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Jones Act lobby misdeals ‘homeland security’ card

The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 14, 2022, by RealClear Policy. ______________ By Mark Coleman and Jonathan Helton When the facts don’t work, try appeals to national or “homeland” security. That seems to be the tactic of the Jones Act lobby, which has been increasingly hard-pressed in recent

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Restrictions hurt Hawaii’s stake in cryptocurrency market

Photos by Charley Myers The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 17, 2022, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _______________ Hawaii has the highest barriers in the nation for companies that exchange cryptocurrency, and those restrictions could worsen if lawmakers don’t hurry and open the door for this potentially prosperous new

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Oahu short-term rental owners raise alarm about Bill 41

A bill being considered by the Honolulu County Council could potentially devastate Hawaii’s vacation rental industry by limiting short-term rentals on Oahu to no less than 180 days at a time. That was the message of short-term rental owners Ed Jones and Peggy Aurand, who joined host Keli’i Akina on

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How to create a more robust healthcare system on Maui

Healthcare in Hawaii is beset with problems, and the situation is especially acute on Maui. But there are reforms that could improve the situation, according to Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii In a Jan. 12, 2022, presentation to the West Maui Taxpayers Association, Akina

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Unemployment insurance mess back to haunt us

For Hawaii employers, it’s deja vu all over again. Just like they were a year ago at this time, the businesses that provide jobs to the state’s civilian workforce are in danger of having their annual unemployment taxes skyrocket, which, in turn, could cripple Hawaii’s economy just when it is

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State budget windfall should be shared with taxpayers

The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 8, 2022, in Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. _______________ Hawaii lawmakers are wracking their brains about how to balance the state budget, only this time, the problem isn’t too little money, it’s too much. And maybe some of it should go back to Hawaii

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Cryptocurrency in Hawaii at a crossroads

Will Hawaii be able to benefit from the cryptocurrency boom? Or will excessive regulation continue to get in the way? It all depends on what happens in the upcoming legislative session. Sometimes called digital currency, cryptocurrency continues to grow in value as it becomes more widely accepted and more investors

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Failure to remove Hawaii’s cryptocurrency barriers could be ‘tragic’

On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” guest Alexandra Gaiser helped demystify the concept of cryptocurrency for host Keli’i Akina. Gaiser is director of regulatory affairs for River Financial, one of 15 companies operating in Hawaii’s Digital Currency Innovation Lab. Speaking with Akina from Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3, 2022,

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Hawaii population continues to dwindle

HONOLULU, Jan. 4, 2022 >> Hawaii’s population declined by 0.7% between July 2020 and July 2021, the third greatest per capita population decline in the country, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.[1] Hawaii trailed only New York, at -1.6%, and Illinois, at -0.9%. Hawaii’s net loss

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Jones Act lobby misdeals ‘homeland security’ card

The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 14, 2022, by RealClear Policy. ______________ By Mark Coleman and Jonathan Helton When the facts don’t work, try appeals to national or “homeland” security. That seems to be the tactic of the Jones Act lobby, which has been increasingly hard-pressed in recent

Read More →

Restrictions hurt Hawaii’s stake in cryptocurrency market

Photos by Charley Myers The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 17, 2022, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _______________ Hawaii has the highest barriers in the nation for companies that exchange cryptocurrency, and those restrictions could worsen if lawmakers don’t hurry and open the door for this potentially prosperous new

Read More →

Oahu short-term rental owners raise alarm about Bill 41

A bill being considered by the Honolulu County Council could potentially devastate Hawaii’s vacation rental industry by limiting short-term rentals on Oahu to no less than 180 days at a time. That was the message of short-term rental owners Ed Jones and Peggy Aurand, who joined host Keli’i Akina on

Read More →

How to create a more robust healthcare system on Maui

Healthcare in Hawaii is beset with problems, and the situation is especially acute on Maui. But there are reforms that could improve the situation, according to Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii In a Jan. 12, 2022, presentation to the West Maui Taxpayers Association, Akina

Read More →

Unemployment insurance mess back to haunt us

For Hawaii employers, it’s deja vu all over again. Just like they were a year ago at this time, the businesses that provide jobs to the state’s civilian workforce are in danger of having their annual unemployment taxes skyrocket, which, in turn, could cripple Hawaii’s economy just when it is

Read More →

State budget windfall should be shared with taxpayers

The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 8, 2022, in Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. _______________ Hawaii lawmakers are wracking their brains about how to balance the state budget, only this time, the problem isn’t too little money, it’s too much. And maybe some of it should go back to Hawaii

Read More →

Cryptocurrency in Hawaii at a crossroads

Will Hawaii be able to benefit from the cryptocurrency boom? Or will excessive regulation continue to get in the way? It all depends on what happens in the upcoming legislative session. Sometimes called digital currency, cryptocurrency continues to grow in value as it becomes more widely accepted and more investors

Read More →

Failure to remove Hawaii’s cryptocurrency barriers could be ‘tragic’

On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” guest Alexandra Gaiser helped demystify the concept of cryptocurrency for host Keli’i Akina. Gaiser is director of regulatory affairs for River Financial, one of 15 companies operating in Hawaii’s Digital Currency Innovation Lab. Speaking with Akina from Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3, 2022,

Read More →

Hawaii population continues to dwindle

HONOLULU, Jan. 4, 2022 >> Hawaii’s population declined by 0.7% between July 2020 and July 2021, the third greatest per capita population decline in the country, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.[1] Hawaii trailed only New York, at -1.6%, and Illinois, at -0.9%. Hawaii’s net loss

Read More →