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The best gift from Santa would be economic freedom

The best gift from Santa would be economic freedom

If only it were possible to fill a stocking with economic freedom and leave lots of new jobs under the tree. Like everything else about 2020, this Christmas season has been quite different, and we at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii have had a lot of time to ponder...

Tribute to Dick Rowland: Beacon of liberty

Tribute to Dick Rowland: Beacon of liberty

This short video montage was presented on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2020, at the conclusion of a one-hour online tribute to Hawaii's own beacon of liberty, Richard "Dick" Rowland, founder and chairman emeritus of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, who died Nov. 28, 2020, at...

Best way to generate taxes is through economic growth

Best way to generate taxes is through economic growth

If Benjamin Franklin had ever seen the Hawaii state budget, he’d have changed his famous quote to say that the only two things certain in life are debt and taxes. Especially these days, it’s as if local policymakers can think of nothing else to help Hawaii come to...

A better way to help Hawaii’s unemployed

A better way to help Hawaii’s unemployed

Hawaii’s unemployment insurance system is in crisis, with stalled payments, rampant fraud and massive debt leading to higher taxes. Is there a better way to help the unemployed — and Hawaii's businesses that pay the taxes? Yes, says international economist Veronique...