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Alaska podcaster hosts Helton for conversation on Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act are antiquated laws that “impact states like Alaska, Hawaii and the territories like Puerto Rico and Guam especially harder than it impacts the rest of the nation,” according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy researcher Jonathan Helton. Helton, who has

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Akina answers why petition seeks tax break for medical services

The campaign to exempt medical services from the state general excise tax took to the airwaves this past Sunday with an appearance by Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on the H. Hawaii Media radio network. Host Johnny Miro asked Akina to explain why the

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Akina hails data over anecdotes in latest ride with ‘Perry & The Posse’

Hawaii’s most popular morning radio host, Michael W. Perry, invited Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina onto his “Perry & The Posse” show yesterday morning to talk about the Institute’s new report, “The ‘outsider theory of Hawaii’s housing crisis.” After referencing Hawaii’s frustrating economic problems in general, he asked

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Jones Act is a problem, especially during disasters

As the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii continues to advocate for Jones Act reform, Institute research associate Jonathan Helton discussed current events involving the law on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, with radio host Johnny Miro of H. Hawaii Media, whose stations include Oldies 101.1 FM, K-Rock 101.5 FM, Retro 97.1 FM,

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New England joins Hawaii, Puerto Rico as Jones Act victim

The following article was first published Sept. 27, 2022, by the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy in New Hampshire. The original headline was “How a protectionist shipping law could leave New England out in the cold.” ____________ Will New England have enough fuel this winter? The region’s six governors

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Pooley’s new book ‘Superabundance’ earns well-deserved attention

“Superabundance” is an optimistic story of “population growth, innovation and human flourishing on an infinitely bountiful planet” Public reaction to Grassroot Scholar Gale Pooley’s new book, “Superabundance,” co-authored by Marian Tupy and released officially on Aug. 31, so far has been abundantly positive. >> On July 12, Pooley — an economist and associate professor of business management at Brigham Young University-Hawaii

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How to increase Hawaii’s healthcare capacity

Hawaii’s healthcare crisis is dire. How dire? Keli‘i Akina, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii president, says the state has a critical shortage of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, the fewest hospital beds per capita in the U.S., and the 10th longest emergency room wait lines. In addition, the state’s hospitals and long-term

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Exempt food, medicine, medical care from GET

This commentary was originally published originally in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Aug. 3, 2022. _____________ Candidates for political office in Hawaii have suddenly started talking about a policy option that has been kicking around for years: Exempt food and medicine from the state general excise tax (GET). The reasoning is that such an exemption

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Maui’s sky-high home prices a ‘self-inflicted wound’

Photo courtesy of Maui Now This news article was originally published in Maui Now on July 14, 2022. _____________ By Gaylord Paul Garcia Maui’s record home prices and the impacts that have resulted in displaced residents, are not unique, but there are potential solutions, according to a researcher from a

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Extra push needed to enact emergency powers reform

With Gov. David Ige declaring his intent to veto SB3089, which would reform Hawaii’s emergency powers law, it is now up to the public and the many legislators who supported the bill to convince the governor otherwise. Both the governor and our legislators need to hear from as many people as possible that

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Alaska podcaster hosts Helton for conversation on Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act are antiquated laws that “impact states like Alaska, Hawaii and the territories like Puerto Rico and Guam especially harder than it impacts the rest of the nation,” according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy researcher Jonathan Helton. Helton, who has

Read More →

Akina answers why petition seeks tax break for medical services

The campaign to exempt medical services from the state general excise tax took to the airwaves this past Sunday with an appearance by Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on the H. Hawaii Media radio network. Host Johnny Miro asked Akina to explain why the

Read More →

Akina hails data over anecdotes in latest ride with ‘Perry & The Posse’

Hawaii’s most popular morning radio host, Michael W. Perry, invited Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina onto his “Perry & The Posse” show yesterday morning to talk about the Institute’s new report, “The ‘outsider theory of Hawaii’s housing crisis.” After referencing Hawaii’s frustrating economic problems in general, he asked

Read More →

Jones Act is a problem, especially during disasters

As the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii continues to advocate for Jones Act reform, Institute research associate Jonathan Helton discussed current events involving the law on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, with radio host Johnny Miro of H. Hawaii Media, whose stations include Oldies 101.1 FM, K-Rock 101.5 FM, Retro 97.1 FM,

Read More →

New England joins Hawaii, Puerto Rico as Jones Act victim

The following article was first published Sept. 27, 2022, by the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy in New Hampshire. The original headline was “How a protectionist shipping law could leave New England out in the cold.” ____________ Will New England have enough fuel this winter? The region’s six governors

Read More →

Pooley’s new book ‘Superabundance’ earns well-deserved attention

“Superabundance” is an optimistic story of “population growth, innovation and human flourishing on an infinitely bountiful planet” Public reaction to Grassroot Scholar Gale Pooley’s new book, “Superabundance,” co-authored by Marian Tupy and released officially on Aug. 31, so far has been abundantly positive. >> On July 12, Pooley — an economist and associate professor of business management at Brigham Young University-Hawaii

Read More →

How to increase Hawaii’s healthcare capacity

Hawaii’s healthcare crisis is dire. How dire? Keli‘i Akina, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii president, says the state has a critical shortage of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, the fewest hospital beds per capita in the U.S., and the 10th longest emergency room wait lines. In addition, the state’s hospitals and long-term

Read More →

Exempt food, medicine, medical care from GET

This commentary was originally published originally in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Aug. 3, 2022. _____________ Candidates for political office in Hawaii have suddenly started talking about a policy option that has been kicking around for years: Exempt food and medicine from the state general excise tax (GET). The reasoning is that such an exemption

Read More →

Maui’s sky-high home prices a ‘self-inflicted wound’

Photo courtesy of Maui Now This news article was originally published in Maui Now on July 14, 2022. _____________ By Gaylord Paul Garcia Maui’s record home prices and the impacts that have resulted in displaced residents, are not unique, but there are potential solutions, according to a researcher from a

Read More →

Extra push needed to enact emergency powers reform

With Gov. David Ige declaring his intent to veto SB3089, which would reform Hawaii’s emergency powers law, it is now up to the public and the many legislators who supported the bill to convince the governor otherwise. Both the governor and our legislators need to hear from as many people as possible that

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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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