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Akina answers why petition seeks tax break for medical services

The campaign to exempt medical services from the state general excise tax took to the airwaves this past Sunday with an appearance by Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on the H. Hawaii Media radio network. Host Johnny Miro asked Akina to explain why the

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Hawaii’s biggest barrier to more housing is politics

Usually, when we say that “government” is responsible for the high price of housing in Hawaii, we are talking about bureaucracy: the rules, regulations, permits and barriers in general that make it difficult, time-consuming and expensive to build homes. But there is another side to the government’s role in the housing

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Jones Act supporters reveal their true feelings in private meeting?

A 2020 agenda item of a panel advising the federal government recommended that critics of the law be charged with treason Yes, you read that right: Government and private maritime leaders at a private meeting in 2020 were presented with an agenda item that proposed charging prominent critics of the 1920 shipping law known as the

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Maui mayor signs housing law, giving impression it will work

The Grassroot Institute testified the new ordinance is likely to do more harm than good by discouraging more homebuilding A new Maui County law is being promoted as a way to provide more affordable housing, despite considerable testimony that the promise might not quite work out that way. The law, formerly Bill 107, liberalizes the formula

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Hawaii island newspaper gives GET petition drive front-page treatment

The in-depth news article about Hawaii’s acute doctor shortage explains why the Institute is calling for a targeted tax waiver The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s petition to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax was the lead story in Sunday’s Hawaii Tribune-Herald, based in Hilo. Written by reporter Grant Phillips, the story

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Maritime panel urged Jones Act critics be charged with treason

This article was previously published by the Cato Institute on Oct. 18, 2022. ______________ By Colin Grabow and Scott Lincicome It’s not every day you find a government document calling for Cato Institute employees to be charged with treason, but as a new article in The Dispatch details, here we are: In March 2020, a maritime

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Do the right thing for Maui housing, not just ‘something’

“Do something,” goes the popular political call to action. But perhaps it would be better if politicians added a line from the medical field: “First, do no harm.” In the case of housing, the urge to “do something” too often means expanding the role of government, which research shows is

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Fixing Hawaii’s housing crisis need not be complicated

The following commentary was originally published Oct. 15, 2022, in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. ____________ Hawaii has the highest level of government regulation related to homebuilding in the country. It also has the highest average home prices in the nation. This is not a coincidence. Multiple studies have established that

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Akina hails data over anecdotes in latest ride with ‘Perry & The Posse’

Hawaii’s most popular morning radio host, Michael W. Perry, invited Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina onto his “Perry & The Posse” show yesterday morning to talk about the Institute’s new report, “The ‘outsider theory of Hawaii’s housing crisis.” After referencing Hawaii’s frustrating economic problems in general, he asked

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Akina answers why petition seeks tax break for medical services

The campaign to exempt medical services from the state general excise tax took to the airwaves this past Sunday with an appearance by Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on the H. Hawaii Media radio network. Host Johnny Miro asked Akina to explain why the

Read More →

Hawaii’s biggest barrier to more housing is politics

Usually, when we say that “government” is responsible for the high price of housing in Hawaii, we are talking about bureaucracy: the rules, regulations, permits and barriers in general that make it difficult, time-consuming and expensive to build homes. But there is another side to the government’s role in the housing

Read More →

Jones Act supporters reveal their true feelings in private meeting?

A 2020 agenda item of a panel advising the federal government recommended that critics of the law be charged with treason Yes, you read that right: Government and private maritime leaders at a private meeting in 2020 were presented with an agenda item that proposed charging prominent critics of the 1920 shipping law known as the

Read More →

Maui mayor signs housing law, giving impression it will work

The Grassroot Institute testified the new ordinance is likely to do more harm than good by discouraging more homebuilding A new Maui County law is being promoted as a way to provide more affordable housing, despite considerable testimony that the promise might not quite work out that way. The law, formerly Bill 107, liberalizes the formula

Read More →

Hawaii island newspaper gives GET petition drive front-page treatment

The in-depth news article about Hawaii’s acute doctor shortage explains why the Institute is calling for a targeted tax waiver The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s petition to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax was the lead story in Sunday’s Hawaii Tribune-Herald, based in Hilo. Written by reporter Grant Phillips, the story

Read More →

Maritime panel urged Jones Act critics be charged with treason

This article was previously published by the Cato Institute on Oct. 18, 2022. ______________ By Colin Grabow and Scott Lincicome It’s not every day you find a government document calling for Cato Institute employees to be charged with treason, but as a new article in The Dispatch details, here we are: In March 2020, a maritime

Read More →

Do the right thing for Maui housing, not just ‘something’

“Do something,” goes the popular political call to action. But perhaps it would be better if politicians added a line from the medical field: “First, do no harm.” In the case of housing, the urge to “do something” too often means expanding the role of government, which research shows is

Read More →

Fixing Hawaii’s housing crisis need not be complicated

The following commentary was originally published Oct. 15, 2022, in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. ____________ Hawaii has the highest level of government regulation related to homebuilding in the country. It also has the highest average home prices in the nation. This is not a coincidence. Multiple studies have established that

Read More →

Akina hails data over anecdotes in latest ride with ‘Perry & The Posse’

Hawaii’s most popular morning radio host, Michael W. Perry, invited Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina onto his “Perry & The Posse” show yesterday morning to talk about the Institute’s new report, “The ‘outsider theory of Hawaii’s housing crisis.” After referencing Hawaii’s frustrating economic problems in general, he asked

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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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