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Government Waste

Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Illegal and Unfunded Bill

During a special session this summer, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill that is both illegal and unfunded. The bill offers a $60 million severance package to union workers at the Maui public hospital system who will lose their jobs due to privatization, even though all the workers have already been

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Police Spending on Maui

by Andrew Slaven Crime in Hawaii has decreased since the 1990’s and some may say this is due to the growing police presence on the islands. However, police departments have actually been decreasing in size, relative to population. There are less police officers on the streets today per person than

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Does the Film Industry Need Taxpayer Subsidies?

In Hawaii, films that cost more than $200,000 to produce receive a 20-25% tax credit. “Calling them tax credits is a bit of a misnomer,” pointed out Marc Kilmer, analyst with the Advance Arkansas Institute, “A lot of the time, they’re simply checks.” In theory, these subsidies attract big budget

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Grassroot Institute Researcher Uncovers Excessive Police Overtime

Researcher Jason Hirose recently discovered that public officials in Maui County were abusing their power, with overtime resulting in significant personal growth. Hirose: “We looked at the payroll from July 2014 to June 2015, a one year period, and we found that of the 3,000 employees at Maui County, a very

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Local Resident Speaks Out About Government Spending

Choon James, a resident of Hauula, is currently having her land seized to make room for a new fire station. Joe Kent interviewed Choon as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui and KKNE 940AM Oahu. Choon has put a lot of

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Can you Balance the State’s Budget?

Can you balance the State’s budget? A new tool made by the Senate Minority allows you to attempt to balance the State’s budget. Joe Kent and Paul Harleman, Senate Minority Budget Director, discussed the state budget on the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui

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Breaking News: Grassroot Institute Questions Na’i Aupuni’s Avoidance of the Democratic Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: March 16, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Joe Kent, 808-987-7322, jkent@grassrootinstitute.org Grassroot Institute Questions Na’i Aupuni’s Avoidance of the Democratic Process Decision not to pursue ratification indicates lack of openness in nation-building effort HONOLULU, HAWAII–March 16, 2016–Today, the Grassroot Institute criticized the announcement from Na’i Aupuni that

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Grassroot Testimony: HB 2229 (Relating to Sports)

To: Senate Committee on Economic Development, Environment & Techology Senator Glenn Wakai, Chair Senator Sam Slom, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: HB 2229 — RELATING TO SPORTS Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to

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Grassroot Cautions Legislature on Stadium & Pro Bowl Expenses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: March 16, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Grassroot Cautions Legislature on Stadium & Pro Bowl Expenses Watchdog group calls for more careful scrutiny of spending for events and renovations HONOLULU, HAWAII–March 16, 2016–Today, the Grassroot Institute asked the Hawaii Legislature to take a

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Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Illegal and Unfunded Bill

During a special session this summer, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill that is both illegal and unfunded. The bill offers a $60 million severance package to union workers at the Maui public hospital system who will lose their jobs due to privatization, even though all the workers have already been

Read More →

Police Spending on Maui

by Andrew Slaven Crime in Hawaii has decreased since the 1990’s and some may say this is due to the growing police presence on the islands. However, police departments have actually been decreasing in size, relative to population. There are less police officers on the streets today per person than

Read More →

Does the Film Industry Need Taxpayer Subsidies?

In Hawaii, films that cost more than $200,000 to produce receive a 20-25% tax credit. “Calling them tax credits is a bit of a misnomer,” pointed out Marc Kilmer, analyst with the Advance Arkansas Institute, “A lot of the time, they’re simply checks.” In theory, these subsidies attract big budget

Read More →

Grassroot Institute Researcher Uncovers Excessive Police Overtime

Researcher Jason Hirose recently discovered that public officials in Maui County were abusing their power, with overtime resulting in significant personal growth. Hirose: “We looked at the payroll from July 2014 to June 2015, a one year period, and we found that of the 3,000 employees at Maui County, a very

Read More →

Local Resident Speaks Out About Government Spending

Choon James, a resident of Hauula, is currently having her land seized to make room for a new fire station. Joe Kent interviewed Choon as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui and KKNE 940AM Oahu. Choon has put a lot of

Read More →

Can you Balance the State’s Budget?

Can you balance the State’s budget? A new tool made by the Senate Minority allows you to attempt to balance the State’s budget. Joe Kent and Paul Harleman, Senate Minority Budget Director, discussed the state budget on the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui

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Breaking News: Grassroot Institute Questions Na’i Aupuni’s Avoidance of the Democratic Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: March 16, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Joe Kent, 808-987-7322, jkent@grassrootinstitute.org Grassroot Institute Questions Na’i Aupuni’s Avoidance of the Democratic Process Decision not to pursue ratification indicates lack of openness in nation-building effort HONOLULU, HAWAII–March 16, 2016–Today, the Grassroot Institute criticized the announcement from Na’i Aupuni that

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Grassroot Testimony: HB 2229 (Relating to Sports)

To: Senate Committee on Economic Development, Environment & Techology Senator Glenn Wakai, Chair Senator Sam Slom, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: HB 2229 — RELATING TO SPORTS Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to

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Grassroot Cautions Legislature on Stadium & Pro Bowl Expenses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: March 16, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Grassroot Cautions Legislature on Stadium & Pro Bowl Expenses Watchdog group calls for more careful scrutiny of spending for events and renovations HONOLULU, HAWAII–March 16, 2016–Today, the Grassroot Institute asked the Hawaii Legislature to take a

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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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