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‘Gut and replace’ decision called ‘great civics lesson’

Hawaii residents were handed a major win for transparency earlier this month when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled 3-2 that “gut and replace” was unconstitutional. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was one of several watchdog groups that supported the plaintiffs in the case via an amicus curiae brief, which was

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MYTH: The Jones Act provides benefits without adding to consumer prices

The following is an excerpt from “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associated Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. ____________ Jones Act supporters want to have it both ways when it comes to the federal government protecting them from competition. On the one hand, they say that their government-sanctioned market

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Here’s how to improve healthcare in Hawaii

When people talk about healthcare regulation, it tends to come off as a little dry and abstract. Medical “certificate of need” laws, for example, would seem to have little relevance to the average Hawaii resident. Unfortunately, these laws affect us in very real, and sometimes critical, ways, so it’s important that

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Webinar highlights need to get rid of medical ‘certificate of need’ laws

Three experts explained Monday how CON laws have throttled Hawaii’s ability to cope with its healthcare needs Hawaii anachronistic medical “certificate of need” laws have percolated to the top of local discussion in recent months, especially as more people have realized their connection to Hawaii’s lack of healthcare capacity in the wake of

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New report details how Jones Act targeted Alaska from the start

The following was a “Reader alert” issued Nov. 17, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ______________ The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the discriminatory legislation in 1922, but even after Alaska became a state, the economic harm continued HONOLULU, Nov. 17, 2021 >> It is well established that the protectionist Jones Act has

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Government regulations get thumbs down in Hawaii survey

The following is a news release issued Nov. 16, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___________ Solid majorities of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents statewide agree there are too many regulations and they hurt small businesses HONOLULU, Nov. 16, 2021 >> Most Hawaii residents agree that government regulations are needed to help keep local

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COVID-19 regulations aren’t cost-free

Photo by Charley Myers When it comes to the measures still in place to address COVID-19, our leaders are oddly reluctant to engage in any discussion of the costs. People tend to have a visceral dislike of putting a dollar value on things like health and safety. I  understand. It

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Vacation rentals — and property rights — in jeopardy on Maui

In the name of increasing affordable housing on Maui, well-intended people are poised to wreak havoc on the island’s vacation rental market. Jen Russo, executive director of the Maui Vacation Rental Association, explained the looming problems during her appearance on the Nov. 8 edition of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Keli’i

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There’s a new professor in town, and he favors economic freedom

An economist who upholds the value of free markets has been tapped to lead Hawaii Pacific University’s new Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education. Moreover, the center’s first director is Hawaii born and raised: Gerard Dericks, a former Mid-Pacific Institute student who completed his last year of high school in California, then went

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Survey shows concern about government spending and debt

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Nov. 10, 2021. ______________ The poll of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents also found significant agreement that private firms should be more involved in delivering public services HONOLULU, Nov. 10, 2021 >> High levels of state and county government spending and debt are

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‘Gut and replace’ decision called ‘great civics lesson’

Hawaii residents were handed a major win for transparency earlier this month when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled 3-2 that “gut and replace” was unconstitutional. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was one of several watchdog groups that supported the plaintiffs in the case via an amicus curiae brief, which was

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act provides benefits without adding to consumer prices

The following is an excerpt from “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associated Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. ____________ Jones Act supporters want to have it both ways when it comes to the federal government protecting them from competition. On the one hand, they say that their government-sanctioned market

Read More →

Here’s how to improve healthcare in Hawaii

When people talk about healthcare regulation, it tends to come off as a little dry and abstract. Medical “certificate of need” laws, for example, would seem to have little relevance to the average Hawaii resident. Unfortunately, these laws affect us in very real, and sometimes critical, ways, so it’s important that

Read More →

Webinar highlights need to get rid of medical ‘certificate of need’ laws

Three experts explained Monday how CON laws have throttled Hawaii’s ability to cope with its healthcare needs Hawaii anachronistic medical “certificate of need” laws have percolated to the top of local discussion in recent months, especially as more people have realized their connection to Hawaii’s lack of healthcare capacity in the wake of

Read More →

New report details how Jones Act targeted Alaska from the start

The following was a “Reader alert” issued Nov. 17, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ______________ The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the discriminatory legislation in 1922, but even after Alaska became a state, the economic harm continued HONOLULU, Nov. 17, 2021 >> It is well established that the protectionist Jones Act has

Read More →

Government regulations get thumbs down in Hawaii survey

The following is a news release issued Nov. 16, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___________ Solid majorities of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents statewide agree there are too many regulations and they hurt small businesses HONOLULU, Nov. 16, 2021 >> Most Hawaii residents agree that government regulations are needed to help keep local

Read More →

COVID-19 regulations aren’t cost-free

Photo by Charley Myers When it comes to the measures still in place to address COVID-19, our leaders are oddly reluctant to engage in any discussion of the costs. People tend to have a visceral dislike of putting a dollar value on things like health and safety. I  understand. It

Read More →

Vacation rentals — and property rights — in jeopardy on Maui

In the name of increasing affordable housing on Maui, well-intended people are poised to wreak havoc on the island’s vacation rental market. Jen Russo, executive director of the Maui Vacation Rental Association, explained the looming problems during her appearance on the Nov. 8 edition of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Keli’i

Read More →

There’s a new professor in town, and he favors economic freedom

An economist who upholds the value of free markets has been tapped to lead Hawaii Pacific University’s new Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education. Moreover, the center’s first director is Hawaii born and raised: Gerard Dericks, a former Mid-Pacific Institute student who completed his last year of high school in California, then went

Read More →

Survey shows concern about government spending and debt

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Nov. 10, 2021. ______________ The poll of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents also found significant agreement that private firms should be more involved in delivering public services HONOLULU, Nov. 10, 2021 >> High levels of state and county government spending and debt are

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