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Socioeconomics

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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Testimony on HB1507: ‘Tax fairness’ really means tax increase

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 9, 2022, by the House Committee on Economic Development. ___________ To: House Committee on Economic Development       Rep. Sean Quinlan, Chair       Rep. Daniel Holt, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii      

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Testimony: Institute advises against ALOHA homes proposal — again

The following is testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 3, 2022, by the Hawaii Senate committees on Housing and Government Operations. It concerns the ALOHA homes proposal, which first surfaced at the Legislature in 2019.  ___________________ To: Senate Committee on Housing       Sen. Stanley

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Hawaii population continues to dwindle

HONOLULU, Jan. 4, 2022 >> Hawaii’s population declined by 0.7% between July 2020 and July 2021, the third greatest per capita population decline in the country, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.[1] Hawaii trailed only New York, at -1.6%, and Illinois, at -0.9%. Hawaii’s net loss

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Meet Gale Pooley, Grassroot Scholar

The BYU-Hawaii professor and economist has pioneered the study of “time price” valuation and found we owe much to individual liberty and economic freedom Since 2017, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has had the pleasure of working with economist Gale Pooley. Just as the institute has challenged the public to think beyond conventional

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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

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

Read More →

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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Testimony on HB1507: ‘Tax fairness’ really means tax increase

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 9, 2022, by the House Committee on Economic Development. ___________ To: House Committee on Economic Development       Rep. Sean Quinlan, Chair       Rep. Daniel Holt, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii      

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Testimony: Institute advises against ALOHA homes proposal — again

The following is testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 3, 2022, by the Hawaii Senate committees on Housing and Government Operations. It concerns the ALOHA homes proposal, which first surfaced at the Legislature in 2019.  ___________________ To: Senate Committee on Housing       Sen. Stanley

Read More →

Hawaii population continues to dwindle

HONOLULU, Jan. 4, 2022 >> Hawaii’s population declined by 0.7% between July 2020 and July 2021, the third greatest per capita population decline in the country, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.[1] Hawaii trailed only New York, at -1.6%, and Illinois, at -0.9%. Hawaii’s net loss

Read More →

Meet Gale Pooley, Grassroot Scholar

The BYU-Hawaii professor and economist has pioneered the study of “time price” valuation and found we owe much to individual liberty and economic freedom Since 2017, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has had the pleasure of working with economist Gale Pooley. Just as the institute has challenged the public to think beyond conventional

Read More →