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Happy birthday, Jones Act … not!

This news release was issued June 5, 2020. ____________________ The best gift for this 100-year-old law that harms Hawaii would be to modernize it for the 21st century HONOLULU, June 5, 2020 >> Today marks the centennial of the Jones Act, the federal protectionist law well known for restricting the shipment of goods between

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Grassroot Institute details how to rescue Hawaii’s economy

This is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawai on May 22, 2020. _____________ The institute urges best practices for a successful recovery HONOLULU, May 22, 2020 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today published a new policy brief, “Road map to prosperity,” that offers almost two

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News release: ‘Let Hawaii Work’

NEWS RELEASE, from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. For more information, contact petition coordinator Josh Mason at 918-261-8444 or jmason@grassrootinstittute.org. _________________ New petition urges lifting of lockdown so Hawaii residents can get back to work HONOLULU, April 30, 2020 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has launched a petition drive calling on Gov.

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Diverse groups with common cause urge policymakers to let sun shine in

Signers call for restoration of open government in Hawaii NEWS RELEASE from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, March 31, 2020 >> Common Cause Hawaii sent a letter today to Gov. David Ige and the state’s four county mayors, signed by more than 40 groups and individuals, imploring them to restore open government in Hawaii. Hawaii’s

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‘Coronavirus recession’ could put Hawaii in $3.8 billion hole by 2025

NEWS RELEASE from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Reckless state spending is exhausting our emergency reserves HONOLULU, Feb. 25, 2020 >> Gov. David Ige’s budget for fiscal 2021 could result in a $3.8 billion state deficit by fiscal 2025, if a prolonged recession caused by the coronavirus should hit, according to the Grassroot Institute

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Event alert: Should Hawaii increase its minimum wage?

An expert on Seattle’s experience will address 2 Hawaii events HONOLULU, Feb. 23, 2020 >> Proposals to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage are back on the docket at the state Legislature, in an effort to make our state more affordable. And who doesn’t want that? It’s an attractive idea, but what could

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Hawaii GET adds $220M to healthcare costs

Exempting medical services would help patients and stem the doctor shortage HONOLULU, Jan. 30, 2020 >> Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in a $222 million tax cut for consumers and healthcare professionals, according to a new study commissioned by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.  Economic research firm John

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Governor’s budget exceeds spending cap — again

This news release was sent out to the media in Hawaii and elsewhere on Jan. 9, 2020. ________________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges the Legislature to rein in spending and taxes HONOLULU, Jan. 9, 2020 >> Gov. David Ige this week released his updated budget for fiscal 2021 and

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Exodus from Hawaii continued in fiscal 2019

This article was originally issued as a news release on Dec. 30, 2019. _________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii cites Hawaii’s cost of living and lack of opportunities HONOLULU, Dec. 30, 2019 >> Hawaii once again suffered an annual population decrease in fiscal 2019, with a record 13,817 residents moving

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Hawaii Supreme Court to decide ‘gut and replace’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii applauds the effort to stop this undemocratic practice HONOLULU, Dec. 19, 2019 >> Keli’i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, today applauded the news that the Hawaii Supreme Court will weigh in on the controversial legislative practice known as “gut and replace.” On

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Happy birthday, Jones Act … not!

This news release was issued June 5, 2020. ____________________ The best gift for this 100-year-old law that harms Hawaii would be to modernize it for the 21st century HONOLULU, June 5, 2020 >> Today marks the centennial of the Jones Act, the federal protectionist law well known for restricting the shipment of goods between

Read More →

Grassroot Institute details how to rescue Hawaii’s economy

This is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawai on May 22, 2020. _____________ The institute urges best practices for a successful recovery HONOLULU, May 22, 2020 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today published a new policy brief, “Road map to prosperity,” that offers almost two

Read More →

News release: ‘Let Hawaii Work’

NEWS RELEASE, from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. For more information, contact petition coordinator Josh Mason at 918-261-8444 or jmason@grassrootinstittute.org. _________________ New petition urges lifting of lockdown so Hawaii residents can get back to work HONOLULU, April 30, 2020 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has launched a petition drive calling on Gov.

Read More →

Diverse groups with common cause urge policymakers to let sun shine in

Signers call for restoration of open government in Hawaii NEWS RELEASE from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, March 31, 2020 >> Common Cause Hawaii sent a letter today to Gov. David Ige and the state’s four county mayors, signed by more than 40 groups and individuals, imploring them to restore open government in Hawaii. Hawaii’s

Read More →

‘Coronavirus recession’ could put Hawaii in $3.8 billion hole by 2025

NEWS RELEASE from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Reckless state spending is exhausting our emergency reserves HONOLULU, Feb. 25, 2020 >> Gov. David Ige’s budget for fiscal 2021 could result in a $3.8 billion state deficit by fiscal 2025, if a prolonged recession caused by the coronavirus should hit, according to the Grassroot Institute

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Event alert: Should Hawaii increase its minimum wage?

An expert on Seattle’s experience will address 2 Hawaii events HONOLULU, Feb. 23, 2020 >> Proposals to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage are back on the docket at the state Legislature, in an effort to make our state more affordable. And who doesn’t want that? It’s an attractive idea, but what could

Read More →

Hawaii GET adds $220M to healthcare costs

Exempting medical services would help patients and stem the doctor shortage HONOLULU, Jan. 30, 2020 >> Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in a $222 million tax cut for consumers and healthcare professionals, according to a new study commissioned by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.  Economic research firm John

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Governor’s budget exceeds spending cap — again

This news release was sent out to the media in Hawaii and elsewhere on Jan. 9, 2020. ________________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges the Legislature to rein in spending and taxes HONOLULU, Jan. 9, 2020 >> Gov. David Ige this week released his updated budget for fiscal 2021 and

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Exodus from Hawaii continued in fiscal 2019

This article was originally issued as a news release on Dec. 30, 2019. _________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii cites Hawaii’s cost of living and lack of opportunities HONOLULU, Dec. 30, 2019 >> Hawaii once again suffered an annual population decrease in fiscal 2019, with a record 13,817 residents moving

Read More →

Hawaii Supreme Court to decide ‘gut and replace’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii applauds the effort to stop this undemocratic practice HONOLULU, Dec. 19, 2019 >> Keli’i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, today applauded the news that the Hawaii Supreme Court will weigh in on the controversial legislative practice known as “gut and replace.” On

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