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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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SB991: Cap on fees for public records would promote transparency

The following testimony was presented Feb. 9, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Government Operations. ___________ February 9, 2023 3 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 225 To: Senate Committee on Government Operations        Sen. Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair        Sen.

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HB719: Cap on fees would promote transparency

The following testimony was presented Feb. 8, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs. ___________ Feb. 8, 2023 2 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 325 To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs       Rep. David A. Tarnas, Chair    

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Grassroot Institute founder was right about big government

The following article was originally published in Honolulu Civil Beat on Sept. 22, 2021. ___________ The late Richard “Dick” Rowland, founder of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, famously remarked, “The bigger government gets, the smaller you get.” “Big government,” of course, is a euphemism for extensive economic interventionism and authoritarianism,

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How Hawaii can avoid ‘Troubled Waters’

This probably won’t surprise regular readers of my “President’s Corner” columns, but a task force of eminent Hawaii business and other community leaders has just issued a warning that Hawaii’s current rate of government spending is not sustainable. In a new report from the Hawaii CHANGE Initiative, titled “Troubled Waters:

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Council busybodies should work less to help residents

Maui County Council members say they spend more than 40 hours per week on the job, and some of them want higher salaries to account for that hard work. But, like Hawaii’s late small-business guru George Mason, founding publisher of Pacific Business News, used to say, it’s not how hard

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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

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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SB991: Cap on fees for public records would promote transparency

The following testimony was presented Feb. 9, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Government Operations. ___________ February 9, 2023 3 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 225 To: Senate Committee on Government Operations        Sen. Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair        Sen.

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HB719: Cap on fees would promote transparency

The following testimony was presented Feb. 8, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs. ___________ Feb. 8, 2023 2 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 325 To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs       Rep. David A. Tarnas, Chair    

Read More →

Grassroot Institute founder was right about big government

The following article was originally published in Honolulu Civil Beat on Sept. 22, 2021. ___________ The late Richard “Dick” Rowland, founder of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, famously remarked, “The bigger government gets, the smaller you get.” “Big government,” of course, is a euphemism for extensive economic interventionism and authoritarianism,

Read More →

How Hawaii can avoid ‘Troubled Waters’

This probably won’t surprise regular readers of my “President’s Corner” columns, but a task force of eminent Hawaii business and other community leaders has just issued a warning that Hawaii’s current rate of government spending is not sustainable. In a new report from the Hawaii CHANGE Initiative, titled “Troubled Waters:

Read More →

Council busybodies should work less to help residents

Maui County Council members say they spend more than 40 hours per week on the job, and some of them want higher salaries to account for that hard work. But, like Hawaii’s late small-business guru George Mason, founding publisher of Pacific Business News, used to say, it’s not how hard

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