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Hawaii taxes block prosperity

On Thursday, I had the honor of speaking at the Tax Foundation of Hawaii’s annual luncheon, along with Tom Yamachika, president of the foundation, and Gavin Thornton, co-executive director of the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. During the panel discussion, we explored whether Hawaii’s tax code was

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Jones Act dissed in D.C.

Speaking on behalf of Hawaii residents who struggle under one of the highest costs of living in the nation, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina testified in Washington, D.C., in late August about the negative impact of the Jones Act on Hawaii. ••••••••••••••••••••••••• August 28, 2017 Testimony of Keli’i

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Council urged to go for it with rail audit

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina this week congratulated Honolulu City Council members for considering Trevor Ozawa’s Resolution 17-199, which would subject the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to an in-depth audit, and urged them to adopt a proposed amendment that would ensure the audit also looks for fraud,

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Americans no longer confident about college

By Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. For decades, teachers and parents around the country have been repeating the same message to children: “To have a bright future, you need to go to college.” But now, in Hawaii at least, it’s starting to look like the younger generation isn’t buying it. … Read

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Only independent, ‘deep dive’ rail audit will suffice

By Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. Leading voices across the state have joined the call to audit the Honolulu rail project, which is good news. However, such an audit must also include two key components to make it effective. First, it should be done independently, by an outside third party with experience

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How to gut an audit

Hawaii lawmakers are finally embracing the call for a “deep dive” audit of the Honolulu rail project, but how they follow through on that embrace could make it all for naught. There are many ways to subvert a serious audit, which is why it is important to insist that what

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City rail audit won’t look for fraud?

This week, the Honolulu City Council Budget Committee approved a widely supported resolution to conduct an “economy and efficiency” audit of the city’s over-budget and behind-schedule rail project, but it didn’t go far enough. That’s because, if approved by the Council as a whole, it would not be looking for

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‘Audit the rail’ push seeing some results

Trevor Ozawa, Honolulu City Councilmember, has introduced a resolution calling for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) to conduct an “economy and efficiency audit,” in order to determine “the causes for the cost overruns for the Honolulu high-capacity transit corridor project.”

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Hawaii taxes block prosperity

On Thursday, I had the honor of speaking at the Tax Foundation of Hawaii’s annual luncheon, along with Tom Yamachika, president of the foundation, and Gavin Thornton, co-executive director of the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice. During the panel discussion, we explored whether Hawaii’s tax code was

Read More →

Jones Act dissed in D.C.

Speaking on behalf of Hawaii residents who struggle under one of the highest costs of living in the nation, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina testified in Washington, D.C., in late August about the negative impact of the Jones Act on Hawaii. ••••••••••••••••••••••••• August 28, 2017 Testimony of Keli’i

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Council urged to go for it with rail audit

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina this week congratulated Honolulu City Council members for considering Trevor Ozawa’s Resolution 17-199, which would subject the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to an in-depth audit, and urged them to adopt a proposed amendment that would ensure the audit also looks for fraud,

Read More →

Americans no longer confident about college

By Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. For decades, teachers and parents around the country have been repeating the same message to children: “To have a bright future, you need to go to college.” But now, in Hawaii at least, it’s starting to look like the younger generation isn’t buying it. … Read

Read More →

Only independent, ‘deep dive’ rail audit will suffice

By Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. Leading voices across the state have joined the call to audit the Honolulu rail project, which is good news. However, such an audit must also include two key components to make it effective. First, it should be done independently, by an outside third party with experience

Read More →

How to gut an audit

Hawaii lawmakers are finally embracing the call for a “deep dive” audit of the Honolulu rail project, but how they follow through on that embrace could make it all for naught. There are many ways to subvert a serious audit, which is why it is important to insist that what

Read More →

City rail audit won’t look for fraud?

This week, the Honolulu City Council Budget Committee approved a widely supported resolution to conduct an “economy and efficiency” audit of the city’s over-budget and behind-schedule rail project, but it didn’t go far enough. That’s because, if approved by the Council as a whole, it would not be looking for

Read More →

‘Audit the rail’ push seeing some results

Trevor Ozawa, Honolulu City Councilmember, has introduced a resolution calling for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) to conduct an “economy and efficiency audit,” in order to determine “the causes for the cost overruns for the Honolulu high-capacity transit corridor project.”

Read More →