess government intervention   The email subject line for the Oct. 2, 2021, “President’s Corner” column by Institute President Keli’i Akina said, “Why the toilet paper shortage?” The commentary itself generated positive reader

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‘A Voice For Unity’: Keli‘i Akina profiled by MidWeek

Midweek photo by Anthony Consillio The following article was published originally in MidWeek on Sept. 29, 2021. It was written by Bill Mossman, MidWeek executive editor. _____________ By holding leadership positions at Grassroot Institute of Hawai‘i and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Keli‘i Akina has been able to use his

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MYTH: The Jones Act protects American jobs

Jones Act supporters frequently say the law is responsible for about 650,000 U.S. jobs. Again, they point to the private PricewaterhouseCoopers study, which estimates that about 95,470 U.S. jobs are “directly attributable to the Jones Act shipping industry.” The 650,000 estimate is the result of adding 552,750 “indirect or induced”

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MYTH: The Jones Act contributes to economic growth

The following is taken from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s July 2021 policy brief, “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associates Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. __________ The American Maritime Partnership — a powerful lobby group representing Jones Act carriers, shipbuilders and unions — has claimed that the

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MYTH: The Jones Act protects national security

The following is taken from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s July 2021 policy brief, “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associates Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. __________ Perhaps the most common argument in defense of the Jones Act is that it ensures the U.S. will have adequate merchant

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Most Hawaii residents want lower taxes, new survey shows

The following is a news release issued Oct. 13, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. __________ A professional poll of almost 1,000 people throughout the islands suggests lawmakers are ignoring what their constituents really want HONOLULU, Oct. 13, 2021 >> A new survey by one of Hawaii’s top polling companies shows that a substantial

Read More →

PBN editor laments government, media handling of COVID crisis

There are many reason to complain about how Hawaii has dealt with the coronavirus threat to public health, and business journalist and columnist Kam Napier covered a lot of them in his Oct. 11, 2021, appearance on Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program. Napier is editor in chief of Hawaii’s leading business publication,

Read More →

U.S. maritime laws partly to blame for product shortages, Akina says

Photo by Ted Kefalas In his weekly column and on KHON2, the institute CEO explained why shipping delays are tied to excess government intervention   The email subject line for the Oct. 2, 2021, “President’s Corner” column by Institute President Keli’i Akina said, “Why the toilet paper shortage?” The commentary itself generated positive reader

Read More →

‘A Voice For Unity’: Keli‘i Akina profiled by MidWeek

Midweek photo by Anthony Consillio The following article was published originally in MidWeek on Sept. 29, 2021. It was written by Bill Mossman, MidWeek executive editor. _____________ By holding leadership positions at Grassroot Institute of Hawai‘i and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Keli‘i Akina has been able to use his

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act protects American jobs

Jones Act supporters frequently say the law is responsible for about 650,000 U.S. jobs. Again, they point to the private PricewaterhouseCoopers study, which estimates that about 95,470 U.S. jobs are “directly attributable to the Jones Act shipping industry.” The 650,000 estimate is the result of adding 552,750 “indirect or induced”

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act contributes to economic growth

The following is taken from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s July 2021 policy brief, “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associates Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. __________ The American Maritime Partnership — a powerful lobby group representing Jones Act carriers, shipbuilders and unions — has claimed that the

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act protects national security

The following is taken from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s July 2021 policy brief, “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associates Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. __________ Perhaps the most common argument in defense of the Jones Act is that it ensures the U.S. will have adequate merchant

Read More →