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Maui Council on verge of worsening housing crisis

In a misguided effort to create more affordable housing, the Maui County Council is about to make the problem worse. The Council is considering a measure, Bill 107 (CD1), that would lower the cost of homes designated as “affordable” by changing the rules that govern how the sellers can price them.

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Maui’s sky-high home prices a ‘self-inflicted wound’

Photo courtesy of Maui Now This news article was originally published in Maui Now on July 14, 2022. _____________ By Gaylord Paul Garcia Maui’s record home prices and the impacts that have resulted in displaced residents, are not unique, but there are potential solutions, according to a researcher from a

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PAL Kaua‘i listeners hear how to fix the Jones Act

The Jones Act increases the cost of food and virtually all other products in Hawaii and needs to be fixed. That was the overriding message of a June 27 conversation on Kauai’s KCCR AM radio, sponsored by PAL Kaua‘i, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “changing the paradigm of affordable housing

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Why Panos Prevedouros left Hawaii

The state is at risk of a major natural catastrophe, he says, and its “suicidal” energy policy will just make everything worse Hawaii’s policy mandate to go to 100% renewable energy is nothing short of suicidal. That was the message of Panos Prevedouros, former chairman of the University of Hawaii civil

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How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Oahu presentation)

Unreasonable. Irrational. A travesty. Those were some of the terms used by Stanford Carr, president of Stanford Carr Development, and David Arakawa, executive director of the Land Use Research Foundation, to describe land-use planning in the state, at a no-holds-barred but laughter-filled June 17 presentation on Oahu, sponsored by the

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How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Maui presentation)

Photos by Sean Mitsui Making housing more affordable on Maui could be accomplished through two changes to the island’s status quo on development: comprehensive rezoning and greater density.  But making those changes will be easier said than done. Why? The answer may be that Maui is “schizophrenic.” “Sure, everybody says

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Auē! All four counties are planning spending sprees

Hawaii might be recovering from the COVID-19 recession more quickly than anticipated, but that does not mean we are out of the woods. Inflation, economic setbacks and a possible recession are reason enough for policymakers to tread carefully when it comes to the budget. Fortunately, there is a simple guideline

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Hawaii taxpayers deserve a rebate — a big one

Imagine your brother was facing a bad financial situation.  Things looked bleak for a while, and the family came together to help him out. Eventually, he got through it, thanks in part to generosity from his siblings. Now, not only is he out of trouble, but he has money to

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Testimony: HB2510 HD2 SD1 a good way to put more people out of work

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 5, 2022, by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice

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Maui Council on verge of worsening housing crisis

In a misguided effort to create more affordable housing, the Maui County Council is about to make the problem worse. The Council is considering a measure, Bill 107 (CD1), that would lower the cost of homes designated as “affordable” by changing the rules that govern how the sellers can price them.

Read More →

Maui’s sky-high home prices a ‘self-inflicted wound’

Photo courtesy of Maui Now This news article was originally published in Maui Now on July 14, 2022. _____________ By Gaylord Paul Garcia Maui’s record home prices and the impacts that have resulted in displaced residents, are not unique, but there are potential solutions, according to a researcher from a

Read More →

PAL Kaua‘i listeners hear how to fix the Jones Act

The Jones Act increases the cost of food and virtually all other products in Hawaii and needs to be fixed. That was the overriding message of a June 27 conversation on Kauai’s KCCR AM radio, sponsored by PAL Kaua‘i, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “changing the paradigm of affordable housing

Read More →

Why Panos Prevedouros left Hawaii

The state is at risk of a major natural catastrophe, he says, and its “suicidal” energy policy will just make everything worse Hawaii’s policy mandate to go to 100% renewable energy is nothing short of suicidal. That was the message of Panos Prevedouros, former chairman of the University of Hawaii civil

Read More →

How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Oahu presentation)

Unreasonable. Irrational. A travesty. Those were some of the terms used by Stanford Carr, president of Stanford Carr Development, and David Arakawa, executive director of the Land Use Research Foundation, to describe land-use planning in the state, at a no-holds-barred but laughter-filled June 17 presentation on Oahu, sponsored by the

Read More →

How to make housing affordable in Hawaii (Maui presentation)

Photos by Sean Mitsui Making housing more affordable on Maui could be accomplished through two changes to the island’s status quo on development: comprehensive rezoning and greater density.  But making those changes will be easier said than done. Why? The answer may be that Maui is “schizophrenic.” “Sure, everybody says

Read More →

Auē! All four counties are planning spending sprees

Hawaii might be recovering from the COVID-19 recession more quickly than anticipated, but that does not mean we are out of the woods. Inflation, economic setbacks and a possible recession are reason enough for policymakers to tread carefully when it comes to the budget. Fortunately, there is a simple guideline

Read More →

Hawaii taxpayers deserve a rebate — a big one

Imagine your brother was facing a bad financial situation.  Things looked bleak for a while, and the family came together to help him out. Eventually, he got through it, thanks in part to generosity from his siblings. Now, not only is he out of trouble, but he has money to

Read More →

Testimony: HB2510 HD2 SD1 a good way to put more people out of work

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 5, 2022, by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice

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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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