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President’s Corner

‘Good intentions are alone not enough’

If you believe that there is something about stay-at-home orders and the closure of “nonessential” businesses that infringes upon our fundamental rights, then there is good news. A federal court in Pennsylvania has reached the same conclusion. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV wrote that the “good intentions” underlying Pennsylvania

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It’s not too late for real, substantive change

Nobody likes to hear, “We told you so,” but … For years, the Grassroot Institute had been warning state and county policymakers that their approach to spending and taxation was unsustainable, and that Hawaii was unprepared for a major crisis, whether economic or natural. Well, that crisis finally came, and

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Lots of rules, not enough clarity

On Wednesday, I wanted to take a walk. Unfortunately, it turned out to be much more complicated than I thought it would. That’s because that same day, Hawaii News Now reported that Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, in his continuing attempts to stymie the spread of COVID-19, was about to issue a

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Public deserves to know more about emergency decision-making

Photo by Charley Myers When it comes to Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdowns, it seems like deja vu all over again. After clamping down in March on Hawaii’s economic and social activities, then gradually reopening ever so slightly, lockdown measures more strict than ever were imposed this week with the promise of

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Lockdown was last straw for Hawaii economy

During “normal” years, late summer is when I usually talk about what Hawaii needs to do to improve its economy relative to other states. But this is not an ordinary year. This was brought home to me when I looked at the newest edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” the

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Lockdown mania, at what cost?

Hawaii lawmakers have again shut down bars, parks and beaches, and re-imposed an interisland travel quarantine after a surge in reported coronavirus cases. These lockdowns are well intended, but they also are causing a lot of pain. I don’t envy Gov. David Ige and other Hawaii leaders having to make

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Jones Act study boldly goes where no research has gone before

If you remember nothing else, remember these numbers: 1.2 billion, 5 and 9,100. No, those aren’t lottery numbers or the beginning of a Carnac the Magnificent skit. They are the answers to a question that we at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii have been asking for years: What is the economic

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Jones Act lobby lobs a dud in advance of our landmark study

How do you know you’re starting to make a real difference on an issue? The quality of both your critics and your friends improves. By that measure, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is having a banner week. On Tuesday, the American Maritime Partnership released a study purporting to demonstrate that

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Let’s work together … to reform the Jones Act

If you have been following the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s coverage of the Jones Act for the past few years, you might have noticed that our discussion of reform rarely focuses on a specific political party. That isn’t just because we are a nonpartisan organization. It’s also because the Jones

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Help from the Legislature will have to wait

Hawaii’s 2020 legislative session adjourned yesterday (Friday, July 10), and thank goodness for that. It was a session interrupted in March by the COVID-19 crisis, then reconvened for four hectic weeks in June and July. When the session began in January, we had been prepared to fend off new taxes

Read More →

‘Good intentions are alone not enough’

If you believe that there is something about stay-at-home orders and the closure of “nonessential” businesses that infringes upon our fundamental rights, then there is good news. A federal court in Pennsylvania has reached the same conclusion. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV wrote that the “good intentions” underlying Pennsylvania

Read More →

It’s not too late for real, substantive change

Nobody likes to hear, “We told you so,” but … For years, the Grassroot Institute had been warning state and county policymakers that their approach to spending and taxation was unsustainable, and that Hawaii was unprepared for a major crisis, whether economic or natural. Well, that crisis finally came, and

Read More →

Lots of rules, not enough clarity

On Wednesday, I wanted to take a walk. Unfortunately, it turned out to be much more complicated than I thought it would. That’s because that same day, Hawaii News Now reported that Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, in his continuing attempts to stymie the spread of COVID-19, was about to issue a

Read More →

Public deserves to know more about emergency decision-making

Photo by Charley Myers When it comes to Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdowns, it seems like deja vu all over again. After clamping down in March on Hawaii’s economic and social activities, then gradually reopening ever so slightly, lockdown measures more strict than ever were imposed this week with the promise of

Read More →

Lockdown was last straw for Hawaii economy

During “normal” years, late summer is when I usually talk about what Hawaii needs to do to improve its economy relative to other states. But this is not an ordinary year. This was brought home to me when I looked at the newest edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” the

Read More →

Lockdown mania, at what cost?

Hawaii lawmakers have again shut down bars, parks and beaches, and re-imposed an interisland travel quarantine after a surge in reported coronavirus cases. These lockdowns are well intended, but they also are causing a lot of pain. I don’t envy Gov. David Ige and other Hawaii leaders having to make

Read More →

Jones Act study boldly goes where no research has gone before

If you remember nothing else, remember these numbers: 1.2 billion, 5 and 9,100. No, those aren’t lottery numbers or the beginning of a Carnac the Magnificent skit. They are the answers to a question that we at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii have been asking for years: What is the economic

Read More →

Jones Act lobby lobs a dud in advance of our landmark study

How do you know you’re starting to make a real difference on an issue? The quality of both your critics and your friends improves. By that measure, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is having a banner week. On Tuesday, the American Maritime Partnership released a study purporting to demonstrate that

Read More →

Let’s work together … to reform the Jones Act

If you have been following the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s coverage of the Jones Act for the past few years, you might have noticed that our discussion of reform rarely focuses on a specific political party. That isn’t just because we are a nonpartisan organization. It’s also because the Jones

Read More →

Help from the Legislature will have to wait

Hawaii’s 2020 legislative session adjourned yesterday (Friday, July 10), and thank goodness for that. It was a session interrupted in March by the COVID-19 crisis, then reconvened for four hectic weeks in June and July. When the session began in January, we had been prepared to fend off new taxes

Read More →