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Hawaii slips further in economic freedom index

Hawaii ranks 48th in the nation in terms of economic freedom, according to the latest “Economic Freedom of North America” report produced by the Fraser Institute in Canada. The ranking was based on data from 2020 and represents a decline from 44th in 2019. Helping drive Hawaii toward the bottom

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Maritime panel urged Jones Act critics be charged with treason

This article was previously published by the Cato Institute on Oct. 18, 2022. ______________ By Colin Grabow and Scott Lincicome It’s not every day you find a government document calling for Cato Institute employees to be charged with treason, but as a new article in The Dispatch details, here we are: In March 2020, a maritime

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‘People times freedom’ hailed as formula for wealth and progress

We often hear that the world’s natural resources are running out, humans are in danger and our margin of error to save the planet is getting thin. But Grassroot Scholar Gale Pooley has an intriguing message to share of hope and infinite prosperity.   Pooley is an associate professor of business

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Why Hawaii residents are leaving

Transcript provided below. Joe Kent on “Why Hawaii residents are leaving” Hawaii residents are leaving the state in droves. But, why?  I mean, we have great beaches, great food, great weather. I mean, it’s Hawaii, right? I mean, just look at this place. Why would anyone want to leave here?

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Why is Hawaii so expensive?

The following is the transcript for a video narrated by Joe Kent that was posted Sept. 14, 2022, on the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s “Hawaii Matters” YouTube channel. To see the video itself, go to the end of the transcript. ___________ Why is Hawaii’s cost of living so high? Hawaii

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Housing crisis culprit staring us in the face

The evidence continues to mount that land-use, zoning and other homebuilding-related restrictions are the main force behind Hawaii’s ever-increasing housing prices. Nevertheless, many people in Hawaii have for years been blaming the state’s housing crisis on “outsiders” — people from elsewhere in the U.S. or from foreign countries. A recent

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Candidates raise hopes for food and other exemptions from GET

This article was originally printed in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Aug. 19, 2022. ______________ With inflation soaring in our already-expensive state, wouldn’t it be nice to get a discount on a few of life’s necessities? That might actually happen, if some of the candidates in the current election cycle

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Should sacrifices go just one way?

We are often told that citizens have a duty to make sacrifices and cooperate if we want to make Hawaii better. It’s all part of being “in the same canoe.” But what about the government? Does the state have a responsibility to “go without,” if that would be better for

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Hawaii slips further in economic freedom index

Hawaii ranks 48th in the nation in terms of economic freedom, according to the latest “Economic Freedom of North America” report produced by the Fraser Institute in Canada. The ranking was based on data from 2020 and represents a decline from 44th in 2019. Helping drive Hawaii toward the bottom

Read More →

Maritime panel urged Jones Act critics be charged with treason

This article was previously published by the Cato Institute on Oct. 18, 2022. ______________ By Colin Grabow and Scott Lincicome It’s not every day you find a government document calling for Cato Institute employees to be charged with treason, but as a new article in The Dispatch details, here we are: In March 2020, a maritime

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‘People times freedom’ hailed as formula for wealth and progress

We often hear that the world’s natural resources are running out, humans are in danger and our margin of error to save the planet is getting thin. But Grassroot Scholar Gale Pooley has an intriguing message to share of hope and infinite prosperity.   Pooley is an associate professor of business

Read More →

Why Hawaii residents are leaving

Transcript provided below. Joe Kent on “Why Hawaii residents are leaving” Hawaii residents are leaving the state in droves. But, why?  I mean, we have great beaches, great food, great weather. I mean, it’s Hawaii, right? I mean, just look at this place. Why would anyone want to leave here?

Read More →

Why is Hawaii so expensive?

The following is the transcript for a video narrated by Joe Kent that was posted Sept. 14, 2022, on the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s “Hawaii Matters” YouTube channel. To see the video itself, go to the end of the transcript. ___________ Why is Hawaii’s cost of living so high? Hawaii

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Housing crisis culprit staring us in the face

The evidence continues to mount that land-use, zoning and other homebuilding-related restrictions are the main force behind Hawaii’s ever-increasing housing prices. Nevertheless, many people in Hawaii have for years been blaming the state’s housing crisis on “outsiders” — people from elsewhere in the U.S. or from foreign countries. A recent

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Candidates raise hopes for food and other exemptions from GET

This article was originally printed in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Aug. 19, 2022. ______________ With inflation soaring in our already-expensive state, wouldn’t it be nice to get a discount on a few of life’s necessities? That might actually happen, if some of the candidates in the current election cycle

Read More →

Should sacrifices go just one way?

We are often told that citizens have a duty to make sacrifices and cooperate if we want to make Hawaii better. It’s all part of being “in the same canoe.” But what about the government? Does the state have a responsibility to “go without,” if that would be better for

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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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