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President’s Corner

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

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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

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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

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Ukraine crisis highlights need for Hawaii Jones Act relief

Oil tankers at the Russian port of Vladivostok Will our D.C. delegates rise to the occasion?   It has been a whirlwind week at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. But I’m not complaining. International upheaval in Europe has brought significant attention to the Jones Act, which has long been a

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Jones Act threatens Hawaii energy security

The world is holding its breath as we watch the outbreak of war in Ukraine and wonder what it bodes for the future. For those of us in Hawaii, there is an extra reason to be concerned, aside from the geopolitical implications and the loss of life: It is very

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More sunshine would help restore trust in our legislators

Hawaii’s political leaders are looking for ways to rebuild trust with the public, following this week’s shocking and disappointing corruption and bribery charges filed against two Hawaii state legislators. It would be unfair, of course, for us to hold all of our legislators accountable for the alleged actions of just

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 →

Ukraine crisis highlights need for Hawaii Jones Act relief

Oil tankers at the Russian port of Vladivostok Will our D.C. delegates rise to the occasion?   It has been a whirlwind week at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. But I’m not complaining. International upheaval in Europe has brought significant attention to the Jones Act, which has long been a

Read More →

Jones Act threatens Hawaii energy security

The world is holding its breath as we watch the outbreak of war in Ukraine and wonder what it bodes for the future. For those of us in Hawaii, there is an extra reason to be concerned, aside from the geopolitical implications and the loss of life: It is very

Read More →

More sunshine would help restore trust in our legislators

Hawaii’s political leaders are looking for ways to rebuild trust with the public, following this week’s shocking and disappointing corruption and bribery charges filed against two Hawaii state legislators. It would be unfair, of course, for us to hold all of our legislators accountable for the alleged actions of just

Read More →