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Hawaii energy policy bedeviled by price, reliability tradeoffs

Hawaii intends to meet 100% of its power needs with renewable energy sources by the year 2045, but in the wake of Hawaiian Electric Co.s rolling blackouts in January, what sort of questions should lawmakers and the state’s Public Utilities Commission be asking about the feasibility of that goal? According

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‘Hasn’t been a lot of interest’ in governor’s housing proclamations

Gov. Josh Green’s effort to address Hawaii’s housing shortage through a succession of emergency orders that suspended various regulatory barriers has amounted to “just a temporary workaround” with not much yet to show for it, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii research associate Andrew Luff. “Despite all the controversy and

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Hawaii’s housing crisis deemed ’eminently solvable’

Tackling Hawaii’s housing crisis might seem daunting, but Andrew Justus, housing policy analyst at the Niskanen Center, believes it’s “eminently solvable” — if we let ourselves solve it.  Speaking to host Jonathan Helton on the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Justus said building enough homes was once

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Hayashi on a mission to help Hawaii churches provide housing

Could church-owned affordable housing be the game changer Hawaii needs?  On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, hosted the Rev. Joshua Hayashi to discuss how church properties could be leveraged to alleviate Hawaii’s housing shortage. 

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‘Affordable housing’ making housing worse for everyone

Photo by Charley Myers The topic of “affordable housing” is omnipresent in Hawaii, but affordable housing is not the solution to the state’s “housing unaffordability,” says Randal O’Toole, president of the Thoreau Institute and a Grassroot Scholar.   On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, O’Toole joined program

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Hawaii healthcare feeling ‘the wrath of CON’ laws

Probably one of the best critiques of medical certificate-of-need laws you will ever hear was presented last week on Keli‘i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Matthew Mitchell, a senior research fellow at the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at West Virginia University, explained to Akina

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California looks to ‘innovative solutions’ to address housing

California is similar to Hawaii in that it is a heavily regulated state with high taxes and strict zoning and land-use laws. But things seem to be changing in the Golden State, primarily because residents there might be tired of not having enough available and affordable housing. So, what can

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Hawaii should index income tax brackets, deductions to inflation

If Hawaii wants to stem the flow of residents to the mainland, it must change the state’s tax system — soon. Andrey Yushkov, a senior policy analyst with the Tax Foundation based in Washington, D.C., suggested that the state look at improving its income tax system in particular, which is

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Steps we could take to help Lahaina rebuild more quickly

Above, Ray Michaels, president of Maui Plumbing Inc. and guest on “Hawaii Together.” Finding temporary shelter for Maui residents displaced by last month’s massive wildfires remains an urgent need, but Ray Michaels, president of Maui Plumbing Inc., is worried about the capacity of homebuilders to meet that demand quickly. Speaking

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Hawaii energy policy bedeviled by price, reliability tradeoffs

Hawaii intends to meet 100% of its power needs with renewable energy sources by the year 2045, but in the wake of Hawaiian Electric Co.s rolling blackouts in January, what sort of questions should lawmakers and the state’s Public Utilities Commission be asking about the feasibility of that goal? According

Read More →

‘Hasn’t been a lot of interest’ in governor’s housing proclamations

Gov. Josh Green’s effort to address Hawaii’s housing shortage through a succession of emergency orders that suspended various regulatory barriers has amounted to “just a temporary workaround” with not much yet to show for it, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii research associate Andrew Luff. “Despite all the controversy and

Read More →

Hawaii’s housing crisis deemed ’eminently solvable’

Tackling Hawaii’s housing crisis might seem daunting, but Andrew Justus, housing policy analyst at the Niskanen Center, believes it’s “eminently solvable” — if we let ourselves solve it.  Speaking to host Jonathan Helton on the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Justus said building enough homes was once

Read More →

Hayashi on a mission to help Hawaii churches provide housing

Could church-owned affordable housing be the game changer Hawaii needs?  On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, hosted the Rev. Joshua Hayashi to discuss how church properties could be leveraged to alleviate Hawaii’s housing shortage. 

Read More →

‘Affordable housing’ making housing worse for everyone

Photo by Charley Myers The topic of “affordable housing” is omnipresent in Hawaii, but affordable housing is not the solution to the state’s “housing unaffordability,” says Randal O’Toole, president of the Thoreau Institute and a Grassroot Scholar.   On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, O’Toole joined program

Read More →

Hawaii healthcare feeling ‘the wrath of CON’ laws

Probably one of the best critiques of medical certificate-of-need laws you will ever hear was presented last week on Keli‘i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Matthew Mitchell, a senior research fellow at the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at West Virginia University, explained to Akina

Read More →

California looks to ‘innovative solutions’ to address housing

California is similar to Hawaii in that it is a heavily regulated state with high taxes and strict zoning and land-use laws. But things seem to be changing in the Golden State, primarily because residents there might be tired of not having enough available and affordable housing. So, what can

Read More →

Hawaii should index income tax brackets, deductions to inflation

If Hawaii wants to stem the flow of residents to the mainland, it must change the state’s tax system — soon. Andrey Yushkov, a senior policy analyst with the Tax Foundation based in Washington, D.C., suggested that the state look at improving its income tax system in particular, which is

Read More →

Steps we could take to help Lahaina rebuild more quickly

Above, Ray Michaels, president of Maui Plumbing Inc. and guest on “Hawaii Together.” Finding temporary shelter for Maui residents displaced by last month’s massive wildfires remains an urgent need, but Ray Michaels, president of Maui Plumbing Inc., is worried about the capacity of homebuilders to meet that demand quickly. Speaking

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