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Hawaii’s Unions and Sense of Entitlement

by Pearl Hahn Hawaii’s unions could be a valuable asset to the community. Every individual is guaranteed freedom of assembly to associate with whomever he wishes to express, promote, pursue, or defend a common interest such as better working conditions. This is a basic human right. Problems arise, however, when

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State Certification Process Perpetuates Unemployment

by Paul Lazaro With approximately 6.6 percent of Hawaii’s labor force unemployed, the legislature needs to revise the state’s complex certification system to make it easier for people to change professions and get back to work. When specific industries shift with a changing economy, the unemployed become re-employed by changing

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Follow the Money: Eye-Opening Arithmetic

Malia Blom Hill Follow the Money: Eye-Opening Arithmetic By Malia Hill “Aid…” “Help…” “Equality…” These are the kinds of words that make you feel benevolent. After all, it’s good to help those in need who may be contending with financial difficulties, cultural erosion, or lack of opportunities. Unfortunately, the kind

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The Big Gamble

Malia Blom Hill  It’s alright everyone. The currently pending version of the Akaka Bill promises that the new Hawaiian Government will not have the power to introduce casino gaming to the islands. Granted, that’s a rare moment of specificity in a piece of legislation that is curiously vague on the

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Hawaii Needs Free Markets, Not “Sustainability”

Daniel de Gracia II  In Hawaii, one of the latest buzzwords to take policymakers by storm is “sustainability,” and in 2005, the 23rd Legislature of the State of Hawaii established the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Task Force.  The Task Force defined sustainability  as the “preferred future” for our islands , in

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Businesses Hit Hard by Costly Jones Act Regulations

Part 2 in a series by Malia Zimmerman Big Island small business owner Jim O’Keefe found out the hard way that his American dream, owning his own business, was too difficult to maintain in Hawaii. He closed down his 13-year-old extensive bakery wholesale and retail operation, O’Keefe & Sons Bread Bakers,

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Hawaii’s Unions and Sense of Entitlement

by Pearl Hahn Hawaii’s unions could be a valuable asset to the community. Every individual is guaranteed freedom of assembly to associate with whomever he wishes to express, promote, pursue, or defend a common interest such as better working conditions. This is a basic human right. Problems arise, however, when

Read More →

State Certification Process Perpetuates Unemployment

by Paul Lazaro With approximately 6.6 percent of Hawaii’s labor force unemployed, the legislature needs to revise the state’s complex certification system to make it easier for people to change professions and get back to work. When specific industries shift with a changing economy, the unemployed become re-employed by changing

Read More →

Follow the Money: Eye-Opening Arithmetic

Malia Blom Hill Follow the Money: Eye-Opening Arithmetic By Malia Hill “Aid…” “Help…” “Equality…” These are the kinds of words that make you feel benevolent. After all, it’s good to help those in need who may be contending with financial difficulties, cultural erosion, or lack of opportunities. Unfortunately, the kind

Read More →

The Big Gamble

Malia Blom Hill  It’s alright everyone. The currently pending version of the Akaka Bill promises that the new Hawaiian Government will not have the power to introduce casino gaming to the islands. Granted, that’s a rare moment of specificity in a piece of legislation that is curiously vague on the

Read More →

Hawaii Needs Free Markets, Not “Sustainability”

Daniel de Gracia II  In Hawaii, one of the latest buzzwords to take policymakers by storm is “sustainability,” and in 2005, the 23rd Legislature of the State of Hawaii established the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Task Force.  The Task Force defined sustainability  as the “preferred future” for our islands , in

Read More →

Businesses Hit Hard by Costly Jones Act Regulations

Part 2 in a series by Malia Zimmerman Big Island small business owner Jim O’Keefe found out the hard way that his American dream, owning his own business, was too difficult to maintain in Hawaii. He closed down his 13-year-old extensive bakery wholesale and retail operation, O’Keefe & Sons Bread Bakers,

Read More →

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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