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State tourism policy truly is a mish-mash

If you want to find something that perfectly captures Hawaii’s schizophrenic tourism policy, you couldn’t do much better than House Bill 862. The bill sends an inconsistent message about tourism, suggesting that the industry shouldn’t have government funding while simultaneously making it more vital to state revenues. It was one

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Legislature needs to put our freedoms on its agenda

The big news this week is that the Hawaii Legislature might reconvene in order to address the governor’s planned vetoes, especially of the state budget bill. If it does come to pass, it would be appropriate if our legislators spent some of that time addressing the balance of powers and the emergency

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High taxes pushing family and friends to leave

When you live in Hawaii, you get accustomed to saying goodbye. As a father, I’ve watched my children leave for the mainland to start college or their careers. And I know there’s a good chance they won’t be coming back, except for short visits. I am not alone. Who hasn’t

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Akina and Perry lament ‘the tracks of our tiers’

“Just when you think we’d reached the prize, somebody moves our cheese. But what that really shows is a lack of transparency about the tier system.” That was Keli’i Akina’s response to a question from popular Hawaii radio host Michael W. Perry about the surprising revelation that Honolulu County now

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NEWS RELEASE: Ige’s ‘intent to veto’ list praised

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on June 23, 2021. _____________ Grassroot Institute of Hawaii CEO Keli’i Akina says the list reflects a commendable effort to avoid increasing Hawaii’s taxpayer burden HONOLULU, June 23, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today commended Gov. David Ige for declaring his intent

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Why Hawaii residents are moving away

If you want to know why people are leaving Hawaii, there is possibly no better person to ask than economist Dan Mitchell, co-founder of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity in Washington, D.C., and an international expert on the effects of government taxation and spending policies. Mitchell was the guest on Keli’i

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PVSA-reform bills in Congress could provide boost to Hawaii

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued the following as a news release on June 12, 2021. ________________ The federal Passenger Vessel Services Act has long been recognized as an impediment to Hawaii’s tourism potential and port-related jobs HONOLULU, June 12, 2021 >> In another blow to the U.S. Passenger Vessel Services

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End the COVID-19 transparency dodge

Hawaii businesses might be reopening, but Hawaii government agencies still have a ways to go. In the past, government agencies here have been criticized for their lack of transparency. Despite the state’s open-records law, some have become notorious for denying open-records requests or delaying their responses. We have seen various legislative proposals meant

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Do it for Hawaii: Reform the Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act have been in the national news recently, so Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, devoted his latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii to the topic of why both of these destructive, protectionist federal maritime laws

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State tourism policy truly is a mish-mash

If you want to find something that perfectly captures Hawaii’s schizophrenic tourism policy, you couldn’t do much better than House Bill 862. The bill sends an inconsistent message about tourism, suggesting that the industry shouldn’t have government funding while simultaneously making it more vital to state revenues. It was one

Read More →

Legislature needs to put our freedoms on its agenda

The big news this week is that the Hawaii Legislature might reconvene in order to address the governor’s planned vetoes, especially of the state budget bill. If it does come to pass, it would be appropriate if our legislators spent some of that time addressing the balance of powers and the emergency

Read More →

High taxes pushing family and friends to leave

When you live in Hawaii, you get accustomed to saying goodbye. As a father, I’ve watched my children leave for the mainland to start college or their careers. And I know there’s a good chance they won’t be coming back, except for short visits. I am not alone. Who hasn’t

Read More →

Akina and Perry lament ‘the tracks of our tiers’

“Just when you think we’d reached the prize, somebody moves our cheese. But what that really shows is a lack of transparency about the tier system.” That was Keli’i Akina’s response to a question from popular Hawaii radio host Michael W. Perry about the surprising revelation that Honolulu County now

Read More →

NEWS RELEASE: Ige’s ‘intent to veto’ list praised

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on June 23, 2021. _____________ Grassroot Institute of Hawaii CEO Keli’i Akina says the list reflects a commendable effort to avoid increasing Hawaii’s taxpayer burden HONOLULU, June 23, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today commended Gov. David Ige for declaring his intent

Read More →

Why Hawaii residents are moving away

If you want to know why people are leaving Hawaii, there is possibly no better person to ask than economist Dan Mitchell, co-founder of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity in Washington, D.C., and an international expert on the effects of government taxation and spending policies. Mitchell was the guest on Keli’i

Read More →

PVSA-reform bills in Congress could provide boost to Hawaii

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued the following as a news release on June 12, 2021. ________________ The federal Passenger Vessel Services Act has long been recognized as an impediment to Hawaii’s tourism potential and port-related jobs HONOLULU, June 12, 2021 >> In another blow to the U.S. Passenger Vessel Services

Read More →

End the COVID-19 transparency dodge

Hawaii businesses might be reopening, but Hawaii government agencies still have a ways to go. In the past, government agencies here have been criticized for their lack of transparency. Despite the state’s open-records law, some have become notorious for denying open-records requests or delaying their responses. We have seen various legislative proposals meant

Read More →

Do it for Hawaii: Reform the Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act have been in the national news recently, so Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, devoted his latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii to the topic of why both of these destructive, protectionist federal maritime laws

Read More →