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Fiscal notes could help Hawaii avoid fiscal calamity

Above, Hawaii former state Rep. Cynthia Thielen, in a 2018 video pleading for fiscal notes Fiscal notes by themselves would not solve Hawaii’s financial crisis, but they could help rein it in   Hawaii is experiencing its worst economic depression ever, yet state lawmakers seem determined to drive the state

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Doctors to the State of Hawaii: ‘I’m moving’

There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing.  On March 9, the Hawaii State Senate passed SB56, a bill called the “Enola Gay” of tax proposals by the Tax Foundation of

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Jones Act closed loophole that could help Hawaii

  A prominent Hawaii state senator told us at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii recently that he agreed with many of the policies we advocate, but he could not bring himself to support our call for Jones Act reform. Why? Because, he said, if the Jones Act were really a

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The Jones Act: 100 years of failed protectionism

This article was published originally by the Mises Institute on June 4, 2020. ________________ June 5, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the Jones Act, a law passed to protect the domestic water transportation industry from outside competition. This law has been touted as critical to the success of the

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Planes, trains and automobiles — but not ships

Planes, trains and automobiles. A movie, yes, but what else do they all have in common? For starters, American companies and individuals are free to buy them from any country in the world. They use them to transport goods or passengers, commute to work, take vacations and for many other

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Hey, shipbuilders, Jones Act reform is your friend

A groundbreaking new study of America’s Jones Act might be of some comfort to U.S. shipbuilders and shipyard workers who have been worried by increased calls for repeal or reform of the protectionist federal shipping law. Issued in April by the highly respected Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the

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Fiscal notes could help Hawaii avoid fiscal calamity

Above, Hawaii former state Rep. Cynthia Thielen, in a 2018 video pleading for fiscal notes Fiscal notes by themselves would not solve Hawaii’s financial crisis, but they could help rein it in   Hawaii is experiencing its worst economic depression ever, yet state lawmakers seem determined to drive the state

Read More →

Doctors to the State of Hawaii: ‘I’m moving’

There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing.  On March 9, the Hawaii State Senate passed SB56, a bill called the “Enola Gay” of tax proposals by the Tax Foundation of

Read More →

Jones Act closed loophole that could help Hawaii

  A prominent Hawaii state senator told us at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii recently that he agreed with many of the policies we advocate, but he could not bring himself to support our call for Jones Act reform. Why? Because, he said, if the Jones Act were really a

Read More →

The Jones Act: 100 years of failed protectionism

This article was published originally by the Mises Institute on June 4, 2020. ________________ June 5, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the Jones Act, a law passed to protect the domestic water transportation industry from outside competition. This law has been touted as critical to the success of the

Read More →

Planes, trains and automobiles — but not ships

Planes, trains and automobiles. A movie, yes, but what else do they all have in common? For starters, American companies and individuals are free to buy them from any country in the world. They use them to transport goods or passengers, commute to work, take vacations and for many other

Read More →

Hey, shipbuilders, Jones Act reform is your friend

A groundbreaking new study of America’s Jones Act might be of some comfort to U.S. shipbuilders and shipyard workers who have been worried by increased calls for repeal or reform of the protectionist federal shipping law. Issued in April by the highly respected Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the

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