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How Hawaii is harmed by ‘rent seeking’

How Hawaii is harmed by ‘rent seeking’

People who think the United States has a free market apparently are unaware of the economic concept of "rent-seeking," also known as crony capitalism. During a presentation in October to a political science class at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Joe Kent,...

Enlist private sector to help trim state, county budgets

Enlist private sector to help trim state, county budgets

This commentary was published originally in The Garden Island newspaper on Nov. 16, 2020. _______________ Gov. David Ige is rightly considering cuts to the state budget to compensate for Hawai‘i’s dizzying drop in tax revenues due to the coronavirus lockdown. One tool...

Raiding EUTF is deja vu all over again

Raiding EUTF is deja vu all over again

This commentary was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday, November 15, 2020. ________________ Gov. David Ige in his 2018 State of the State address said, “One value that has guided this administration is to not simply pass our debts to our...

Clear away the barriers that limit opportunity

Clear away the barriers that limit opportunity

Everyone talks about the need for a good economy, but few people stop to contemplate what that really means. On this week’s episode of my “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii, I talked to Connor Boyack, president of the Libertas Institute in Utah, and...

Hawaii can thrive despite one-party dominance

Hawaii can thrive despite one-party dominance

Photo by Charley Myers While voters across the nation settled in to await the final results of their state elections, in Hawaii it wasn’t hard to predict that the outcome would be a victory for the status quo. After all, that is what happens when yours is virtually a...