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Grassroot Institute Researcher Uncovers Excessive Police Overtime

Researcher Jason Hirose recently discovered that public officials in Maui County were abusing their power, with overtime resulting in significant personal growth. Hirose: “We looked at the payroll from July 2014 to June 2015, a one year period, and we found that of the 3,000 employees at Maui County, a very

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No End In Sight to Rising Rail Costs

In 2008 the rail was estimated to cost $4.6 billion. In 2010 some estimates reached $7.2 billion. Today, the rail is estimated at $8.1 billion, with no end to added costs in sight. “For so many things to come out at this pretty late stage… is very unusual,” said Thomas

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Bitcoin and Hawaii’s Failure to Support Business

Kaloa Robinson and Chay Shioi are entrepreneurs who struggled to launch their business in the face of steep regulation. Joe Kent interviewed them as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. Bitcoin, an entirely digital form of currency, has been growing in popularity,

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How Taxes Work

This is a thought-provoking piece that appeared on the Internet some years ago.  There are variations of this story floating around, and the investigative website snopes.com concluded that the actual author is still unknown. Every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100.

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Hawaii Ranks #45 in Nationwide Survey of State Fiscal Condition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: June 1, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, 808-591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Hawaii Ranks #45 in Nationwide Survey of State Fiscal Condition Grassroot Institute stresses need for policies that reduce debt, tax burden  HONOLULU, HAWAII–June 1, 2016–According to a new study from the Mercatus Center, Hawaii ranks 45th

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New Federal Rules May Hurt Small Farmers

Simon Russell, a small farmer and member of the board of agriculture, sat down with Joe Kent as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was introduced in 2014, and it gives the FDA authority to introduce new

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Candidate Speaks Out on Education Spending

Danny Pekus is running for House of Representatives, District 11, South Maui. Joe Kent interviewed him as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui . Joe: “What is your opinion about the way education looks in Kihei?” Danny: “I believe we should be able

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A Jones Act Fairy Tale for National Maritime Day

The Navy League of the United States’ Seapower Magazine published on May 23, 2016, the article, “U.S. Merchant Marine Industry Strong, But Needs Improvements,“ reporting on the state of the U.S. commercial marine industry on National Maritime Day. The state of the U.S. merchant marine was extolled by various speakers

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Local Principal Advocates for Private School Choice

Maria Pauley, principal of Lanakila Baptist School, sat down with Joe Kent as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui and KKNE 940AM Oahu. Joe: “What does school choice mean?” Maria: “School choice is shining a spotlight on education, and how important choice

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Back to the Drawing Board on Bank Regulations

Senator Bernie Sanders has built a national campaign on the idea that we have to “reign in the banks.” I like Bernie’s sincerity, but what most of his followers probably don’t know is that even before the Dodd-Frank reform, the banking industry was already the most regulated industry in the

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Grassroot Institute Researcher Uncovers Excessive Police Overtime

Researcher Jason Hirose recently discovered that public officials in Maui County were abusing their power, with overtime resulting in significant personal growth. Hirose: “We looked at the payroll from July 2014 to June 2015, a one year period, and we found that of the 3,000 employees at Maui County, a very

Read More →

No End In Sight to Rising Rail Costs

In 2008 the rail was estimated to cost $4.6 billion. In 2010 some estimates reached $7.2 billion. Today, the rail is estimated at $8.1 billion, with no end to added costs in sight. “For so many things to come out at this pretty late stage… is very unusual,” said Thomas

Read More →

Bitcoin and Hawaii’s Failure to Support Business

Kaloa Robinson and Chay Shioi are entrepreneurs who struggled to launch their business in the face of steep regulation. Joe Kent interviewed them as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. Bitcoin, an entirely digital form of currency, has been growing in popularity,

Read More →

How Taxes Work

This is a thought-provoking piece that appeared on the Internet some years ago.  There are variations of this story floating around, and the investigative website snopes.com concluded that the actual author is still unknown. Every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100.

Read More →

Hawaii Ranks #45 in Nationwide Survey of State Fiscal Condition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: June 1, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, 808-591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Hawaii Ranks #45 in Nationwide Survey of State Fiscal Condition Grassroot Institute stresses need for policies that reduce debt, tax burden  HONOLULU, HAWAII–June 1, 2016–According to a new study from the Mercatus Center, Hawaii ranks 45th

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New Federal Rules May Hurt Small Farmers

Simon Russell, a small farmer and member of the board of agriculture, sat down with Joe Kent as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was introduced in 2014, and it gives the FDA authority to introduce new

Read More →

Candidate Speaks Out on Education Spending

Danny Pekus is running for House of Representatives, District 11, South Maui. Joe Kent interviewed him as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui . Joe: “What is your opinion about the way education looks in Kihei?” Danny: “I believe we should be able

Read More →

A Jones Act Fairy Tale for National Maritime Day

The Navy League of the United States’ Seapower Magazine published on May 23, 2016, the article, “U.S. Merchant Marine Industry Strong, But Needs Improvements,“ reporting on the state of the U.S. commercial marine industry on National Maritime Day. The state of the U.S. merchant marine was extolled by various speakers

Read More →

Local Principal Advocates for Private School Choice

Maria Pauley, principal of Lanakila Baptist School, sat down with Joe Kent as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui and KKNE 940AM Oahu. Joe: “What does school choice mean?” Maria: “School choice is shining a spotlight on education, and how important choice

Read More →

Back to the Drawing Board on Bank Regulations

Senator Bernie Sanders has built a national campaign on the idea that we have to “reign in the banks.” I like Bernie’s sincerity, but what most of his followers probably don’t know is that even before the Dodd-Frank reform, the banking industry was already the most regulated industry in the

Read More →