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Grassroot Institute Applauds Court Decision Protecting Maui Hospital Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: February 22, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Grassroot Institute Applauds Court Decision Protecting Maui Hospital Plan Watchdog group expresses hope that there will be no more roadblocks to better patient care  HONOLULU, HAWAII–February 22, 2016–Following a court decision that rejected a union

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Unfunded Liabilities May Devour Budgets ~ Dr. Keli’i Akina

Maui News Viewpoint February 12, 2016 By KELI‘I AKINA , The Maui News Many states across the nation are snipping local budgets to pay for pension promises, and this growing trend may finally arrive on Maui with Act 268, enacted in 2013. The law requires that bigger and bigger catch-up

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Hawaii’s Unfunded Liabilities and the Effect on State Budget

Bill Bergman, Director of Research at Truth in Accounting, joined Joe Kent to discuss Hawaii’s current unfunded liabilities, particularly, state pension plans. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on Maui at 7am. “Hawaii ranks among

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Don’t Bother with myRA

Last week, the Treasury Department rolled out the new myRA retirement accounts with almost no fanfare. And it’s easy to see why: The myRA is a retirement savings policy embarrassment. The myRA is touted as a safe, easy, affordable savings plan for workers. The website brags about how there are

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Overtime Expenditures Out of Taxpayer’s Pockets

By Joselyn Olinares The money spent on overtime expenditures is not “free money”, it comes from somewhere (or rather someone). Any guesses to who that someone is? — It’s you, the taxpayer. Kauai taxpayers are on the hook for public employee overtime and benefits, which have shown a growth in

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Grassroot Institute Applauds Court Decision Protecting Maui Hospital Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: February 22, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Grassroot Institute Applauds Court Decision Protecting Maui Hospital Plan Watchdog group expresses hope that there will be no more roadblocks to better patient care  HONOLULU, HAWAII–February 22, 2016–Following a court decision that rejected a union

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Unfunded Liabilities May Devour Budgets ~ Dr. Keli’i Akina

Maui News Viewpoint February 12, 2016 By KELI‘I AKINA , The Maui News Many states across the nation are snipping local budgets to pay for pension promises, and this growing trend may finally arrive on Maui with Act 268, enacted in 2013. The law requires that bigger and bigger catch-up

Read More →

Hawaii’s Unfunded Liabilities and the Effect on State Budget

Bill Bergman, Director of Research at Truth in Accounting, joined Joe Kent to discuss Hawaii’s current unfunded liabilities, particularly, state pension plans. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on Maui at 7am. “Hawaii ranks among

Read More →

Don’t Bother with myRA

Last week, the Treasury Department rolled out the new myRA retirement accounts with almost no fanfare. And it’s easy to see why: The myRA is a retirement savings policy embarrassment. The myRA is touted as a safe, easy, affordable savings plan for workers. The website brags about how there are

Read More →

Overtime Expenditures Out of Taxpayer’s Pockets

By Joselyn Olinares The money spent on overtime expenditures is not “free money”, it comes from somewhere (or rather someone). Any guesses to who that someone is? — It’s you, the taxpayer. Kauai taxpayers are on the hook for public employee overtime and benefits, which have shown a growth in

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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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