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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

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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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Meet our award-winning cartoonist, David Swann

After a long career in newspapers, David is now wielding his drawing pens to advance economic freedom  By Melissa Newsham Since coming on board at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in late 2017, David Swann has been turning the Grassroot Institute’s ideals of individual liberty, economic freedom and accountable government

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Meet board member Jonathan Durrett

Photo by Mark Coleman This interview took place before Hawaii’s coronavirus-inspired statewide lockdown was ordered on March 16, 2020. _____________ Durrett: America’s founding is ‘an eternal fountain of inspiration’ Jonathan Durrett has been a valuable member of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii board of directors for three years now, helping it navigate Hawaii’s

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Airports Corporation takes on new sense of urgency

Photo by Charley Myers The Hawaii Legislature suspended its 2020 session in early March because of the coronavirus situation, but eventually it will get back to business, and when it does, consideration of the long-proposed Hawaii Airports Corporation should be one of its priorities. Such an entity could be crucial

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Meet your board chairman, Robin Stueber

By Melissa Newsham For those of you who have never met Robin Stueber, she has been with the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii since its founding in 2001, serving in various capacities, including succeeding Dick Rowland in 2017 as its chairman.  Through the years, she has kept busy professionally by working

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Will 2020 be the year of a Hawaii Airport Corporation?

Photo by Charley Myers Efforts to reform management of Hawaii’s state airports haven’t failed for lack of trying. Hawaii state Sen. Lorraine Inouye (D, District 4)  has submitted bills four years in a row[1] to establish a semi-independent Hawaii Airport Corporation, all to no avail. But maybe the fifth time will

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Competition brings Hawaii airfares down to earth

This commentary was published originally in Honolulu Civil Beat on Oct. 10, 2019. –––––––––––– By Josh Mason and Melissa Newsham Hawaii is one of the most regulated states in the country, but fortunately its regulatory powers do not include being able to exclude competition in the local airline market. Instead,

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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 →

Meet our award-winning cartoonist, David Swann

After a long career in newspapers, David is now wielding his drawing pens to advance economic freedom  By Melissa Newsham Since coming on board at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in late 2017, David Swann has been turning the Grassroot Institute’s ideals of individual liberty, economic freedom and accountable government

Read More →

Meet board member Jonathan Durrett

Photo by Mark Coleman This interview took place before Hawaii’s coronavirus-inspired statewide lockdown was ordered on March 16, 2020. _____________ Durrett: America’s founding is ‘an eternal fountain of inspiration’ Jonathan Durrett has been a valuable member of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii board of directors for three years now, helping it navigate Hawaii’s

Read More →

Airports Corporation takes on new sense of urgency

Photo by Charley Myers The Hawaii Legislature suspended its 2020 session in early March because of the coronavirus situation, but eventually it will get back to business, and when it does, consideration of the long-proposed Hawaii Airports Corporation should be one of its priorities. Such an entity could be crucial

Read More →

Meet your board chairman, Robin Stueber

By Melissa Newsham For those of you who have never met Robin Stueber, she has been with the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii since its founding in 2001, serving in various capacities, including succeeding Dick Rowland in 2017 as its chairman.  Through the years, she has kept busy professionally by working

Read More →

Will 2020 be the year of a Hawaii Airport Corporation?

Photo by Charley Myers Efforts to reform management of Hawaii’s state airports haven’t failed for lack of trying. Hawaii state Sen. Lorraine Inouye (D, District 4)  has submitted bills four years in a row[1] to establish a semi-independent Hawaii Airport Corporation, all to no avail. But maybe the fifth time will

Read More →

Competition brings Hawaii airfares down to earth

This commentary was published originally in Honolulu Civil Beat on Oct. 10, 2019. –––––––––––– By Josh Mason and Melissa Newsham Hawaii is one of the most regulated states in the country, but fortunately its regulatory powers do not include being able to exclude competition in the local airline market. Instead,

Read More →