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Hawaii’s Unemployment Rate May Be Higher

by Pearl Hahn As of June this year, Hawaii’s unemployment rate stood at 7.4 percent, representing 47,700 people. This is well below the national average of 9.5 percent. (According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Hawaii’s unemployment rate is at a 31-year high while the national rate is at a

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How Obama’s Health Care Will Affect Your Coverage

by Pearl Hahn President Obama promised during his campaign that “the time has come for universal health care in America. . . by the end of the first term of the next president, we should have universal health care in this country.” Many rejoiced at this significant promise, and many

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Good Health, Lower Costs for Fortune 500 Company

by Pearl Hahn I will agree to disagree with people who believe Americans have a “right” to health care. In my humble opinion, there is no law or clause that entitles anyone to health care provided by the government. (Yes, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are known as

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Welfare in Hawaii

by Pearl Hahn Poverty exists in Hawaii, and the state Department of Human Services (DHS) administers welfare programs catering to tens of thousands of state residents to address it through the following Divisions: Benefit, Employment and Support Services, Med-QUEST, Social Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind. DHS

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Prepaid Health Care Act Can’t Fool Mainstream Media

by Pearl Hahn The universal health care bandwagon is not lacking for supporters, yet a backlash within the mainstream media has been brewing. Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act (PHCA), which has been in effect since 1974, requires employers to provide health insurance for employees working 20 or more hours per

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House Lagging on Public Posting of Expenses

by Pearl Hahn House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the House Chief Administrative Officer earlier this year to post expenses of House members online as soon as possible. Yet, the deadline for doing so has passed (three months and counting). Presently, there is no plan in place for the Senate to

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2009 Hawaii Legislative Scorecard

Did Your Legislator Pass the Freedom Test? Which Hawaii state legislators toed the party line this session? Who opted for some of the largest tax increases in state history? Who voted in favor of big government and against small businesses? These answers and more can be found in the second

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Hawaii’s Green Energy Initiative

by Pearl Hahn Several proposals have been launched by the state Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) in an ambitious push to have 70 percent or more of Hawaii’s energy needs supplied by ‘renewable resources’ by 2030. This goal sprang out of a partnership made in January 2008

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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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Hawaii’s Unemployment Rate May Be Higher

by Pearl Hahn As of June this year, Hawaii’s unemployment rate stood at 7.4 percent, representing 47,700 people. This is well below the national average of 9.5 percent. (According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Hawaii’s unemployment rate is at a 31-year high while the national rate is at a

Read More →

How Obama’s Health Care Will Affect Your Coverage

by Pearl Hahn President Obama promised during his campaign that “the time has come for universal health care in America. . . by the end of the first term of the next president, we should have universal health care in this country.” Many rejoiced at this significant promise, and many

Read More →

Good Health, Lower Costs for Fortune 500 Company

by Pearl Hahn I will agree to disagree with people who believe Americans have a “right” to health care. In my humble opinion, there is no law or clause that entitles anyone to health care provided by the government. (Yes, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are known as

Read More →

Welfare in Hawaii

by Pearl Hahn Poverty exists in Hawaii, and the state Department of Human Services (DHS) administers welfare programs catering to tens of thousands of state residents to address it through the following Divisions: Benefit, Employment and Support Services, Med-QUEST, Social Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Services for the Blind. DHS

Read More →

Prepaid Health Care Act Can’t Fool Mainstream Media

by Pearl Hahn The universal health care bandwagon is not lacking for supporters, yet a backlash within the mainstream media has been brewing. Hawaii’s Prepaid Health Care Act (PHCA), which has been in effect since 1974, requires employers to provide health insurance for employees working 20 or more hours per

Read More →

House Lagging on Public Posting of Expenses

by Pearl Hahn House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the House Chief Administrative Officer earlier this year to post expenses of House members online as soon as possible. Yet, the deadline for doing so has passed (three months and counting). Presently, there is no plan in place for the Senate to

Read More →

2009 Hawaii Legislative Scorecard

Did Your Legislator Pass the Freedom Test? Which Hawaii state legislators toed the party line this session? Who opted for some of the largest tax increases in state history? Who voted in favor of big government and against small businesses? These answers and more can be found in the second

Read More →

Hawaii’s Green Energy Initiative

by Pearl Hahn Several proposals have been launched by the state Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) in an ambitious push to have 70 percent or more of Hawaii’s energy needs supplied by ‘renewable resources’ by 2030. This goal sprang out of a partnership made in January 2008

Read More →

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 →

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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