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Pooley’s new book ‘Superabundance’ earns well-deserved attention

“Superabundance” is an optimistic story of “population growth, innovation and human flourishing on an infinitely bountiful planet” Public reaction to Grassroot Scholar Gale Pooley’s new book, “Superabundance,” co-authored by Marian Tupy and released officially on Aug. 31, so far has been abundantly positive. >> On July 12, Pooley — an economist and associate professor of business management at Brigham Young University-Hawaii

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Akina on the question: Was Confucius a libertarian?

The great philosopher’s ideas are “authentically Chinese,” which makes it more likely they can make headway in China   Was Confucius a libertarian? That was the question Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, addressed during a July 16 presentation at the latest annual FreedomFest, held this

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Oahu’s problematic short-term rental ban

Will Oahu’s new ban on short-term rentals affect you? It will if you have been renting out a room to help pay your mortgage, or you are a contractor or retailer whose livelihood has relied on servicing such rentals or the people who rent them. That’s the view of Dawn

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Three important questions about the minimum wage

Before our legislators vote on whether to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage, I encourage them to ask three very important questions: >> Who are we trying to help? >> Who would actually be affected? >> Is the minimum wage the best way to help low-income families? Clearly, many people believe that increasing

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After the last 2 years, ‘We need to laugh a little bit’

The coronavirus lockdowns of the last two years pretty much lived up to the low expectations of the featured speaker at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s 20th Anniversary Gala Matt Kibbe — economist, author, podcaster and self-described “crazy libertarian who expects the very worst from government” — said even he

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Testimony: Revised wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat

The testimony below was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 1, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. Ted Kefalas oral testimony follows. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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SB3250 SD1, ‘wealth tax’ great way to encourage capital flight

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 18, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair

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Pooley’s new book ‘Superabundance’ earns well-deserved attention

“Superabundance” is an optimistic story of “population growth, innovation and human flourishing on an infinitely bountiful planet” Public reaction to Grassroot Scholar Gale Pooley’s new book, “Superabundance,” co-authored by Marian Tupy and released officially on Aug. 31, so far has been abundantly positive. >> On July 12, Pooley — an economist and associate professor of business management at Brigham Young University-Hawaii

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Akina on the question: Was Confucius a libertarian?

The great philosopher’s ideas are “authentically Chinese,” which makes it more likely they can make headway in China   Was Confucius a libertarian? That was the question Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, addressed during a July 16 presentation at the latest annual FreedomFest, held this

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Oahu’s problematic short-term rental ban

Will Oahu’s new ban on short-term rentals affect you? It will if you have been renting out a room to help pay your mortgage, or you are a contractor or retailer whose livelihood has relied on servicing such rentals or the people who rent them. That’s the view of Dawn

Read More →

Three important questions about the minimum wage

Before our legislators vote on whether to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage, I encourage them to ask three very important questions: >> Who are we trying to help? >> Who would actually be affected? >> Is the minimum wage the best way to help low-income families? Clearly, many people believe that increasing

Read More →

After the last 2 years, ‘We need to laugh a little bit’

The coronavirus lockdowns of the last two years pretty much lived up to the low expectations of the featured speaker at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s 20th Anniversary Gala Matt Kibbe — economist, author, podcaster and self-described “crazy libertarian who expects the very worst from government” — said even he

Read More →

Testimony: Revised wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat

The testimony below was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 1, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. Ted Kefalas oral testimony follows. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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SB3250 SD1, ‘wealth tax’ great way to encourage capital flight

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 18, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair

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