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What we can do to lower the cost of housing in Hawaii

Photo by Charley Myers The following is the cover letter we included when we sent two recent housing studies to all lawmakers throughout the islands, at both the state and county levels. Written by Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, the letter introduced “How to Build Affordable,

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Hill discusses ‘Lockdowns Versus Liberty’ brief

With Hawaii’s COVID-19 state of emergency now in its 11th month, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii this week — on Martin Luther King Jr. Day —released a new policy brief, “Lockdown Versus Liberty,” which calls on the Legislature to step in and restore checks and balances to the state’s emergency powers. The brief

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New report calls for reform of state’s emergency powers

The following was a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 18, 2021. ___________ Hawaii’s Legislature needs to step in to prevent the extensive exercise of unchecked unilateral power, says the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, Jan. 18, 2021 >> Hawaii’s emergency-management laws need to be reformed to prevent

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Why we issued a report urging reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers

The following is a slightly edited version of Keli’i Akina’s foreword to the new Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report “Lockdown Versus Liberty: How Hawaii’s Experience in 2020-21 Demonstrates the Need to Revise the State’s Emergency Powers,” released officially on Jan. 18, 2021. ________________ It is a sobering experience to sit ringside at a

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‘Saving’ money now is going to cost us a lot more in the future

Saving money now is going to cost our children — and our grandchildren — billions of dollars. As part of the effort to address the state’s budget woes, intensified by the coronavirus lockdowns, Gov. David Ige last year suspended mandatory payments to the state’s Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF),

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Delaying EUTF payments will add $8 billion to Hawaii taxpayer debt

This following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 12, 2021. ______________ Efforts to save money now will cost taxpayers more later while putting government employees and retirees at risk, says the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, Jan. 12, 2020 >> Hawaii taxpayers will

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Last thing Hawai needs right now is more taxes

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Jan. 8, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-386-9047 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ Wishing and hoping are fine themes for a movie or a pop song. For

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Bucking the trend: How to put Hawaii on the road to prosperity

It was another rollicking conversation on “The Mike Buck Show” when host Mike Buck on Dec. 29, 2020, again hosted Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, this time to talk about how Hawaii can recover from its devastating economic condition exacerbated most recently by the coronavirus lockdowns,

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What we can do to lower the cost of housing in Hawaii

Photo by Charley Myers The following is the cover letter we included when we sent two recent housing studies to all lawmakers throughout the islands, at both the state and county levels. Written by Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, the letter introduced “How to Build Affordable,

Read More →

Hill discusses ‘Lockdowns Versus Liberty’ brief

With Hawaii’s COVID-19 state of emergency now in its 11th month, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii this week — on Martin Luther King Jr. Day —released a new policy brief, “Lockdown Versus Liberty,” which calls on the Legislature to step in and restore checks and balances to the state’s emergency powers. The brief

Read More →

New report calls for reform of state’s emergency powers

The following was a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 18, 2021. ___________ Hawaii’s Legislature needs to step in to prevent the extensive exercise of unchecked unilateral power, says the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, Jan. 18, 2021 >> Hawaii’s emergency-management laws need to be reformed to prevent

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Why we issued a report urging reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers

The following is a slightly edited version of Keli’i Akina’s foreword to the new Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report “Lockdown Versus Liberty: How Hawaii’s Experience in 2020-21 Demonstrates the Need to Revise the State’s Emergency Powers,” released officially on Jan. 18, 2021. ________________ It is a sobering experience to sit ringside at a

Read More →

‘Saving’ money now is going to cost us a lot more in the future

Saving money now is going to cost our children — and our grandchildren — billions of dollars. As part of the effort to address the state’s budget woes, intensified by the coronavirus lockdowns, Gov. David Ige last year suspended mandatory payments to the state’s Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF),

Read More →

Delaying EUTF payments will add $8 billion to Hawaii taxpayer debt

This following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 12, 2021. ______________ Efforts to save money now will cost taxpayers more later while putting government employees and retirees at risk, says the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, Jan. 12, 2020 >> Hawaii taxpayers will

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Last thing Hawai needs right now is more taxes

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Jan. 8, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-386-9047 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ Wishing and hoping are fine themes for a movie or a pop song. For

Read More →

Bucking the trend: How to put Hawaii on the road to prosperity

It was another rollicking conversation on “The Mike Buck Show” when host Mike Buck on Dec. 29, 2020, again hosted Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, this time to talk about how Hawaii can recover from its devastating economic condition exacerbated most recently by the coronavirus lockdowns,

Read More →