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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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Take longer view on Hawaii infrastructure

When friends visit the islands, I love to show them Hawaii’s beautiful mountains, beaches and sunsets, but I try to direct their eyes away from the state’s crumbling government infrastructure. The state’s disintegrating roads, brittle bridges and run-down public buildings are partly due to short-term thinking. What we need is

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Beware of Maui County’s ‘shiny new ball’

This article was originally published in The Maui News on Thursday, Nov. 29. Maui County Council members this month voted to “go vertical” and move forward on financing a proposed $81.2 million Wailuku Civic Complex, but policymakers would be wise to focus less on the expected benefits and more on the guaranteed

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Dubious claim behind tuition bill idea

A bill intended to help government agencies compete against higher salaries in the private sector by giving college tuition grants to state employees is based on a dubious claim, writes Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii vice president of research, in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. “Local government workers on average

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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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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

Read More →

Take longer view on Hawaii infrastructure

When friends visit the islands, I love to show them Hawaii’s beautiful mountains, beaches and sunsets, but I try to direct their eyes away from the state’s crumbling government infrastructure. The state’s disintegrating roads, brittle bridges and run-down public buildings are partly due to short-term thinking. What we need is

Read More →

Beware of Maui County’s ‘shiny new ball’

This article was originally published in The Maui News on Thursday, Nov. 29. Maui County Council members this month voted to “go vertical” and move forward on financing a proposed $81.2 million Wailuku Civic Complex, but policymakers would be wise to focus less on the expected benefits and more on the guaranteed

Read More →

Dubious claim behind tuition bill idea

A bill intended to help government agencies compete against higher salaries in the private sector by giving college tuition grants to state employees is based on a dubious claim, writes Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii vice president of research, in the Honolulu Star Advertiser. “Local government workers on average

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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