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Budget & Spending

Zombie States – Hawaii Is No. 6

Although Halloween is over for this year, various ghosts and ghouls remain to haunt our society. Those include “Zombie States.” Zombie States are states that are financially “dead” but are somehow shambling on, through a combination of hiding significant liabilities off the state’s financial report, compiling and filing the financial

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DHHL: Can’t Spend $60M, Asks for $500M

About a year ago, we wrote about the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), an agency of our state government that administers over 200,000 acres of public lands to be leased to Native Hawaiians – those with at least 50% Hawaiian blood – for purposes of living, farming, ranching, and

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Hawaii Ranks #45 in Nationwide Survey of State Fiscal Condition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: June 1, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, 808-591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Hawaii Ranks #45 in Nationwide Survey of State Fiscal Condition Grassroot Institute stresses need for policies that reduce debt, tax burden  HONOLULU, HAWAII–June 1, 2016–According to a new study from the Mercatus Center, Hawaii ranks 45th

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Can you Balance the State’s Budget?

Can you balance the State’s budget? A new tool made by the Senate Minority allows you to attempt to balance the State’s budget. Joe Kent and Paul Harleman, Senate Minority Budget Director, discussed the state budget on the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui

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Hawaii’s Deficit Disaster: Learning from Illinois

Dr. Keliʻi Akina interviewed John Tillman, CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, a sister think tank to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Mr. Tillman shared the fiscal struggles of Illinois, and gave advice to Hawaii’s policy makers to prevent similar outcomes. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with

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Grassroot Testimony: HB 2229 (Relating to Sports)

To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: HB 2229 — RELATING TO SPORTS Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on

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Grassroot Budget Report Highlights Missing Element In Governor’s Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: January 26, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Grassroot Budget Report Highlights Missing Element In Governor’s Address “State of the State Budget 2016” report shows need for more transparency and accountability in government spending HONOLULU, HAWAII–January 26, 2016–Following Governor Ige’s State of the State Address,

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State of the State Budget 2016

There is still a long way to go when it comes to creating true fiscal accountability in the Aloha state. Though the Governor has pledged to make the government more efficient, we lack the information to determine whether there is any weight behind the promises or whether we are looking

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Zombie States – Hawaii Is No. 6

Although Halloween is over for this year, various ghosts and ghouls remain to haunt our society. Those include “Zombie States.” Zombie States are states that are financially “dead” but are somehow shambling on, through a combination of hiding significant liabilities off the state’s financial report, compiling and filing the financial

Read More →

DHHL: Can’t Spend $60M, Asks for $500M

About a year ago, we wrote about the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL), an agency of our state government that administers over 200,000 acres of public lands to be leased to Native Hawaiians – those with at least 50% Hawaiian blood – for purposes of living, farming, ranching, and

Read More →

Hawaii Ranks #45 in Nationwide Survey of State Fiscal Condition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: June 1, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, 808-591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Hawaii Ranks #45 in Nationwide Survey of State Fiscal Condition Grassroot Institute stresses need for policies that reduce debt, tax burden  HONOLULU, HAWAII–June 1, 2016–According to a new study from the Mercatus Center, Hawaii ranks 45th

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Can you Balance the State’s Budget?

Can you balance the State’s budget? A new tool made by the Senate Minority allows you to attempt to balance the State’s budget. Joe Kent and Paul Harleman, Senate Minority Budget Director, discussed the state budget on the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui

Read More →

Hawaii’s Deficit Disaster: Learning from Illinois

Dr. Keliʻi Akina interviewed John Tillman, CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, a sister think tank to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Mr. Tillman shared the fiscal struggles of Illinois, and gave advice to Hawaii’s policy makers to prevent similar outcomes. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony: HB 2229 (Relating to Sports)

To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: HB 2229 — RELATING TO SPORTS Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on

Read More →

Grassroot Budget Report Highlights Missing Element In Governor’s Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: January 26, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Grassroot Budget Report Highlights Missing Element In Governor’s Address “State of the State Budget 2016” report shows need for more transparency and accountability in government spending HONOLULU, HAWAII–January 26, 2016–Following Governor Ige’s State of the State Address,

Read More →

State of the State Budget 2016

There is still a long way to go when it comes to creating true fiscal accountability in the Aloha state. Though the Governor has pledged to make the government more efficient, we lack the information to determine whether there is any weight behind the promises or whether we are looking

Read More →