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Unemployment & Poverty

Five myths that pervade the minimum-wage debate

Despite what many Hawaii residents want to believe, increasing the state’s legal minimum wage can result in unemployment The vast majority of Hawaii residents support increasing the state’s legal minimum wage on the grounds that it would help Hawaii’s low-income workers better cope with the state’s high cost of living. But that isn’t

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Unemployment insurance mess back to haunt us

For Hawaii employers, it’s deja vu all over again. Just like they were a year ago at this time, the businesses that provide jobs to the state’s civilian workforce are in danger of having their annual unemployment taxes skyrocket, which, in turn, could cripple Hawaii’s economy just when it is

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Private savings accounts could save Hawaii’s unemployment insurance system

Hawaii’s unemployment insurance system has become a ticking time bomb that threatens Hawaii’s fiscal future. In the short run, it might still be possible to avert disaster through creative budgeting involving reduced government spending in other areas. In the long run, the problem is bound to return because of how the state’s unemployment insurance

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A better way to help Hawaii’s unemployed

Hawaii’s unemployment insurance system is in crisis, with stalled payments, rampant fraud and massive debt leading to higher taxes. Is there a better way to help the unemployed — and Hawaii’s businesses that pay the taxes? Yes, says international economist Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at

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Akina warns on KHON2 TV of massive unemployment tax hike

KHON2 TV reporter Jenn Boneza interviewed Grassroot Institute President Keli’I Akina for a news story that was aired at least three times on Tuesday (Nov. 24) about how Hawaii’s unemployment insurance tax is going to automatically triple in the new year, unless action is taken to prevent it. “A restaurant, or perhaps a small retail shop, with

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Good intentions pave road to homelessness

We are all aware of Hawaii’s “pay to play” culture and “friends and family” cronyism, but the high cost of housing does not appear to be the result of widespread corruption. It is more a case of good intentions gone awry. That was the message of David Callies, law professor at the

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‘Bottleneckers’ in Hawaii: Promoting unemployment

Finding a good job in Hawaii is extremely difficult, and a major reason is the state’s occupational licensure laws. A national Institute for Justice study says they are the most burdensome in the nation, covering more than 40 occupations in which residents must acquire the state’s permission before being allowed

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Public park model not working in Kakaako

Kakaako Waterfront Park was supposed to be the kind of scenic public space that leaps, unprompted, to the imagination at the words “Honolulu” and “park.” On the cusp of its opening in 1992, politicians spoke about how it was going to be “people-oriented.” The park would become a place where

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Five myths that pervade the minimum-wage debate

Despite what many Hawaii residents want to believe, increasing the state’s legal minimum wage can result in unemployment The vast majority of Hawaii residents support increasing the state’s legal minimum wage on the grounds that it would help Hawaii’s low-income workers better cope with the state’s high cost of living. But that isn’t

Read More →

Unemployment insurance mess back to haunt us

For Hawaii employers, it’s deja vu all over again. Just like they were a year ago at this time, the businesses that provide jobs to the state’s civilian workforce are in danger of having their annual unemployment taxes skyrocket, which, in turn, could cripple Hawaii’s economy just when it is

Read More →

Private savings accounts could save Hawaii’s unemployment insurance system

Hawaii’s unemployment insurance system has become a ticking time bomb that threatens Hawaii’s fiscal future. In the short run, it might still be possible to avert disaster through creative budgeting involving reduced government spending in other areas. In the long run, the problem is bound to return because of how the state’s unemployment insurance

Read More →

A better way to help Hawaii’s unemployed

Hawaii’s unemployment insurance system is in crisis, with stalled payments, rampant fraud and massive debt leading to higher taxes. Is there a better way to help the unemployed — and Hawaii’s businesses that pay the taxes? Yes, says international economist Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at

Read More →

Akina warns on KHON2 TV of massive unemployment tax hike

KHON2 TV reporter Jenn Boneza interviewed Grassroot Institute President Keli’I Akina for a news story that was aired at least three times on Tuesday (Nov. 24) about how Hawaii’s unemployment insurance tax is going to automatically triple in the new year, unless action is taken to prevent it. “A restaurant, or perhaps a small retail shop, with

Read More →

Good intentions pave road to homelessness

We are all aware of Hawaii’s “pay to play” culture and “friends and family” cronyism, but the high cost of housing does not appear to be the result of widespread corruption. It is more a case of good intentions gone awry. That was the message of David Callies, law professor at the

Read More →

‘Bottleneckers’ in Hawaii: Promoting unemployment

Finding a good job in Hawaii is extremely difficult, and a major reason is the state’s occupational licensure laws. A national Institute for Justice study says they are the most burdensome in the nation, covering more than 40 occupations in which residents must acquire the state’s permission before being allowed

Read More →

Public park model not working in Kakaako

Kakaako Waterfront Park was supposed to be the kind of scenic public space that leaps, unprompted, to the imagination at the words “Honolulu” and “park.” On the cusp of its opening in 1992, politicians spoke about how it was going to be “people-oriented.” The park would become a place where

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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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