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The Real State of the State

An Uncensored Look At The Fiscal Challenges Facing Hawaii by Danny de Gracia The incoming Twenty-Sixth Legislature of Hawaii and newly elected Governor Neil Abercrombie have inherited for 2011 significant challenges in the form of persistent unemployment/underemployment unstable global markets, an ongoing international currency war, dramatically rising costs of commodities and chief of all, a

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Dear Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie …

By Jamie Story  Dear Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie, Congratulations on your election as leader of our great state. You are taking office at a turning point in Hawaii, one in which we can allow families and businesses to flourish by reducing the burdens placed on them by government, or can continue

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Fiscal notes fact sheet

Fiscal notes provide value for legislators and the public by forecasting revenue changes in proposed legislation. However, many times bills are introduced and voted on before the data on fiscal repercussions are made available to those voting on the bills. State officials can easily feign surprise at the state of

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Statement on the Real State of the State

by Frances Nuar  The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii welcomed Governor Abercrombie’s candid reflections on our state’s fiscal crisis in the State of the State address. Just today, the Institute for Truth in Accounting reported our state faces an additional $11.9 billion in debt, translating to $18.2 billion in state obligations for

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Sheriff Mack, the 17th Amendment, and Liberty

by James Wagoner On December 30, 2010 the Maui Tea Party and Maui Calabash group joined together and hosted an event featuring Sheriff Richard Mack of Graham County, Arizona. His presentation was about the eroding powers of individual states and local governments. It was the individual states that formed the federal

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The Real Solution to Social Security Insolvency

by Sven Larson, Ph.D. for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii As this is written, in August 2010, the Social Security system is running a deficit. Its ability to support future retirement benefits for Americans is rapidly withering away. Fixes have been offered, but they all center in on postponing the

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State Special Funds May Hold $1.4 Billion In Unspent Revenues

Danny de Gracia II and Kyle Shiroma Hawaii’s taxpayers might be shocked to discover that while numerous voices in and out of the local political establishment are calling for an increase in the General Excise Tax to cover any future budget shortfalls in education or other state services, upwards of

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Porkers Also Abound Across the Pond

by Pearl Hahn  Recession or not, government spending abounds, as evidenced by Mayor Hannemann’s recent $10,000 televised speech promoting rail transit. As of June of last year, the city had already spent about $2.6 million in taxpayer money on rail promotion. Perhaps Hannemann is practicing wasteful spending for future Congressional ambitions.

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How Much Does a Trillion Dollars Weigh?

How Much Does a Trillion Dollars Weigh?

Bailouts and deficits have Americans thinking of money in very big terms. Some questions that haunt us include how much money we do not have, how much we owe, and how much we have handed over to failing companies in a futile effort to save them. Thanks to Ralph Smeed

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2009 DOE Trim the Fat Contest Exposes Waste: THE WINNERS!

Contestants Help Hawaii’s Education System by Identifying Waste and Inefficiencies GRIH The first-ever DOE Trim the Fat Contest, co-sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and Smart Business Hawaii, generated more than 100 ideas for ways the Department of Education (DOE) can cut costs without resorting to employee furloughs or

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The Real State of the State

An Uncensored Look At The Fiscal Challenges Facing Hawaii by Danny de Gracia The incoming Twenty-Sixth Legislature of Hawaii and newly elected Governor Neil Abercrombie have inherited for 2011 significant challenges in the form of persistent unemployment/underemployment unstable global markets, an ongoing international currency war, dramatically rising costs of commodities and chief of all, a

Read More →

Dear Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie …

By Jamie Story  Dear Gov.-elect Neil Abercrombie, Congratulations on your election as leader of our great state. You are taking office at a turning point in Hawaii, one in which we can allow families and businesses to flourish by reducing the burdens placed on them by government, or can continue

Read More →

Fiscal notes fact sheet

Fiscal notes provide value for legislators and the public by forecasting revenue changes in proposed legislation. However, many times bills are introduced and voted on before the data on fiscal repercussions are made available to those voting on the bills. State officials can easily feign surprise at the state of

Read More →

Statement on the Real State of the State

by Frances Nuar  The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii welcomed Governor Abercrombie’s candid reflections on our state’s fiscal crisis in the State of the State address. Just today, the Institute for Truth in Accounting reported our state faces an additional $11.9 billion in debt, translating to $18.2 billion in state obligations for

Read More →

Sheriff Mack, the 17th Amendment, and Liberty

by James Wagoner On December 30, 2010 the Maui Tea Party and Maui Calabash group joined together and hosted an event featuring Sheriff Richard Mack of Graham County, Arizona. His presentation was about the eroding powers of individual states and local governments. It was the individual states that formed the federal

Read More →

The Real Solution to Social Security Insolvency

by Sven Larson, Ph.D. for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii As this is written, in August 2010, the Social Security system is running a deficit. Its ability to support future retirement benefits for Americans is rapidly withering away. Fixes have been offered, but they all center in on postponing the

Read More →

State Special Funds May Hold $1.4 Billion In Unspent Revenues

Danny de Gracia II and Kyle Shiroma Hawaii’s taxpayers might be shocked to discover that while numerous voices in and out of the local political establishment are calling for an increase in the General Excise Tax to cover any future budget shortfalls in education or other state services, upwards of

Read More →

Porkers Also Abound Across the Pond

by Pearl Hahn  Recession or not, government spending abounds, as evidenced by Mayor Hannemann’s recent $10,000 televised speech promoting rail transit. As of June of last year, the city had already spent about $2.6 million in taxpayer money on rail promotion. Perhaps Hannemann is practicing wasteful spending for future Congressional ambitions.

Read More →
How Much Does a Trillion Dollars Weigh?

How Much Does a Trillion Dollars Weigh?

Bailouts and deficits have Americans thinking of money in very big terms. Some questions that haunt us include how much money we do not have, how much we owe, and how much we have handed over to failing companies in a futile effort to save them. Thanks to Ralph Smeed

Read More →

2009 DOE Trim the Fat Contest Exposes Waste: THE WINNERS!

Contestants Help Hawaii’s Education System by Identifying Waste and Inefficiencies GRIH The first-ever DOE Trim the Fat Contest, co-sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and Smart Business Hawaii, generated more than 100 ideas for ways the Department of Education (DOE) can cut costs without resorting to employee furloughs or

Read More →