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Economy

Why is Hawaii so expensive?

The following is the transcript for the video above, narrated by Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, which was posted Sept. 14, 2022, on the Institute’s “Hawaii Matters” YouTube channel. ___________ Why is Hawaii’s cost of living so high? Hawaii has the highest cost of living in

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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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Jones Act reform need not be all or nothing

Barge on Mississippi River at Memphis The following article was published originally on July 10, 2022, in the Daily Memphian, based in Memphis, Tenn. ____________ The Fourth of July is a time of remembrance for Americans. We celebrate our country’s independence from English rule and the harmful laws and taxes

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Hawaii’s love-hate relationship with tourism

Photo by Charley Myers It’s not just Hawaii residents who are being priced out of paradise. Slowly but surely, tourists are also wondering whether they can still afford to visit here. A survey by Anthology Research of almost 4,000 tourists during the 2022 first quarter found that visitors from the

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We can do something about inflation

Prices are going up everywhere, and Hawaii families and businesses are hurting as a result. We see it at the gas pump, where motorists have to weigh the cost against their other bills, such as food, medical, housing or daycare. We see it at the grocery store, where the prices

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Hawaii counties squander opportunity to lower taxes

Editor’s note: Some of the figures cited in the transcript for the proposed Maui budget were underestimated. The correct figures appear in brackets. ___________ It’s the perfect time to lower taxes. That’s what Joe Kent, executive vice president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said Sunday morning, June 5, 2022, when

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Why is Hawaii so expensive?

The following is the transcript for the video above, narrated by Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, which was posted Sept. 14, 2022, on the Institute’s “Hawaii Matters” YouTube channel. ___________ Why is Hawaii’s cost of living so high? Hawaii has the highest cost of living in

Read More →

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

Read More →

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

Read More →

Jones Act reform need not be all or nothing

Barge on Mississippi River at Memphis The following article was published originally on July 10, 2022, in the Daily Memphian, based in Memphis, Tenn. ____________ The Fourth of July is a time of remembrance for Americans. We celebrate our country’s independence from English rule and the harmful laws and taxes

Read More →

Hawaii’s love-hate relationship with tourism

Photo by Charley Myers It’s not just Hawaii residents who are being priced out of paradise. Slowly but surely, tourists are also wondering whether they can still afford to visit here. A survey by Anthology Research of almost 4,000 tourists during the 2022 first quarter found that visitors from the

Read More →

We can do something about inflation

Prices are going up everywhere, and Hawaii families and businesses are hurting as a result. We see it at the gas pump, where motorists have to weigh the cost against their other bills, such as food, medical, housing or daycare. We see it at the grocery store, where the prices

Read More →

Hawaii counties squander opportunity to lower taxes

Editor’s note: Some of the figures cited in the transcript for the proposed Maui budget were underestimated. The correct figures appear in brackets. ___________ It’s the perfect time to lower taxes. That’s what Joe Kent, executive vice president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said Sunday morning, June 5, 2022, when

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