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Staff Thoughts on the Fourth of July

Each year on the Fourth of July, our nation celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a powerful affirmation of liberty. Here at the Grassroot Institute, we strive to preserve the liberty movement that the framers began in 1776 by fighting for limited, accountable government and advancing free market

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No end in sight for Hawaii rail spending

by Matthew Reade This spring, the New York Times published a story about the Hawaii state rail project entitled “Hawaii Struggles to Keep Rail Project from Becoming a Boondoggle.” But with the project now set to cost more than twice the state’s initial projections and no plan to offset the

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Public Charter Schools

Many of us have heard about “charter schools” here in Hawaii.  Charter schools present an alternative to regular public schools under the state Department of Education (DOE), in that they have the freedom to teach students using their own systems and processes, rather than the ones developed by the DOE. 

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Education Savings Accounts: A New Way Forward

Taxpayers in Hawaii spend about $1.8 billion on education every year, which is 15 percent of the annual state budget. To fairly distribute funding to each individual school, the Department of Education (DOE) uses a weighted student formula; in other words, the more students a school has, the more money it receives. However,

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9th Circuit Court Hears Native Hawaiian Election Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: June 17, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, 808-591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org 9th Circuit Court Hears Native Hawaiian Election Case Grassroot Institute warns that we are closer to a Native Hawaiian tribe than ever before     HONOLULU, HAWAII–June 17, 2016–The challenge to the state’s Native Hawaiian race-based election

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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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Staff Thoughts on the Fourth of July

Each year on the Fourth of July, our nation celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a powerful affirmation of liberty. Here at the Grassroot Institute, we strive to preserve the liberty movement that the framers began in 1776 by fighting for limited, accountable government and advancing free market

Read More →

No end in sight for Hawaii rail spending

by Matthew Reade This spring, the New York Times published a story about the Hawaii state rail project entitled “Hawaii Struggles to Keep Rail Project from Becoming a Boondoggle.” But with the project now set to cost more than twice the state’s initial projections and no plan to offset the

Read More →

Public Charter Schools

Many of us have heard about “charter schools” here in Hawaii.  Charter schools present an alternative to regular public schools under the state Department of Education (DOE), in that they have the freedom to teach students using their own systems and processes, rather than the ones developed by the DOE. 

Read More →

Education Savings Accounts: A New Way Forward

Taxpayers in Hawaii spend about $1.8 billion on education every year, which is 15 percent of the annual state budget. To fairly distribute funding to each individual school, the Department of Education (DOE) uses a weighted student formula; in other words, the more students a school has, the more money it receives. However,

Read More →

9th Circuit Court Hears Native Hawaiian Election Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: June 17, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, 808-591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org 9th Circuit Court Hears Native Hawaiian Election Case Grassroot Institute warns that we are closer to a Native Hawaiian tribe than ever before     HONOLULU, HAWAII–June 17, 2016–The challenge to the state’s Native Hawaiian race-based election

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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 →