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Most Hawaii residents want lower taxes, new survey shows

The following is a news release issued Oct. 13, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. __________ A professional poll of almost 1,000 people throughout the islands suggests lawmakers are ignoring what their constituents really want HONOLULU, Oct. 13, 2021 >> A new survey by one of Hawaii’s top polling companies shows that a substantial

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PBN editor laments government, media handling of COVID crisis

There are many reason to complain about how Hawaii has dealt with the coronavirus threat to public health, and business journalist and columnist Kam Napier covered a lot of them in his Oct. 11, 2021, appearance on Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program. Napier is editor in chief of Hawaii’s leading business publication,

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COVID-19 meets its match: UH football

University of Hawaii photo If there is one thing more powerful than COVID-19, apparently it’s a winning football team. Just a day after Gov. David Ige extended his coronavirus state of emergency for two more months, the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team played an exciting nationally televised home

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Young Brothers audit ignores the elephant in the room

The following article was first published Oct. 5, 2021, in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ____________ Young Brothers needs to get its act together, according to an audit released last month by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state’s only interisland waterborne cargo carrier. Conducted by independent consulting company Munro

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U.S. maritime laws partly to blame for product shortages, Akina says

Photo by Ted Kefalas In his weekly column and on KHON2, the institute CEO explained why shipping delays are tied to excess government intervention   The email subject line for the Oct. 2, 2021, “President’s Corner” column by Institute President Keli’i Akina said, “Why the toilet paper shortage?” The commentary itself generated positive reader

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Watchdog group gives Maui County ‘D’ grade for financial practices

The following article published by Maui Now was based on a news release issued Sept. 28, 2021 by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. _____________ Maui County has earned a “D” grade from the national government accounting watchdog group Truth in Accounting, for leaving its taxpayers with bills of about $15,300 each to pay

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Toilet paper shortage? Government interference strikes again

If you’ve found yourself at the store lately trying to grab the last of the toilet paper before the supply runs out, you’ve probably wondered how we could be in this situation again. In some ways, this crisis reminds me of Hawaii’s shortage of healthcare capacity, in which government policy

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MYTH: The Jones Act protects American jobs

Jones Act supporters frequently say the law is responsible for about 650,000 U.S. jobs. Again, they point to the private PricewaterhouseCoopers study, which estimates that about 95,470 U.S. jobs are “directly attributable to the Jones Act shipping industry.” The 650,000 estimate is the result of adding 552,750 “indirect or induced”

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Most Hawaii residents want lower taxes, new survey shows

The following is a news release issued Oct. 13, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. __________ A professional poll of almost 1,000 people throughout the islands suggests lawmakers are ignoring what their constituents really want HONOLULU, Oct. 13, 2021 >> A new survey by one of Hawaii’s top polling companies shows that a substantial

Read More →

PBN editor laments government, media handling of COVID crisis

There are many reason to complain about how Hawaii has dealt with the coronavirus threat to public health, and business journalist and columnist Kam Napier covered a lot of them in his Oct. 11, 2021, appearance on Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program. Napier is editor in chief of Hawaii’s leading business publication,

Read More →

COVID-19 meets its match: UH football

University of Hawaii photo If there is one thing more powerful than COVID-19, apparently it’s a winning football team. Just a day after Gov. David Ige extended his coronavirus state of emergency for two more months, the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team played an exciting nationally televised home

Read More →

Young Brothers audit ignores the elephant in the room

The following article was first published Oct. 5, 2021, in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ____________ Young Brothers needs to get its act together, according to an audit released last month by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state’s only interisland waterborne cargo carrier. Conducted by independent consulting company Munro

Read More →

U.S. maritime laws partly to blame for product shortages, Akina says

Photo by Ted Kefalas In his weekly column and on KHON2, the institute CEO explained why shipping delays are tied to excess government intervention   The email subject line for the Oct. 2, 2021, “President’s Corner” column by Institute President Keli’i Akina said, “Why the toilet paper shortage?” The commentary itself generated positive reader

Read More →

Watchdog group gives Maui County ‘D’ grade for financial practices

The following article published by Maui Now was based on a news release issued Sept. 28, 2021 by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. _____________ Maui County has earned a “D” grade from the national government accounting watchdog group Truth in Accounting, for leaving its taxpayers with bills of about $15,300 each to pay

Read More →

Toilet paper shortage? Government interference strikes again

If you’ve found yourself at the store lately trying to grab the last of the toilet paper before the supply runs out, you’ve probably wondered how we could be in this situation again. In some ways, this crisis reminds me of Hawaii’s shortage of healthcare capacity, in which government policy

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act protects American jobs

Jones Act supporters frequently say the law is responsible for about 650,000 U.S. jobs. Again, they point to the private PricewaterhouseCoopers study, which estimates that about 95,470 U.S. jobs are “directly attributable to the Jones Act shipping industry.” The 650,000 estimate is the result of adding 552,750 “indirect or induced”

Read More →