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Business, Licensing & Jobs

Paid family leave appealing but has poor track record

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on Feb. 14, 2024. _____________ Feb. 14, 2024, 2 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 329 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce    

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SB2886 recognizes not all state jobs require a degree

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Labor and Technology and Government Operations committees on Feb. 15, 2024. ___________ Feb. 15, 2024, 3:10 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Labor and Technology    

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SB2474: Downside of paid family leave can’t be ignored

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committees on Labor and Technology and Health and Human Services on Feb. 12, 2024. _____________ Feb. 12, 2024, 3 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 224 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Labor and

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HB2757: Paid family leave rarely lives up to promises

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Labor and Government Relations on Feb. 1, 2024. ___________ Feb. 1, 2024, 9 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 309 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Labor and Government Relations       Rep.

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HB2196 would expand state employment opportunities

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Labor and Government on Feb. 1, 2024. _____________ Feb. 1, 2024, 9 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 309 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Labor and Government Relations      

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Relax rules on ‘cottage food’ entrepreneurs

Photo by Mark Coleman The following commentary was originally published in West Hawaii Today on Nov. 4, 2023, and in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald on Nov. 5, 2023. __________ Hawaii is one of the most challenging states in which to start a business. Oodles of regulations and taxes and high housing,

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‘Transparency’ or unwarranted government meddling?

Every year we see a handful of bills at the Legislature that put good intentions ahead of practical experience. Even when the people who would be most affected by the proposals explain that they are unworkable or counterproductive, those good intentions still keep the bills moving forward. Happily, many of

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Paid family leave appealing but has poor track record

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on Feb. 14, 2024. _____________ Feb. 14, 2024, 2 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 329 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce    

Read More →

SB2886 recognizes not all state jobs require a degree

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Labor and Technology and Government Operations committees on Feb. 15, 2024. ___________ Feb. 15, 2024, 3:10 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Labor and Technology    

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SB2474: Downside of paid family leave can’t be ignored

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committees on Labor and Technology and Health and Human Services on Feb. 12, 2024. _____________ Feb. 12, 2024, 3 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 224 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Labor and

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HB2757: Paid family leave rarely lives up to promises

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Labor and Government Relations on Feb. 1, 2024. ___________ Feb. 1, 2024, 9 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 309 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Labor and Government Relations       Rep.

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HB2196 would expand state employment opportunities

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Labor and Government on Feb. 1, 2024. _____________ Feb. 1, 2024, 9 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 309 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Labor and Government Relations      

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Relax rules on ‘cottage food’ entrepreneurs

Photo by Mark Coleman The following commentary was originally published in West Hawaii Today on Nov. 4, 2023, and in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald on Nov. 5, 2023. __________ Hawaii is one of the most challenging states in which to start a business. Oodles of regulations and taxes and high housing,

Read More →

‘Transparency’ or unwarranted government meddling?

Every year we see a handful of bills at the Legislature that put good intentions ahead of practical experience. Even when the people who would be most affected by the proposals explain that they are unworkable or counterproductive, those good intentions still keep the bills moving forward. Happily, many of

Read More →