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Case to Akina: Federal shipping law hurts Hawaii

The congressman says the Jones Act extorts money from Hawaii residents HONOLULU, Oct. 1, 2019 >> Congressman Ed Case said Monday that Hawaii is “more expensive than other areas, but it doesn’t mean that we have to extort money from the folks that live here because of an excuse like

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Democratic process missing in action at Hawaii Legislature

The rampant use of “gut and replace’”and “Frankenstein” bills shows disrespect for the public HONOLULU, April 24, 2019 >> Hawaii lawmakers have shown little regard during their 2019 legislative session for transparency and the democratic process, completely changing 14 bills through the procedure known as “gut and replace,” and creating

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State budget needs bigger cushion to weather crisis

A new Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report suggests ways to build a financial reserve HONOLULU, April 2, 2019 >> Hawaii’s state budget does not have big enough cushion to deal with a deep recession, if one should hit, so lawmakers should rein in spending and build up a financial reserve, rather

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New report tells how to revive contracting as policy option

Hawaii lawmakers need greater flexibility in determining how to deliver public services. HONOLULU, Mar. 13, 2019 >> A small tweak to an old law might be all that is needed to help the state partner with the private sector, according to a new report by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, “How

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New report urges ‘building out’ to ease housing crisis

Grassroot Scholar Randal O’Toole faults artificial land scarcity for high Hawaii home prices HONOLULU, Feb. 19, 2019 >> Hawaii has the least affordable housing of any state in the nation, and that is almost wholly because of government land-use regulations that have in effect limited housing development to just 5 percent of

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First part of HART audit is bad; will rest be worse?

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii denounces the “egregious” behavior so far uncovered HONOLULU, Jan. 10, 2019 >> The first installment of a four-part audit by the state auditor is more proof that the over-budget and behind-schedule Honolulu rail project has been significantly mismanaged, intensifying the worries of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii that

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Hawaii rank goes up, but not its economic freedom

The Economic Freedom of North America 2018 report outlines Hawaii’s statistical paradox HONOLULU, Nov. 13, 2018 >> Hawaii moved up a surprising eight notches this year in a national ranking measuring economic freedom in all 50 states, from 45 in 2017 to 37. That was the finding of the “Economic

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Hawaii’s high court strikes down tax proposal

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii agrees the ballot measure was vague and misleading  HONOLULU, Oct. 19, 2018 >> The Hawaii Supreme Court today struck down the proposed constitutional ballot question on whether the state should be allowed to tax real property to help fund public education. Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said, “The fact

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Case, Cavasso agree on updating Jones Act

Democrat and Republican candidates say they would reform Jones Act, if elected  HONOLULU, Oct. 10, 2018 >> Both of the leading candidates seeking to represent Hawaii’s Congressional District 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat Ed Case and Republican Cam Cavasso, agree that the Jones Act should be updated. That’s what they told

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Hawaii union law potentially unconstitutional

Act 007 appears to be in violation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ‘Janus’ decision HONOLULU, Sept. 27, 2018 >> A new Hawaii law governing union membership dues may be unconstitutional, according to attorneys Tony Gill and Jacob Huebert, who were featured guests this week (Sept. 24-25) at two forums on the

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Case to Akina: Federal shipping law hurts Hawaii

The congressman says the Jones Act extorts money from Hawaii residents HONOLULU, Oct. 1, 2019 >> Congressman Ed Case said Monday that Hawaii is “more expensive than other areas, but it doesn’t mean that we have to extort money from the folks that live here because of an excuse like

Read More →

Democratic process missing in action at Hawaii Legislature

The rampant use of “gut and replace’”and “Frankenstein” bills shows disrespect for the public HONOLULU, April 24, 2019 >> Hawaii lawmakers have shown little regard during their 2019 legislative session for transparency and the democratic process, completely changing 14 bills through the procedure known as “gut and replace,” and creating

Read More →

State budget needs bigger cushion to weather crisis

A new Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report suggests ways to build a financial reserve HONOLULU, April 2, 2019 >> Hawaii’s state budget does not have big enough cushion to deal with a deep recession, if one should hit, so lawmakers should rein in spending and build up a financial reserve, rather

Read More →

New report tells how to revive contracting as policy option

Hawaii lawmakers need greater flexibility in determining how to deliver public services. HONOLULU, Mar. 13, 2019 >> A small tweak to an old law might be all that is needed to help the state partner with the private sector, according to a new report by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, “How

Read More →

New report urges ‘building out’ to ease housing crisis

Grassroot Scholar Randal O’Toole faults artificial land scarcity for high Hawaii home prices HONOLULU, Feb. 19, 2019 >> Hawaii has the least affordable housing of any state in the nation, and that is almost wholly because of government land-use regulations that have in effect limited housing development to just 5 percent of

Read More →

First part of HART audit is bad; will rest be worse?

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii denounces the “egregious” behavior so far uncovered HONOLULU, Jan. 10, 2019 >> The first installment of a four-part audit by the state auditor is more proof that the over-budget and behind-schedule Honolulu rail project has been significantly mismanaged, intensifying the worries of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii that

Read More →

Hawaii rank goes up, but not its economic freedom

The Economic Freedom of North America 2018 report outlines Hawaii’s statistical paradox HONOLULU, Nov. 13, 2018 >> Hawaii moved up a surprising eight notches this year in a national ranking measuring economic freedom in all 50 states, from 45 in 2017 to 37. That was the finding of the “Economic

Read More →

Hawaii’s high court strikes down tax proposal

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii agrees the ballot measure was vague and misleading  HONOLULU, Oct. 19, 2018 >> The Hawaii Supreme Court today struck down the proposed constitutional ballot question on whether the state should be allowed to tax real property to help fund public education. Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said, “The fact

Read More →

Case, Cavasso agree on updating Jones Act

Democrat and Republican candidates say they would reform Jones Act, if elected  HONOLULU, Oct. 10, 2018 >> Both of the leading candidates seeking to represent Hawaii’s Congressional District 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat Ed Case and Republican Cam Cavasso, agree that the Jones Act should be updated. That’s what they told

Read More →

Hawaii union law potentially unconstitutional

Act 007 appears to be in violation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ‘Janus’ decision HONOLULU, Sept. 27, 2018 >> A new Hawaii law governing union membership dues may be unconstitutional, according to attorneys Tony Gill and Jacob Huebert, who were featured guests this week (Sept. 24-25) at two forums on the

Read More →