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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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NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii has third-fastest population decline in nation

HONOLULU, Dec. 22, 2020 >> Hawaii’s economic crisis has precipitated the third-fastest level of economic flight per capita in the nation, behind Illinois, and followed by West Virginia, Mississippi and Alaska, according to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. U.S. Census Bureau data released today shows Hawaii’s population declined in fiscal 2020 by 8,609,

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NEWS RELEASE: State deficit equals overspending since 2012

HONOLULU, Dec. 16, 2020 >> The state spent $1.4 billion over its constitutional spending cap during the past decade, which might have been enough to deal with the state’s current $1.4 billion shortfall for each of the next four fiscal years,[1] according to research from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. In

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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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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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NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii has third-fastest population decline in nation

HONOLULU, Dec. 22, 2020 >> Hawaii’s economic crisis has precipitated the third-fastest level of economic flight per capita in the nation, behind Illinois, and followed by West Virginia, Mississippi and Alaska, according to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. U.S. Census Bureau data released today shows Hawaii’s population declined in fiscal 2020 by 8,609,

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NEWS RELEASE: State deficit equals overspending since 2012

HONOLULU, Dec. 16, 2020 >> The state spent $1.4 billion over its constitutional spending cap during the past decade, which might have been enough to deal with the state’s current $1.4 billion shortfall for each of the next four fiscal years,[1] according to research from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. In

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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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