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Why it’s so expensive to cool Hawaii’s schools

Nalu is a 5th grade student in Hawaii. Like all kids growing up in the islands, she’s used to wearing shorts & t-shirts every day, and having perpetual summer. During the “cooler” months of the year, Nalu has no problem going to school. But something changes during the hotter months. Nalu tells

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Maui County set to strangle Airbnb, other short-term housing

by Matthew Reade Officials in Maui County are set to impose stringent standards upon short-term housing permitting while serving Airbnb hosts with harsh civil penalties. The proposed changes to the county code, which will take effect upon the approval of the county council, will force Maui residents to meet a new

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Hawaii’s Pension System is $8 Billion in Trouble

by Matthew Reade Hawaii’s public pension system is in grave danger. Systemic weaknesses plague the Employee Retirement System (ERS), and the retirement savings of current and future generations of state employees could be at risk unless real reforms are implemented. According to Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poor’s, two highly

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Police Spending on Maui

by Andrew Slaven Crime in Hawaii has decreased since the 1990’s and some may say this is due to the growing police presence on the islands. However, police departments have actually been decreasing in size, relative to population. There are less police officers on the streets today per person than

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No end in sight for Hawaii rail spending

by Matthew Reade This spring, the New York Times published a story about the Hawaii state rail project entitled “Hawaii Struggles to Keep Rail Project from Becoming a Boondoggle.” But with the project now set to cost more than twice the state’s initial projections and no plan to offset the

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How Sustainable is the State General Fund – FY 2014-21?

by Paul Harleman On September 17th, 2014, the Senate Minority Research Office published an article[1] that raised serious questions regarding the financial sustainability of the state’s general fund. The article projected that the state would have depleted its general fund cash reserves as early as FY 2016, if no major

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Fundamental principles of education reform

By Kelsey Winther It is universally recognized that the education of children is of vital importance.  From genuine concern about future generations to a desire to sway the cultural and political direction of the nation, education is the key. Since it plays such a vital role, nearly everyone has a

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Your Ballot Explained: Issuing New Bonds

by Kelsey Winther When Election Day comes, voters never seem to get a chance to reduce government spending. Yet, there are always many options to increase it. One of the most common ways to increase expenditures is through authorizing the selling of bonds. This election is no exception. Two of

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Why it’s so expensive to cool Hawaii’s schools

Nalu is a 5th grade student in Hawaii. Like all kids growing up in the islands, she’s used to wearing shorts & t-shirts every day, and having perpetual summer. During the “cooler” months of the year, Nalu has no problem going to school. But something changes during the hotter months. Nalu tells

Read More →

Maui County set to strangle Airbnb, other short-term housing

by Matthew Reade Officials in Maui County are set to impose stringent standards upon short-term housing permitting while serving Airbnb hosts with harsh civil penalties. The proposed changes to the county code, which will take effect upon the approval of the county council, will force Maui residents to meet a new

Read More →

Hawaii’s Pension System is $8 Billion in Trouble

by Matthew Reade Hawaii’s public pension system is in grave danger. Systemic weaknesses plague the Employee Retirement System (ERS), and the retirement savings of current and future generations of state employees could be at risk unless real reforms are implemented. According to Fitch Ratings and Standard and Poor’s, two highly

Read More →

Police Spending on Maui

by Andrew Slaven Crime in Hawaii has decreased since the 1990’s and some may say this is due to the growing police presence on the islands. However, police departments have actually been decreasing in size, relative to population. There are less police officers on the streets today per person than

Read More →

No end in sight for Hawaii rail spending

by Matthew Reade This spring, the New York Times published a story about the Hawaii state rail project entitled “Hawaii Struggles to Keep Rail Project from Becoming a Boondoggle.” But with the project now set to cost more than twice the state’s initial projections and no plan to offset the

Read More →

How Sustainable is the State General Fund – FY 2014-21?

by Paul Harleman On September 17th, 2014, the Senate Minority Research Office published an article[1] that raised serious questions regarding the financial sustainability of the state’s general fund. The article projected that the state would have depleted its general fund cash reserves as early as FY 2016, if no major

Read More →

Fundamental principles of education reform

By Kelsey Winther It is universally recognized that the education of children is of vital importance.  From genuine concern about future generations to a desire to sway the cultural and political direction of the nation, education is the key. Since it plays such a vital role, nearly everyone has a

Read More →

Your Ballot Explained: Issuing New Bonds

by Kelsey Winther When Election Day comes, voters never seem to get a chance to reduce government spending. Yet, there are always many options to increase it. One of the most common ways to increase expenditures is through authorizing the selling of bonds. This election is no exception. Two of

Read More →

PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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