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Captive Insurance: The Clean Version

This year, the IRS has added a new item to its “Dirty Dozen,” a list of tax scams that the agency is on the watch for. The item is “Captive Insurance,” a topic that is near and dear to Hawaii. Businesses can protect themselves against risks by buying insurance. Usually

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Grassroot Institute Raises Questions About Proposed DOI Rule

Administrative effort to recognize Native Hawaiian government is divisive, Constitutionally problematic In response to an announcement of a proposed rule from the Department of the Interior purporting to lay out procedures for recognition of a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii raised serious questions about

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GAO Report on Cargo Preferences Hints at Substantial Jones Act Costs

The American Shipper Magazine in a news article “GAO report details cost of food aid shipping requirements” posted on September 28, 2015, reported on the transportation costs and benefits of the preference cargo legislation disclosed in a new Government Accounting Office (GAO) report released Friday, September 25, 2015. The GAO

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Free Market Solutions to Homelessness & Affordable Housing

On September 21st, the Grassroot Institute held an important panel discussion on free market solutions to homelessness and affordable housing. Moderated by Dr. Keli’i Akina, the panel featured a number of distinguished experts and community activists. That panel is now available to view online–just click play below or go here

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Credits: Heads They Win, Tails You Lose

One provision in the Hawaii net income tax system that continues to cause angst and frustration among major corporations and ordinary taxpayers alike is our “twelve-month rule.”  Almost all of the tax credits that can be claimed in Hawaii are subject to this rule.  It says that the credit must

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Will the Pro-Jones Act Lobby Sink Puerto Rico?

The American Shipper Magazine reported in their news article “Attempt to repeal Jones Act could be ‘poison pill’ for Puerto Rico” on remarks by Jones Act proponents at the Oslo, Norway, based English language weekly maritime publication TradeWinds’ third annual “Jones Act Shipping Forum 2015” held September 16, 2015 at

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This Is Not Full Employment

You may be victimized today by those who are either economically ignorant or purposefully deceitful into thinking that good employment news was released today. In fact, you might even hear that the Federal Reserve has at last achieved one of its policy mandates of “full employment.” Now, it’s true that

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Keli’i Akina interviewed in Star-Ad

This interview was originally published Sept. 11, 2015, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell. Keli’i Akina is one of six plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed recently against the state of Hawaii and others seeking to stop an election and convention that possibly would help establish a sovereign Native

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Permission to Work in Hawaii

Should you need permission to work in Hawaii?  According to Hawaii’s occupational licensing laws, the answer is yes. An “occupational licensing law” is government permission to work in a particular field.  Hawaii has the most burdensome occupational licensing requirements compared to the rest of the nation for low to middle

Read More →

Captive Insurance: The Clean Version

This year, the IRS has added a new item to its “Dirty Dozen,” a list of tax scams that the agency is on the watch for. The item is “Captive Insurance,” a topic that is near and dear to Hawaii. Businesses can protect themselves against risks by buying insurance. Usually

Read More →

Grassroot Institute Raises Questions About Proposed DOI Rule

Administrative effort to recognize Native Hawaiian government is divisive, Constitutionally problematic In response to an announcement of a proposed rule from the Department of the Interior purporting to lay out procedures for recognition of a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii raised serious questions about

Read More →

GAO Report on Cargo Preferences Hints at Substantial Jones Act Costs

The American Shipper Magazine in a news article “GAO report details cost of food aid shipping requirements” posted on September 28, 2015, reported on the transportation costs and benefits of the preference cargo legislation disclosed in a new Government Accounting Office (GAO) report released Friday, September 25, 2015. The GAO

Read More →

Free Market Solutions to Homelessness & Affordable Housing

On September 21st, the Grassroot Institute held an important panel discussion on free market solutions to homelessness and affordable housing. Moderated by Dr. Keli’i Akina, the panel featured a number of distinguished experts and community activists. That panel is now available to view online–just click play below or go here

Read More →

Credits: Heads They Win, Tails You Lose

One provision in the Hawaii net income tax system that continues to cause angst and frustration among major corporations and ordinary taxpayers alike is our “twelve-month rule.”  Almost all of the tax credits that can be claimed in Hawaii are subject to this rule.  It says that the credit must

Read More →

Will the Pro-Jones Act Lobby Sink Puerto Rico?

The American Shipper Magazine reported in their news article “Attempt to repeal Jones Act could be ‘poison pill’ for Puerto Rico” on remarks by Jones Act proponents at the Oslo, Norway, based English language weekly maritime publication TradeWinds’ third annual “Jones Act Shipping Forum 2015” held September 16, 2015 at

Read More →

This Is Not Full Employment

You may be victimized today by those who are either economically ignorant or purposefully deceitful into thinking that good employment news was released today. In fact, you might even hear that the Federal Reserve has at last achieved one of its policy mandates of “full employment.” Now, it’s true that

Read More →

Keli’i Akina interviewed in Star-Ad

This interview was originally published Sept. 11, 2015, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell. Keli’i Akina is one of six plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed recently against the state of Hawaii and others seeking to stop an election and convention that possibly would help establish a sovereign Native

Read More →

Permission to Work in Hawaii

Should you need permission to work in Hawaii?  According to Hawaii’s occupational licensing laws, the answer is yes. An “occupational licensing law” is government permission to work in a particular field.  Hawaii has the most burdensome occupational licensing requirements compared to the rest of the nation for low to middle

Read More →