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President’s Corner

Questions persist about viability of Honolulu rail

Photo by Charley Myers At this point, the one thing we can rely on concerning the Honolulu rail project is the long list of unanswered questions. Among them: >> How much will it really cost? >> How will we pay for its future operations and maintenance? >> Will it ever

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Three bills to sign, two bills to veto

Photo by Charley Myers The 2022 Legislative session is officially over, and now we turn to the governor. Which bills will he sign right away? Which will he veto? Which will he allow to become law without his signature? For a full analysis and discussion of the 2022 session, I

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Time to let Hawaii tourism stand on its own

Photo by Charley Myers It looks like we could be on the verge of a new tourism policy for Hawaii. Legislators have been dickering this past week over how much money the state tourism agency should receive and under what conditions. Ultimately, however, the state Hawaii Tourism Authority might receive

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Vacation rental ban won’t solve Hawaii housing crisis

Photo by Charley Myers I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but banning short-term vacation rentals is not going to lower Oahu housing prices. On Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council passed Bill 41 by a vote of 8 to 1. The bill would allow short-term rentals only in certain

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UHERO is my new housing policy hero

There’s no getting around the basic rules of economics. For years, I have been saying that the housing crisis is exacerbated by regulatory roadblocks at the municipal, county and state levels. Delays, zoning rules and a long pathway to approval make homebuilding difficult and expensive. In essence, Hawaii’s lack of

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Hawaii taxpayers deserve a rebate — a big one

Imagine your brother was facing a bad financial situation.  Things looked bleak for a while, and the family came together to help him out. Eventually, he got through it, thanks in part to generosity from his siblings. Now, not only is he out of trouble, but he has money to

Read More →

Three important questions about the minimum wage

Before our legislators vote on whether to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage, I encourage them to ask three very important questions: >> Who are we trying to help? >> Who would actually be affected? >> Is the minimum wage the best way to help low-income families? Clearly, many people believe that increasing

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We can breathe freely again; what have we learned?

We are finally breathing a little more freely. As of today, Hawaii’s mask mandate is officially lifted, two years after Gov. David Ige first declared a COVID-19 state of emergency. Masks are still required for TheBus and TheHandi-Van, airlines and other forms of public transportation, in accordance with a still-existing federal

Read More →

Institute active as Legislature enters critical second half

Photo by Charley Myers A lot of people know that I am president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, whose mission is to help lower our cost of living, expand opportunity and foster prosperity for all Hawaii residents. Recently I’ve been asked a few times to explain what specifically we

Read More →

Questions persist about viability of Honolulu rail

Photo by Charley Myers At this point, the one thing we can rely on concerning the Honolulu rail project is the long list of unanswered questions. Among them: >> How much will it really cost? >> How will we pay for its future operations and maintenance? >> Will it ever

Read More →

Three bills to sign, two bills to veto

Photo by Charley Myers The 2022 Legislative session is officially over, and now we turn to the governor. Which bills will he sign right away? Which will he veto? Which will he allow to become law without his signature? For a full analysis and discussion of the 2022 session, I

Read More →

Time to let Hawaii tourism stand on its own

Photo by Charley Myers It looks like we could be on the verge of a new tourism policy for Hawaii. Legislators have been dickering this past week over how much money the state tourism agency should receive and under what conditions. Ultimately, however, the state Hawaii Tourism Authority might receive

Read More →

Vacation rental ban won’t solve Hawaii housing crisis

Photo by Charley Myers I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but banning short-term vacation rentals is not going to lower Oahu housing prices. On Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council passed Bill 41 by a vote of 8 to 1. The bill would allow short-term rentals only in certain

Read More →

UHERO is my new housing policy hero

There’s no getting around the basic rules of economics. For years, I have been saying that the housing crisis is exacerbated by regulatory roadblocks at the municipal, county and state levels. Delays, zoning rules and a long pathway to approval make homebuilding difficult and expensive. In essence, Hawaii’s lack of

Read More →

Hawaii taxpayers deserve a rebate — a big one

Imagine your brother was facing a bad financial situation.  Things looked bleak for a while, and the family came together to help him out. Eventually, he got through it, thanks in part to generosity from his siblings. Now, not only is he out of trouble, but he has money to

Read More →

Three important questions about the minimum wage

Before our legislators vote on whether to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage, I encourage them to ask three very important questions: >> Who are we trying to help? >> Who would actually be affected? >> Is the minimum wage the best way to help low-income families? Clearly, many people believe that increasing

Read More →

We can breathe freely again; what have we learned?

We are finally breathing a little more freely. As of today, Hawaii’s mask mandate is officially lifted, two years after Gov. David Ige first declared a COVID-19 state of emergency. Masks are still required for TheBus and TheHandi-Van, airlines and other forms of public transportation, in accordance with a still-existing federal

Read More →

Institute active as Legislature enters critical second half

Photo by Charley Myers A lot of people know that I am president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, whose mission is to help lower our cost of living, expand opportunity and foster prosperity for all Hawaii residents. Recently I’ve been asked a few times to explain what specifically we

Read More →