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President’s Corner

Tax plan a reason to cheer

This week, an actress did something almost unheard of. She apologized for spreading misinformation about the new tax law. Jenna Fisher, who was on NBC’s “The Office,” was one of many who claimed the new tax law eliminated a deduction for teachers buying classroom supplies. She later learned that this wasn’t true

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‘He’s making a list’

You better watch out You better not cry Better not pout I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town Who doesn’t love Santa Claus? He’s the enduring symbol of Christmas and, at his best, the embodiment of generosity and holiday spirit. At his worst, however, he strongly suggests

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One down, 44 to go

Why not briefly celebrate the upside to Hawaii’s extremely modest creep up the ladder of economic freedom before rolling up our sleeves? OK … celebration’s over. After all, we moved up only one place on the Economic Freedom of North America index, the study produced annually by the Canada-based Fraser Institute

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Share freedom, not red tape

Hawaii took the long route to increasing consumer choice at its largest state airport, but it arrived there nevertheless, if only temporarily. After lengthy negotiations, the state granted Uber and Lyft permission to pick up passengers from two designated areas at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Oahu, under

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A tax plan worth copying?

There’s a lot of news out there about the tax bills before the Congress, and nearly all of it is confusing. Call it a symptom of our increasingly partisan media culture or a reflection of political infighting, but it does make it frustrating for those of us who are interested

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Pension pinches profligacy

Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii pointed out that the state Legislature had discovered a new tactic for meeting its public pension financial obligations: passing the costs on to the counties. Now, Hawaii’s county governments — and county taxpayers — are about to feel the pinch. Act 17,

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Politicians missing the boat on Jones Act

It isn’t often that a supposedly controversial political issue builds to an overwhelming consensus among Hawaii citizens — especially when that consensus is in direct opposition to the official position of the state’s Democratic Party. A recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser poll asked, “What should be done about the maritime shipping law, the Jones

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Hawaii living too expensive!

Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii created a popular video about our state’s problem with “flight” — the large number of families leaving Hawaii for places with lower taxes and lower costs of living. And yet, the average salary in Honolulu doesn’t seem so terrible. When you look

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Puerto Rico needs more than temporary Jones Act waiver

The stories coming out of Puerto Rico right now are heartrending. Already suffering from serious economic woes, the island was not prepared for the devastation that followed Hurricane Maria. Rescue and relief efforts have begun, but the challenges of supplies and repair are more substantial when everything needs to be

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Get Jones Act ‘out of the way’

We’ve always known that the road to Jones Act reform was going to be a long one. Under a Democratic president or Congress, it was always assumed that union support for the Jones Act made change nearly impossible. Then, after President Donald Trump was elected, we were told that even

Read More →

Tax plan a reason to cheer

This week, an actress did something almost unheard of. She apologized for spreading misinformation about the new tax law. Jenna Fisher, who was on NBC’s “The Office,” was one of many who claimed the new tax law eliminated a deduction for teachers buying classroom supplies. She later learned that this wasn’t true

Read More →

‘He’s making a list’

You better watch out You better not cry Better not pout I’m telling you why Santa Claus is coming to town Who doesn’t love Santa Claus? He’s the enduring symbol of Christmas and, at his best, the embodiment of generosity and holiday spirit. At his worst, however, he strongly suggests

Read More →

One down, 44 to go

Why not briefly celebrate the upside to Hawaii’s extremely modest creep up the ladder of economic freedom before rolling up our sleeves? OK … celebration’s over. After all, we moved up only one place on the Economic Freedom of North America index, the study produced annually by the Canada-based Fraser Institute

Read More →

Share freedom, not red tape

Hawaii took the long route to increasing consumer choice at its largest state airport, but it arrived there nevertheless, if only temporarily. After lengthy negotiations, the state granted Uber and Lyft permission to pick up passengers from two designated areas at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Oahu, under

Read More →

A tax plan worth copying?

There’s a lot of news out there about the tax bills before the Congress, and nearly all of it is confusing. Call it a symptom of our increasingly partisan media culture or a reflection of political infighting, but it does make it frustrating for those of us who are interested

Read More →

Pension pinches profligacy

Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii pointed out that the state Legislature had discovered a new tactic for meeting its public pension financial obligations: passing the costs on to the counties. Now, Hawaii’s county governments — and county taxpayers — are about to feel the pinch. Act 17,

Read More →

Politicians missing the boat on Jones Act

It isn’t often that a supposedly controversial political issue builds to an overwhelming consensus among Hawaii citizens — especially when that consensus is in direct opposition to the official position of the state’s Democratic Party. A recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser poll asked, “What should be done about the maritime shipping law, the Jones

Read More →

Hawaii living too expensive!

Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii created a popular video about our state’s problem with “flight” — the large number of families leaving Hawaii for places with lower taxes and lower costs of living. And yet, the average salary in Honolulu doesn’t seem so terrible. When you look

Read More →

Puerto Rico needs more than temporary Jones Act waiver

The stories coming out of Puerto Rico right now are heartrending. Already suffering from serious economic woes, the island was not prepared for the devastation that followed Hurricane Maria. Rescue and relief efforts have begun, but the challenges of supplies and repair are more substantial when everything needs to be

Read More →

Get Jones Act ‘out of the way’

We’ve always known that the road to Jones Act reform was going to be a long one. Under a Democratic president or Congress, it was always assumed that union support for the Jones Act made change nearly impossible. Then, after President Donald Trump was elected, we were told that even

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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