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President’s Corner

Hawaii schools need flexibility, not centralization

At a time when many advocates of education reform are promoting greater local involvement in schools, Hawaii appears to be moving in the opposite direction. The Aloha State is already unusual in the way it manages education. Generally throughout the country, state education departments supplement local property taxes in order

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How much privacy for public employees?

Transparency is a difficult area for politicians and policymakers. Typically they profess to understand the value of open government, but it’s astounding how quickly they can carve out exceptions to withhold information from the public. Consider HB1768, a bill currently working its way through the state Legislature. If enacted, it

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Let’s get Hawaii on road to prosperity

What if there was a roadmap to economic prosperity, a simple set of guidelines that policymakers could follow to ensure that everyone in their communities could be more prosperous? Sounds too good to be true, right? But that map exists. In fact, it’s on the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii website.

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Good intentions don’t always equal good policy

If Hawaii legislators are serious about helping low-wage workers, they need to think differently. Raising the state’s minimum wage would only create more barriers to business and enterprise in the islands, thus harming the very folks these well-intended policies are meant to help.

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Hawaii schools need flexibility, not centralization

At a time when many advocates of education reform are promoting greater local involvement in schools, Hawaii appears to be moving in the opposite direction. The Aloha State is already unusual in the way it manages education. Generally throughout the country, state education departments supplement local property taxes in order

Read More →

How much privacy for public employees?

Transparency is a difficult area for politicians and policymakers. Typically they profess to understand the value of open government, but it’s astounding how quickly they can carve out exceptions to withhold information from the public. Consider HB1768, a bill currently working its way through the state Legislature. If enacted, it

Read More →

Let’s get Hawaii on road to prosperity

What if there was a roadmap to economic prosperity, a simple set of guidelines that policymakers could follow to ensure that everyone in their communities could be more prosperous? Sounds too good to be true, right? But that map exists. In fact, it’s on the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii website.

Read More →

Good intentions don’t always equal good policy

If Hawaii legislators are serious about helping low-wage workers, they need to think differently. Raising the state’s minimum wage would only create more barriers to business and enterprise in the islands, thus harming the very folks these well-intended policies are meant to help.

Read More →