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Akina decries Hawaii Legislature’s ‘backward budgeting’

The Hawaii Legislature has been considering a $16 billion budget for fiscal year 2020 that would spend more money than it’s projected to take in. As a result, it is scrambling to find new ways to raise tax revenue, and that, says Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii,

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Akina updates ‘808 State Update’ on contracting report

It didn’t take long for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s newest policy report, “How to revive contracting as a policy option in Hawaii,” to receive some thoughtful media attention. Publicly released on Wednesday, March 13, the report describes the legal obstacles that have made it difficult for Hawaii’s state and county governments to

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Akina talks rent control on ‘Lars Larson Show’

Oregon last month became the first state to adopt statewide mandatory rent control, which bars landlords from raising their rents more than 7 percent a year, plus inflation. On Monday, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina spoke on the popular national radio show “The Lars Larson Show” about how

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GET increase will add to Hawaii’s high cost of living

The Hawaii Legislature is considering a bill to add 0.5 percent to the 4 percent state general excise tax in order to fund public education, but Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, says this seemingly small increase would be harmful to Hawaii residents who already

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‘Perry & The Posse’ hosts Akina on morning radio show

The host of one of Hawaii’s most popular morning radio programs, Michael W. Perry, of KSSK’s “Perry & The Posse,” wanted to know what the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to see come out of the 2019 Hawaii legislative session, so he interviewed Keli‘i Akina, president of the independent

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The problem with rail isn’t PR

This is a letter to the editor that was published Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. We commend the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for putting the spotlight on the failed public relations efforts of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (“Loss on a rail charter question prompts concerns about community outreach,” Star- Advertiser,

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HPR, Akina talk lava disaster

Chris Vandercook of Hawaii Public Radio this morning (June 18, 2018) interviewed Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, about how state law encouraged people to build homes in Lava Zones 1 and 2 on Hawaii Island, where more than 500 homes now have been destroyed by lava since early

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Akina on ‘Heartland’ podcast

In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Heartland Institute research fellow Jesse Hathaway talks with Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina about how the state government’s housing policies have gone up in flames — literally. Lava flows from the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea have destroyed dozens of homes and

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Insights on PBS Hawaii: The Jones Act

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., was part of a panel moderated by Lara Yamada that discussed possible reform of the federal martime-related Jones Act, on “Insights on PBS Hawai‘i,” Oct. 12. He was joined by Grassroot Scholar Kenneth Schoolland and reform opponents Randy Swindell, representative for the

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Policy to Support Hawaii’s Agriculture

Dr. Keli’i Akina and Joe Kent sit down with ThinkTechHawaii to discuss the past, present, and future of agriculture in Hawaii. Farming in Hawaii has declined over the past several decades, and farmers need policies that protect them from government overreach. With the Food Safety Modernization Act looming on the horizon, the

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Akina decries Hawaii Legislature’s ‘backward budgeting’

The Hawaii Legislature has been considering a $16 billion budget for fiscal year 2020 that would spend more money than it’s projected to take in. As a result, it is scrambling to find new ways to raise tax revenue, and that, says Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii,

Read More →

Akina updates ‘808 State Update’ on contracting report

It didn’t take long for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s newest policy report, “How to revive contracting as a policy option in Hawaii,” to receive some thoughtful media attention. Publicly released on Wednesday, March 13, the report describes the legal obstacles that have made it difficult for Hawaii’s state and county governments to

Read More →

Akina talks rent control on ‘Lars Larson Show’

Oregon last month became the first state to adopt statewide mandatory rent control, which bars landlords from raising their rents more than 7 percent a year, plus inflation. On Monday, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina spoke on the popular national radio show “The Lars Larson Show” about how

Read More →

GET increase will add to Hawaii’s high cost of living

The Hawaii Legislature is considering a bill to add 0.5 percent to the 4 percent state general excise tax in order to fund public education, but Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, says this seemingly small increase would be harmful to Hawaii residents who already

Read More →

‘Perry & The Posse’ hosts Akina on morning radio show

The host of one of Hawaii’s most popular morning radio programs, Michael W. Perry, of KSSK’s “Perry & The Posse,” wanted to know what the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to see come out of the 2019 Hawaii legislative session, so he interviewed Keli‘i Akina, president of the independent

Read More →

The problem with rail isn’t PR

This is a letter to the editor that was published Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. We commend the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for putting the spotlight on the failed public relations efforts of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (“Loss on a rail charter question prompts concerns about community outreach,” Star- Advertiser,

Read More →

HPR, Akina talk lava disaster

Chris Vandercook of Hawaii Public Radio this morning (June 18, 2018) interviewed Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, about how state law encouraged people to build homes in Lava Zones 1 and 2 on Hawaii Island, where more than 500 homes now have been destroyed by lava since early

Read More →

Akina on ‘Heartland’ podcast

In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Heartland Institute research fellow Jesse Hathaway talks with Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina about how the state government’s housing policies have gone up in flames — literally. Lava flows from the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea have destroyed dozens of homes and

Read More →

Insights on PBS Hawaii: The Jones Act

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., was part of a panel moderated by Lara Yamada that discussed possible reform of the federal martime-related Jones Act, on “Insights on PBS Hawai‘i,” Oct. 12. He was joined by Grassroot Scholar Kenneth Schoolland and reform opponents Randy Swindell, representative for the

Read More →

Policy to Support Hawaii’s Agriculture

Dr. Keli’i Akina and Joe Kent sit down with ThinkTechHawaii to discuss the past, present, and future of agriculture in Hawaii. Farming in Hawaii has declined over the past several decades, and farmers need policies that protect them from government overreach. With the Food Safety Modernization Act looming on the horizon, the

Read More →

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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