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‘Aloha’ increasingly means goodbye thanks to high taxes

With an 11% top rate, many Hawaii residents are looking for two tickets out of paradise. _____________ (This article was published originally on Dec. 27, 2019, in The Wall Street Journal.) _____________ “Why would anyone leave Hawaii?” Former Hawaii residents hear the question a lot, often from someone eager to

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‘It’s no secret; everyone knows’ why residents are leaving Hawaii

A discussion about Hawaii’s high cost of living was the starting point for Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, which aired Monday, Jan. 2, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. Malia Blom Hill, the Washington, D.C.-based policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was the featured guest, and she shared

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Stop the exodus from Hawaii!

Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week were true to expectations: During fiscal year 2019, Hawaii bade farewell to more residents than ever — a record 13,817, compared to the previous record in fiscal 2017 of 13,537. Overall, more than 60,000 residents have left Hawaii since fiscal 2011,

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Exodus from Hawaii continued in fiscal 2019

This article was originally issued as a news release on Dec. 30, 2019. _________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii cites Hawaii’s cost of living and lack of opportunities HONOLULU, Dec. 30, 2019 >> Hawaii once again suffered an annual population decrease in fiscal 2019, with a record 13,817 residents moving

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Give everyone a raise by lowering the cost of living

This “Other Voices” commentary was originally published, without the footnotes, on Dec. 25, 2019, in The Garden Island newspaper. _________________ Just about everyone in Hawaii knows by now that we have one of the highest costs of living in the nation,[1] one of the most regressive tax systems[2] and a serious lack of affordable housing.[3] 

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The price of paradise: Why many Hawaii residents are forced to leave home

This article was originally published Nov. 26, 2019 by Niagara Frontier Publications, of Grand Island, New York. ••••••••••••••• By Lausei Kozub Special to Niagara Frontier Publications Hawaii is often referred to as “Paradise on Earth.” Located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 2,100 miles southwest of the mainland, the Hawaiian Islands

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How to give everybody a raise

Discussions about the minimum wage tend to overlook an obvious fact: Lowering the cost of living would make everyone’s pay go further, especially the less fortunate. How much further? Simply getting to the point where a dollar has its full spending power would be a good start. Using information from

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‘Leavin’ on a jet plane …’

The following is an excerpt from an article by Matt Walker that appeared July 11 on BadCredit.org, a website that seeks “to inform and educate Americans with bad credit, enabling better credit decisions and a brighter financial future.” –––––––––––––––– Most Americans who live on the mainland think of Hawaii as

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Why people are leaving ‘paradise’

The exodus continues. According to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of urban Honolulu declined in 2018 for the second year in a row, to 347,397, almost 1.3 percent less than the 2016 count of 351,883. People aren’t just leaving Honolulu. Hawaii’s population statewide also declined over

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‘Aloha’ increasingly means goodbye thanks to high taxes

With an 11% top rate, many Hawaii residents are looking for two tickets out of paradise. _____________ (This article was published originally on Dec. 27, 2019, in The Wall Street Journal.) _____________ “Why would anyone leave Hawaii?” Former Hawaii residents hear the question a lot, often from someone eager to

Read More →

‘It’s no secret; everyone knows’ why residents are leaving Hawaii

A discussion about Hawaii’s high cost of living was the starting point for Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, which aired Monday, Jan. 2, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. Malia Blom Hill, the Washington, D.C.-based policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was the featured guest, and she shared

Read More →

Stop the exodus from Hawaii!

Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week were true to expectations: During fiscal year 2019, Hawaii bade farewell to more residents than ever — a record 13,817, compared to the previous record in fiscal 2017 of 13,537. Overall, more than 60,000 residents have left Hawaii since fiscal 2011,

Read More →

Exodus from Hawaii continued in fiscal 2019

This article was originally issued as a news release on Dec. 30, 2019. _________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii cites Hawaii’s cost of living and lack of opportunities HONOLULU, Dec. 30, 2019 >> Hawaii once again suffered an annual population decrease in fiscal 2019, with a record 13,817 residents moving

Read More →

Give everyone a raise by lowering the cost of living

This “Other Voices” commentary was originally published, without the footnotes, on Dec. 25, 2019, in The Garden Island newspaper. _________________ Just about everyone in Hawaii knows by now that we have one of the highest costs of living in the nation,[1] one of the most regressive tax systems[2] and a serious lack of affordable housing.[3] 

Read More →

The price of paradise: Why many Hawaii residents are forced to leave home

This article was originally published Nov. 26, 2019 by Niagara Frontier Publications, of Grand Island, New York. ••••••••••••••• By Lausei Kozub Special to Niagara Frontier Publications Hawaii is often referred to as “Paradise on Earth.” Located in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 2,100 miles southwest of the mainland, the Hawaiian Islands

Read More →

How to give everybody a raise

Discussions about the minimum wage tend to overlook an obvious fact: Lowering the cost of living would make everyone’s pay go further, especially the less fortunate. How much further? Simply getting to the point where a dollar has its full spending power would be a good start. Using information from

Read More →

‘Leavin’ on a jet plane …’

The following is an excerpt from an article by Matt Walker that appeared July 11 on BadCredit.org, a website that seeks “to inform and educate Americans with bad credit, enabling better credit decisions and a brighter financial future.” –––––––––––––––– Most Americans who live on the mainland think of Hawaii as

Read More →

Why people are leaving ‘paradise’

The exodus continues. According to new figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of urban Honolulu declined in 2018 for the second year in a row, to 347,397, almost 1.3 percent less than the 2016 count of 351,883. People aren’t just leaving Honolulu. Hawaii’s population statewide also declined over

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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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