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Testing Your Energy IQ

by Pearl Hahn Are Americans knowledgeable when it comes to current energy policies and how the oil industry works? Most do not know, for example, what percent of oil consumed in the United States this past year came from Persian Gulf countries. (Given the option of 90 percent, 60 percent,

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Akaka Bill Info Series: How Hanaied Children are disallowed

Grassroot Institute Weekly Video Education Series: Hanai How people of every background built the Kingdom of Hawaii and the State of Hawaii but the Akaka Bill will divide us along bloodlines! To support the nonpartisan efforts of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii regarding the Akaka bill and other vital issues,

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GRIH Video on The Akaka Bill: Another government?

Grassroot Weekly Video Information Series He Hawaii au Another Government? Everyone is subject to the laws of the local, state and federal governments. Our taxes pay for government and the public services they provide. Each tax dollar is precious, and we strive to use that money to directly benefit the

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New Contest to Help Trim Hawaii’s DOE Budget

Help Hawaii’s Education System by Identifying Waste and Inefficiencies June 2009 — Like the rest of the state during the current economic challenges, the Department of Education (DOE) needs to go on a diet! The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (GRIH) and Smart Business Hawaii (SBH) announced today a new contest

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Honolulu Spending On Contracts

by Pearl Hahn It takes a lot of work to run a city. In addition to various programs, officials must maintain sidewalks and roads, traffic lights, and security, among other services. The State Procurement Office (SPO), which serves as the central authority on procurement statues and rules for all government

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Hawaii Legislature Exhibits Short-Sightedness

by Pearl Hahn Yesterday, the House convened a special session at 11:30 AM to override several of Governor Lingle’s vetoes. Amie, one of the Grassroot development interns, and I took our video camera and notepads to document the event. As it turned out, the House was united in its efforts.

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Artwork Paid For By Taxpayers

by Pearl Hahn Yesterday, Grassroot received a phone call from Mark Niesse of the Associated Press asking for comment on the Aquarius, a gigantic mosaic on the floor of the State Capitol that was recently renovated using public funds. See the Advertiser’s “State Capitol’s Renovated ‘Aquarius’ Mosaic Unveiled” to view

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Lies Behind Presidential Appointments?

by Pearl Hahn President Obama selected Arne Duncan to succeed Margaret Spellings as the US Secretary of Education. The Secretary of Education position is one of several federal positions appointed by the president that requires confirmation of the US Senate. Hopefully, whoever is president makes appointments based on merit and

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The Facts Behind the Tax

by Pearl Hahn Raising taxes on the tourism industry has forced several hotels to absorb hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses because it is too late to change rates already quoted to booked guests. (Check out the Advertiser’s “Impact of Raising Hotel Tax”). People on both sides of the

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Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto Woes

by Pearl Hahn A cause that is especially dear to me is transparency. That is why I find myself irritated when I see the Department of Education (DOE) get away with shenanigans like this. Today, headlines are focusing on the state school board approving $227 million in cuts, including salaries.

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Testing Your Energy IQ

by Pearl Hahn Are Americans knowledgeable when it comes to current energy policies and how the oil industry works? Most do not know, for example, what percent of oil consumed in the United States this past year came from Persian Gulf countries. (Given the option of 90 percent, 60 percent,

Read More →

Akaka Bill Info Series: How Hanaied Children are disallowed

Grassroot Institute Weekly Video Education Series: Hanai How people of every background built the Kingdom of Hawaii and the State of Hawaii but the Akaka Bill will divide us along bloodlines! To support the nonpartisan efforts of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii regarding the Akaka bill and other vital issues,

Read More →

GRIH Video on The Akaka Bill: Another government?

Grassroot Weekly Video Information Series He Hawaii au Another Government? Everyone is subject to the laws of the local, state and federal governments. Our taxes pay for government and the public services they provide. Each tax dollar is precious, and we strive to use that money to directly benefit the

Read More →

New Contest to Help Trim Hawaii’s DOE Budget

Help Hawaii’s Education System by Identifying Waste and Inefficiencies June 2009 — Like the rest of the state during the current economic challenges, the Department of Education (DOE) needs to go on a diet! The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (GRIH) and Smart Business Hawaii (SBH) announced today a new contest

Read More →

Honolulu Spending On Contracts

by Pearl Hahn It takes a lot of work to run a city. In addition to various programs, officials must maintain sidewalks and roads, traffic lights, and security, among other services. The State Procurement Office (SPO), which serves as the central authority on procurement statues and rules for all government

Read More →

Hawaii Legislature Exhibits Short-Sightedness

by Pearl Hahn Yesterday, the House convened a special session at 11:30 AM to override several of Governor Lingle’s vetoes. Amie, one of the Grassroot development interns, and I took our video camera and notepads to document the event. As it turned out, the House was united in its efforts.

Read More →

Artwork Paid For By Taxpayers

by Pearl Hahn Yesterday, Grassroot received a phone call from Mark Niesse of the Associated Press asking for comment on the Aquarius, a gigantic mosaic on the floor of the State Capitol that was recently renovated using public funds. See the Advertiser’s “State Capitol’s Renovated ‘Aquarius’ Mosaic Unveiled” to view

Read More →

Lies Behind Presidential Appointments?

by Pearl Hahn President Obama selected Arne Duncan to succeed Margaret Spellings as the US Secretary of Education. The Secretary of Education position is one of several federal positions appointed by the president that requires confirmation of the US Senate. Hopefully, whoever is president makes appointments based on merit and

Read More →

The Facts Behind the Tax

by Pearl Hahn Raising taxes on the tourism industry has forced several hotels to absorb hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses because it is too late to change rates already quoted to booked guests. (Check out the Advertiser’s “Impact of Raising Hotel Tax”). People on both sides of the

Read More →

Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto Woes

by Pearl Hahn A cause that is especially dear to me is transparency. That is why I find myself irritated when I see the Department of Education (DOE) get away with shenanigans like this. Today, headlines are focusing on the state school board approving $227 million in cuts, including salaries.

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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