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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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‘Certificate of need’ … Really?

No politicians would want to get caught saying they supported limiting the number of hospitals, dialysis facilities or MRI machines for rural areas. And yet, that’s exactly what dozens of states legislatures have done through the passage of so-called certificate-of-need laws. READ MORE:

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Public park model not working in Kakaako

Kakaako Waterfront Park was supposed to be the kind of scenic public space that leaps, unprompted, to the imagination at the words “Honolulu” and “park.” On the cusp of its opening in 1992, politicians spoke about how it was going to be “people-oriented.” The park would become a place where

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How Much Does a Trillion Dollars Weigh?

Lower taxes better than ‘basic income’

The Aloha State has a long tradition of adopting (or attempting to adopt) “cutting edge” legislation, regardless of how good a fit it might be for a small island state in the middle of the Pacific. The latest idea is the so-called universal basic income. But what about simply lowering

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There’s No Place Like Home

Last week, the Grassroot Institute released a short video about the large number of locals who are forced by economic considerations to leave Hawaii for the mainland. It was one of our most successful videos to date and touched a chord with the large group of “expat” locals who knew exactly what

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Grassroot Testimony: SB 2618 (Ferry Feasibility Study)

To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: SB 2618 — RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on

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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

Read More →

‘Certificate of need’ … Really?

No politicians would want to get caught saying they supported limiting the number of hospitals, dialysis facilities or MRI machines for rural areas. And yet, that’s exactly what dozens of states legislatures have done through the passage of so-called certificate-of-need laws. READ MORE:

Read More →

Public park model not working in Kakaako

Kakaako Waterfront Park was supposed to be the kind of scenic public space that leaps, unprompted, to the imagination at the words “Honolulu” and “park.” On the cusp of its opening in 1992, politicians spoke about how it was going to be “people-oriented.” The park would become a place where

Read More →
How Much Does a Trillion Dollars Weigh?

Lower taxes better than ‘basic income’

The Aloha State has a long tradition of adopting (or attempting to adopt) “cutting edge” legislation, regardless of how good a fit it might be for a small island state in the middle of the Pacific. The latest idea is the so-called universal basic income. But what about simply lowering

Read More →

There’s No Place Like Home

Last week, the Grassroot Institute released a short video about the large number of locals who are forced by economic considerations to leave Hawaii for the mainland. It was one of our most successful videos to date and touched a chord with the large group of “expat” locals who knew exactly what

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony: SB 2618 (Ferry Feasibility Study)

To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: SB 2618 — RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on

Read More →