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GE Tax: Will Cost Overruns Lead to New Rail Showdown?

by Gaetano Venezia The city and county of Honolulu approved construction of a rail transit system in 2005 under the direction of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART). Stretching 20 miles from East Kapolei to Ala Moana, this $5.26 billion rail line is projected to partially open in 2017

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Does My Lyft Driver Hold the Key to Hawai‘i’s Energy Crisis?

by Gaetano Venezia I’ve been using Lyft—the disruptive, peer-to-peer rideshare service—for a few weeks now and have been quite amazed with the diverse backgrounds of the drivers. I’ve met musicians, Marines, and perhaps most surprising, a nuclear engineer during my last trip. After going through the usual routine of telling

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Honolulu: Good Recession, Bad Recovery

by Gaetano Venezia The recession and recovery have brought turmoil and strife to cities like Detroit, but many cities have not suffered nearly as much. Cities experience economic turmoil in differing ways and luckily Honolulu has retained a relatively strong economy. Based on government spending, property development, and tourism, Honolulu performed better through the recession

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Trade Talks, the Jones Act, and the International Cost of Protectionism

by Gaetano Venezia For years now, the US has been involved in two important trade talks: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Both seek to provide new market access, expand existing markets, and provide regulatory transparency and consistency among European and Asia-Pacific markets. Many

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Homelessness in Hawaii (Part 1)

by Sebastian Koenig Grassroot Institute staffer Sebastian Koenig has been researching the issue of homelessness in Hawaii. This is part one of a three part series that looks at the problem, what has been done about it in the past, and how we might address it in the future. The root of

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Goliath

Grassroot Note: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is fortunate to have many thoughtful and experienced members who we invite to contribute their own insights into the issues that affect our islands. As part of a series of articles meant to highlight those unique voices, we are happy to bring you

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Ed Week: Hawaii DoE Dropout Rate Jumps to 32.8%

by Andrew Walden Released today, the Education Week magazine Diplomas Count 2013 graduation figures don’t look good for the Hawaii Department of Education. Hawaii ranks 44th in the nation for graduation rates with only 67.2% of the students entering 9th grade graduating from the 12th. From 2000 to 2010, the

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GE Tax: Will Cost Overruns Lead to New Rail Showdown?

by Gaetano Venezia The city and county of Honolulu approved construction of a rail transit system in 2005 under the direction of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART). Stretching 20 miles from East Kapolei to Ala Moana, this $5.26 billion rail line is projected to partially open in 2017

Read More →

Does My Lyft Driver Hold the Key to Hawai‘i’s Energy Crisis?

by Gaetano Venezia I’ve been using Lyft—the disruptive, peer-to-peer rideshare service—for a few weeks now and have been quite amazed with the diverse backgrounds of the drivers. I’ve met musicians, Marines, and perhaps most surprising, a nuclear engineer during my last trip. After going through the usual routine of telling

Read More →

Honolulu: Good Recession, Bad Recovery

by Gaetano Venezia The recession and recovery have brought turmoil and strife to cities like Detroit, but many cities have not suffered nearly as much. Cities experience economic turmoil in differing ways and luckily Honolulu has retained a relatively strong economy. Based on government spending, property development, and tourism, Honolulu performed better through the recession

Read More →

Trade Talks, the Jones Act, and the International Cost of Protectionism

by Gaetano Venezia For years now, the US has been involved in two important trade talks: the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Both seek to provide new market access, expand existing markets, and provide regulatory transparency and consistency among European and Asia-Pacific markets. Many

Read More →

Homelessness in Hawaii (Part 1)

by Sebastian Koenig Grassroot Institute staffer Sebastian Koenig has been researching the issue of homelessness in Hawaii. This is part one of a three part series that looks at the problem, what has been done about it in the past, and how we might address it in the future. The root of

Read More →

Goliath

Grassroot Note: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is fortunate to have many thoughtful and experienced members who we invite to contribute their own insights into the issues that affect our islands. As part of a series of articles meant to highlight those unique voices, we are happy to bring you

Read More →

Ed Week: Hawaii DoE Dropout Rate Jumps to 32.8%

by Andrew Walden Released today, the Education Week magazine Diplomas Count 2013 graduation figures don’t look good for the Hawaii Department of Education. Hawaii ranks 44th in the nation for graduation rates with only 67.2% of the students entering 9th grade graduating from the 12th. From 2000 to 2010, the

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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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