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Diverse groups with common cause urge policymakers to let sun shine in

Signers call for restoration of open government in Hawaii NEWS RELEASE from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, March 31, 2020 >> Common Cause Hawaii sent a letter today to Gov. David Ige and the state’s four county mayors, signed by more than 40 groups and individuals, imploring them to restore open government in Hawaii. Hawaii’s

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‘Coronavirus recession’ could put Hawaii in $3.8 billion hole by 2025

NEWS RELEASE from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Reckless state spending is exhausting our emergency reserves HONOLULU, Feb. 25, 2020 >> Gov. David Ige’s budget for fiscal 2021 could result in a $3.8 billion state deficit by fiscal 2025, if a prolonged recession caused by the coronavirus should hit, according to the Grassroot Institute

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Event alert: Should Hawaii increase its minimum wage?

An expert on Seattle’s experience will address 2 Hawaii events HONOLULU, Feb. 23, 2020 >> Proposals to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage are back on the docket at the state Legislature, in an effort to make our state more affordable. And who doesn’t want that? It’s an attractive idea, but what could

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Hawaii GET adds $220M to healthcare costs

Exempting medical services would help patients and stem the doctor shortage HONOLULU, Jan. 30, 2020 >> Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in a $222 million tax cut for consumers and healthcare professionals, according to a new study commissioned by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.  Economic research firm John

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Governor’s budget exceeds spending cap — again

This news release was sent out to the media in Hawaii and elsewhere on Jan. 9, 2020. ________________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges the Legislature to rein in spending and taxes HONOLULU, Jan. 9, 2020 >> Gov. David Ige this week released his updated budget for fiscal 2021 and

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Exodus from Hawaii continued in fiscal 2019

This article was originally issued as a news release on Dec. 30, 2019. _________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii cites Hawaii’s cost of living and lack of opportunities HONOLULU, Dec. 30, 2019 >> Hawaii once again suffered an annual population decrease in fiscal 2019, with a record 13,817 residents moving

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Hawaii Supreme Court to decide ‘gut and replace’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii applauds the effort to stop this undemocratic practice HONOLULU, Dec. 19, 2019 >> Keli’i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, today applauded the news that the Hawaii Supreme Court will weigh in on the controversial legislative practice known as “gut and replace.” On

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Gov. Ige’s fiscal 2021 budget ‘unsustainable’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii warns against drawing down the state’s surplus HONOLULU, Dec. 18, 2019 >> Gov. David Ige’s proposed $15 billion budget for fiscal 2021 is headed toward a fiscal cliff because it would draw on the state’s financial reserves, leaving the state unprepared to deal with a

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Economic freedom in Hawaii takes a fall

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges state policymakers to reverse course HONOLULU, Nov. 7, 2019 >> Economic freedom in Hawaii dropped three notches to 40th place among all 50 U.S. states, according to an index published annually by the Fraser Institute based in Canada and released publicly today. The index,

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Grassroot Institute hails report showing $88B debt

MEDIA RELEASE from Grassroot Institute of Hawaii The Hawaii CHANGE Initiative highlights the state’s future financial obligations HONOLULU, Oct. 10, 2019 >> Hawaii’s state and county expenses and investments over the next 30 years are estimated at more than $88 billion, according to a new report by the Hawaii CHANGE Initiative,

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Diverse groups with common cause urge policymakers to let sun shine in

Signers call for restoration of open government in Hawaii NEWS RELEASE from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, March 31, 2020 >> Common Cause Hawaii sent a letter today to Gov. David Ige and the state’s four county mayors, signed by more than 40 groups and individuals, imploring them to restore open government in Hawaii. Hawaii’s

Read More →

‘Coronavirus recession’ could put Hawaii in $3.8 billion hole by 2025

NEWS RELEASE from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Reckless state spending is exhausting our emergency reserves HONOLULU, Feb. 25, 2020 >> Gov. David Ige’s budget for fiscal 2021 could result in a $3.8 billion state deficit by fiscal 2025, if a prolonged recession caused by the coronavirus should hit, according to the Grassroot Institute

Read More →

Event alert: Should Hawaii increase its minimum wage?

An expert on Seattle’s experience will address 2 Hawaii events HONOLULU, Feb. 23, 2020 >> Proposals to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage are back on the docket at the state Legislature, in an effort to make our state more affordable. And who doesn’t want that? It’s an attractive idea, but what could

Read More →

Hawaii GET adds $220M to healthcare costs

Exempting medical services would help patients and stem the doctor shortage HONOLULU, Jan. 30, 2020 >> Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in a $222 million tax cut for consumers and healthcare professionals, according to a new study commissioned by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.  Economic research firm John

Read More →

Governor’s budget exceeds spending cap — again

This news release was sent out to the media in Hawaii and elsewhere on Jan. 9, 2020. ________________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges the Legislature to rein in spending and taxes HONOLULU, Jan. 9, 2020 >> Gov. David Ige this week released his updated budget for fiscal 2021 and

Read More →

Exodus from Hawaii continued in fiscal 2019

This article was originally issued as a news release on Dec. 30, 2019. _________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii cites Hawaii’s cost of living and lack of opportunities HONOLULU, Dec. 30, 2019 >> Hawaii once again suffered an annual population decrease in fiscal 2019, with a record 13,817 residents moving

Read More →

Hawaii Supreme Court to decide ‘gut and replace’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii applauds the effort to stop this undemocratic practice HONOLULU, Dec. 19, 2019 >> Keli’i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, today applauded the news that the Hawaii Supreme Court will weigh in on the controversial legislative practice known as “gut and replace.” On

Read More →

Gov. Ige’s fiscal 2021 budget ‘unsustainable’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii warns against drawing down the state’s surplus HONOLULU, Dec. 18, 2019 >> Gov. David Ige’s proposed $15 billion budget for fiscal 2021 is headed toward a fiscal cliff because it would draw on the state’s financial reserves, leaving the state unprepared to deal with a

Read More →

Economic freedom in Hawaii takes a fall

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges state policymakers to reverse course HONOLULU, Nov. 7, 2019 >> Economic freedom in Hawaii dropped three notches to 40th place among all 50 U.S. states, according to an index published annually by the Fraser Institute based in Canada and released publicly today. The index,

Read More →

Grassroot Institute hails report showing $88B debt

MEDIA RELEASE from Grassroot Institute of Hawaii The Hawaii CHANGE Initiative highlights the state’s future financial obligations HONOLULU, Oct. 10, 2019 >> Hawaii’s state and county expenses and investments over the next 30 years are estimated at more than $88 billion, according to a new report by the Hawaii CHANGE Initiative,

Read More →