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President’s Corner

Legislature comes through big time

Yesterday was the last day of Hawaii’s 2024 state legislative session, and what a session it was. The best news to come out of it was that our lawmakers passed a major income tax-relief bill, HB2404, which Gov. Josh Green is almost certain to sign because it was part of his

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Legislature on brink of advancing brighter future

Every once in a while, something happens that makes you proud to have worked so hard for so many years. For me, that something happened yesterday at the Legislature, where at least five bills strongly supported by my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were passed out

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Let’s end embarrassing tax on medical services

Testimony at this year’s Hawaii State Legislature has made it pretty clear why medical services in Hawaii should be exempted from the state general excise tax. At a recent legislative hearing on a bill that would do just that, dozens of doctors and healthcare advocates explained how the GET makes

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A tax proposal I actually like

Most people in Hawaii like the idea of dealing with local, family-owned companies that help make our state unique. Such companies include Zippy’s, Foodland, Tamura’s, KTA Super Stores, Servco, L&L Hawaiian Barbeque, Tori Richard, ABC Stores, City Mill and many more. Unfortunately, Hawaii has a tax law that can make

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How to nurse Hawaii back to good health

We must give credit where it’s due: Hawaii lawmakers seem to be getting serious about solving our healthcare shortages. Problems such as Hawaii’s doctor and nursing shortages existed before the COVID-19 crisis, but facing such a healthcare emergency without enough healthcare workers made it clear that the issue couldn’t be

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How to revive Hawaii’s downtown centers

I have said many times that there is no single solution to Hawaii’s housing crisis. We need a variety of approaches to improve the situation. One promising option is so-called adaptive reuse — that is, turning older office or commercial buildings into residential apartments or condominiums. In the wake of

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Cost of NIMBYism way too high

Through the years, each of my weekly letters to you has concluded with the Hawaiian phrase “E hana kākou” (“Let’s work together”) as a reminder of how important it is for us to find common ground as we work toward establishing a more free and prosperous Hawaii for all. Recently,

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Let’s cut jaywalkers some slack

Have you ever stood on a street corner waiting impatiently for the crossing signal — with not a car in sight? Here in Hawaii, crossing the street before the signal gives you the go-ahead could easily earn you a jaywalking ticket. But, I’m happy to report, that might soon change.

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The real monster is our housing crisis

I’ve been listening to naysayers in the housing debate and many of them seem to think monsters lurk behind every corner — monster homes, monster condos, even monster housing developments. Yet, it turns out that much like the mythical monster under the bed and the monster in the closet, once you turn on the

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Your cost of living just went up

A couple of weeks ago, while most people were paying attention to tax and budget discussions at the Legislature, Hawaii became a little more expensive. That’s because on Feb. 16, the governor’s office issued a new “administrative directive”that requires all state construction projects worth more than $1.5 million to be

Read More →

Legislature comes through big time

Yesterday was the last day of Hawaii’s 2024 state legislative session, and what a session it was. The best news to come out of it was that our lawmakers passed a major income tax-relief bill, HB2404, which Gov. Josh Green is almost certain to sign because it was part of his

Read More →

Legislature on brink of advancing brighter future

Every once in a while, something happens that makes you proud to have worked so hard for so many years. For me, that something happened yesterday at the Legislature, where at least five bills strongly supported by my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were passed out

Read More →

Let’s end embarrassing tax on medical services

Testimony at this year’s Hawaii State Legislature has made it pretty clear why medical services in Hawaii should be exempted from the state general excise tax. At a recent legislative hearing on a bill that would do just that, dozens of doctors and healthcare advocates explained how the GET makes

Read More →

A tax proposal I actually like

Most people in Hawaii like the idea of dealing with local, family-owned companies that help make our state unique. Such companies include Zippy’s, Foodland, Tamura’s, KTA Super Stores, Servco, L&L Hawaiian Barbeque, Tori Richard, ABC Stores, City Mill and many more. Unfortunately, Hawaii has a tax law that can make

Read More →

How to nurse Hawaii back to good health

We must give credit where it’s due: Hawaii lawmakers seem to be getting serious about solving our healthcare shortages. Problems such as Hawaii’s doctor and nursing shortages existed before the COVID-19 crisis, but facing such a healthcare emergency without enough healthcare workers made it clear that the issue couldn’t be

Read More →

How to revive Hawaii’s downtown centers

I have said many times that there is no single solution to Hawaii’s housing crisis. We need a variety of approaches to improve the situation. One promising option is so-called adaptive reuse — that is, turning older office or commercial buildings into residential apartments or condominiums. In the wake of

Read More →

Cost of NIMBYism way too high

Through the years, each of my weekly letters to you has concluded with the Hawaiian phrase “E hana kākou” (“Let’s work together”) as a reminder of how important it is for us to find common ground as we work toward establishing a more free and prosperous Hawaii for all. Recently,

Read More →

Let’s cut jaywalkers some slack

Have you ever stood on a street corner waiting impatiently for the crossing signal — with not a car in sight? Here in Hawaii, crossing the street before the signal gives you the go-ahead could easily earn you a jaywalking ticket. But, I’m happy to report, that might soon change.

Read More →

The real monster is our housing crisis

I’ve been listening to naysayers in the housing debate and many of them seem to think monsters lurk behind every corner — monster homes, monster condos, even monster housing developments. Yet, it turns out that much like the mythical monster under the bed and the monster in the closet, once you turn on the

Read More →

Your cost of living just went up

A couple of weeks ago, while most people were paying attention to tax and budget discussions at the Legislature, Hawaii became a little more expensive. That’s because on Feb. 16, the governor’s office issued a new “administrative directive”that requires all state construction projects worth more than $1.5 million to be

Read More →