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New study considers economic impact of Akaka Bill

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has released a new study it sponsored from the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University. ‘The Economic Impact of the Akaka Bill: Unintended Consequences for Hawaii’ estimates that the Akaka bill could cost the state up to $690 million per year in lost tax revenue.

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True lies at the state Employees’ Retirement System

Hawaii’s government Employees’ Retirement System by George L. Berish As a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, I know almost everything taxpayers are told about the Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System is false. One lie is that employee benefits depend on, or are affected by, the $10 billion of assets earmarked

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Hawaii drops universal children’s healthcare plan

By Pearl Hahn An economic downturn and ensuing budget cuts have forced Hawaii to abandon the nation’s first universal health care program for children, Keiki Care, after only seven months. Gov. Linda Lingle (R) discontinued state funding for the program on November 1. “I voted against the bill when first

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More states join GRIH amicus brief in public lands case

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has filed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court of the United States in support of Hawaii vs. Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and the state’s right to manage the public or ceded lands of Hawaii. At the heart of the case is the constitutional

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New study considers economic impact of Akaka Bill

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has released a new study it sponsored from the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University. ‘The Economic Impact of the Akaka Bill: Unintended Consequences for Hawaii’ estimates that the Akaka bill could cost the state up to $690 million per year in lost tax revenue.

Read More →

True lies at the state Employees’ Retirement System

Hawaii’s government Employees’ Retirement System by George L. Berish As a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, I know almost everything taxpayers are told about the Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System is false. One lie is that employee benefits depend on, or are affected by, the $10 billion of assets earmarked

Read More →

Hawaii drops universal children’s healthcare plan

By Pearl Hahn An economic downturn and ensuing budget cuts have forced Hawaii to abandon the nation’s first universal health care program for children, Keiki Care, after only seven months. Gov. Linda Lingle (R) discontinued state funding for the program on November 1. “I voted against the bill when first

Read More →

More states join GRIH amicus brief in public lands case

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has filed an amicus brief before the Supreme Court of the United States in support of Hawaii vs. Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and the state’s right to manage the public or ceded lands of Hawaii. At the heart of the case is the constitutional

Read More →