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PVSA-reform bills in Congress could provide boost to Hawaii

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued the following as a news release on June 12, 2021. ________________ The federal Passenger Vessel Services Act has long been recognized as an impediment to Hawaii’s tourism potential and port-related jobs HONOLULU, June 12, 2021 >> In another blow to the U.S. Passenger Vessel Services

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NEWS RELEASE: President Biden signs bill exempting Alaska from PVSA

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 25, 2021. ________________ The Passenger Vessel Services Act cut off Alaska’s tourism industry from large foreign-flagged cruise ships departing from Washington HONOLULU, May 25, 2021 >> In a huge victory for Alaska’s tourism industry — with

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New article warns of vacuum after MS Pride of America leaves Hawaii

Photo by Charley Myers The following is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 11, 2021. ____________ If the 2,186-passenger cruise liner were redeployed or retired today, there would be no comparable ship to take its place under federal law HONOLULU, May 11, 2021

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HART officials looking at 27 possible rail changes

Photo courtesy of HART The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on April 30, 2021. ____________ Funding worries have forced the Honolulu transit agency to consider alternatives to its original plan, newly released documents show   HONOLULU, April 30, 2021 >> The Honolulu Authority

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Hawaii per-capita state tax revenues highest in nation, research shows

The following is the revised version of a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 25, 2021. It includes an expanded footnote and some language not found in the earlier verison. _____________ Hawaii state tax revenues per capita exceed the national average by more than 100%, according to

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Grassroot Institute CEO denounces House budget plan as ‘irresponsible’

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 24, 2021, regarding the state House voting unanimously to approve HB200, HD1. _____________ Institute President Keli’i Akina says House members should have aimed to pay off more debt instead of go on a record-breaking spending spree HONOLULU, March 24, 2021 >>

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News release: Grassroot Institute supports Alaska bid seeking exemption from cruising ban

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 6, 2021, regarding testimony it submitted to the Alaska Senate Labor and Commerce Committee about Senate Joint Resolution 9. _____________ Alaska’s tourism industry is in deep trouble because foreign cruise ships may not carry passengers between U.S. ports without a foreign

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New report calls for reform of state’s emergency powers

The following was a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 18, 2021. ___________ Hawaii’s Legislature needs to step in to prevent the extensive exercise of unchecked unilateral power, says the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, Jan. 18, 2021 >> Hawaii’s emergency-management laws need to be reformed to prevent

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Delaying EUTF payments will add $8 billion to Hawaii taxpayer debt

This following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 12, 2021. ______________ Efforts to save money now will cost taxpayers more later while putting government employees and retirees at risk, says the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, Jan. 12, 2020 >> Hawaii taxpayers will

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PVSA-reform bills in Congress could provide boost to Hawaii

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued the following as a news release on June 12, 2021. ________________ The federal Passenger Vessel Services Act has long been recognized as an impediment to Hawaii’s tourism potential and port-related jobs HONOLULU, June 12, 2021 >> In another blow to the U.S. Passenger Vessel Services

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NEWS RELEASE: President Biden signs bill exempting Alaska from PVSA

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 25, 2021. ________________ The Passenger Vessel Services Act cut off Alaska’s tourism industry from large foreign-flagged cruise ships departing from Washington HONOLULU, May 25, 2021 >> In a huge victory for Alaska’s tourism industry — with

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New article warns of vacuum after MS Pride of America leaves Hawaii

Photo by Charley Myers The following is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 11, 2021. ____________ If the 2,186-passenger cruise liner were redeployed or retired today, there would be no comparable ship to take its place under federal law HONOLULU, May 11, 2021

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HART officials looking at 27 possible rail changes

Photo courtesy of HART The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on April 30, 2021. ____________ Funding worries have forced the Honolulu transit agency to consider alternatives to its original plan, newly released documents show   HONOLULU, April 30, 2021 >> The Honolulu Authority

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Hawaii per-capita state tax revenues highest in nation, research shows

The following is the revised version of a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 25, 2021. It includes an expanded footnote and some language not found in the earlier verison. _____________ Hawaii state tax revenues per capita exceed the national average by more than 100%, according to

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Grassroot Institute CEO denounces House budget plan as ‘irresponsible’

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 24, 2021, regarding the state House voting unanimously to approve HB200, HD1. _____________ Institute President Keli’i Akina says House members should have aimed to pay off more debt instead of go on a record-breaking spending spree HONOLULU, March 24, 2021 >>

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News release: Grassroot Institute supports Alaska bid seeking exemption from cruising ban

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 6, 2021, regarding testimony it submitted to the Alaska Senate Labor and Commerce Committee about Senate Joint Resolution 9. _____________ Alaska’s tourism industry is in deep trouble because foreign cruise ships may not carry passengers between U.S. ports without a foreign

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New report calls for reform of state’s emergency powers

The following was a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 18, 2021. ___________ Hawaii’s Legislature needs to step in to prevent the extensive exercise of unchecked unilateral power, says the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, Jan. 18, 2021 >> Hawaii’s emergency-management laws need to be reformed to prevent

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Delaying EUTF payments will add $8 billion to Hawaii taxpayer debt

This following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 12, 2021. ______________ Efforts to save money now will cost taxpayers more later while putting government employees and retirees at risk, says the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, Jan. 12, 2020 >> Hawaii taxpayers will

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