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Grassroot Stands with Tax Foundation in Lawsuit Over Rail Surcharge

Watchdog Group Criticizes Lack of Transparency, Diversion of Taxpayer Funds Today, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii expressed support for the lawsuit filed to stop the state’s diversion of funds collected for the Oahu rail surcharge. The suit, which was filed by the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, takes aim at the 10%

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Chutzpah, Exhibit “A”

In September, I posted our amici brief in Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940, the reapportionment case which the U.S. Supreme Court is considering. The issue in the case is whether Texas’ use of total population when it reapportions its state legislature is consistent with the Equal Protection Clause, or whether districts

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New York Times Weighs In On El Faro & The Aging Jones Act Fleet

The New York Times published on October 14, 2015, a major news article linking Jones Act cabotage domestic ship build requirement, the aging Jones Act fleet, the extraordinarily high cost of domestic ship construction, and the loss of the EL FARO on October 5, 2015, en route from Jacksonville (FL)

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Overtime Expenditures Out of Taxpayer’s Pockets

By Joselyn Olinares The money spent on overtime expenditures is not “free money”, it comes from somewhere (or rather someone). Any guesses to who that someone is? — It’s you, the taxpayer. Kauai taxpayers are on the hook for public employee overtime and benefits, which have shown a growth in

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Ways to Own a Utility

These days, with the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) focusing on the proposed merger of HEI with NextEra Energy, a number of politicians have thrown out alternative ownership models for the transaction. We’ll talk about some of them and how they have fared in our history. One way to run

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Dr. Akina Discusses the Proposed DOI Rule on Hawaii Public Radio

When the Department of the Interior explored the possibility of helping establish a Native Hawaiian “tribe” last year, Grassroot Institute submitted comments about the problematic nature of their plan. We were joined in opposition with a substantial number of Native Hawaiians who had grave concerns about the federal government’s involvement

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US Scores Near Bottom of OECD in International Tax Competitiveness

In what is now a seemingly-endless election cycle, it feels like we are constantly hearing politicians promise to enact tax reform. Actual change for the better, however, seems to be slow in coming–a fact that is echoed in the United States’ low ranking in international tax competitiveness. The Tax Foundation

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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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Grassroot Stands with Tax Foundation in Lawsuit Over Rail Surcharge

Watchdog Group Criticizes Lack of Transparency, Diversion of Taxpayer Funds Today, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii expressed support for the lawsuit filed to stop the state’s diversion of funds collected for the Oahu rail surcharge. The suit, which was filed by the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, takes aim at the 10%

Read More →

Chutzpah, Exhibit “A”

In September, I posted our amici brief in Evenwel v. Abbott, No. 14-940, the reapportionment case which the U.S. Supreme Court is considering. The issue in the case is whether Texas’ use of total population when it reapportions its state legislature is consistent with the Equal Protection Clause, or whether districts

Read More →

New York Times Weighs In On El Faro & The Aging Jones Act Fleet

The New York Times published on October 14, 2015, a major news article linking Jones Act cabotage domestic ship build requirement, the aging Jones Act fleet, the extraordinarily high cost of domestic ship construction, and the loss of the EL FARO on October 5, 2015, en route from Jacksonville (FL)

Read More →

Overtime Expenditures Out of Taxpayer’s Pockets

By Joselyn Olinares The money spent on overtime expenditures is not “free money”, it comes from somewhere (or rather someone). Any guesses to who that someone is? — It’s you, the taxpayer. Kauai taxpayers are on the hook for public employee overtime and benefits, which have shown a growth in

Read More →

Ways to Own a Utility

These days, with the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) focusing on the proposed merger of HEI with NextEra Energy, a number of politicians have thrown out alternative ownership models for the transaction. We’ll talk about some of them and how they have fared in our history. One way to run

Read More →

Dr. Akina Discusses the Proposed DOI Rule on Hawaii Public Radio

When the Department of the Interior explored the possibility of helping establish a Native Hawaiian “tribe” last year, Grassroot Institute submitted comments about the problematic nature of their plan. We were joined in opposition with a substantial number of Native Hawaiians who had grave concerns about the federal government’s involvement

Read More →

US Scores Near Bottom of OECD in International Tax Competitiveness

In what is now a seemingly-endless election cycle, it feels like we are constantly hearing politicians promise to enact tax reform. Actual change for the better, however, seems to be slow in coming–a fact that is echoed in the United States’ low ranking in international tax competitiveness. The Tax Foundation

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 →