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Why Hawaii zoning laws should be abolished

Hawaii’s zoning laws prevent growth, are socially divisive, contribute to Hawaii’s high home prices and ought to be abolished, according to Nolan Gray, a former city planner in New York and research director for an housing advocacy group called California YIMBY. Gray was the featured guest on the Nov. 21,

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Hawaii slips further in economic freedom index

Hawaii ranks 48th in the nation in terms of economic freedom, according to the latest “Economic Freedom of North America” report produced by the Fraser Institute in Canada. The ranking was based on data from 2020 and represents a decline from 44th in 2019. Helping drive Hawaii toward the bottom

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Alaska podcaster hosts Helton for conversation on Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act are antiquated laws that “impact states like Alaska, Hawaii and the territories like Puerto Rico and Guam especially harder than it impacts the rest of the nation,” according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy researcher Jonathan Helton. Helton, who has

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Does anyone really believe stadium project will pan out?

Hawaii’s record with major public facility projects is so poor it’s a wonder lawmakers have allowed this idea to get as far as it has Hawaii’s policymaking elites and their construction industry buddies are getting all excited about moving forward on redevelopment of the old Aloha Stadium. Grandiose plans involving multiple possible

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It’s a perfect time to cut taxes

Thanksgiving is at our doorstep and Christmas is just around the corner, but everything is not joyful. Considering Hawaii’s high cost of living and the nation’s record inflation, many Hawaii families are taking a hard look at their finances and calculating how inflation and recession will affect their holiday plans,

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It’s our kuleana to ensure campaign promises are kept

Most of the results are in from the election, and there are rumors of change in the air. Hawaii’s newly elected or reelected lawmakers have not yet taken the reins of government, but we still remember their campaign promises and are optimistic about seeing them addressed. Some people like to

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Why is there a doctor shortage in Hawaii?

It’s no secret that Hawaii has a healthcare problem.  The state is short more than 1,000 doctors, which means some patients cannot get care, and the ones who do have to wait a long time.  According to one recent survey, nearly six in 10 Hawaii residents have endured long delays

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How ‘sandboxes’ could help Hawaii prosper

Some say Hawaii needs more sandboxes — and not just the kind you played in as a kid.  Rees Empey, director of state government affairs at the Libertas Institute, based in Lehi, Utah, says just as childrens’ sandboxes foster imagination, so do “regulatory sandboxes” encourage innovation and job growth, by

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Why Hawaii zoning laws should be abolished

Hawaii’s zoning laws prevent growth, are socially divisive, contribute to Hawaii’s high home prices and ought to be abolished, according to Nolan Gray, a former city planner in New York and research director for an housing advocacy group called California YIMBY. Gray was the featured guest on the Nov. 21,

Read More →

Hawaii slips further in economic freedom index

Hawaii ranks 48th in the nation in terms of economic freedom, according to the latest “Economic Freedom of North America” report produced by the Fraser Institute in Canada. The ranking was based on data from 2020 and represents a decline from 44th in 2019. Helping drive Hawaii toward the bottom

Read More →

Alaska podcaster hosts Helton for conversation on Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act are antiquated laws that “impact states like Alaska, Hawaii and the territories like Puerto Rico and Guam especially harder than it impacts the rest of the nation,” according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy researcher Jonathan Helton. Helton, who has

Read More →

Does anyone really believe stadium project will pan out?

Hawaii’s record with major public facility projects is so poor it’s a wonder lawmakers have allowed this idea to get as far as it has Hawaii’s policymaking elites and their construction industry buddies are getting all excited about moving forward on redevelopment of the old Aloha Stadium. Grandiose plans involving multiple possible

Read More →

It’s a perfect time to cut taxes

Thanksgiving is at our doorstep and Christmas is just around the corner, but everything is not joyful. Considering Hawaii’s high cost of living and the nation’s record inflation, many Hawaii families are taking a hard look at their finances and calculating how inflation and recession will affect their holiday plans,

Read More →

It’s our kuleana to ensure campaign promises are kept

Most of the results are in from the election, and there are rumors of change in the air. Hawaii’s newly elected or reelected lawmakers have not yet taken the reins of government, but we still remember their campaign promises and are optimistic about seeing them addressed. Some people like to

Read More →

Why is there a doctor shortage in Hawaii?

It’s no secret that Hawaii has a healthcare problem.  The state is short more than 1,000 doctors, which means some patients cannot get care, and the ones who do have to wait a long time.  According to one recent survey, nearly six in 10 Hawaii residents have endured long delays

Read More →

How ‘sandboxes’ could help Hawaii prosper

Some say Hawaii needs more sandboxes — and not just the kind you played in as a kid.  Rees Empey, director of state government affairs at the Libertas Institute, based in Lehi, Utah, says just as childrens’ sandboxes foster imagination, so do “regulatory sandboxes” encourage innovation and job growth, by

Read More →

PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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