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Grassroot Institute Speaks in Support of Solutions for Hawaii’s Hospitals

Public policy group urges legislators to consider public-private partnerships HONOLULU, HAWAII–April 8, 2015–Today, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii spoke out in favor of exploring public-private partnerships as a solution for Hawaii’s hospitals. While offering comments on HB 1075 before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor and the Senate Committee

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Grassroot Testimony on Closed Meetings for the ERS Board

April 7, 2015   To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SB 1208 — RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM   Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Barreling the Poor

One of the tax increase bills that is still afloat at our legislature concerns the environmental response, energy, and food security tax, which we refer to as the barrel tax. This tax started off as the environmental response tax, imposed at 5 cents a barrel of imported petroleum product as

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Grassroot Testimony on an Interisland Ferry

March 31, 2015   To: Senate Committee on Transportation Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair Sen. Breene Harimoto, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SCR 181 — REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING AN INTERISLAND FERRY SYSTEM SIMILAR TO

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OpenHawaii.org in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser

The Grassroot Institute is proud to be doing its part to improve government transparency and accountability in the state. With the launch of OpenHawaii.org, we are making critical data more publicly accessible. Getting this kind of information into the hands of voters is an important step towards a more active

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Grassroot Testimony on Audit of Use of Outside Counsel

March 24, 2015   To: House Committee on Judiciary Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: HCR 207 — REQUESTING AN AUDIT OF ALL STATE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES UTILIZING STATE FUNDS FOR OUTSIDE COUNSEL.

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Grassroot testimony on the rail surcharge

March 19, 2015 To: Senate Committee on Transportation Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair Sen. Breene Harimoto, Vice Chair Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Sen. Will Espero, Chair Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: HB 134 — RELATING TO

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I Can’t Believe He Said That!

For several years, the Tax Foundation has been beating up on “special funds.” These are hundreds of little (and in some cases, not so little) pots of money sprinkled throughout Hawaii’s departments, agencies, and other governmental units. Each fund has a stated purpose, and the agency to which it is

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Grassroot Institute Speaks in Support of Solutions for Hawaii’s Hospitals

Public policy group urges legislators to consider public-private partnerships HONOLULU, HAWAII–April 8, 2015–Today, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii spoke out in favor of exploring public-private partnerships as a solution for Hawaii’s hospitals. While offering comments on HB 1075 before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor and the Senate Committee

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony on Closed Meetings for the ERS Board

April 7, 2015   To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Scott Nishimoto, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SB 1208 — RELATING TO THE EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM   Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Read More →

Barreling the Poor

One of the tax increase bills that is still afloat at our legislature concerns the environmental response, energy, and food security tax, which we refer to as the barrel tax. This tax started off as the environmental response tax, imposed at 5 cents a barrel of imported petroleum product as

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony on an Interisland Ferry

March 31, 2015   To: Senate Committee on Transportation Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair Sen. Breene Harimoto, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SCR 181 — REQUESTING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING AN INTERISLAND FERRY SYSTEM SIMILAR TO

Read More →

OpenHawaii.org in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser

The Grassroot Institute is proud to be doing its part to improve government transparency and accountability in the state. With the launch of OpenHawaii.org, we are making critical data more publicly accessible. Getting this kind of information into the hands of voters is an important step towards a more active

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony on Audit of Use of Outside Counsel

March 24, 2015   To: House Committee on Judiciary Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: HCR 207 — REQUESTING AN AUDIT OF ALL STATE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES UTILIZING STATE FUNDS FOR OUTSIDE COUNSEL.

Read More →

Grassroot testimony on the rail surcharge

March 19, 2015 To: Senate Committee on Transportation Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair Sen. Breene Harimoto, Vice Chair Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Sen. Will Espero, Chair Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: HB 134 — RELATING TO

Read More →

I Can’t Believe He Said That!

For several years, the Tax Foundation has been beating up on “special funds.” These are hundreds of little (and in some cases, not so little) pots of money sprinkled throughout Hawaii’s departments, agencies, and other governmental units. Each fund has a stated purpose, and the agency to which it is

Read More →