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Issues

End Run Around Nexus

We continue our series of pending U.S. Supreme Court cases with another one from Colorado. Colorado imposes a sales and use tax similar to Hawaii. Not all sales to Colorado consumers are subject to Colorado sales tax, because the U.S. Constitution says that if a seller doesn’t have “substantial nexus”

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Federalist Society Asks “Is the Akaka Bill Back?”

One of the important roles that the Grassroot Institute plays in opposing the creation of a Native Hawaiian tribe is in promoting discussion and interest in the issue–especially on the mainland, where issues that are important to Hawaii can sometimes be overlooked. As a result, awareness of the problems inherent

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Hawaii is Addressing Liabilities, but There’s a Long Way to Go

Regardless of party, most Hawaii policymakers will acknowledge that the state’s unfunded liabilities must be addressed. And there have been some efforts to do so. The state has been increasing its contributions, attempting to reach the point where the pension fund is considered healthy (at least 80% funded). Unfortunately, it’s a

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Hawaii Ranks 47th in Small Business Friendliness

Low Ranking on Small Business Policy Index Points to Need for Economic Reform Hawaii is the fourth-worst state in the nation when it comes to policies that are friendly to small business according to a recent study by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. The state ranked 47th overall with

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The Tax Credit that Should Not Die

A Maryland income tax case recently attracted national attention when it was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in mid-November. It’s interesting because it involves the one credit in our income tax system that is considered to be an integral feature of the system itself, namely the credit that residents

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Fundamental principles of education reform

By Kelsey Winther It is universally recognized that the education of children is of vital importance.  From genuine concern about future generations to a desire to sway the cultural and political direction of the nation, education is the key. Since it plays such a vital role, nearly everyone has a

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End Run Around Nexus

We continue our series of pending U.S. Supreme Court cases with another one from Colorado. Colorado imposes a sales and use tax similar to Hawaii. Not all sales to Colorado consumers are subject to Colorado sales tax, because the U.S. Constitution says that if a seller doesn’t have “substantial nexus”

Read More →

Federalist Society Asks “Is the Akaka Bill Back?”

One of the important roles that the Grassroot Institute plays in opposing the creation of a Native Hawaiian tribe is in promoting discussion and interest in the issue–especially on the mainland, where issues that are important to Hawaii can sometimes be overlooked. As a result, awareness of the problems inherent

Read More →

Hawaii is Addressing Liabilities, but There’s a Long Way to Go

Regardless of party, most Hawaii policymakers will acknowledge that the state’s unfunded liabilities must be addressed. And there have been some efforts to do so. The state has been increasing its contributions, attempting to reach the point where the pension fund is considered healthy (at least 80% funded). Unfortunately, it’s a

Read More →

Hawaii Ranks 47th in Small Business Friendliness

Low Ranking on Small Business Policy Index Points to Need for Economic Reform Hawaii is the fourth-worst state in the nation when it comes to policies that are friendly to small business according to a recent study by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. The state ranked 47th overall with

Read More →

The Tax Credit that Should Not Die

A Maryland income tax case recently attracted national attention when it was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in mid-November. It’s interesting because it involves the one credit in our income tax system that is considered to be an integral feature of the system itself, namely the credit that residents

Read More →

Fundamental principles of education reform

By Kelsey Winther It is universally recognized that the education of children is of vital importance.  From genuine concern about future generations to a desire to sway the cultural and political direction of the nation, education is the key. Since it plays such a vital role, nearly everyone has a

Read More →