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President’s Corner

Could this be a good year at the Hawaii Legislature?

Photo by Charley Myers The 2023 Hawaii Legislature is now in session, and for organizations like the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, this is one of the busiest times of the year. In past sessions, my Institute colleagues and I have often spent more time trying to stop bad ideas than

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Let the sun shine in

With a new governor and a new Legislature now in place, Hawaii’s leaders have the opportunity to make a bold statement for government transparency and accountability. The only question is whether they have the political will to do so. Given the various scandals that have rocked Hawaii in recent years

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How to avert the looming property tax crisis

Hawaii’s population has been declining for six straight years, and if policymakers don’t do something quickly to avert the looming increase in county property taxes, that is likely to continue. That’s because taxes are a key component of Hawaii’s high cost of living, which surveys show is the No. 1 reason people have been leaving. As

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Please cut taxes in 2023

If I could propose one New Year’s resolution for Hawaii’s leaders, it would be this: Cut taxes in 2023. That should be a fairly easy resolution to keep. Throughout the election season, multiple candidates talked about the need to ease Hawaii’s tax burden, and new and established government leaders have

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Are you hopeful?

Mele Kalikimaka! In this space, I usually focus on the things we can do to improve Hawaii — how we can create more housing, improve the economy, expand healthcare access, keep government accountable and lower the cost of living. Today, however, in the spirit of the holiday, I want to talk

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Counties should not profit from Hawaii housing crisis

Photo by Charley Myers Hawaii property taxes are going up, and that’s not cool. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported this week that the latest property value assessments of all real property on Oahu went up by 12.4% compared with the previous year. And that’s just the average. On the North Shore,

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Knowledge is key to Jones Act reform

Keli‘i Akina and Colin Grabow at the Institute’s Jones Act forum on Oahu, Dec. 7, 2022. Photo by Charley Myers As you might have heard, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii hosted two forums on the Jones Act this week on how we can make the Jones Act work for everyone.

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Licensing laws a license to hold back workers

Braiding someone’s hair shouldn’t make you an outlaw. But that’s exactly what can happen under Hawaii’s restrictive licensing laws. I bring this up because I noticed the Institute for Justice, based in Arlington, Virginia, just released the third edition of its “License to Work” study, which looked at state regulations nationwide and concluded

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It’s a perfect time to cut taxes

Thanksgiving is at our doorstep and Christmas is just around the corner, but everything is not joyful. Considering Hawaii’s high cost of living and the nation’s record inflation, many Hawaii families are taking a hard look at their finances and calculating how inflation and recession will affect their holiday plans,

Read More →

Could this be a good year at the Hawaii Legislature?

Photo by Charley Myers The 2023 Hawaii Legislature is now in session, and for organizations like the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, this is one of the busiest times of the year. In past sessions, my Institute colleagues and I have often spent more time trying to stop bad ideas than

Read More →

Let the sun shine in

With a new governor and a new Legislature now in place, Hawaii’s leaders have the opportunity to make a bold statement for government transparency and accountability. The only question is whether they have the political will to do so. Given the various scandals that have rocked Hawaii in recent years

Read More →

How to avert the looming property tax crisis

Hawaii’s population has been declining for six straight years, and if policymakers don’t do something quickly to avert the looming increase in county property taxes, that is likely to continue. That’s because taxes are a key component of Hawaii’s high cost of living, which surveys show is the No. 1 reason people have been leaving. As

Read More →

Please cut taxes in 2023

If I could propose one New Year’s resolution for Hawaii’s leaders, it would be this: Cut taxes in 2023. That should be a fairly easy resolution to keep. Throughout the election season, multiple candidates talked about the need to ease Hawaii’s tax burden, and new and established government leaders have

Read More →

Are you hopeful?

Mele Kalikimaka! In this space, I usually focus on the things we can do to improve Hawaii — how we can create more housing, improve the economy, expand healthcare access, keep government accountable and lower the cost of living. Today, however, in the spirit of the holiday, I want to talk

Read More →

Counties should not profit from Hawaii housing crisis

Photo by Charley Myers Hawaii property taxes are going up, and that’s not cool. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported this week that the latest property value assessments of all real property on Oahu went up by 12.4% compared with the previous year. And that’s just the average. On the North Shore,

Read More →

Knowledge is key to Jones Act reform

Keli‘i Akina and Colin Grabow at the Institute’s Jones Act forum on Oahu, Dec. 7, 2022. Photo by Charley Myers As you might have heard, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii hosted two forums on the Jones Act this week on how we can make the Jones Act work for everyone.

Read More →

Licensing laws a license to hold back workers

Braiding someone’s hair shouldn’t make you an outlaw. But that’s exactly what can happen under Hawaii’s restrictive licensing laws. I bring this up because I noticed the Institute for Justice, based in Arlington, Virginia, just released the third edition of its “License to Work” study, which looked at state regulations nationwide and concluded

Read More →

It’s a perfect time to cut taxes

Thanksgiving is at our doorstep and Christmas is just around the corner, but everything is not joyful. Considering Hawaii’s high cost of living and the nation’s record inflation, many Hawaii families are taking a hard look at their finances and calculating how inflation and recession will affect their holiday plans,

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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