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Institute warns federal agency about HART’s dubious rail recovery plan

The transit agency is trying to squeeze $744 million more from the FTA so it can finish its over-budget, behind-schedule project The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii submitted a letter this week to the Federal Transit Administration urging it to view with “extreme skepticism” the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s 2022 Recovery Plan.

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Why Panos Prevedouros left Hawaii

The state is at risk of a major natural catastrophe, he says, and its “suicidal” energy policy will just make everything worse Hawaii’s policy mandate to go to 100% renewable energy is nothing short of suicidal. That was the message of Panos Prevedouros, former chairman of the University of Hawaii civil

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How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Oahu presentation)

Unreasonable. Irrational. A travesty. Those were some of the terms used by Stanford Carr, president of Stanford Carr Development, and David Arakawa, executive director of the Land Use Research Foundation, to describe land-use planning in the state, at a no-holds-barred but laughter-filled June 17 presentation on Oahu, sponsored by the

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How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Maui presentation)

Photos by Sean Mitsui Making housing more affordable on Maui could be accomplished through two changes to the island’s status quo on development: comprehensive rezoning and greater density.  But making those changes will be easier said than done. Why? The answer may be that Maui is “schizophrenic.” “Sure, everybody says

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Evidence keeps rolling in against proposed minimum-wage increase

There is still time for Gov. David Ige to reject the 2022 Legislature’s bid to increase Hawaii’s hourly minimum wage by almost 20% to $12 starting Oct. 1, and almost 80% to $18 by 2028. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has already cited numerous studies showing how minimum-wage increases typically backfire on the people that

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‘Hawaii zoning atlas’ will identify barriers to housing

Hawaii’s acute lack of affordable housing is “largely a manufactured crisis,” according to Trey Gordner, the featured guest on Monday’s “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Gordner is a civic technologist who recently earned a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Tech. His thesis was on measuring

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Call for Jones Act reform gaining momentum

Photo by Charles Myers The drumbeat for Jones Act reform has been growing louder. In Hawaii, the Maui County Council in April unanimously endorsed a Jones Act exemption for Hawaii oil imports, and Michael Hansen of the Hawaii Shippers Council spoke on May 23 with reporter Catherine Cruz on Hawaii Public Radio’s “The Conversation,” reiterating the group’s

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Hawaii counties squander opportunity to lower taxes

Editor’s note: Some of the figures cited in the transcript for the proposed Maui budget were underestimated. The correct figures appear in brackets. ___________ It’s the perfect time to lower taxes. That’s what Joe Kent, executive vice president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said Sunday morning, June 5, 2022, when

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Institute warns federal agency about HART’s dubious rail recovery plan

The transit agency is trying to squeeze $744 million more from the FTA so it can finish its over-budget, behind-schedule project The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii submitted a letter this week to the Federal Transit Administration urging it to view with “extreme skepticism” the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s 2022 Recovery Plan.

Read More →

Why Panos Prevedouros left Hawaii

The state is at risk of a major natural catastrophe, he says, and its “suicidal” energy policy will just make everything worse Hawaii’s policy mandate to go to 100% renewable energy is nothing short of suicidal. That was the message of Panos Prevedouros, former chairman of the University of Hawaii civil

Read More →

How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Oahu presentation)

Unreasonable. Irrational. A travesty. Those were some of the terms used by Stanford Carr, president of Stanford Carr Development, and David Arakawa, executive director of the Land Use Research Foundation, to describe land-use planning in the state, at a no-holds-barred but laughter-filled June 17 presentation on Oahu, sponsored by the

Read More →

How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Maui presentation)

Photos by Sean Mitsui Making housing more affordable on Maui could be accomplished through two changes to the island’s status quo on development: comprehensive rezoning and greater density.  But making those changes will be easier said than done. Why? The answer may be that Maui is “schizophrenic.” “Sure, everybody says

Read More →

Evidence keeps rolling in against proposed minimum-wage increase

There is still time for Gov. David Ige to reject the 2022 Legislature’s bid to increase Hawaii’s hourly minimum wage by almost 20% to $12 starting Oct. 1, and almost 80% to $18 by 2028. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has already cited numerous studies showing how minimum-wage increases typically backfire on the people that

Read More →

‘Hawaii zoning atlas’ will identify barriers to housing

Hawaii’s acute lack of affordable housing is “largely a manufactured crisis,” according to Trey Gordner, the featured guest on Monday’s “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Gordner is a civic technologist who recently earned a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Tech. His thesis was on measuring

Read More →

Call for Jones Act reform gaining momentum

Photo by Charles Myers The drumbeat for Jones Act reform has been growing louder. In Hawaii, the Maui County Council in April unanimously endorsed a Jones Act exemption for Hawaii oil imports, and Michael Hansen of the Hawaii Shippers Council spoke on May 23 with reporter Catherine Cruz on Hawaii Public Radio’s “The Conversation,” reiterating the group’s

Read More →

Hawaii counties squander opportunity to lower taxes

Editor’s note: Some of the figures cited in the transcript for the proposed Maui budget were underestimated. The correct figures appear in brackets. ___________ It’s the perfect time to lower taxes. That’s what Joe Kent, executive vice president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said Sunday morning, June 5, 2022, when

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