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Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed

As Hawaii’s 2021 legislative session came to a close on April 29, many Hawaii residents were disappointed by the failure of the Legislature to approve HB103, which would have placed limits on the governor’s emergency powers. Hawaii has been under a state of emergency since March 2020, when Gov. David

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Now is the time to ‘get real’ about Hawaii’s future

Hawaii’s “brain drain” has been an ubiquitous subject in our public consciousness for decades.  But given the economic devastation prompted by the state’s yearlong COVID-19 lockdowns, we now are even more vulnerable to losing the state’s best and brightest to opportunities elsewhere.  Legislative tax bills such as the notorious SB56

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Time to get state out of tourism promotion?

Photo by Charley Myers It has always been the right thing to do in principle, but shifting public opinion is making it more politically viable Since the launch of the Safe Travels program in October 2020, Hawaii’s tourism industry has been making a comeback. Perhaps due to pent-up demand, visitors

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Meet Grassroot Scholar Robert Thomas

The Hawaii attorney has been a valuable adviser concerning property rights and emergency powers issues If you’ve been keeping up to date with the Grassroot Institute’s programs, chances are you know Grassroot Scholar Robert Thomas.  Born on Oahu to a plantation worker and U.S. Army officer, Thomas and his military

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You can’t manage what you don’t measure

One thing the state has been doing mostly well throughout this coronavirus crisis has been to report promptly Hawaii’s COVID-19 daily cases.  Most people probably learn about those numbers through the news headlines or their social media feeds. They are valuable to know.  But what if those are the only

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Meet Grassroot Institute of Hawaii board member Mark Monoscalco

The former paving contractor joined the board in 2016 and sees 2020 as a pivotal year for Hawaii’s future Mark Monoscalco was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, but except for his accent, you wouldn’t necessarily know that from his political inclination toward limited government and individual liberty.

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Meet Grassroot Institute board member Bill Hastings

The Waimea-based attorney says it was a mistake to let government control the response to COVID-19   Robert “Bill” Hastings II, a Grassroot Institute of Hawaii board member for the past six years, describes himself as a “small-town boy.” Born and raised in western Wyoming, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science

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COVID-19 crisis a wake-up call for policymakers

After over two months of compulsory lockdowns, Hawaii’s state and county governments in May finally started reopening the economy. At the time, Hawaii had among the lowest number of total coronavirus infections and fatalities nationwide, and it still does. The state’s public health status appeared to be mostly in the

Read More →

Public health shutdown has harmed Hawaii healthcare providers

Businesses and workers throughout Hawaii have suffered huge financial losses over the last few months due to the state and county lockdowns intended to contain the coronavirus pandemic.  As it turns out, the state’s hospitals and healthcare system have not been insulated from this economic destruction.  In the early stages

Read More →

Start working now to adopt a meaningful spending cap

Hawaii’s existing cap is too easily ignored by lawmakers Now is the perfect time for fundamental policy changes in Hawaii, and a perfect place to start would be imposing a government spending cap with teeth. It would take a state constitutional amendment to do it, but in case it wasn’t

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Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed

As Hawaii’s 2021 legislative session came to a close on April 29, many Hawaii residents were disappointed by the failure of the Legislature to approve HB103, which would have placed limits on the governor’s emergency powers. Hawaii has been under a state of emergency since March 2020, when Gov. David

Read More →

Now is the time to ‘get real’ about Hawaii’s future

Hawaii’s “brain drain” has been an ubiquitous subject in our public consciousness for decades.  But given the economic devastation prompted by the state’s yearlong COVID-19 lockdowns, we now are even more vulnerable to losing the state’s best and brightest to opportunities elsewhere.  Legislative tax bills such as the notorious SB56

Read More →

Time to get state out of tourism promotion?

Photo by Charley Myers It has always been the right thing to do in principle, but shifting public opinion is making it more politically viable Since the launch of the Safe Travels program in October 2020, Hawaii’s tourism industry has been making a comeback. Perhaps due to pent-up demand, visitors

Read More →

Meet Grassroot Scholar Robert Thomas

The Hawaii attorney has been a valuable adviser concerning property rights and emergency powers issues If you’ve been keeping up to date with the Grassroot Institute’s programs, chances are you know Grassroot Scholar Robert Thomas.  Born on Oahu to a plantation worker and U.S. Army officer, Thomas and his military

Read More →

You can’t manage what you don’t measure

One thing the state has been doing mostly well throughout this coronavirus crisis has been to report promptly Hawaii’s COVID-19 daily cases.  Most people probably learn about those numbers through the news headlines or their social media feeds. They are valuable to know.  But what if those are the only

Read More →

Meet Grassroot Institute of Hawaii board member Mark Monoscalco

The former paving contractor joined the board in 2016 and sees 2020 as a pivotal year for Hawaii’s future Mark Monoscalco was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, but except for his accent, you wouldn’t necessarily know that from his political inclination toward limited government and individual liberty.

Read More →

Meet Grassroot Institute board member Bill Hastings

The Waimea-based attorney says it was a mistake to let government control the response to COVID-19   Robert “Bill” Hastings II, a Grassroot Institute of Hawaii board member for the past six years, describes himself as a “small-town boy.” Born and raised in western Wyoming, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science

Read More →

COVID-19 crisis a wake-up call for policymakers

After over two months of compulsory lockdowns, Hawaii’s state and county governments in May finally started reopening the economy. At the time, Hawaii had among the lowest number of total coronavirus infections and fatalities nationwide, and it still does. The state’s public health status appeared to be mostly in the

Read More →

Public health shutdown has harmed Hawaii healthcare providers

Businesses and workers throughout Hawaii have suffered huge financial losses over the last few months due to the state and county lockdowns intended to contain the coronavirus pandemic.  As it turns out, the state’s hospitals and healthcare system have not been insulated from this economic destruction.  In the early stages

Read More →

Start working now to adopt a meaningful spending cap

Hawaii’s existing cap is too easily ignored by lawmakers Now is the perfect time for fundamental policy changes in Hawaii, and a perfect place to start would be imposing a government spending cap with teeth. It would take a state constitutional amendment to do it, but in case it wasn’t

Read More →