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Budget & Spending

Kent predicts ‘big theme’ in Legislature will be Lahaina

Hawaii’s 2024 legislative session kicks off on Jan. 17, and the “big theme,” according to Institute Executive Vice President Joe Kent, will be “Lahaina, Lahaina, Lahaina.” Joining radio host Rick Hamada last week on KHVH News Radio 830, Kent said the Lahaina fire aftermath will be “touching every aspect of

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Could ‘less is more’ approach produce more tax revenue?

With Hawaii’s budget in shambles, taxpayers could be in store for a tax hike. But could there be another way to salvage the state budget? That was the question co-hosts Tom Yamachika and Mark Coleman discussed with guest Daniel Mitchell on the Dec. 15 episode of “Talking Tax” on ThinkTech

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The easiest way to increase tax revenues

Hawaii’s state budget is in a precarious position. It’s a startling reversal of where we were at the beginning of the year, when the state had a huge surplus and many of our lawmakers were going hog-wild trying to spend it all. In June, I praised Gov. Josh Green for cutting $1

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Let’s not fall for all the Aloha Stadium hype

Let me just cut to the chase: In the spirit of wise spending, it’s time that our lawmakers take a closer look at the proposed New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District and really ask themselves if it is an appropriate use of our ever-dwindling state funds. See, being a steward of

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Action needed to lessen impact of Maui wildfires on economy, housing crisis

The resignation of the state’s first-ever chief housing officer shows “how difficult it is to get things done in government,” Grassroot Institute Director of Strategic Campaigns Ted Kefalas said last week during the Rick Hamada Program on NewsRadio 830 KHVH.  “It’s really sad because [Nani Medeiros] was somebody that was

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National expert on Honolulu rail: ‘I hope its future is short’

Brace yourself for a scathing assessment of Honolulu’s new “Skyline” rail project. National rail expert Randal O’Toole, author of “Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need,” spoke on July 17 with Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of

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Kent predicts ‘big theme’ in Legislature will be Lahaina

Hawaii’s 2024 legislative session kicks off on Jan. 17, and the “big theme,” according to Institute Executive Vice President Joe Kent, will be “Lahaina, Lahaina, Lahaina.” Joining radio host Rick Hamada last week on KHVH News Radio 830, Kent said the Lahaina fire aftermath will be “touching every aspect of

Read More →

Could ‘less is more’ approach produce more tax revenue?

With Hawaii’s budget in shambles, taxpayers could be in store for a tax hike. But could there be another way to salvage the state budget? That was the question co-hosts Tom Yamachika and Mark Coleman discussed with guest Daniel Mitchell on the Dec. 15 episode of “Talking Tax” on ThinkTech

Read More →

The easiest way to increase tax revenues

Hawaii’s state budget is in a precarious position. It’s a startling reversal of where we were at the beginning of the year, when the state had a huge surplus and many of our lawmakers were going hog-wild trying to spend it all. In June, I praised Gov. Josh Green for cutting $1

Read More →

Let’s not fall for all the Aloha Stadium hype

Let me just cut to the chase: In the spirit of wise spending, it’s time that our lawmakers take a closer look at the proposed New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District and really ask themselves if it is an appropriate use of our ever-dwindling state funds. See, being a steward of

Read More →

Action needed to lessen impact of Maui wildfires on economy, housing crisis

The resignation of the state’s first-ever chief housing officer shows “how difficult it is to get things done in government,” Grassroot Institute Director of Strategic Campaigns Ted Kefalas said last week during the Rick Hamada Program on NewsRadio 830 KHVH.  “It’s really sad because [Nani Medeiros] was somebody that was

Read More →

National expert on Honolulu rail: ‘I hope its future is short’

Brace yourself for a scathing assessment of Honolulu’s new “Skyline” rail project. National rail expert Randal O’Toole, author of “Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need,” spoke on July 17 with Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of

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