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Why Hawaii zoning laws should be abolished

Hawaii’s zoning laws prevent growth, are socially divisive, contribute to Hawaii’s high home prices and ought to be abolished, according to Nolan Gray, a former city planner in New York and research director for an housing advocacy group called California YIMBY. Gray was the featured guest on the Nov. 21,

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Hawaii slips further in economic freedom index

Hawaii ranks 48th in the nation in terms of economic freedom, according to the latest “Economic Freedom of North America” report produced by the Fraser Institute in Canada. The ranking was based on data from 2020 and represents a decline from 44th in 2019. Helping drive Hawaii toward the bottom

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Does anyone really believe stadium project will pan out?

Hawaii’s record with major public facility projects is so poor it’s a wonder lawmakers have allowed this idea to get as far as it has Hawaii’s policymaking elites and their construction industry buddies are getting all excited about moving forward on redevelopment of the old Aloha Stadium. Grandiose plans involving multiple possible

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Why is there a doctor shortage in Hawaii?

It’s no secret that Hawaii has a healthcare problem.  The state is short more than 1,000 doctors, which means some patients cannot get care, and the ones who do have to wait a long time.  According to one recent survey, nearly six in 10 Hawaii residents have endured long delays

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How ‘sandboxes’ could help Hawaii prosper

Some say Hawaii needs more sandboxes — and not just the kind you played in as a kid.  Rees Empey, director of state government affairs at the Libertas Institute, based in Lehi, Utah, says just as childrens’ sandboxes foster imagination, so do “regulatory sandboxes” encourage innovation and job growth, by

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Testimony: By-right approvals could lower the cost of housing

To: Maui County Council Affordable Housing Committee       Gabe Johnson, Chair       Michael Molina, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: ESTABLISHING DESIGN STANDARDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS LESS THAN 150 UNITS SO PROJECTS

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Why Hawaii zoning laws should be abolished

Hawaii’s zoning laws prevent growth, are socially divisive, contribute to Hawaii’s high home prices and ought to be abolished, according to Nolan Gray, a former city planner in New York and research director for an housing advocacy group called California YIMBY. Gray was the featured guest on the Nov. 21,

Read More →

Hawaii slips further in economic freedom index

Hawaii ranks 48th in the nation in terms of economic freedom, according to the latest “Economic Freedom of North America” report produced by the Fraser Institute in Canada. The ranking was based on data from 2020 and represents a decline from 44th in 2019. Helping drive Hawaii toward the bottom

Read More →

Does anyone really believe stadium project will pan out?

Hawaii’s record with major public facility projects is so poor it’s a wonder lawmakers have allowed this idea to get as far as it has Hawaii’s policymaking elites and their construction industry buddies are getting all excited about moving forward on redevelopment of the old Aloha Stadium. Grandiose plans involving multiple possible

Read More →

Why is there a doctor shortage in Hawaii?

It’s no secret that Hawaii has a healthcare problem.  The state is short more than 1,000 doctors, which means some patients cannot get care, and the ones who do have to wait a long time.  According to one recent survey, nearly six in 10 Hawaii residents have endured long delays

Read More →

How ‘sandboxes’ could help Hawaii prosper

Some say Hawaii needs more sandboxes — and not just the kind you played in as a kid.  Rees Empey, director of state government affairs at the Libertas Institute, based in Lehi, Utah, says just as childrens’ sandboxes foster imagination, so do “regulatory sandboxes” encourage innovation and job growth, by

Read More →

Testimony: By-right approvals could lower the cost of housing

To: Maui County Council Affordable Housing Committee       Gabe Johnson, Chair       Michael Molina, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: ESTABLISHING DESIGN STANDARDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS LESS THAN 150 UNITS SO PROJECTS

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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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