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Budget & Spending

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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What the Honolulu rail has taught us

Photo by Charley Myers After years of delay, the Honolulu rail is finally open. Well, partly anyway. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that more than 71,000 people took advantage of the five days of free rides that marked the opening of the first 11 miles of the rail, officially named Skyline.

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Kent, Hamada explore the many ways lawmakers waste money

Housing, the Honolulu rail, the Aloha Stadium, homelessness and the 64% pay raise for Honolulu City Council members.  Those were some of the topics Institute Executive Vice President Joe Kent talked about during his latest visit with radio host Rick Hamada on News Radio 830 KHVH. Regarding the rail, Kent

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Governor’s budget cuts were ‘really good thing’ for Hawaii

The biennial budget passed by the 2023 Hawaii Legislature threatened to wipe out the state’s projected surplus by fiscal 2028. However, Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, said now it appears that Gov. Josh Green will be trimming $1 billion from that budget before signing off on

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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

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

Read More →

What the Honolulu rail has taught us

Photo by Charley Myers After years of delay, the Honolulu rail is finally open. Well, partly anyway. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that more than 71,000 people took advantage of the five days of free rides that marked the opening of the first 11 miles of the rail, officially named Skyline.

Read More →

Kent, Hamada explore the many ways lawmakers waste money

Housing, the Honolulu rail, the Aloha Stadium, homelessness and the 64% pay raise for Honolulu City Council members.  Those were some of the topics Institute Executive Vice President Joe Kent talked about during his latest visit with radio host Rick Hamada on News Radio 830 KHVH. Regarding the rail, Kent

Read More →

Governor’s budget cuts were ‘really good thing’ for Hawaii

The biennial budget passed by the 2023 Hawaii Legislature threatened to wipe out the state’s projected surplus by fiscal 2028. However, Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, said now it appears that Gov. Josh Green will be trimming $1 billion from that budget before signing off on

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