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Permission to Work in Hawaii

Should you need permission to work in Hawaii?  According to Hawaii’s occupational licensing laws, the answer is yes. An “occupational licensing law” is government permission to work in a particular field.  Hawaii has the most burdensome occupational licensing requirements compared to the rest of the nation for low to middle

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Retired Government Employees Haunting for More Paychecks

Something spooky is haunting the halls of the Hawaii State Capitol.  Government retirees seem to be coming back to life — returning to work, collecting a pension check and a paycheck at the same time.  This process of getting two government checks is commonly known as “Double Dipping”. Like ghosts,

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In a Boom or Headed to a Bust?

A Report from the Grassroot Institute Panel It was only last February that Governor Neil Abercrombie declared that for the first time, the state was looking at an $844 million dollar surplus. According to Paul Harleman, Budget Director of the Senate Minority Research, that surplus may go bust in 2016.

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Does the TSA Make Us Less Safe?

Sometimes when I’m in line at airport security, I like to imagine that I’m a ninja trying to get through their defenses. I imagine hopping over the scanner, throwing some ninja stars, and then flying up the escalator with my grappling hook. It’s a good thought experiment to see if

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Permission to Work in Hawaii

Should you need permission to work in Hawaii?  According to Hawaii’s occupational licensing laws, the answer is yes. An “occupational licensing law” is government permission to work in a particular field.  Hawaii has the most burdensome occupational licensing requirements compared to the rest of the nation for low to middle

Read More →

Retired Government Employees Haunting for More Paychecks

Something spooky is haunting the halls of the Hawaii State Capitol.  Government retirees seem to be coming back to life — returning to work, collecting a pension check and a paycheck at the same time.  This process of getting two government checks is commonly known as “Double Dipping”. Like ghosts,

Read More →

In a Boom or Headed to a Bust?

A Report from the Grassroot Institute Panel It was only last February that Governor Neil Abercrombie declared that for the first time, the state was looking at an $844 million dollar surplus. According to Paul Harleman, Budget Director of the Senate Minority Research, that surplus may go bust in 2016.

Read More →

Does the TSA Make Us Less Safe?

Sometimes when I’m in line at airport security, I like to imagine that I’m a ninja trying to get through their defenses. I imagine hopping over the scanner, throwing some ninja stars, and then flying up the escalator with my grappling hook. It’s a good thought experiment to see if

Read More →