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Nonunion builders, contractors cry foul on new PLA directive

Hawaii taxpayers are going to be paying more for state government projects under a directive issued in February by Gov. Josh Green, according to the Hawaii chapter president of the Associated Builders and Contractors, which represents more than 170 contractors, suppliers and service providers. During an interview for the Grassroot

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Your cost of living just went up

A couple of weeks ago, while most people were paying attention to tax and budget discussions at the Legislature, Hawaii became a little more expensive. That’s because on Feb. 16, the governor’s office issued a new “administrative directive”that requires all state construction projects worth more than $1.5 million to be

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Resolutions would ease hiring challenges, save city money

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council on Sept. 6, 2023. _____________ September 6, 2023 10 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council        Councilmember Tommy Waters, Chair      

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Resolutions could help fill critical Honolulu County jobs, cut costs

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council Committee on Executive Matters and Legal Affairs on Aug. 22, 2023. _____________ August 22, 2023 1 p.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers  To: Honolulu City and County Council, Committee on Executive

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Testimony — SB1087, relating to EUTF prefunding

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts on Feb. 10, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Hawaii union law potentially unconstitutional

Act 007 appears to be in violation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ‘Janus’ decision HONOLULU, Sept. 27, 2018 >> A new Hawaii law governing union membership dues may be unconstitutional, according to attorneys Tony Gill and Jacob Huebert, who were featured guests this week (Sept. 24-25) at two forums on the

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Work together on ‘Janus’

Government employee unions around the country are grappling with the implications of the recent Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME (the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), and Hawaii is no exception. The Court ruled in June that forcing non-union members to pay agency fees is a

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Free speech beats ‘free rider’

In a month that has seen several controversial Supreme Court decisions, the Justices may have saved the biggest one for last. On Wednesday, the Court handed down its decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which challenged the constitutionality of requiring government employees to pay dues to a public employees union. Mark

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Nonunion builders, contractors cry foul on new PLA directive

Hawaii taxpayers are going to be paying more for state government projects under a directive issued in February by Gov. Josh Green, according to the Hawaii chapter president of the Associated Builders and Contractors, which represents more than 170 contractors, suppliers and service providers. During an interview for the Grassroot

Read More →

Your cost of living just went up

A couple of weeks ago, while most people were paying attention to tax and budget discussions at the Legislature, Hawaii became a little more expensive. That’s because on Feb. 16, the governor’s office issued a new “administrative directive”that requires all state construction projects worth more than $1.5 million to be

Read More →

Resolutions would ease hiring challenges, save city money

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council on Sept. 6, 2023. _____________ September 6, 2023 10 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council        Councilmember Tommy Waters, Chair      

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Resolutions could help fill critical Honolulu County jobs, cut costs

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council Committee on Executive Matters and Legal Affairs on Aug. 22, 2023. _____________ August 22, 2023 1 p.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers  To: Honolulu City and County Council, Committee on Executive

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Testimony — SB1087, relating to EUTF prefunding

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts on Feb. 10, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Hawaii union law potentially unconstitutional

Act 007 appears to be in violation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ‘Janus’ decision HONOLULU, Sept. 27, 2018 >> A new Hawaii law governing union membership dues may be unconstitutional, according to attorneys Tony Gill and Jacob Huebert, who were featured guests this week (Sept. 24-25) at two forums on the

Read More →

Work together on ‘Janus’

Government employee unions around the country are grappling with the implications of the recent Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME (the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), and Hawaii is no exception. The Court ruled in June that forcing non-union members to pay agency fees is a

Read More →

Free speech beats ‘free rider’

In a month that has seen several controversial Supreme Court decisions, the Justices may have saved the biggest one for last. On Wednesday, the Court handed down its decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which challenged the constitutionality of requiring government employees to pay dues to a public employees union. Mark

Read More →