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State unemployment tax slated to automatically triple in 2021

This article was issued as a news release on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, and again on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. _______________ Failure to address the legally required increase could discourage employers from hiring back employees after the lockdowns HONOLULU, Nov. 15, 2020 >> Hawaii’s yearly unemployment tax on businesses is set to

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Old federal maritime law holds back Hawaii tourism, new report shows

The following is a news release sent out to all Hawaii media on Oct. 21, 2020. ____________ Ocean cruising has been suspended during the lockdowns, but when it resumes, it needs more freedom to benefit Hawaii HONOLULU, Oct. 21, 2020 >> Ocean cruising is a natural for Hawaii’s tourism industry, but federal law has

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Hawaii debt increases $9 billion over past 8 months, to $97 billion

The following is a news release that was sent to all Hawaii media on Oct. 15, 2020. ______________ HONOLULU, Oct. 15, 2020 >> Hawaii’s unfunded liabilities for infrastructure and public health benefits have increased so far this year to $97 billion, according to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. That’s $9

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Reform state LUC to encourage more housing, new report says

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Sept. 22, 2020. ______________ The state Land Use Commission has strayed from its core mission, leading to fewer homes and higher home prices for Hawaii residents   HONOLULU, Sept. 22, 2020 >> Giving Hawaii’s counties more

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Watchdog group urges Ige to release COVID records

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Aug. 24, 2020. ___________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says the lack of transparency is ‘eroding public trust in the management of the pandemic’ HONOLULU, Aug. 24, 2020 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today

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New tool lets citizens balance Hawaii budget

The following is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on June 19, 2020. _______________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii tool shows 15% cuts across the board and delaying salary increases would be enough to erase the deficit   HONOLULU, June 19, 2020 >> Hawaii citizens now can try their hand

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State unemployment tax slated to automatically triple in 2021

This article was issued as a news release on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, and again on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. _______________ Failure to address the legally required increase could discourage employers from hiring back employees after the lockdowns HONOLULU, Nov. 15, 2020 >> Hawaii’s yearly unemployment tax on businesses is set to

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Old federal maritime law holds back Hawaii tourism, new report shows

The following is a news release sent out to all Hawaii media on Oct. 21, 2020. ____________ Ocean cruising has been suspended during the lockdowns, but when it resumes, it needs more freedom to benefit Hawaii HONOLULU, Oct. 21, 2020 >> Ocean cruising is a natural for Hawaii’s tourism industry, but federal law has

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Hawaii debt increases $9 billion over past 8 months, to $97 billion

The following is a news release that was sent to all Hawaii media on Oct. 15, 2020. ______________ HONOLULU, Oct. 15, 2020 >> Hawaii’s unfunded liabilities for infrastructure and public health benefits have increased so far this year to $97 billion, according to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. That’s $9

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Reform state LUC to encourage more housing, new report says

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Sept. 22, 2020. ______________ The state Land Use Commission has strayed from its core mission, leading to fewer homes and higher home prices for Hawaii residents   HONOLULU, Sept. 22, 2020 >> Giving Hawaii’s counties more

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Watchdog group urges Ige to release COVID records

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Aug. 24, 2020. ___________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says the lack of transparency is ‘eroding public trust in the management of the pandemic’ HONOLULU, Aug. 24, 2020 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today

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New tool lets citizens balance Hawaii budget

The following is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on June 19, 2020. _______________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii tool shows 15% cuts across the board and delaying salary increases would be enough to erase the deficit   HONOLULU, June 19, 2020 >> Hawaii citizens now can try their hand

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