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Why Hawaii needs a Jones Act waiver

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has helped send gasoline prices in Hawaii soaring, fueling calls that Hawaii be granted a Jones Act waiver for fuel imports. On the March 14 episode of “Hawaii Together,” leading Jones Act expert and Grassroot Scholar Colin Grabow joined host Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute executive vice president, to

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Five myths that pervade the minimum-wage debate

Despite what many Hawaii residents want to believe, increasing the state’s legal minimum wage can result in unemployment The vast majority of Hawaii residents support increasing the state’s legal minimum wage on the grounds that it would help Hawaii’s low-income workers better cope with the state’s high cost of living. But that isn’t

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Testimony: Revised wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat

The testimony below was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 1, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. Ted Kefalas oral testimony follows. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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Testimony: Fuel tax damage will far outweigh measly tax credit

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 25, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony: This cryptocurrency bill ultimately should be shelved

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 24, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. _______________ To: Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii    

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Testimony: SB2967 SD1 is the best of the cryptocurrency bills

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 24, 2022, by the House Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Ways and Means. _______________ To: Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair       Senator Stanley

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Testimony SB3261 SD1: ALOHA homes proposal fundamentally flawed

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Ways and Means and Water and Land. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen. Gilbert

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SB3250 SD1, ‘wealth tax’ great way to encourage capital flight

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 18, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair

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Why Hawaii needs a Jones Act waiver

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has helped send gasoline prices in Hawaii soaring, fueling calls that Hawaii be granted a Jones Act waiver for fuel imports. On the March 14 episode of “Hawaii Together,” leading Jones Act expert and Grassroot Scholar Colin Grabow joined host Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute executive vice president, to

Read More →

Five myths that pervade the minimum-wage debate

Despite what many Hawaii residents want to believe, increasing the state’s legal minimum wage can result in unemployment The vast majority of Hawaii residents support increasing the state’s legal minimum wage on the grounds that it would help Hawaii’s low-income workers better cope with the state’s high cost of living. But that isn’t

Read More →

Testimony: Revised wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat

The testimony below was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 1, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. Ted Kefalas oral testimony follows. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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Testimony: Fuel tax damage will far outweigh measly tax credit

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 25, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony: This cryptocurrency bill ultimately should be shelved

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 24, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. _______________ To: Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii    

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Testimony: SB2967 SD1 is the best of the cryptocurrency bills

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 24, 2022, by the House Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Ways and Means. _______________ To: Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair       Senator Stanley

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Testimony SB3261 SD1: ALOHA homes proposal fundamentally flawed

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Ways and Means and Water and Land. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen. Gilbert

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SB3250 SD1, ‘wealth tax’ great way to encourage capital flight

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 18, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair

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