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President’s Corner

Hawaii’s love-hate relationship with tourism

Photo by Charley Myers It’s not just Hawaii residents who are being priced out of paradise. Slowly but surely, tourists are also wondering whether they can still afford to visit here. A survey by Anthology Research of almost 4,000 tourists during the 2022 first quarter found that visitors from the

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Support emergency powers reform in spirit of July 4th

This weekend is a time for celebrating the Declaration of Independence, which was the inspiration behind the founding of the United States of America. In Hawaii, this July 4th can be additionally meaningful, as we have the opportunity to defend liberty and uphold the system of political checks and balances

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Time to get real about rail

Photo by Charley Myers Boundless optimism may be a great trait in a friend, but it’s not what you need when you’re dealing with billion-dollar projects and long-term cost projections. From the beginning, the folks in charge of the Honolulu rail project have been relentlessly sunny in their projections. It

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We can do something about inflation

Prices are going up everywhere, and Hawaii families and businesses are hurting as a result. We see it at the gas pump, where motorists have to weigh the cost against their other bills, such as food, medical, housing or daycare. We see it at the grocery store, where the prices

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Good news/bad news about cryptocurrency in Hawaii

The good news is that Hawaii residents will be able to keep trading in cryptocurrency. The bad news is that Hawaii’s policymakers haven’t given up the dream of regulating it into oblivion. For years, Hawaii residents who wanted to buy or sell cryptocurrency were stymied by the state’s Money Transmitters Act,

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Want more housing? Try economic freedom

How do you know if your state’s housing crisis is related to overregulation? When it’s technically easier to build a house for Oprah than it is to build houses for average families. That’s what my colleague Joe Kent made clear on Tuesday to a group of students visiting from Michigan’s

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Auē! All four counties are planning spending sprees

Hawaii might be recovering from the COVID-19 recession more quickly than anticipated, but that does not mean we are out of the woods. Inflation, economic setbacks and a possible recession are reason enough for policymakers to tread carefully when it comes to the budget. Fortunately, there is a simple guideline

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Civic involvement is key to saving Hawaii

One thing I’ve learned from talking to people around the state is that Hawaii’s residents care about the future of our islands — and they have a lot of questions for our elected officials. This week, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii hosted a series of legislative wrap-ups on Oahu, Maui

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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

Read More →

Hawaii’s love-hate relationship with tourism

Photo by Charley Myers It’s not just Hawaii residents who are being priced out of paradise. Slowly but surely, tourists are also wondering whether they can still afford to visit here. A survey by Anthology Research of almost 4,000 tourists during the 2022 first quarter found that visitors from the

Read More →

Support emergency powers reform in spirit of July 4th

This weekend is a time for celebrating the Declaration of Independence, which was the inspiration behind the founding of the United States of America. In Hawaii, this July 4th can be additionally meaningful, as we have the opportunity to defend liberty and uphold the system of political checks and balances

Read More →

Time to get real about rail

Photo by Charley Myers Boundless optimism may be a great trait in a friend, but it’s not what you need when you’re dealing with billion-dollar projects and long-term cost projections. From the beginning, the folks in charge of the Honolulu rail project have been relentlessly sunny in their projections. It

Read More →

We can do something about inflation

Prices are going up everywhere, and Hawaii families and businesses are hurting as a result. We see it at the gas pump, where motorists have to weigh the cost against their other bills, such as food, medical, housing or daycare. We see it at the grocery store, where the prices

Read More →

Good news/bad news about cryptocurrency in Hawaii

The good news is that Hawaii residents will be able to keep trading in cryptocurrency. The bad news is that Hawaii’s policymakers haven’t given up the dream of regulating it into oblivion. For years, Hawaii residents who wanted to buy or sell cryptocurrency were stymied by the state’s Money Transmitters Act,

Read More →

Want more housing? Try economic freedom

How do you know if your state’s housing crisis is related to overregulation? When it’s technically easier to build a house for Oprah than it is to build houses for average families. That’s what my colleague Joe Kent made clear on Tuesday to a group of students visiting from Michigan’s

Read More →

Auē! All four counties are planning spending sprees

Hawaii might be recovering from the COVID-19 recession more quickly than anticipated, but that does not mean we are out of the woods. Inflation, economic setbacks and a possible recession are reason enough for policymakers to tread carefully when it comes to the budget. Fortunately, there is a simple guideline

Read More →

Civic involvement is key to saving Hawaii

One thing I’ve learned from talking to people around the state is that Hawaii’s residents care about the future of our islands — and they have a lot of questions for our elected officials. This week, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii hosted a series of legislative wrap-ups on Oahu, Maui

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 →

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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