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Regulation

Post administrative rules online and keep them current

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on July 19, 2024. _____________ July 19, 2024, 9 a.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura,

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Personal responsibility hailed as best way to avoid ‘moral hazard’

HPU professor Ken Schoolland says harm to society can be minimized if individuals are responsible for the own actions How do well-intentioned government policies create morally hazardous incentives? That was the driving question of Hawaii Pacific University economics professor Ken Schoolland’s April 24 interview with Joe Kent, executive vice president

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Hawaii County beekeepers hope Bill 144 will open up new vistas

Zoning is a hot-button issue in Hawaii, primarily as it relates to increasing the housing supply. But the latest guest on “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii shed light on what could be an unexpected beneficiary of zoning reform — the beekeeping industry.  Harry Holm, president of the Big Island Beekeepers

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‘Surprise’ state tax last straw for veteran Hawaii bar owner?

Government is supposed to represent the people — not itself — Hawaii entrepreneur Bill Comerford said on the March 25 episode of “Hawaii Together,” titled “Surprise tax last straw for bar owner.”  Speaking on the ThinkTech Hawaii program with host Keliʻi Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Comerford

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Study STR economic impact before advancing Bill 121

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission on April 18, 2024. ___________ April 18, 2024, 9:30 a.m. West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers To: Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission       Barbara DeFranco, Chair      From: Joe

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Akina finds hope in governor’s ‘Hawai‘i We Deserve’ report

Hawaii’s residents have been fleeing the state in droves, but Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, sees a glimmer of hope in Gov. Josh Green’s recent report, “The Hawai‘i We Deserve,” which takes a hard look at the root causes of the exodus. “We have

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Welcome to Syd Smith’s Maui, land of infernal regulations

Maui is known for its breathtaking scenery, but its regulatory landscape is anything but paradise. On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Syd Smith, owner of Maliko Estate Coffee in Upcountry Maui and a member of the County Council’s Agriculture Working Group, detailed some of Maui’s logic-defying

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Counties should have more time to update building codes

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Government Operations on March 19, 2024. ______________ March 19, 2024, 3 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Angus L.K.

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HB2089 HD1 calls for better timeline of code adoption

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on Feb. 27, 2024. __________ Feb. 27, 2024, 2:30 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 329 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce    

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Post administrative rules online and keep them current

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on July 19, 2024. _____________ July 19, 2024, 9 a.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura,

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Personal responsibility hailed as best way to avoid ‘moral hazard’

HPU professor Ken Schoolland says harm to society can be minimized if individuals are responsible for the own actions How do well-intentioned government policies create morally hazardous incentives? That was the driving question of Hawaii Pacific University economics professor Ken Schoolland’s April 24 interview with Joe Kent, executive vice president

Read More →

Hawaii County beekeepers hope Bill 144 will open up new vistas

Zoning is a hot-button issue in Hawaii, primarily as it relates to increasing the housing supply. But the latest guest on “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii shed light on what could be an unexpected beneficiary of zoning reform — the beekeeping industry.  Harry Holm, president of the Big Island Beekeepers

Read More →

‘Surprise’ state tax last straw for veteran Hawaii bar owner?

Government is supposed to represent the people — not itself — Hawaii entrepreneur Bill Comerford said on the March 25 episode of “Hawaii Together,” titled “Surprise tax last straw for bar owner.”  Speaking on the ThinkTech Hawaii program with host Keliʻi Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Comerford

Read More →

Study STR economic impact before advancing Bill 121

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission on April 18, 2024. ___________ April 18, 2024, 9:30 a.m. West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers To: Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission       Barbara DeFranco, Chair      From: Joe

Read More →

Akina finds hope in governor’s ‘Hawai‘i We Deserve’ report

Hawaii’s residents have been fleeing the state in droves, but Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, sees a glimmer of hope in Gov. Josh Green’s recent report, “The Hawai‘i We Deserve,” which takes a hard look at the root causes of the exodus. “We have

Read More →

Welcome to Syd Smith’s Maui, land of infernal regulations

Maui is known for its breathtaking scenery, but its regulatory landscape is anything but paradise. On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Syd Smith, owner of Maliko Estate Coffee in Upcountry Maui and a member of the County Council’s Agriculture Working Group, detailed some of Maui’s logic-defying

Read More →

Counties should have more time to update building codes

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Government Operations on March 19, 2024. ______________ March 19, 2024, 3 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Angus L.K.

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HB2089 HD1 calls for better timeline of code adoption

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on Feb. 27, 2024. __________ Feb. 27, 2024, 2:30 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 329 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce    

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