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Economy

Minimum-wage bill is wrong tool for the job

The following testimony was submitted Jan. 26, 2022, to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means, which was to meet Jan. 27, 2022, to consider increasing Hawaii’s mandatory minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2026. ______________ Jan. 27, 2022 10:45 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 & Videoconference

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Governor’s tax-refund proposal ‘on the right track,’ institute says

The following media release was issued Jan. 24, 2022, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___________ HONOLULU, Jan. 24, 2022 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today commended Gov. David Ige for his proposal to send out refund checks to Hawaii taxpayers. The governor’s announcement came during his State of the

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Persecution of short-term rentals is shortsighted

Based on how short-term vacation rentals are so often portrayed, I wouldn’t blame you if you thought their owners were all terrible people, with no aloha for their neighbors or Hawaii. Mostly they are just local folks who are renting out a room to make some extra money. But more likely you

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Restrictions hurt Hawaii’s stake in cryptocurrency market

Photos by Charley Myers The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 17, 2022, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _______________ Hawaii has the highest barriers in the nation for companies that exchange cryptocurrency, and those restrictions could worsen if lawmakers don’t hurry and open the door for this potentially prosperous new

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State budget windfall should be shared with taxpayers

The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 8, 2022, in Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. _______________ Hawaii lawmakers are wracking their brains about how to balance the state budget, only this time, the problem isn’t too little money, it’s too much. And maybe some of it should go back to Hawaii

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Economic conditions that affect 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, presentation to the Hawaii Small Business Development Center. Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said the

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Cryptocurrency in Hawaii at a crossroads

Will Hawaii be able to benefit from the cryptocurrency boom? Or will excessive regulation continue to get in the way? It all depends on what happens in the upcoming legislative session. Sometimes called digital currency, cryptocurrency continues to grow in value as it becomes more widely accepted and more investors

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Failure to remove Hawaii’s cryptocurrency barriers could be ‘tragic’

On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” guest Alexandra Gaiser helped demystify the concept of cryptocurrency for host Keli’i Akina. Gaiser is director of regulatory affairs for River Financial, one of 15 companies operating in Hawaii’s Digital Currency Innovation Lab. Speaking with Akina from Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3, 2022,

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COVID-19 regulations aren’t cost-free

Photo by Charley Myers When it comes to the measures still in place to address COVID-19, our leaders are oddly reluctant to engage in any discussion of the costs. People tend to have a visceral dislike of putting a dollar value on things like health and safety. I  understand. It

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There’s a new professor in town, and he favors economic freedom

An economist who upholds the value of free markets has been tapped to lead Hawaii Pacific University’s new Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education. Moreover, the center’s first director is Hawaii born and raised: Gerard Dericks, a former Mid-Pacific Institute student who completed his last year of high school in California, then went

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Minimum-wage bill is wrong tool for the job

The following testimony was submitted Jan. 26, 2022, to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means, which was to meet Jan. 27, 2022, to consider increasing Hawaii’s mandatory minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2026. ______________ Jan. 27, 2022 10:45 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 & Videoconference

Read More →

Governor’s tax-refund proposal ‘on the right track,’ institute says

The following media release was issued Jan. 24, 2022, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___________ HONOLULU, Jan. 24, 2022 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today commended Gov. David Ige for his proposal to send out refund checks to Hawaii taxpayers. The governor’s announcement came during his State of the

Read More →

Persecution of short-term rentals is shortsighted

Based on how short-term vacation rentals are so often portrayed, I wouldn’t blame you if you thought their owners were all terrible people, with no aloha for their neighbors or Hawaii. Mostly they are just local folks who are renting out a room to make some extra money. But more likely you

Read More →

Restrictions hurt Hawaii’s stake in cryptocurrency market

Photos by Charley Myers The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 17, 2022, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _______________ Hawaii has the highest barriers in the nation for companies that exchange cryptocurrency, and those restrictions could worsen if lawmakers don’t hurry and open the door for this potentially prosperous new

Read More →

State budget windfall should be shared with taxpayers

The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 8, 2022, in Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. _______________ Hawaii lawmakers are wracking their brains about how to balance the state budget, only this time, the problem isn’t too little money, it’s too much. And maybe some of it should go back to Hawaii

Read More →

Economic conditions that affect 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, presentation to the Hawaii Small Business Development Center. Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said the

Read More →

Cryptocurrency in Hawaii at a crossroads

Will Hawaii be able to benefit from the cryptocurrency boom? Or will excessive regulation continue to get in the way? It all depends on what happens in the upcoming legislative session. Sometimes called digital currency, cryptocurrency continues to grow in value as it becomes more widely accepted and more investors

Read More →

Failure to remove Hawaii’s cryptocurrency barriers could be ‘tragic’

On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” guest Alexandra Gaiser helped demystify the concept of cryptocurrency for host Keli’i Akina. Gaiser is director of regulatory affairs for River Financial, one of 15 companies operating in Hawaii’s Digital Currency Innovation Lab. Speaking with Akina from Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3, 2022,

Read More →

COVID-19 regulations aren’t cost-free

Photo by Charley Myers When it comes to the measures still in place to address COVID-19, our leaders are oddly reluctant to engage in any discussion of the costs. People tend to have a visceral dislike of putting a dollar value on things like health and safety. I  understand. It

Read More →

There’s a new professor in town, and he favors economic freedom

An economist who upholds the value of free markets has been tapped to lead Hawaii Pacific University’s new Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education. Moreover, the center’s first director is Hawaii born and raised: Gerard Dericks, a former Mid-Pacific Institute student who completed his last year of high school in California, then went

Read More →