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Hawaii fares poorly in ‘economic freedom ranking

Hawaii is one of the worst states in the nation in terms of economic freedom, according to the annual “Economic Freedom of North America” report released by the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada. The independent public policy think tank ranked Hawaii 46th among all 50 U.S. states and the

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Short-term rentals defended in new AEI housing study

Tobias Peter says rather than target STRs, it’s time for government to ‘look in the mirror’ and take responsibility for Hawaii’s housing crisis There is a prevailing belief in Hawaii that short-term rentals are responsible for the state’s housing shortage.  Even Gov. Josh Green recently criticized STRs, stating, “People make

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Hawaii urged to steer clear of Vienna housing model

Above, a “social housing” block on Engerthstrasse, a street in Vienna, in August 2018. The so-called Vienna model of “social housing” has been touted as a solution to Hawaii’s housing shortage. However, a new report authored by Tobias Peter, senior fellow and co-director of the AEI Housing Center in Washington,

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Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst

Will Hawaii’s candidates on the 2022 campaign trail follow through on their promises? Policy solutions that the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has been promoting for years are quickly gaining steam — and the election underway is proof.  Exempting or reducing the general excise tax on food and medicine, for example,

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COVID rules being lifted, but don’t cheer yet

It has been more than two years since Hawaii’s coronavirus restrictions were put into place, and as they have slowly been lifted, life in the islands is finally starting  to resemble the pre-pandemic “normal.” We must remember, however, that these restrictions can easily be reinstated with the stroke of a

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Meet Grassroot Scholar Colin Grabow

The following interview was published originally in the Fall 2021 edition of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s donor newsletter. ___________ The Cato Institute policy analyst has been an invaluable asset in our efforts to achieve Jones Act reform Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii welcomed Cato Institute policy

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Constant moving of goal posts breaks public trust

This commentary was published originally in the Fall 2021 edition of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s donor newsletter.  __________ When COVID-19 began wreaking havoc on the planet early last year, the popular slogan was “We’re all in this together.”  Now, after 18 months of being under a so-called state of

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Legislature has abdicated its watchdog responsibility

There are many reasons to be frustrated with the governor’s current use of emergency powers: a seemingly endless state of emergency, moving goalposts and the lack of transparency, to name a few.  But equally frustrating is the Legislature’s inability to rein it in. It had the opportunity with HB103 in

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Meet Gale Pooley, Grassroot Scholar

The BYU-Hawaii professor and economist has pioneered the study of “time price” valuation and found we owe much to individual liberty and economic freedom Since 2017, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has had the pleasure of working with economist Gale Pooley. Just as the institute has challenged the public to think beyond conventional

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Hawaii fares poorly in ‘economic freedom ranking

Hawaii is one of the worst states in the nation in terms of economic freedom, according to the annual “Economic Freedom of North America” report released by the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada. The independent public policy think tank ranked Hawaii 46th among all 50 U.S. states and the

Read More →

Short-term rentals defended in new AEI housing study

Tobias Peter says rather than target STRs, it’s time for government to ‘look in the mirror’ and take responsibility for Hawaii’s housing crisis There is a prevailing belief in Hawaii that short-term rentals are responsible for the state’s housing shortage.  Even Gov. Josh Green recently criticized STRs, stating, “People make

Read More →

Hawaii urged to steer clear of Vienna housing model

Above, a “social housing” block on Engerthstrasse, a street in Vienna, in August 2018. The so-called Vienna model of “social housing” has been touted as a solution to Hawaii’s housing shortage. However, a new report authored by Tobias Peter, senior fellow and co-director of the AEI Housing Center in Washington,

Read More →

Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst

Will Hawaii’s candidates on the 2022 campaign trail follow through on their promises? Policy solutions that the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has been promoting for years are quickly gaining steam — and the election underway is proof.  Exempting or reducing the general excise tax on food and medicine, for example,

Read More →

COVID rules being lifted, but don’t cheer yet

It has been more than two years since Hawaii’s coronavirus restrictions were put into place, and as they have slowly been lifted, life in the islands is finally starting  to resemble the pre-pandemic “normal.” We must remember, however, that these restrictions can easily be reinstated with the stroke of a

Read More →

Meet Grassroot Scholar Colin Grabow

The following interview was published originally in the Fall 2021 edition of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s donor newsletter. ___________ The Cato Institute policy analyst has been an invaluable asset in our efforts to achieve Jones Act reform Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii welcomed Cato Institute policy

Read More →

Constant moving of goal posts breaks public trust

This commentary was published originally in the Fall 2021 edition of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s donor newsletter.  __________ When COVID-19 began wreaking havoc on the planet early last year, the popular slogan was “We’re all in this together.”  Now, after 18 months of being under a so-called state of

Read More →

Legislature has abdicated its watchdog responsibility

There are many reasons to be frustrated with the governor’s current use of emergency powers: a seemingly endless state of emergency, moving goalposts and the lack of transparency, to name a few.  But equally frustrating is the Legislature’s inability to rein it in. It had the opportunity with HB103 in

Read More →

Meet Gale Pooley, Grassroot Scholar

The BYU-Hawaii professor and economist has pioneered the study of “time price” valuation and found we owe much to individual liberty and economic freedom Since 2017, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has had the pleasure of working with economist Gale Pooley. Just as the institute has challenged the public to think beyond conventional

Read More →