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Grassroot Institute Event Highlights Need to Support Maui Agriculture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: April 12, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Joe Kent, 808-987-7322, jkent@grassrootinstitute.org Grassroot Institute Event Highlights Need to Support Maui Agriculture Think tank cites need for tax reform in reversing decline  HONOLULU, HAWAII–April 12, 2016–The decline of agriculture on Maui and the need to embrace policies that will

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National Report Sees Hawaii Drop to 42nd in Economic Competitiveness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: April 11, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Joe Kent, 808-987-7322, jkent@grassrootinstitute.org National Report Sees Hawaii Drop to 42nd in Economic Competitiveness Grassroot Institute says state tax burden continues to stifle economic growth in Hawaii HONOLULU, HAWAII–April 11, 2016–The release of the 2016 edition of Rich States, Poor States, the ALEC-Laffer State Economic

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Can Self-Driving Cars Solve Hawaii’s Traffic Problems?

Countless Hawaii residents have accepted that there aren’t many solutions for the state’s abysmal traffic. This is a sentiment mirrored by many officials. “There’s a lot of urban planners who believe that you can’t build your way out of congestion,” explained Randal O’Toole, Grassroot Institute Scholar,  “So instead of trying to solve the

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Does Airbnb help Hawaii’s Economy?

Jared Meyer, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, sat down with Joe Kent to discuss the positive impacts of Airbnb as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui and KKNE 940AM Oahu. “Airbnb is an online platform that allows people with extra

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Low Real Property Tax Is a Bad Thing?

One of the more interesting bills still alive and being considered this session, is one that would commission a study on the effects of Hawaii’s low real property taxes. Excuse me?  Low taxes are a concern? The bill, HB 1735, attempts to explain why in its preamble section: “The legislature

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Grassroot Testimony: SB 2618 (Ferry Feasibility Study)

To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: SB 2618 — RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on

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New Agricultural Laws May Hurt Small Farmers

Joe Kent interviewed Randy Cabral, President of the Hawaii Farm Bureau, at the legislature’s annual agricultural day. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI on Maui, and KKNE on Oahu. Currently, Hawaii’s agricultural climate is in a decline. “If

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E Hana Kakou: Solving the Housing Crisis Through Land Use Reform

In this week’s episode, Dr. Keli’i Akina and Joe Kent interviewed Randal O’Toole, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and Grassroot Institute scholar, about the current housing crisis in Hawaii. “I’ve been looking at housing all over the country. Where you don’t have state or urban areas strongly regulating land,

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What is the Jones Act?

A Taiwanese ship leaves Taipei for Los Angeles. On its return trip, a shipper asks if it can drop off cargo in Hawaii on the way. The answer is no. The leg from Los Angeles to Hawaii is an interstate trip rather than international trip. As such, it would be

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Grassroot Institute Event Highlights Need to Support Maui Agriculture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: April 12, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Joe Kent, 808-987-7322, jkent@grassrootinstitute.org Grassroot Institute Event Highlights Need to Support Maui Agriculture Think tank cites need for tax reform in reversing decline  HONOLULU, HAWAII–April 12, 2016–The decline of agriculture on Maui and the need to embrace policies that will

Read More →

National Report Sees Hawaii Drop to 42nd in Economic Competitiveness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: April 11, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Joe Kent, 808-987-7322, jkent@grassrootinstitute.org National Report Sees Hawaii Drop to 42nd in Economic Competitiveness Grassroot Institute says state tax burden continues to stifle economic growth in Hawaii HONOLULU, HAWAII–April 11, 2016–The release of the 2016 edition of Rich States, Poor States, the ALEC-Laffer State Economic

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Can Self-Driving Cars Solve Hawaii’s Traffic Problems?

Countless Hawaii residents have accepted that there aren’t many solutions for the state’s abysmal traffic. This is a sentiment mirrored by many officials. “There’s a lot of urban planners who believe that you can’t build your way out of congestion,” explained Randal O’Toole, Grassroot Institute Scholar,  “So instead of trying to solve the

Read More →

Does Airbnb help Hawaii’s Economy?

Jared Meyer, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, sat down with Joe Kent to discuss the positive impacts of Airbnb as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui and KKNE 940AM Oahu. “Airbnb is an online platform that allows people with extra

Read More →

Low Real Property Tax Is a Bad Thing?

One of the more interesting bills still alive and being considered this session, is one that would commission a study on the effects of Hawaii’s low real property taxes. Excuse me?  Low taxes are a concern? The bill, HB 1735, attempts to explain why in its preamble section: “The legislature

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony: SB 2618 (Ferry Feasibility Study)

To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: SB 2618 — RELATING TO TRANSPORTATION Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on

Read More →

New Agricultural Laws May Hurt Small Farmers

Joe Kent interviewed Randy Cabral, President of the Hawaii Farm Bureau, at the legislature’s annual agricultural day. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI on Maui, and KKNE on Oahu. Currently, Hawaii’s agricultural climate is in a decline. “If

Read More →

E Hana Kakou: Solving the Housing Crisis Through Land Use Reform

In this week’s episode, Dr. Keli’i Akina and Joe Kent interviewed Randal O’Toole, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and Grassroot Institute scholar, about the current housing crisis in Hawaii. “I’ve been looking at housing all over the country. Where you don’t have state or urban areas strongly regulating land,

Read More →

What is the Jones Act?

A Taiwanese ship leaves Taipei for Los Angeles. On its return trip, a shipper asks if it can drop off cargo in Hawaii on the way. The answer is no. The leg from Los Angeles to Hawaii is an interstate trip rather than international trip. As such, it would be

Read More →