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Business, Licensing & Jobs

Testimony — SB348, relating to bottled water

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection on Feb. 24, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Sen. Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair Sen. Stanley Chang, Vice Chair From: Joe Kent Executive Vice

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Testimony — HB224, on creating exemptions to Hawaii’s medical CON laws

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness. _________________ To: House Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness Rep. Ryan I. Yamane, Chair Rep. Adrian K. Tam, Vice Chair From:

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How Hawaii is harmed by ‘rent seeking’

Examples include special-interest support for the Jones Act, job licensing, project labor agreements and tourism subsidies People who think the United States has a free market apparently are unaware of the economic concept of “rent-seeking,” also known as crony capitalism. During a presentation in October to a political science class at

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Legislators need right job-creation map

This commentary was originally published Sunday, July 19, 2020, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _____________ Worried about the loss of tourism, widespread unemployment and economic slowdown? Fear not. The Hawaii Legislature plans to fix it all through its powers of legislation. That might seem a bit optimistic for a legislative body

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Consider repealing county’s discriminatory builder contracting law

Above, Jonathan Young, president of the Associated Builders & Contractors, Hawaii chapter, 2019 The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Honolulu City Council on June 3, 2020, 10:00 a.m. ___________________ Regular Meeting, Honolulu City Council City Council Chamber To: Ikaika Anderson, Chair Ann Kobayashi, Vice Chair

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Tear down Hawaii’s contractor licensing walls

Photo by Charley Myers It would lead to more people working in construction trades and making homes more plentiful and affordable. ##### By Mauloa Akina and Alex Duggan* (This article was originally published Dec. 12, 2019, in Honolulu Civil Beat.) Many reasons have been cited for Hawaii’s sky-scraping price tags

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How to improve Hawaii’s business climate

Two of Hawaii’s top business journalists, Steve Petranik, editor of Hawaii Business Magazine, and Kam Napier, editor-in-chief of the Pacific Business News, shared their insights about Hawaii’s business climate at a gathering on Friday, Oct. 23, sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii The pau hana event was at Impact Hub Honolulu in

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Honolulu City Council’s PLA proposal is pilau

What happens when a government tries to fix a system that isn’t broken? Usually, the taxpayers pay the price. That is what might happen if Honolulu’s mayor approves a measure that would restrict the use of nonunion labor on city contracts worth over $2 million. As Jonathan Young, Hawaii chapter president of

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Council approves PLAs despite many concerns

This testimony by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was submitted to the full Honolulu City Council on Oct. 9, 2019. It is similar to testimony submitted on July 24, except for a figure in the bill being increased from $250,000 to $1 million, then afterward to $2 million. After a

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‘CWAs’ a recipe for disaster

Around the country, states and municipalities are changing their procurement regulations to allow for more competitive bidding. That’s a best practice that saves money on government projects. Hawaii, however, appears to be moving in the opposite direction. This week, the Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee considered Bill 37, a proposal

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Testimony — SB348, relating to bottled water

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection on Feb. 24, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Sen. Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair Sen. Stanley Chang, Vice Chair From: Joe Kent Executive Vice

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Testimony — HB224, on creating exemptions to Hawaii’s medical CON laws

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness. _________________ To: House Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness Rep. Ryan I. Yamane, Chair Rep. Adrian K. Tam, Vice Chair From:

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How Hawaii is harmed by ‘rent seeking’

Examples include special-interest support for the Jones Act, job licensing, project labor agreements and tourism subsidies People who think the United States has a free market apparently are unaware of the economic concept of “rent-seeking,” also known as crony capitalism. During a presentation in October to a political science class at

Read More →

Legislators need right job-creation map

This commentary was originally published Sunday, July 19, 2020, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _____________ Worried about the loss of tourism, widespread unemployment and economic slowdown? Fear not. The Hawaii Legislature plans to fix it all through its powers of legislation. That might seem a bit optimistic for a legislative body

Read More →

Consider repealing county’s discriminatory builder contracting law

Above, Jonathan Young, president of the Associated Builders & Contractors, Hawaii chapter, 2019 The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Honolulu City Council on June 3, 2020, 10:00 a.m. ___________________ Regular Meeting, Honolulu City Council City Council Chamber To: Ikaika Anderson, Chair Ann Kobayashi, Vice Chair

Read More →

Tear down Hawaii’s contractor licensing walls

Photo by Charley Myers It would lead to more people working in construction trades and making homes more plentiful and affordable. ##### By Mauloa Akina and Alex Duggan* (This article was originally published Dec. 12, 2019, in Honolulu Civil Beat.) Many reasons have been cited for Hawaii’s sky-scraping price tags

Read More →

How to improve Hawaii’s business climate

Two of Hawaii’s top business journalists, Steve Petranik, editor of Hawaii Business Magazine, and Kam Napier, editor-in-chief of the Pacific Business News, shared their insights about Hawaii’s business climate at a gathering on Friday, Oct. 23, sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii The pau hana event was at Impact Hub Honolulu in

Read More →

Honolulu City Council’s PLA proposal is pilau

What happens when a government tries to fix a system that isn’t broken? Usually, the taxpayers pay the price. That is what might happen if Honolulu’s mayor approves a measure that would restrict the use of nonunion labor on city contracts worth over $2 million. As Jonathan Young, Hawaii chapter president of

Read More →

Council approves PLAs despite many concerns

This testimony by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was submitted to the full Honolulu City Council on Oct. 9, 2019. It is similar to testimony submitted on July 24, except for a figure in the bill being increased from $250,000 to $1 million, then afterward to $2 million. After a

Read More →

‘CWAs’ a recipe for disaster

Around the country, states and municipalities are changing their procurement regulations to allow for more competitive bidding. That’s a best practice that saves money on government projects. Hawaii, however, appears to be moving in the opposite direction. This week, the Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee considered Bill 37, a proposal

Read More →