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Budget & Spending

Talking Turkey about Hawaii’s Spending

By Malia Hill No one is going to faint from shock when I mention that Hawaii state spending for fiscal year 2012 outstripped income yet again, making us one of Truth in Accounting’s “turkey states”—that’s the thirteen states that overspent their income in 2012 despite the recovering economy. There’s some

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Is Illinois Hawaii’s canary in the coal mine?

By Stephen Zierak Irresponsible management of government finances has caused Standard & Poor’s to drop its Illinois credit rating to A-. This is not like your improvement in school that brought your C to an A-, thus making your parents pleased and proud you had finally learned something.  No, it

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Fiscal notes fact sheet

By Frances Nuar The desperate dance to balance the state budget was trickier than ever this legislative session. Far from providing innovative solutions, the Democratic led legislature had one answer to solve the $1.2 billion budget deficit: tax, tax, and tax some more, to the tune of $600 million. Proposals

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Our Government Is Running Out Of Ponzi Schemes

A call to end the passing of blame when it comes to the dismal performance of the US economy. by Danny de Gracia II “No politician is any longer interested in the question whether a measure is fit to produce the ends aimed at. What alone counts for him is

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Hawaii Needs Fiscal Notes

by Frances Nuar  If your family is like mine, you’re paying a little closer attention to price tags than you did a couple years ago. With high unemployment, stagnant wages, and the price of basic necessities continually rising, it only makes sense that we consider prices when shopping for everything from

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Statement on the Call for Fiscal Notes by the House Minority Caucus

by Frances Nuar  “Honolulu, Hawaii—The Grassroot Institute applauds the House Minority Caucus for including fiscal note legislation in its 2011 legislative package. “House minority leader Gene Ward said the Republicans would ‘be the watchdogs for fiscal discipline and controlling government spending’ and ‘insist on a more open and accountable government, especially when

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Hawaii: Eliminate State Jobs, Save Money For Real Stimulus

by Pearl Hahn  We need real stimulus. Yet, we keep getting swindled. Instead of providing relief to struggling families, our elected leaders chose to bail out foreign and domestic banks whose poor decisions should have led to their ultimate demise, and passed a stimulus which is taking a devastating toll on

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Talking Turkey about Hawaii’s Spending

By Malia Hill No one is going to faint from shock when I mention that Hawaii state spending for fiscal year 2012 outstripped income yet again, making us one of Truth in Accounting’s “turkey states”—that’s the thirteen states that overspent their income in 2012 despite the recovering economy. There’s some

Read More →

Is Illinois Hawaii’s canary in the coal mine?

By Stephen Zierak Irresponsible management of government finances has caused Standard & Poor’s to drop its Illinois credit rating to A-. This is not like your improvement in school that brought your C to an A-, thus making your parents pleased and proud you had finally learned something.  No, it

Read More →

Fiscal notes fact sheet

By Frances Nuar The desperate dance to balance the state budget was trickier than ever this legislative session. Far from providing innovative solutions, the Democratic led legislature had one answer to solve the $1.2 billion budget deficit: tax, tax, and tax some more, to the tune of $600 million. Proposals

Read More →

Our Government Is Running Out Of Ponzi Schemes

A call to end the passing of blame when it comes to the dismal performance of the US economy. by Danny de Gracia II “No politician is any longer interested in the question whether a measure is fit to produce the ends aimed at. What alone counts for him is

Read More →

Hawaii Needs Fiscal Notes

by Frances Nuar  If your family is like mine, you’re paying a little closer attention to price tags than you did a couple years ago. With high unemployment, stagnant wages, and the price of basic necessities continually rising, it only makes sense that we consider prices when shopping for everything from

Read More →

Statement on the Call for Fiscal Notes by the House Minority Caucus

by Frances Nuar  “Honolulu, Hawaii—The Grassroot Institute applauds the House Minority Caucus for including fiscal note legislation in its 2011 legislative package. “House minority leader Gene Ward said the Republicans would ‘be the watchdogs for fiscal discipline and controlling government spending’ and ‘insist on a more open and accountable government, especially when

Read More →

Hawaii: Eliminate State Jobs, Save Money For Real Stimulus

by Pearl Hahn  We need real stimulus. Yet, we keep getting swindled. Instead of providing relief to struggling families, our elected leaders chose to bail out foreign and domestic banks whose poor decisions should have led to their ultimate demise, and passed a stimulus which is taking a devastating toll on

Read More →