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Issues

TESTIMONY: Digital vaccine passports pose threat to equity, civil liberties

The following is testimony submitted Sept. 2, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Honolulu City Council Committee on Transportation, Sustainability and Health. ___________ Sept. 2, 2021 10:30 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chamber and Videoconference To: Committee on Transportation, Sustainability and Health Radiant Cordero, Chair Brandon J.C. Elefante, Vice

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Will Honolulu hike taxes again? (Does the sun rise in the east?)

Photo by Charley Myers New taxes being considered by the Honolulu City Council were the focus of Institute President Keli’i Akina‘s  “Hawaii Together” program on Monday. His guest on the ThinkTech Hawaii program was Tom Yamachika, Grassroot Scholar and president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, which keeps track of changes in tax law and how

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‘Jenga’ budgeting is no game

Last week, I accidentally demolished the state budget. What’s more, I was helped by Maui residents who attended the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s recent event in Wailuku concerning “The real state of Hawaii’s finances.” The guest speaker for the event was Sheila Weinberg of Truth in Accounting, an organization dedicated

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Jones Act supporter didn’t realize we agree on saving maritime jobs

The following is a letter to the editor that was published Aug. 20, 2021 by The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai. Written by Mark Coleman, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii communications director, it was a response to a letter in the same paper three days earlier, “Jones Act ensures US jobs,” which in turn

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Jenga game illustrates how government budgets go wrong

The founder of Truth in Accounting showed her Maui audience how Hawaii’s state budgeting practices invite financial collapse Everyone had a good time at the institute’s first in-person event on Maui since 2020, on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. That’s because Sheila Weinberg, founder of national government watchdog group Truth in Accounting, engaged

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One step forward, two steps back

Hawaii leaders should take notice: Everywhere you look, there are indications that people are losing patience with the current style of governance and the uncertainty of living under executive orders. The opaque nature of the tier system and emergency orders raises an important question: Has the lack of real discussion over the

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Attorneys explain challenge to state, county employee vaccine mandates

The issue of mandatory vaccinations for state and county employees is at the heart of a lawsuit filed by Hawaii attorneys Shawn Luiz, Kristin Coccaro and Michael J. Green. On the Aug. 16, 2021, episode of “Hawaii Together,” Luiz and Coccaro talked with host Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive

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Isle residents need relief from Jones Act burden

The following commentary appeared in The Garden Island on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.
 ___________ Visitors to Hawai‘i probably experience sticker shock when shopping at our local grocery stores. But Hawai‘i residents are shocked by those prices every day, and for that they can partly blame the 101-year-old Jones Act. The

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Are we witnessing an unacceptable attack on liberty?

Gov. David Ige’s latest round of COVID-19 emergency rules prompts me to ask a troubling question: When does a temporary state of emergency end and an unacceptable attack upon liberty begin? In Hawaii, we now find ourselves facing hard questions about liberty and government power that were easy to dodge

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TESTIMONY: Digital vaccine passports pose threat to equity, civil liberties

The following is testimony submitted Sept. 2, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Honolulu City Council Committee on Transportation, Sustainability and Health. ___________ Sept. 2, 2021 10:30 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chamber and Videoconference To: Committee on Transportation, Sustainability and Health Radiant Cordero, Chair Brandon J.C. Elefante, Vice

Read More →

Will Honolulu hike taxes again? (Does the sun rise in the east?)

Photo by Charley Myers New taxes being considered by the Honolulu City Council were the focus of Institute President Keli’i Akina‘s  “Hawaii Together” program on Monday. His guest on the ThinkTech Hawaii program was Tom Yamachika, Grassroot Scholar and president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, which keeps track of changes in tax law and how

Read More →

‘Jenga’ budgeting is no game

Last week, I accidentally demolished the state budget. What’s more, I was helped by Maui residents who attended the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s recent event in Wailuku concerning “The real state of Hawaii’s finances.” The guest speaker for the event was Sheila Weinberg of Truth in Accounting, an organization dedicated

Read More →

Jones Act supporter didn’t realize we agree on saving maritime jobs

The following is a letter to the editor that was published Aug. 20, 2021 by The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai. Written by Mark Coleman, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii communications director, it was a response to a letter in the same paper three days earlier, “Jones Act ensures US jobs,” which in turn

Read More →

Jenga game illustrates how government budgets go wrong

The founder of Truth in Accounting showed her Maui audience how Hawaii’s state budgeting practices invite financial collapse Everyone had a good time at the institute’s first in-person event on Maui since 2020, on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. That’s because Sheila Weinberg, founder of national government watchdog group Truth in Accounting, engaged

Read More →

One step forward, two steps back

Hawaii leaders should take notice: Everywhere you look, there are indications that people are losing patience with the current style of governance and the uncertainty of living under executive orders. The opaque nature of the tier system and emergency orders raises an important question: Has the lack of real discussion over the

Read More →

Attorneys explain challenge to state, county employee vaccine mandates

The issue of mandatory vaccinations for state and county employees is at the heart of a lawsuit filed by Hawaii attorneys Shawn Luiz, Kristin Coccaro and Michael J. Green. On the Aug. 16, 2021, episode of “Hawaii Together,” Luiz and Coccaro talked with host Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive

Read More →

Isle residents need relief from Jones Act burden

The following commentary appeared in The Garden Island on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021.
 ___________ Visitors to Hawai‘i probably experience sticker shock when shopping at our local grocery stores. But Hawai‘i residents are shocked by those prices every day, and for that they can partly blame the 101-year-old Jones Act. The

Read More →

Are we witnessing an unacceptable attack on liberty?

Gov. David Ige’s latest round of COVID-19 emergency rules prompts me to ask a troubling question: When does a temporary state of emergency end and an unacceptable attack upon liberty begin? In Hawaii, we now find ourselves facing hard questions about liberty and government power that were easy to dodge

Read More →