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Economy

It’s not too late for real, substantive change

Nobody likes to hear, “We told you so,” but … For years, the Grassroot Institute had been warning state and county policymakers that their approach to spending and taxation was unsustainable, and that Hawaii was unprepared for a major crisis, whether economic or natural. Well, that crisis finally came, and

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Lockdown was last straw for Hawaii economy

During “normal” years, late summer is when I usually talk about what Hawaii needs to do to improve its economy relative to other states. But this is not an ordinary year. This was brought home to me when I looked at the newest edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” the

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Maui needs a ‘road map to prosperity’ — and here it is

This commentary was published originally in The Maui News on June 23, 2020. ______________ Maui is slowly getting back to business after the COVID-19 lockdown, but for residents who are surveying the economic damage, there is a serious question to be addressed. Can the economy be “restarted” effectively? After all,

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Prosperity is possible if we follow the ‘road map’

Some of our ideas might be considered unrealistic in normal times, but these are not normal times Those of you who have been supporting us at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii know we have been warning for six years that the state was spending too much during the good years, and

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COVID-19 crisis a wake-up call for policymakers

After over two months of compulsory lockdowns, Hawaii’s state and county governments in May finally started reopening the economy. At the time, Hawaii had among the lowest number of total coronavirus infections and fatalities nationwide, and it still does. The state’s public health status appeared to be mostly in the

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Public health shutdown has harmed Hawaii healthcare providers

Businesses and workers throughout Hawaii have suffered huge financial losses over the last few months due to the state and county lockdowns intended to contain the coronavirus pandemic.  As it turns out, the state’s hospitals and healthcare system have not been insulated from this economic destruction.  In the early stages

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Life in the time of choler … uh, lockdowns

Life comes at you fast, even while in quarantine. With so many new developments coming every day, it’s hard to keep up with all of the issues that need to be addressed. So this week, instead of picking just one topic to explore, I thought it might be a good idea

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How Hawaii can usher in a new era of prosperity

Hawaii is finally starting to open again. Now what? That was the question posed to me yesterday morning by Michael W. Perry, host of the hugely popular “Perry & The Posse” radio show on KSSK AM and FM. Fortunately, I had exactly the right prescription. Or, more specifically, the right

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Akina goes riding with Perry & The Posse

Hawaii radio star Michael W. Perry hosted Keli’i Akina on his hugely popular “Perry & The Posse” radio show on Thursday, May 28, 2020, to talk about the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s new “Road map to prosperity: How Hawaii can recover and even excel after the coronavirus lockdown.” Akina, institute president,

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Grassroot Institute details how to rescue Hawaii’s economy

This is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawai on May 22, 2020. _____________ The institute urges best practices for a successful recovery HONOLULU, May 22, 2020 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today published a new policy brief, “Road map to prosperity,” that offers almost two

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It’s not too late for real, substantive change

Nobody likes to hear, “We told you so,” but … For years, the Grassroot Institute had been warning state and county policymakers that their approach to spending and taxation was unsustainable, and that Hawaii was unprepared for a major crisis, whether economic or natural. Well, that crisis finally came, and

Read More →

Lockdown was last straw for Hawaii economy

During “normal” years, late summer is when I usually talk about what Hawaii needs to do to improve its economy relative to other states. But this is not an ordinary year. This was brought home to me when I looked at the newest edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” the

Read More →

Maui needs a ‘road map to prosperity’ — and here it is

This commentary was published originally in The Maui News on June 23, 2020. ______________ Maui is slowly getting back to business after the COVID-19 lockdown, but for residents who are surveying the economic damage, there is a serious question to be addressed. Can the economy be “restarted” effectively? After all,

Read More →

Prosperity is possible if we follow the ‘road map’

Some of our ideas might be considered unrealistic in normal times, but these are not normal times Those of you who have been supporting us at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii know we have been warning for six years that the state was spending too much during the good years, and

Read More →

COVID-19 crisis a wake-up call for policymakers

After over two months of compulsory lockdowns, Hawaii’s state and county governments in May finally started reopening the economy. At the time, Hawaii had among the lowest number of total coronavirus infections and fatalities nationwide, and it still does. The state’s public health status appeared to be mostly in the

Read More →

Public health shutdown has harmed Hawaii healthcare providers

Businesses and workers throughout Hawaii have suffered huge financial losses over the last few months due to the state and county lockdowns intended to contain the coronavirus pandemic.  As it turns out, the state’s hospitals and healthcare system have not been insulated from this economic destruction.  In the early stages

Read More →

Life in the time of choler … uh, lockdowns

Life comes at you fast, even while in quarantine. With so many new developments coming every day, it’s hard to keep up with all of the issues that need to be addressed. So this week, instead of picking just one topic to explore, I thought it might be a good idea

Read More →

How Hawaii can usher in a new era of prosperity

Hawaii is finally starting to open again. Now what? That was the question posed to me yesterday morning by Michael W. Perry, host of the hugely popular “Perry & The Posse” radio show on KSSK AM and FM. Fortunately, I had exactly the right prescription. Or, more specifically, the right

Read More →

Akina goes riding with Perry & The Posse

Hawaii radio star Michael W. Perry hosted Keli’i Akina on his hugely popular “Perry & The Posse” radio show on Thursday, May 28, 2020, to talk about the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s new “Road map to prosperity: How Hawaii can recover and even excel after the coronavirus lockdown.” Akina, institute president,

Read More →

Grassroot Institute details how to rescue Hawaii’s economy

This is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawai on May 22, 2020. _____________ The institute urges best practices for a successful recovery HONOLULU, May 22, 2020 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today published a new policy brief, “Road map to prosperity,” that offers almost two

Read More →