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Don’t let shutdown block the sunshine

Don’t let shutdown block the sunshine

I don’t envy Gov. David Ige … or any of our government leaders who are struggling with policy decisions during this difficult time.  Weighing public health against economic concerns, constitutional rights and a thousand other factors is no easy task. I believe that…

How to navigate the ‘coronavirus recession’

How to navigate the ‘coronavirus recession’

This commentary was originally published March 15 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ___________ With the coronavirus causing havoc for both the U.S. stock market and Hawaii’s tourism industry, now is not the time for state lawmakers to be increasing spending, taxes or…

Despite the stress, we haven’t lost step

Despite the stress, we haven’t lost step

This is a challenging time for all residents of Hawaii. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has been discussing the possible impact of the coronavirus for weeks. But even while advising caution in the face of a possible recession, we weren’t contemplating a situation…

VIDEO: Coronavirus report from Hong Kong

VIDEO: Coronavirus report from Hong Kong

With expertise in both genetic science and traditional Chinese medicine, Dr. Mai Wang has set her sites on helping find a solution to the coronavirus crisis facing the world today. The former Honolulu resident, now living in Hong Kong, was interviewed Monday, March…

‘Coronavirus recession’ a reality check

‘Coronavirus recession’ a reality check

Now that the coronavirus is officially a pandemic, politicians everywhere are scrambling to respond. While we applaud efforts to protect citizens’ health, there is another element that must be accounted for: the virus’ effect on Hawaii’s economy. Earlier this week,…

Testimony on proposed minimum-wage increase

Testimony on proposed minimum-wage increase

Photo by Charley Myers Grassroot Institute of Hawaii – HB2541 Testimony March 12, 2020 3:15 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 224 To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot…

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‘Hawaii Supreme Court Overturns 30 Years of Government Secrecy’

Minneapolis offers Hawaii a model for sweeping housing deregulation

‘Jones Act Is The Largest Impediment To Economic Growth In Hawaii’

Is California (Hawaii) going the way of Germany when it comes to energy?

Police Commission wants accountability about why gun carry permits are being denied

‘We should be angry about rail’s broken promises’

Star-Advertiser urges HART to cough up more rail info for State Auditor

Time is running out to resolve rail audit

Big Island Video News quotes Akina on voided ballot measure

The Garden Island covers pension presentation to Kauai City Council

Orange County Register quotes Akina on building in lava zones

Tuesday ‘Janus’ event covered by The Maui News

Monday ‘Janus’ event covered by Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Civil Beat, Pacific Business News

Star-Advertiser editorializes against ‘gut and replace’

Common Cause, League of Women Voters sue to stop ‘gut and replace’ 

Jones Act could hamper Hawaii’s recovery from Hurricane Lane

Jones Act waiver sought for Hawaii by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Hurricane Lane price caps will worsen shortages

The Jones Act makes little sense in a globalized world

Federal government puts local zoning in its sights

Hawaii ranks 49th in Cato Institute’s ‘Freedom in the 50 States’ report 

‘The time is past due to end the outdated, protectionist relic known as the Jones Act’

10-minute podcast explains how Jones Act harms Puerto Rico

Hellenic Shipping News (in Greece) takes note of ABA resolution on Jones Act

ABA Law Journal reports on resolution to exempt PR from Jones Act

Grassroot Institute cited in ABA’s Jones Act resolution (pages 2 and 5)

NYC and NY State Bar Associations prevail on ABA to urge Congress to exempt PR from Jones Act