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Legislators need right job-creation map

This commentary was originally published Sunday, July 19, 2020, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _____________ Worried about the loss of tourism, widespread unemployment and economic slowdown? Fear not. The Hawaii Legislature plans to fix it all through its powers of legislation. That might seem a bit optimistic for a legislative body

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Maui needs a ‘road map to prosperity’ — and here it is

This commentary was published originally in The Maui News on June 23, 2020. ______________ Maui is slowly getting back to business after the COVID-19 lockdown, but for residents who are surveying the economic damage, there is a serious question to be addressed. Can the economy be “restarted” effectively? After all,

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Jones Act a costly failure

  “The Jones Act is expensive and ineffective. Trying to prop it up with questionable studies and faulty logic is a path to disaster.” That was the conclusion of Malia Hill, policy director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, as stated in a commentary published earlier this month in Washington, D.C.-based

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Jones Act waivers not a solution

Residents of Hawaii — like the residents of any area regularly visited by hurricanes — know how to prepare for a big storm. Plywood goes up on windows. Yards are cleared of debris. Supermarket shelves are stripped bare as people stock up on water, food and emergency supplies. The sad irony is

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Honolulu taxi

Honolulu could be leader in taxi deregulation

Honolulu has a chance to lead the way in the nationwide battle between municipalities, taxis and ride-hailing services. But will the city move toward a free market or greater government control? The Grassroot Institute’s Malia Hill considered that question in her latest column for The Hill. Read the full article HERE.

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Hawaii Legislature looks to regulate video games

In Hawaii, there are currently three bills in consideration that seek to limit video game sales or regulate the gaming industry. One, SB3024, seeks to prohibit anyone under age 21 from buying a game that lets you buy loot boxes or purchase something that could be redeemed for a loot

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Jones Act lovefest regurgitates old myths

If national security was really the most important benefit of the Jones Act — as opposed to protecting the maritime industry — then the best thing to do would be to focus on how to modernize the act and revitalize American maritime interests. Instead, the Jan. 17 response of the House

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Federal tax reform is unmasking high-tax states

What many people miss about Hawaii is that it’s just become the state with the second-highest tax rate in the country — and losing its millionaires could wreak substantial financial havoc. During the 2017 session, the Hawaii legislature reinstated an income tax rate of 11 percent on earners who make

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Legislators need right job-creation map

This commentary was originally published Sunday, July 19, 2020, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _____________ Worried about the loss of tourism, widespread unemployment and economic slowdown? Fear not. The Hawaii Legislature plans to fix it all through its powers of legislation. That might seem a bit optimistic for a legislative body

Read More →

Maui needs a ‘road map to prosperity’ — and here it is

This commentary was published originally in The Maui News on June 23, 2020. ______________ Maui is slowly getting back to business after the COVID-19 lockdown, but for residents who are surveying the economic damage, there is a serious question to be addressed. Can the economy be “restarted” effectively? After all,

Read More →

Jones Act a costly failure

  “The Jones Act is expensive and ineffective. Trying to prop it up with questionable studies and faulty logic is a path to disaster.” That was the conclusion of Malia Hill, policy director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, as stated in a commentary published earlier this month in Washington, D.C.-based

Read More →

Jones Act waivers not a solution

Residents of Hawaii — like the residents of any area regularly visited by hurricanes — know how to prepare for a big storm. Plywood goes up on windows. Yards are cleared of debris. Supermarket shelves are stripped bare as people stock up on water, food and emergency supplies. The sad irony is

Read More →
Honolulu taxi

Honolulu could be leader in taxi deregulation

Honolulu has a chance to lead the way in the nationwide battle between municipalities, taxis and ride-hailing services. But will the city move toward a free market or greater government control? The Grassroot Institute’s Malia Hill considered that question in her latest column for The Hill. Read the full article HERE.

Read More →

Hawaii Legislature looks to regulate video games

In Hawaii, there are currently three bills in consideration that seek to limit video game sales or regulate the gaming industry. One, SB3024, seeks to prohibit anyone under age 21 from buying a game that lets you buy loot boxes or purchase something that could be redeemed for a loot

Read More →

Jones Act lovefest regurgitates old myths

If national security was really the most important benefit of the Jones Act — as opposed to protecting the maritime industry — then the best thing to do would be to focus on how to modernize the act and revitalize American maritime interests. Instead, the Jan. 17 response of the House

Read More →

Federal tax reform is unmasking high-tax states

What many people miss about Hawaii is that it’s just become the state with the second-highest tax rate in the country — and losing its millionaires could wreak substantial financial havoc. During the 2017 session, the Hawaii legislature reinstated an income tax rate of 11 percent on earners who make

Read More →