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‘Audit the rail’ still a good idea

The state of Honolulu’s rail project has become so problematic that even a board member for Honolulu Area Rapid Transportation (HART) is asking to press the pause button. But that’s not all. The Grassroot Institute recently obtained a letter (see full letter here) written by HART board member John Henry

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At least we’re not as bad as California …

This week I am writing to you from Dallas and the Economic Freedom of North America (EFNA) conference. Every year I join with leaders of policy think tanks from other U.S. states, plus from Canada and Mexico, to meet with economists who measure and study ways to advance economic freedom

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Blowing the whistle on HART

It’s difficult to protect workplace whistleblowers if intimidation is present in the very place where they would blow their proverbial whistles. But that is what appears to be happening at the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), which has been undergoing an audit on behalf of the Hawaii state Legislature.

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Pension risk includes lava

How is a volcano like a dip in the stock market? That’s not a riddle, though I’m sure our witty members could come up with some clever responses. Rather, it is a different perspective on how the Kilauea eruption might have a long-term effect on the state’s unfunded public pension

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Holding the state accountable

I’m delighted to let you know that The Wall Street Journal has just published exclusive research by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Our story on how the Hawaii state government encouraged the building of homes in the currently erupting lava zones has now gone national! This is an example of

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Good intentions pave road to homelessness

We are all aware of Hawaii’s “pay to play” culture and “friends and family” cronyism, but the high cost of housing does not appear to be the result of widespread corruption. It is more a case of good intentions gone awry. That was the message of David Callies, law professor at the

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Ditch minimum wage; help the poor

Hawaii’s Legislature did not approve a higher minimum wage this year, and that’s a good thing, if you want to help the poor. In 2010, researchers from the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Federal Reserve Board compiled the results of 53 scholarly studies into a book, “Minimum Wages”

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Was 2018 Hawaii Legislature a success?

This year’s legislative session has ended and our legislators are proud. At this week’s “Legislative Wrap-Up,” House Speaker Scott Saiki said, “This has been the most productive session that I’ve been involved with.” Lest there be any doubt about what he meant, Saiki added that after passing last year’s rail

Read More →

Restoring accountability at the Capitol

In theory, the legislative session is a time when complex issues can be hashed out in full view of the public. Citizens are free to testify and offer feedback to legislators about proposed bills. Legislators can research and debate the possible impact. Hearings are held. Compromises are found. In theory,

Read More →

‘Audit the rail’ still a good idea

The state of Honolulu’s rail project has become so problematic that even a board member for Honolulu Area Rapid Transportation (HART) is asking to press the pause button. But that’s not all. The Grassroot Institute recently obtained a letter (see full letter here) written by HART board member John Henry

Read More →

At least we’re not as bad as California …

This week I am writing to you from Dallas and the Economic Freedom of North America (EFNA) conference. Every year I join with leaders of policy think tanks from other U.S. states, plus from Canada and Mexico, to meet with economists who measure and study ways to advance economic freedom

Read More →

Blowing the whistle on HART

It’s difficult to protect workplace whistleblowers if intimidation is present in the very place where they would blow their proverbial whistles. But that is what appears to be happening at the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), which has been undergoing an audit on behalf of the Hawaii state Legislature.

Read More →

Pension risk includes lava

How is a volcano like a dip in the stock market? That’s not a riddle, though I’m sure our witty members could come up with some clever responses. Rather, it is a different perspective on how the Kilauea eruption might have a long-term effect on the state’s unfunded public pension

Read More →

Holding the state accountable

I’m delighted to let you know that The Wall Street Journal has just published exclusive research by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Our story on how the Hawaii state government encouraged the building of homes in the currently erupting lava zones has now gone national! This is an example of

Read More →

Good intentions pave road to homelessness

We are all aware of Hawaii’s “pay to play” culture and “friends and family” cronyism, but the high cost of housing does not appear to be the result of widespread corruption. It is more a case of good intentions gone awry. That was the message of David Callies, law professor at the

Read More →

Ditch minimum wage; help the poor

Hawaii’s Legislature did not approve a higher minimum wage this year, and that’s a good thing, if you want to help the poor. In 2010, researchers from the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Federal Reserve Board compiled the results of 53 scholarly studies into a book, “Minimum Wages”

Read More →

Was 2018 Hawaii Legislature a success?

This year’s legislative session has ended and our legislators are proud. At this week’s “Legislative Wrap-Up,” House Speaker Scott Saiki said, “This has been the most productive session that I’ve been involved with.” Lest there be any doubt about what he meant, Saiki added that after passing last year’s rail

Read More →

Restoring accountability at the Capitol

In theory, the legislative session is a time when complex issues can be hashed out in full view of the public. Citizens are free to testify and offer feedback to legislators about proposed bills. Legislators can research and debate the possible impact. Hearings are held. Compromises are found. In theory,

Read More →