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Legislature & Politics

Three bills to sign, two bills to veto

Photo by Charley Myers The 2022 Legislative session is officially over, and now we turn to the governor. Which bills will he sign right away? Which will he veto? Which will he allow to become law without his signature? For a full analysis and discussion of the 2022 session, I

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Time to let Hawaii tourism stand on its own

Photo by Charley Myers It looks like we could be on the verge of a new tourism policy for Hawaii. Legislators have been dickering this past week over how much money the state tourism agency should receive and under what conditions. Ultimately, however, the state Hawaii Tourism Authority might receive

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Swimming in money, legislators could easily add to debt burden

“Sport of Tycoons,” by Carl Banks What one hand might be giving, the other might be taking away by spending money on things that could come back to haunt us   Hawaii has a record-high state budget surplus this year of $4 billion, and here are some of the ways our legislators currently are planning to spend it:

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Here’s one thing we keep saying in our testimonies on housing

Photo by Charley Myers Research showing the need to liberalize Hawaii’s land-use and zoning laws is out there for all to see, and more is forthcoming The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has testified on many housing and land-use bills this year, and the 2022 legislative session is not over. One thing we did

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Legislative session nears end and so far it’s not totally terrible

Photo by Charley Myers Numerous bills aimed at increasing our taxes have been shelved, and some good measures actually have a chance of passing The end of this year’s Hawaii legislative session is approaching, and we now have a better picture of where this year’s high-priority bills may be headed. Of

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Three important questions about the minimum wage

Before our legislators vote on whether to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage, I encourage them to ask three very important questions: >> Who are we trying to help? >> Who would actually be affected? >> Is the minimum wage the best way to help low-income families? Clearly, many people believe that increasing

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Testimony: Creating open-records loophole would be a mistake

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 23, 2022, by the House Committee on Government Reform. _______________ To: House Committee on Government Reform       Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair       Rep. Tina Wildberger, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony: Open-records exemption would open Pandora’s box

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 24, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Government Operations. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Institute active as Legislature enters critical second half

Photo by Charley Myers A lot of people know that I am president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, whose mission is to help lower our cost of living, expand opportunity and foster prosperity for all Hawaii residents. Recently I’ve been asked a few times to explain what specifically we

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Three bills to sign, two bills to veto

Photo by Charley Myers The 2022 Legislative session is officially over, and now we turn to the governor. Which bills will he sign right away? Which will he veto? Which will he allow to become law without his signature? For a full analysis and discussion of the 2022 session, I

Read More →

Time to let Hawaii tourism stand on its own

Photo by Charley Myers It looks like we could be on the verge of a new tourism policy for Hawaii. Legislators have been dickering this past week over how much money the state tourism agency should receive and under what conditions. Ultimately, however, the state Hawaii Tourism Authority might receive

Read More →

Swimming in money, legislators could easily add to debt burden

“Sport of Tycoons,” by Carl Banks What one hand might be giving, the other might be taking away by spending money on things that could come back to haunt us   Hawaii has a record-high state budget surplus this year of $4 billion, and here are some of the ways our legislators currently are planning to spend it:

Read More →

Here’s one thing we keep saying in our testimonies on housing

Photo by Charley Myers Research showing the need to liberalize Hawaii’s land-use and zoning laws is out there for all to see, and more is forthcoming The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has testified on many housing and land-use bills this year, and the 2022 legislative session is not over. One thing we did

Read More →

Legislative session nears end and so far it’s not totally terrible

Photo by Charley Myers Numerous bills aimed at increasing our taxes have been shelved, and some good measures actually have a chance of passing The end of this year’s Hawaii legislative session is approaching, and we now have a better picture of where this year’s high-priority bills may be headed. Of

Read More →

Three important questions about the minimum wage

Before our legislators vote on whether to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage, I encourage them to ask three very important questions: >> Who are we trying to help? >> Who would actually be affected? >> Is the minimum wage the best way to help low-income families? Clearly, many people believe that increasing

Read More →

Testimony: Creating open-records loophole would be a mistake

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 23, 2022, by the House Committee on Government Reform. _______________ To: House Committee on Government Reform       Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair       Rep. Tina Wildberger, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony: Open-records exemption would open Pandora’s box

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 24, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Government Operations. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

Read More →

Institute active as Legislature enters critical second half

Photo by Charley Myers A lot of people know that I am president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, whose mission is to help lower our cost of living, expand opportunity and foster prosperity for all Hawaii residents. Recently I’ve been asked a few times to explain what specifically we

Read More →