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Hawaii Government Employees’ Retirement System

No Accountability and Improper Incentives by Kelsey Winther Imagine this scenario: You live next-door to a man with a nice job promising nice retirement benefits. Yet when he decides to retire, you are the one who will pay the bill. This is the situation for the retirement benefits of almost

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Watch Ken Conklin’s Akaka Bill Lecture

by Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D. A series of three 60-minute lecture/discussions were scheduled for the Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu on three successive Sundays in September 2010. The presentations were publicly announced ahead of time. I, Ken Conklin, was the speaker for September 12. My topic was: “Unity and

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HSTA v. Hawaii’s Children

Is Quality Education a Forgotten Goal? by Kelsey Winther For further information, refer to the HSTA CBA and theSupplemental Agreement. A teachers’ union, such as the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), can be a helpful mechanism for employees to influence the terms of employment. Yet when this sort of union is given

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Former Gov. Cayetano Warns Current Governor Lingle: Review Environmental Impact Statement Carefully Before Authorizing Most Expensive Rail System in the Nation

by Malia Zimmerman  Former Democratic Gov. Benjamin Cayetano backed his political rival Republican Gov. Linda Lingle yesterday saying she shouldn’t rush to approve the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed $5.5 billion Honolulu rail system without first reviewing the document carefully. That may seem like common sense, but Hawaii’s most

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The Real Solution to Social Security Insolvency

by Sven Larson, Ph.D. for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii As this is written, in August 2010, the Social Security system is running a deficit. Its ability to support future retirement benefits for Americans is rapidly withering away. Fixes have been offered, but they all center in on postponing the

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State Certification Process Perpetuates Unemployment

by Paul Lazaro With approximately 6.6 percent of Hawaii’s labor force unemployed, the legislature needs to revise the state’s complex certification system to make it easier for people to change professions and get back to work. When specific industries shift with a changing economy, the unemployed become re-employed by changing

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Businesses Hit Hard by Costly Jones Act Regulations

Part 2 in a series by Malia Zimmerman Big Island small business owner Jim O’Keefe found out the hard way that his American dream, owning his own business, was too difficult to maintain in Hawaii. He closed down his 13-year-old extensive bakery wholesale and retail operation, O’Keefe & Sons Bread Bakers,

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Hawaii Government Employees’ Retirement System

No Accountability and Improper Incentives by Kelsey Winther Imagine this scenario: You live next-door to a man with a nice job promising nice retirement benefits. Yet when he decides to retire, you are the one who will pay the bill. This is the situation for the retirement benefits of almost

Read More →

Watch Ken Conklin’s Akaka Bill Lecture

by Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D. A series of three 60-minute lecture/discussions were scheduled for the Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu on three successive Sundays in September 2010. The presentations were publicly announced ahead of time. I, Ken Conklin, was the speaker for September 12. My topic was: “Unity and

Read More →

HSTA v. Hawaii’s Children

Is Quality Education a Forgotten Goal? by Kelsey Winther For further information, refer to the HSTA CBA and theSupplemental Agreement. A teachers’ union, such as the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), can be a helpful mechanism for employees to influence the terms of employment. Yet when this sort of union is given

Read More →

Former Gov. Cayetano Warns Current Governor Lingle: Review Environmental Impact Statement Carefully Before Authorizing Most Expensive Rail System in the Nation

by Malia Zimmerman  Former Democratic Gov. Benjamin Cayetano backed his political rival Republican Gov. Linda Lingle yesterday saying she shouldn’t rush to approve the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed $5.5 billion Honolulu rail system without first reviewing the document carefully. That may seem like common sense, but Hawaii’s most

Read More →

The Real Solution to Social Security Insolvency

by Sven Larson, Ph.D. for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii As this is written, in August 2010, the Social Security system is running a deficit. Its ability to support future retirement benefits for Americans is rapidly withering away. Fixes have been offered, but they all center in on postponing the

Read More →

State Certification Process Perpetuates Unemployment

by Paul Lazaro With approximately 6.6 percent of Hawaii’s labor force unemployed, the legislature needs to revise the state’s complex certification system to make it easier for people to change professions and get back to work. When specific industries shift with a changing economy, the unemployed become re-employed by changing

Read More →

Businesses Hit Hard by Costly Jones Act Regulations

Part 2 in a series by Malia Zimmerman Big Island small business owner Jim O’Keefe found out the hard way that his American dream, owning his own business, was too difficult to maintain in Hawaii. He closed down his 13-year-old extensive bakery wholesale and retail operation, O’Keefe & Sons Bread Bakers,

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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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