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Retired Government Employees Haunting for More Paychecks

Something spooky is haunting the halls of the Hawaii State Capitol.  Government retirees seem to be coming back to life — returning to work, collecting a pension check and a paycheck at the same time.  This process of getting two government checks is commonly known as “Double Dipping”. Like ghosts,

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Hawaii Ranks 30th in Business Tax Climate

Ranking unchanged from 2013, highlights lack of economic reform HONOLULU, HAWAII–Oct. 28, 2014–A side-by-side comparison of state tax structures has ranked Hawaii thirtieth in the nation on its business tax climate, a position that is unchanged from 2013. The study, which was conducted by the State Tax Foundation, examined five major

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Video: Improving Public Schools with Randy Roth

In this episode of E Hana Kakou, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviews one of Hawaii’s true “movers and shakers.” An attorney, activist, and law professor at University of Hawaii, Randall Roth has left his mark on our community, and has been central to many efforts to improve life in the

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Civil Forfeiture and the Trampling of the Constitution

by John Engle In the wake of the recent tragedy and conflict in Ferguson, Missouri, a great deal of attention has been shone on the apparent militarization of America’s police. People point to increased use of SWAT and police forces’ access and use of heavy military hardware as indicators of

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In a Boom or Headed to a Bust?

A Report from the Grassroot Institute Panel It was only last February that Governor Neil Abercrombie declared that for the first time, the state was looking at an $844 million dollar surplus. According to Paul Harleman, Budget Director of the Senate Minority Research, that surplus may go bust in 2016.

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The History and Danger of Administrative Law

Philip Hamburger Columbia Law School PHILIP HAMBURGER is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He has also taught at the University of Chicago Law School, the George Washington University Law

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Will Free Markets Lead to a Freer Hong Kong?

A few weeks ago, I was in Hong Kong when the government of the People’s Republic of China issued its response to Hong Kong’s request for a free election of its chief executive. While a free election would be allowed, the nominees would first need to be approved by Communist

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Grassroot President Akina talks to KITV about the Potential of the Ferry

This week, an important meeting was held that could go a long way toward creating new common ground on the Jones Act while stimulating the economy. A group of concerned citizens and advocacy groups–including the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii–gathered to explore the possibility of creating a new interisland ferry system.

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Retired Government Employees Haunting for More Paychecks

Something spooky is haunting the halls of the Hawaii State Capitol.  Government retirees seem to be coming back to life — returning to work, collecting a pension check and a paycheck at the same time.  This process of getting two government checks is commonly known as “Double Dipping”. Like ghosts,

Read More →

Hawaii Ranks 30th in Business Tax Climate

Ranking unchanged from 2013, highlights lack of economic reform HONOLULU, HAWAII–Oct. 28, 2014–A side-by-side comparison of state tax structures has ranked Hawaii thirtieth in the nation on its business tax climate, a position that is unchanged from 2013. The study, which was conducted by the State Tax Foundation, examined five major

Read More →

Video: Improving Public Schools with Randy Roth

In this episode of E Hana Kakou, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviews one of Hawaii’s true “movers and shakers.” An attorney, activist, and law professor at University of Hawaii, Randall Roth has left his mark on our community, and has been central to many efforts to improve life in the

Read More →

Civil Forfeiture and the Trampling of the Constitution

by John Engle In the wake of the recent tragedy and conflict in Ferguson, Missouri, a great deal of attention has been shone on the apparent militarization of America’s police. People point to increased use of SWAT and police forces’ access and use of heavy military hardware as indicators of

Read More →

In a Boom or Headed to a Bust?

A Report from the Grassroot Institute Panel It was only last February that Governor Neil Abercrombie declared that for the first time, the state was looking at an $844 million dollar surplus. According to Paul Harleman, Budget Director of the Senate Minority Research, that surplus may go bust in 2016.

Read More →

The History and Danger of Administrative Law

Philip Hamburger Columbia Law School PHILIP HAMBURGER is the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He has also taught at the University of Chicago Law School, the George Washington University Law

Read More →

Will Free Markets Lead to a Freer Hong Kong?

A few weeks ago, I was in Hong Kong when the government of the People’s Republic of China issued its response to Hong Kong’s request for a free election of its chief executive. While a free election would be allowed, the nominees would first need to be approved by Communist

Read More →

Grassroot President Akina talks to KITV about the Potential of the Ferry

This week, an important meeting was held that could go a long way toward creating new common ground on the Jones Act while stimulating the economy. A group of concerned citizens and advocacy groups–including the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii–gathered to explore the possibility of creating a new interisland ferry system.

Read More →