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Bureaucracy on Maui Leading to Water Shortage

“Show Me the Water” is a policy that has the intention of ensuring that Maui County has enough water to support the community. However, sometimes intentions are different from reality. On Maui, water can be hard to come by — not because there isn’t enough water, but because of bureaucracy. Kaloa

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Why the 100% Renewable Energy Mandate May Hurt Hawaii

Hawaii has recently adopted a policy of 100% renewable energy which may sound good, but in reality, may be harmful for our economy. “The sun doesn’t shine all the time, and it’s very unpredictable. The wind doesn’t blow all the time,” said James M. Taylor, weekly columnist for Forbes, and senior

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Grassroot Institute Applauds Court Decision Protecting Maui Hospital Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: February 22, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Grassroot Institute Applauds Court Decision Protecting Maui Hospital Plan Watchdog group expresses hope that there will be no more roadblocks to better patient care  HONOLULU, HAWAII–February 22, 2016–Following a court decision that rejected a union

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Hawaii’s Right to Try Bill

The Hawaii Legislature is currently considering HB 1013, a bill that would allow manufacturers of “investigational” drugs and treatments to make such treatments available to eligible terminally ill patients who have given written, informed consent. The bill also manufacturers and doctors from liability under these qualified circumstances. This model legislation,

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School Choice Week at the Capitol

At the Capitol last month, Governor Ige declared the week of January 24-30 as School Choice Week. Maria Pauley, Principal of Lanakila Baptist School joined Joe Kent on The Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM 96.7FM Maui, to discuss School Choice in Hawaii. Ms.

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GEMS to Cool Classrooms

One passage in Governor Ige’s 2016 State of the State address dealt with the problem of sweltering and unbearable conditions in our public school classrooms.  Last year the media often brought this to our attention during the long hot summer.  The Governor proposed to deal with the problem in what

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Unfunded Liabilities May Devour Budgets ~ Dr. Keli’i Akina

Maui News Viewpoint February 12, 2016 By KELI‘I AKINA , The Maui News Many states across the nation are snipping local budgets to pay for pension promises, and this growing trend may finally arrive on Maui with Act 268, enacted in 2013. The law requires that bigger and bigger catch-up

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Hawaii’s Unfunded Liabilities and the Effect on State Budget

Bill Bergman, Director of Research at Truth in Accounting, joined Joe Kent to discuss Hawaii’s current unfunded liabilities, particularly, state pension plans. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on Maui at 7am. “Hawaii ranks among

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Proposed Tax Increases at the Senate

Tom Yamachika, President of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii joined Joe Kent at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to discuss the new proposed tax increases at the Senate. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on

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More Tax Increases at the Senate and Legislature

Paul Harleman, Senate Minority Budget Director, joined Joe Kent to discuss the tax increases at the Senate and the Legislature. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on Maui at 7am. “We have a general funds budget deficit

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Bureaucracy on Maui Leading to Water Shortage

“Show Me the Water” is a policy that has the intention of ensuring that Maui County has enough water to support the community. However, sometimes intentions are different from reality. On Maui, water can be hard to come by — not because there isn’t enough water, but because of bureaucracy. Kaloa

Read More →

Why the 100% Renewable Energy Mandate May Hurt Hawaii

Hawaii has recently adopted a policy of 100% renewable energy which may sound good, but in reality, may be harmful for our economy. “The sun doesn’t shine all the time, and it’s very unpredictable. The wind doesn’t blow all the time,” said James M. Taylor, weekly columnist for Forbes, and senior

Read More →

Grassroot Institute Applauds Court Decision Protecting Maui Hospital Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: February 22, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Grassroot Institute Applauds Court Decision Protecting Maui Hospital Plan Watchdog group expresses hope that there will be no more roadblocks to better patient care  HONOLULU, HAWAII–February 22, 2016–Following a court decision that rejected a union

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Hawaii’s Right to Try Bill

The Hawaii Legislature is currently considering HB 1013, a bill that would allow manufacturers of “investigational” drugs and treatments to make such treatments available to eligible terminally ill patients who have given written, informed consent. The bill also manufacturers and doctors from liability under these qualified circumstances. This model legislation,

Read More →

School Choice Week at the Capitol

At the Capitol last month, Governor Ige declared the week of January 24-30 as School Choice Week. Maria Pauley, Principal of Lanakila Baptist School joined Joe Kent on The Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM 96.7FM Maui, to discuss School Choice in Hawaii. Ms.

Read More →

GEMS to Cool Classrooms

One passage in Governor Ige’s 2016 State of the State address dealt with the problem of sweltering and unbearable conditions in our public school classrooms.  Last year the media often brought this to our attention during the long hot summer.  The Governor proposed to deal with the problem in what

Read More →

Unfunded Liabilities May Devour Budgets ~ Dr. Keli’i Akina

Maui News Viewpoint February 12, 2016 By KELI‘I AKINA , The Maui News Many states across the nation are snipping local budgets to pay for pension promises, and this growing trend may finally arrive on Maui with Act 268, enacted in 2013. The law requires that bigger and bigger catch-up

Read More →

Hawaii’s Unfunded Liabilities and the Effect on State Budget

Bill Bergman, Director of Research at Truth in Accounting, joined Joe Kent to discuss Hawaii’s current unfunded liabilities, particularly, state pension plans. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on Maui at 7am. “Hawaii ranks among

Read More →

Proposed Tax Increases at the Senate

Tom Yamachika, President of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii joined Joe Kent at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to discuss the new proposed tax increases at the Senate. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on

Read More →

More Tax Increases at the Senate and Legislature

Paul Harleman, Senate Minority Budget Director, joined Joe Kent to discuss the tax increases at the Senate and the Legislature. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on Maui at 7am. “We have a general funds budget deficit

Read More →