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President’s Corner

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,

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It’s our kuleana to ensure campaign promises are kept

Most of the results are in from the election, and there are rumors of change in the air. Hawaii’s newly elected or reelected lawmakers have not yet taken the reins of government, but we still remember their campaign promises and are optimistic about seeing them addressed. Some people like to

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How to win the housing permitting game

I’ve been playing a new online game, but no matter what I do, I can’t seem to win. It’s a real-life simulation about getting authorized to build a house for your family. But I keep getting tripped up by Honolulu’s permitting process. The creative folks at Honolulu Civil Beat have

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Short-term rental ban deserves short life

You probably have heard that if you want less of something, all you need to do is tax and regulate it. Politicians are aware of this idea, which is why we have taxes and regulations on things such as alcohol, e-cigarettes and other products they consider “sinful,” unhealthy or a

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Hawaii’s biggest barrier to more housing is politics

Usually, when we say that “government” is responsible for the high price of housing in Hawaii, we are talking about bureaucracy: the rules, regulations, permits and barriers in general that make it difficult, time-consuming and expensive to build homes. But there is another side to the government’s role in the housing

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Do the right thing for Maui housing, not just ‘something’

“Do something,” goes the popular political call to action. But perhaps it would be better if politicians added a line from the medical field: “First, do no harm.” In the case of housing, the urge to “do something” too often means expanding the role of government, which research shows is

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Putting a human face on Hawaii’s doctor shortage

The greatest takeaway from three forums last week about Hawaii’s doctor shortage was the realization that we are dealing with an undeniable human tragedy. Sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, the forums on Maui, Oahu and Hawaii island made it clear that the state’s acute shortage of physicians —

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Will we have to beg for a waiver too?

Watching the controversy unfold over the delivery of fuel to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico has been especially poignant to those of us who live in Hawaii. It’s hard not to look at the delay, political gamesmanship and dueling press statements and wonder how long it will be until Hawaii is in

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Getting by with a little help from our friends

Greetings from 35,000 feet! Through the clouds below me, the Great Plains are rolling by. This bird’s-eye view of our nation is a metaphor for how my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute have spent the past week. Over the last several days, we have been meeting with members

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 →

It’s our kuleana to ensure campaign promises are kept

Most of the results are in from the election, and there are rumors of change in the air. Hawaii’s newly elected or reelected lawmakers have not yet taken the reins of government, but we still remember their campaign promises and are optimistic about seeing them addressed. Some people like to

Read More →

How to win the housing permitting game

I’ve been playing a new online game, but no matter what I do, I can’t seem to win. It’s a real-life simulation about getting authorized to build a house for your family. But I keep getting tripped up by Honolulu’s permitting process. The creative folks at Honolulu Civil Beat have

Read More →

Short-term rental ban deserves short life

You probably have heard that if you want less of something, all you need to do is tax and regulate it. Politicians are aware of this idea, which is why we have taxes and regulations on things such as alcohol, e-cigarettes and other products they consider “sinful,” unhealthy or a

Read More →

Hawaii’s biggest barrier to more housing is politics

Usually, when we say that “government” is responsible for the high price of housing in Hawaii, we are talking about bureaucracy: the rules, regulations, permits and barriers in general that make it difficult, time-consuming and expensive to build homes. But there is another side to the government’s role in the housing

Read More →

Do the right thing for Maui housing, not just ‘something’

“Do something,” goes the popular political call to action. But perhaps it would be better if politicians added a line from the medical field: “First, do no harm.” In the case of housing, the urge to “do something” too often means expanding the role of government, which research shows is

Read More →

Putting a human face on Hawaii’s doctor shortage

The greatest takeaway from three forums last week about Hawaii’s doctor shortage was the realization that we are dealing with an undeniable human tragedy. Sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, the forums on Maui, Oahu and Hawaii island made it clear that the state’s acute shortage of physicians —

Read More →

Will we have to beg for a waiver too?

Watching the controversy unfold over the delivery of fuel to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico has been especially poignant to those of us who live in Hawaii. It’s hard not to look at the delay, political gamesmanship and dueling press statements and wonder how long it will be until Hawaii is in

Read More →

Getting by with a little help from our friends

Greetings from 35,000 feet! Through the clouds below me, the Great Plains are rolling by. This bird’s-eye view of our nation is a metaphor for how my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute have spent the past week. Over the last several days, we have been meeting with members

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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