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Cost of Living

Testimony on SB2441: No to nickel-and-diming liquor drinkers

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 4, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection        Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair        Senator Stanley Chang, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute

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Testimony on proposed minimum-wage increase, v. 2022

Jan. 24, 2022 3:00 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 & Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts       Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair       Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii            Joe Kent, Executive vice president Re: SB2018 — RELATING

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Economic freedom is key to reviving Hawaii small businesses

Government policies are having a devastating effect on Hawaii small businesses, and there is much that needs to be done to turn things around, said Keli‘i Akina during a Jan. 11, 2022, PowerPoint presentation to the Hawaii Small Business Development Center. The event was moderated by Caroline Kim, a business consultant with

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It’s not a mystery why people are leaving Hawaii

Over the past four years, Hawaii’s population has declined by more than 22,000 people, equaling the the third-fastest population decline per capita in the entire nation.  Why are people leaving Hawaii? Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discussed some of the reasons on Sunday, July 11, 2021,

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High taxes pushing family and friends to leave

When you live in Hawaii, you get accustomed to saying goodbye. As a father, I’ve watched my children leave for the mainland to start college or their careers. And I know there’s a good chance they won’t be coming back, except for short visits. I am not alone. Who hasn’t

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Now is the time to ‘get real’ about Hawaii’s future

Hawaii’s “brain drain” has been an ubiquitous subject in our public consciousness for decades.  But given the economic devastation prompted by the state’s yearlong COVID-19 lockdowns, we now are even more vulnerable to losing the state’s best and brightest to opportunities elsewhere.  Legislative tax bills such as the notorious SB56

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Why so many people are leaving Hawaii

The following recording from Dec. 23, 2020 features Hawaii radio host Mike Buck interviewing Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on The Mike Buck Show on AM 690 and FM 94.3, The Answer. It’s about 20 minutes, and you can hear the whole thing below. The topic

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NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii has third-fastest population decline in nation

HONOLULU, Dec. 22, 2020 >> Hawaii’s economic crisis has precipitated the third-fastest level of economic flight per capita in the nation, behind Illinois, and followed by West Virginia, Mississippi and Alaska, according to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. U.S. Census Bureau data released today shows Hawaii’s population declined in fiscal 2020 by 8,609,

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Right diagnosis, wrong prescription

If you want to look for the silver lining in Gov. David Ige’s latest State of the State Address, you could say it’s significant that he isn’t ignoring our cost-of-living issue. Yes, acknowledging Hawaii’s notoriously high cost of living is like noticing our stunning sunsets or beautiful weather. But it’s

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Testimony on SB2441: No to nickel-and-diming liquor drinkers

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 4, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection        Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair        Senator Stanley Chang, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute

Read More →

Testimony on proposed minimum-wage increase, v. 2022

Jan. 24, 2022 3:00 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 & Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts       Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair       Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii            Joe Kent, Executive vice president Re: SB2018 — RELATING

Read More →

Economic freedom is key to reviving Hawaii small businesses

Government policies are having a devastating effect on Hawaii small businesses, and there is much that needs to be done to turn things around, said Keli‘i Akina during a Jan. 11, 2022, PowerPoint presentation to the Hawaii Small Business Development Center. The event was moderated by Caroline Kim, a business consultant with

Read More →

It’s not a mystery why people are leaving Hawaii

Over the past four years, Hawaii’s population has declined by more than 22,000 people, equaling the the third-fastest population decline per capita in the entire nation.  Why are people leaving Hawaii? Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discussed some of the reasons on Sunday, July 11, 2021,

Read More →

High taxes pushing family and friends to leave

When you live in Hawaii, you get accustomed to saying goodbye. As a father, I’ve watched my children leave for the mainland to start college or their careers. And I know there’s a good chance they won’t be coming back, except for short visits. I am not alone. Who hasn’t

Read More →

Now is the time to ‘get real’ about Hawaii’s future

Hawaii’s “brain drain” has been an ubiquitous subject in our public consciousness for decades.  But given the economic devastation prompted by the state’s yearlong COVID-19 lockdowns, we now are even more vulnerable to losing the state’s best and brightest to opportunities elsewhere.  Legislative tax bills such as the notorious SB56

Read More →

Why so many people are leaving Hawaii

The following recording from Dec. 23, 2020 features Hawaii radio host Mike Buck interviewing Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on The Mike Buck Show on AM 690 and FM 94.3, The Answer. It’s about 20 minutes, and you can hear the whole thing below. The topic

Read More →

NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii has third-fastest population decline in nation

HONOLULU, Dec. 22, 2020 >> Hawaii’s economic crisis has precipitated the third-fastest level of economic flight per capita in the nation, behind Illinois, and followed by West Virginia, Mississippi and Alaska, according to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. U.S. Census Bureau data released today shows Hawaii’s population declined in fiscal 2020 by 8,609,

Read More →

Right diagnosis, wrong prescription

If you want to look for the silver lining in Gov. David Ige’s latest State of the State Address, you could say it’s significant that he isn’t ignoring our cost-of-living issue. Yes, acknowledging Hawaii’s notoriously high cost of living is like noticing our stunning sunsets or beautiful weather. But it’s

Read More →

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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