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Misleading budgeting undermines accountable government

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ If you had $1,000 in the bank and $10,000 in credit card debt, would you

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2021 Legislature might actually do some good

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 5, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ We’ve only just started the new legislative session, and the biggest surprise might be

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VIDEO commentary: ‘Higher revenues without higher taxes’

Jay Fidell, founder and president of the online ThinkTech Hawaii network, liked Keli’i Akina’s recent “President’s Corner” column so much (“Increase economic freedom, not state tax burden,” Jan. 29, 2021) that he asked him to produce a spoken version for the network. If you would like to have Akina’s weekly “President’s

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Add checks to power of governor during emergencies

Photo by Charley Myers This commentary was first published, with a different headline, on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ________________ After almost a year spent in a state of emergency, it’s time for the people of Hawaii to get a bigger say in the state’s COVID-19 response. Gov. David Ige has

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How to rescue Hawaii’s economy without raising taxes

The following commentary by Keli’i Akina was originally published Jan. 23, 2021, in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. It was written before Gov. David Ige revealed he would not be including any tax proposals in his fiscal 2022 budget, except for a “fee” on sellers of sugary beverages. Certain legislators, however, have stepped in

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Increase economic freedom, not state tax burden

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Jan. 29, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ It has become an annual tradition, just like counting in the new year or

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Why we issued a report urging reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers

The following is a slightly edited version of Keli’i Akina’s foreword to the new Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report “Lockdown Versus Liberty: How Hawaii’s Experience in 2020-21 Demonstrates the Need to Revise the State’s Emergency Powers,” released officially on Jan. 18, 2021. ________________ It is a sobering experience to sit ringside at a

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Last thing Hawai needs right now is more taxes

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Jan. 8, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-386-9047 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ Wishing and hoping are fine themes for a movie or a pop song. For

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The best gift from Santa would be economic freedom

If only it were possible to fill a stocking with economic freedom and leave lots of new jobs under the tree. Like everything else about 2020, this Christmas season has been quite different, and we at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii have had a lot of time to ponder our

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Misleading budgeting undermines accountable government

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ If you had $1,000 in the bank and $10,000 in credit card debt, would you

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2021 Legislature might actually do some good

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 5, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ We’ve only just started the new legislative session, and the biggest surprise might be

Read More →

VIDEO commentary: ‘Higher revenues without higher taxes’

Jay Fidell, founder and president of the online ThinkTech Hawaii network, liked Keli’i Akina’s recent “President’s Corner” column so much (“Increase economic freedom, not state tax burden,” Jan. 29, 2021) that he asked him to produce a spoken version for the network. If you would like to have Akina’s weekly “President’s

Read More →

Add checks to power of governor during emergencies

Photo by Charley Myers This commentary was first published, with a different headline, on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ________________ After almost a year spent in a state of emergency, it’s time for the people of Hawaii to get a bigger say in the state’s COVID-19 response. Gov. David Ige has

Read More →

How to rescue Hawaii’s economy without raising taxes

The following commentary by Keli’i Akina was originally published Jan. 23, 2021, in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. It was written before Gov. David Ige revealed he would not be including any tax proposals in his fiscal 2022 budget, except for a “fee” on sellers of sugary beverages. Certain legislators, however, have stepped in

Read More →

Increase economic freedom, not state tax burden

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Jan. 29, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ It has become an annual tradition, just like counting in the new year or

Read More →

Why we issued a report urging reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers

The following is a slightly edited version of Keli’i Akina’s foreword to the new Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report “Lockdown Versus Liberty: How Hawaii’s Experience in 2020-21 Demonstrates the Need to Revise the State’s Emergency Powers,” released officially on Jan. 18, 2021. ________________ It is a sobering experience to sit ringside at a

Read More →

Last thing Hawai needs right now is more taxes

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Jan. 8, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-386-9047 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ Wishing and hoping are fine themes for a movie or a pop song. For

Read More →

The best gift from Santa would be economic freedom

If only it were possible to fill a stocking with economic freedom and leave lots of new jobs under the tree. Like everything else about 2020, this Christmas season has been quite different, and we at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii have had a lot of time to ponder our

Read More →