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President’s Corner

Misleading budgeting undermines accountable government

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ If you had $1,000 in the bank and $10,000 in credit card debt, would you

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It was 20 years ago today, Richard Rowland taught us how to play

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 12, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ Today is a special day for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. What’s more, it’s

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2021 Legislature might actually do some good

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 5, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ We’ve only just started the new legislative session, and the biggest surprise might be

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VIDEO commentary: ‘Higher revenues without higher taxes’

Jay Fidell, founder and president of the online ThinkTech Hawaii network, liked Keli’i Akina’s recent “President’s Corner” column so much (“Increase economic freedom, not state tax burden,” Jan. 29, 2021) that he asked him to produce a spoken version for the network. If you would like to have Akina’s weekly “President’s

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Increase economic freedom, not state tax burden

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Jan. 29, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ It has become an annual tradition, just like counting in the new year or

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Why the Grassroot Institute released ‘Lockdowns Versus Liberty’

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Jan. 22, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ This week we witnessed the inauguration of a new president and the opening of the

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‘Saving’ money now is going to cost us a lot more in the future

Saving money now is going to cost our children — and our grandchildren — billions of dollars. As part of the effort to address the state’s budget woes, intensified by the coronavirus lockdowns, Gov. David Ige last year suspended mandatory payments to the state’s Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF),

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Last thing Hawai needs right now is more taxes

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Jan. 8, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-386-9047 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ Wishing and hoping are fine themes for a movie or a pop song. For

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The best gift from Santa would be economic freedom

If only it were possible to fill a stocking with economic freedom and leave lots of new jobs under the tree. Like everything else about 2020, this Christmas season has been quite different, and we at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii have had a lot of time to ponder our

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Best way to generate taxes is through economic growth

If Benjamin Franklin had ever seen the Hawaii state budget, he’d have changed his famous quote to say that the only two things certain in life are debt and taxes. Especially these days, it’s as if local policymakers can think of nothing else to help Hawaii come to terms with

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Misleading budgeting undermines accountable government

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ If you had $1,000 in the bank and $10,000 in credit card debt, would you

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It was 20 years ago today, Richard Rowland taught us how to play

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 12, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ Today is a special day for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. What’s more, it’s

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2021 Legislature might actually do some good

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 5, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ We’ve only just started the new legislative session, and the biggest surprise might be

Read More →

VIDEO commentary: ‘Higher revenues without higher taxes’

Jay Fidell, founder and president of the online ThinkTech Hawaii network, liked Keli’i Akina’s recent “President’s Corner” column so much (“Increase economic freedom, not state tax burden,” Jan. 29, 2021) that he asked him to produce a spoken version for the network. If you would like to have Akina’s weekly “President’s

Read More →

Increase economic freedom, not state tax burden

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Jan. 29, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ It has become an annual tradition, just like counting in the new year or

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Why the Grassroot Institute released ‘Lockdowns Versus Liberty’

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Jan. 22, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ This week we witnessed the inauguration of a new president and the opening of the

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‘Saving’ money now is going to cost us a lot more in the future

Saving money now is going to cost our children — and our grandchildren — billions of dollars. As part of the effort to address the state’s budget woes, intensified by the coronavirus lockdowns, Gov. David Ige last year suspended mandatory payments to the state’s Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF),

Read More →

Last thing Hawai needs right now is more taxes

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Jan. 8, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-386-9047 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ Wishing and hoping are fine themes for a movie or a pop song. For

Read More →

The best gift from Santa would be economic freedom

If only it were possible to fill a stocking with economic freedom and leave lots of new jobs under the tree. Like everything else about 2020, this Christmas season has been quite different, and we at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii have had a lot of time to ponder our

Read More →

Best way to generate taxes is through economic growth

If Benjamin Franklin had ever seen the Hawaii state budget, he’d have changed his famous quote to say that the only two things certain in life are debt and taxes. Especially these days, it’s as if local policymakers can think of nothing else to help Hawaii come to terms with

Read More →