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Other states show we can hold rail accountable

Other states show we can hold rail accountable

Across the country, people are getting fed up with large, expensive public works projects that siphon away taxpayer funds. In January, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo canceled a plan years in the making that would have shut down New York City’s L Train for tunnel repairs....

U.S.-build rule deters ocean cargo service to Hawaii

U.S.-build rule deters ocean cargo service to Hawaii

Have you ever wondered why there are only a few ocean common carriers carrying goods between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland? Mainly it has to do with the federal U.S. shipping law known as the Jones Act, otherwise known as Section 27 of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920....

Unshackle Maui taxis to help them compete

Unshackle Maui taxis to help them compete

In the wake of the state announcing that ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft can now pick up customers at Kahului and Kapalua airports, Maui airport taxi drivers are expressing frustration that such companies will essentially be operating as taxis while not having to...

Gas tax proposal just more of the same

Gas tax proposal just more of the same

After watching so many State of the State addresses, I’ve learned to regard them as something more than a summary of the state’s political outlook. In fact, they’ve started to seem a lot like wish lists. The governor outlines everything his party would like to get in...

Looking for housing in all the wrong places

Looking for housing in all the wrong places

Regardless of our political differences, there are a few things most residents of Hawaii can agree on: The cost of living is high, the sunsets are beautiful, and there’s not enough housing. The difficulty isn’t identifying the problem; it’s finding a solution....

Grassroot Institute testifies on wage bill

Grassroot Institute testifies on wage bill

January 31, 2019, 3:00 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 224 To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts      Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair      Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii           Joe Kent, Executive Vice...

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Big Island Video News quotes Akina on voided ballot measure

The Garden Island covers pension presentation to Kauai City Council

Orange County Register quotes Akina on building in lava zones

Tuesday ‘Janus’ event covered by The Maui News

Monday ‘Janus’ event covered by Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Civil Beat, Pacific Business News

Star-Advertiser editorializes against ‘gut and replace’

Common Cause, League of Women Voters sue to stop ‘gut and replace’ 

Jones Act could hamper Hawaii’s recovery from Hurricane Lane

Jones Act waiver sought for Hawaii by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Hurricane Lane price caps will worsen shortages

The Jones Act makes little sense in a globalized world

Federal government puts local zoning in its sights

Hawaii ranks 49th in Cato Institute’s ‘Freedom in the 50 States’ report 

‘The time is past due to end the outdated, protectionist relic known as the Jones Act’

10-minute podcast explains how Jones Act harms Puerto Rico

Hellenic Shipping News (in Greece) takes note of ABA resolution on Jones Act

ABA Law Journal reports on resolution to exempt PR from Jones Act

Grassroot Institute cited in ABA’s Jones Act resolution (pages 2 and 5)

NYC and NY State Bar Associations prevail on ABA to urge Congress to exempt PR from Jones Act

How are those rail ridership projections working out for you, Puerto Rico?

The Jones Act: ‘A burden America can no longer bear’

Cato Institute puts ‘outdated law’ in its crosshairs

HART board could have spoken with State Auditor