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How to win the housing permitting game

I’ve been playing a new online game, but no matter what I do, I can’t seem to win. It’s a real-life simulation about getting authorized to build a house for your family. But I keep getting tripped up by Honolulu’s permitting process. The creative folks at Honolulu Civil Beat have

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Testimony: Hawaii County could use ‘Konno’ exceptions to address permit backlog

The following oral testimony was presented Oct. 27, 2022, by Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, for consideration by the Hawaii County Cost of Government Commission. The testimony concerned the commission’s October 2022 report, which made recommendations on how to improve county government operations. To see Kent’s the

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Testimony: By-right approvals could lower the cost of housing

To: Maui County Council Affordable Housing Committee       Gabe Johnson, Chair       Michael Molina, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: ESTABLISHING DESIGN STANDARDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS LESS THAN 150 UNITS SO PROJECTS

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Short-term rental ban deserves short life

You probably have heard that if you want less of something, all you need to do is tax and regulate it. Politicians are aware of this idea, which is why we have taxes and regulations on things such as alcohol, e-cigarettes and other products they consider “sinful,” unhealthy or a

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Jones Act ‘treason’ scandal a reality check for maritime interests

Supporters of the protectionist federal law are admitting America’s shipping industry could be better served The revelation earlier this month that an advisory panel to the U.S. Maritime Administration recommended charging Jones Act critics with treason — a felony punishable by death — sparked a wave of media attention last week that

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Testimony: ‘Konno’ exceptions could help Hawaii County better deliver public services

The written testimony below was presented Oct. 27, 2022, by Jonathan Helton, policy researcher for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, for consideration by the Hawaii County Cost of Government Commission. The testimony concerned the commission’s October 2022 report, which made recommendations on how to improve county government operations. Also during the commission’s

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Short-term rental ban faces strong challenge based on property rights

Opponents of Honolulu’s newly enacted ban on short-term rentals of less than 90 days, except in resort areas, have won their first legal battle in defense of property rights. Attorney Gregory Kugle talked about his courtroom win on the Oct. 25, 2022, episode of ThinkTech Hawaii’s “Hawaii Together” program with

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How to win the housing permitting game

I’ve been playing a new online game, but no matter what I do, I can’t seem to win. It’s a real-life simulation about getting authorized to build a house for your family. But I keep getting tripped up by Honolulu’s permitting process. The creative folks at Honolulu Civil Beat have

Read More →

Testimony: Hawaii County could use ‘Konno’ exceptions to address permit backlog

The following oral testimony was presented Oct. 27, 2022, by Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, for consideration by the Hawaii County Cost of Government Commission. The testimony concerned the commission’s October 2022 report, which made recommendations on how to improve county government operations. To see Kent’s the

Read More →

Testimony: By-right approvals could lower the cost of housing

To: Maui County Council Affordable Housing Committee       Gabe Johnson, Chair       Michael Molina, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: ESTABLISHING DESIGN STANDARDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS LESS THAN 150 UNITS SO PROJECTS

Read More →

Short-term rental ban deserves short life

You probably have heard that if you want less of something, all you need to do is tax and regulate it. Politicians are aware of this idea, which is why we have taxes and regulations on things such as alcohol, e-cigarettes and other products they consider “sinful,” unhealthy or a

Read More →

Jones Act ‘treason’ scandal a reality check for maritime interests

Supporters of the protectionist federal law are admitting America’s shipping industry could be better served The revelation earlier this month that an advisory panel to the U.S. Maritime Administration recommended charging Jones Act critics with treason — a felony punishable by death — sparked a wave of media attention last week that

Read More →

Testimony: ‘Konno’ exceptions could help Hawaii County better deliver public services

The written testimony below was presented Oct. 27, 2022, by Jonathan Helton, policy researcher for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, for consideration by the Hawaii County Cost of Government Commission. The testimony concerned the commission’s October 2022 report, which made recommendations on how to improve county government operations. Also during the commission’s

Read More →

Short-term rental ban faces strong challenge based on property rights

Opponents of Honolulu’s newly enacted ban on short-term rentals of less than 90 days, except in resort areas, have won their first legal battle in defense of property rights. Attorney Gregory Kugle talked about his courtroom win on the Oct. 25, 2022, episode of ThinkTech Hawaii’s “Hawaii Together” program with

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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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