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How ‘sandboxes’ could help Hawaii prosper

Some say Hawaii needs more sandboxes — and not just the kind you played in as a kid.  Rees Empey, director of state government affairs at the Libertas Institute, based in Lehi, Utah, says just as childrens’ sandboxes foster imagination, so do “regulatory sandboxes” encourage innovation and job growth, by

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Testimony on HB1575 HD2: Yes, give physician assistants more latitude

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 14, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Health. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Health       Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Chair       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony: ‘Local Food Act’ would help economic development

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair       Senator

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Testimony: HB2510 would harm employees more than help them

The following written testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 15, 2022, by the House Committee on Labor and Tourism. Ted Kefalas, institute director of strategic campaigns, also offered oral testimony via Zoom, also available below. ________________ To: House Committee on Labor & Tourism  

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Testimony: SB3076 would encumber cryptocurrency, not liberate it

The following testimony was submitted by Joe Kent of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 8, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Senate Committee on Energy, Economic Development and Tourism. Kent’s oral testimony to the committees via Zoom follows. _____________ To: Committee on

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Restrictions hurt Hawaii’s stake in cryptocurrency market

Photos by Charley Myers The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 17, 2022, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _______________ Hawaii has the highest barriers in the nation for companies that exchange cryptocurrency, and those restrictions could worsen if lawmakers don’t hurry and open the door for this potentially prosperous new

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Economic freedom is key to reviving Hawaii small businesses

Government policies are having a devastating effect on Hawaii small businesses, and there is much that needs to be done to turn things around, said Keli‘i Akina during a Jan. 11, 2022, PowerPoint presentation to the Hawaii Small Business Development Center. The event was moderated by Caroline Kim, a business consultant with

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How ‘sandboxes’ could help Hawaii prosper

Some say Hawaii needs more sandboxes — and not just the kind you played in as a kid.  Rees Empey, director of state government affairs at the Libertas Institute, based in Lehi, Utah, says just as childrens’ sandboxes foster imagination, so do “regulatory sandboxes” encourage innovation and job growth, by

Read More →

Testimony on HB1575 HD2: Yes, give physician assistants more latitude

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 14, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Health. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Health       Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Chair       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony: ‘Local Food Act’ would help economic development

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair       Senator

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Testimony: HB2510 would harm employees more than help them

The following written testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 15, 2022, by the House Committee on Labor and Tourism. Ted Kefalas, institute director of strategic campaigns, also offered oral testimony via Zoom, also available below. ________________ To: House Committee on Labor & Tourism  

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Testimony: SB3076 would encumber cryptocurrency, not liberate it

The following testimony was submitted by Joe Kent of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 8, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Senate Committee on Energy, Economic Development and Tourism. Kent’s oral testimony to the committees via Zoom follows. _____________ To: Committee on

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Restrictions hurt Hawaii’s stake in cryptocurrency market

Photos by Charley Myers The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 17, 2022, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _______________ Hawaii has the highest barriers in the nation for companies that exchange cryptocurrency, and those restrictions could worsen if lawmakers don’t hurry and open the door for this potentially prosperous new

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Economic freedom is key to reviving Hawaii small businesses

Government policies are having a devastating effect on Hawaii small businesses, and there is much that needs to be done to turn things around, said Keli‘i Akina during a Jan. 11, 2022, PowerPoint presentation to the Hawaii Small Business Development Center. The event was moderated by Caroline Kim, a business consultant with

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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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