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Friday, December 3, 2021
What Hawaii must do to recover financially
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:35 PM :: 238 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... Road Map to Prosperity ....

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Friday, December 3, 2021
Oahu's new 'tourism tax' will affect residents, too
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:19 PM :: 348 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... projected revenues from the tax fall short of what the project needs to cover its budget shortfalls ....

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Friday, November 26, 2021
How Much Does the Jones Act Cost Hawaii Consumers?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 PM :: 804 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

... Honolulu Walmart prices were on average 14% higher than in LA ....

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Alaska: The Jones Act's original victim
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:43 PM :: 549 Views :: Hawaii History, Jones Act

... New report details how Jones Act targeted Alaska from the start ....

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Government regulations get thumbs down in Hawaii survey
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:26 PM :: 554 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... Solid majorities agree there are too many regulations and they hurt small businesses ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Survey shows concern about government spending and debt
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:48 PM :: 869 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... The poll of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents also found significant agreement that private firms should be more involved in delivering public services ....

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
What is the Passenger Vessel Services Act?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:42 AM :: 781 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... cruise ships that are registered in Bermuda or the Bahamas are required to sail to Fanning Island, 1,000 miles to the south of Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Poll: Isle residents aware of Jones Act mostly favor its repeal or reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:49 PM :: 731 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Jones Act

... Many Hawaii policymakers support the protectionist federal shipping law, but a new survey indicates they might be out of step with Hawaii's public ....

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Friday, October 29, 2021
Constant moving of goal posts breaks public trust
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:45 PM :: 746 Views :: COVID-19

... our elected officials have walked back on their promises to open up at certain benchmarks ....

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Friday, October 29, 2021
PVSA Reform: Hawaii congressional delegates missing opportunity to help Hawaii tourism?
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:37 PM :: 629 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Jones Act, Tourism

... Hawaii risks being left out in the cold unless its delegates to Congress act quickly to help reform the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act ....

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Poll: Most Support More Land for Housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:04 PM :: 733 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

“Currently, about 5% of all land in Hawaii is allocated for urban and residential use. Would you support increasing that amount by maybe 1 or 2 percentage points to 6% or 7%?”

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Friday, October 22, 2021
COVID/vaccination issues put enduring problems on back burner
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:13 PM :: 744 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... The coronavirus crisis understandably is front and center for most Hawaii residents, but other big issues still are mentioned in a new survey ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
County TAT could further debilitate Hawaii tourism
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:06 PM :: 791 Views :: Economy, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is still in a state of emergency, tourism has slowed, businesses are closing and unemployment is high. The economy will take years to recover ....

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Monday, October 18, 2021
‘OahuJoe’ TikTok video on Hawaii housing draws more than a million views
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:21 AM :: 1975 Views :: Cost of Living

... In just 13 seconds, Joe Kent of the Grassroot Institute explains why relatively modest homes in Hawaii are so darn expensive ....

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
Most Hawaii residents want lower taxes, new survey shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:14 AM :: 733 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... A professional poll of almost 1,000 people throughout the islands suggests lawmakers are ignoring what their constituents really want ....

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Friday, October 8, 2021
MYTH: The Jones Act keeps foreign ships out of America’s inland waterways
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:57 PM :: 619 Views :: Jones Act

... there already are foreign-owned ships transporting goods along inland waterways such as the Mississippi and Delaware rivers ....

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Taxpayer Debt Burden: Honolulu Grade 'F', Maui Grade 'D'
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:43 AM :: 865 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

“When combined with their share of the state debt, Honolulu taxpayers each owe $61,300.”

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Sunday, October 3, 2021
MYTH: The Jones Act protects American jobs
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:12 AM :: 1018 Views :: Jones Act

... 300 U.S. shipyards closed between 1983 and 2013, with only four shipyards remaining as of July 2021 that build large oceangoing ships for the commercial market ....

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Sunday, September 26, 2021
MYTH: The Jones Act contributes to economic growth
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:28 AM :: 581 Views :: Jones Act

... the Jones Act cost the U.S. economy $11.1 billion ....

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Sunday, September 5, 2021
Honolulu Council urged to shelve digital vaccine passports resolution
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:43 PM :: 1173 Views :: COVID-19

... The New York measure upon which this Honolulu resolution is based is already being challenged in court and has been criticized for its intrusions ....

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Sunday, August 29, 2021
Jenga game illustrates how government budgets go wrong
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:15 PM :: 972 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... “Yes,” Weinberg said. “You are going to mess up Hawaii’s finances.” ....

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Thursday, August 12, 2021
Grassroot Institute of Hawaii receives CHANGE Grant award
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:10 PM :: 893 Views :: Economy

... The $30,000 gift from one of Hawaii's most important foundations marks an "exciting development" in the history of the institute ....

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Thursday, August 5, 2021
Are Hawaii's government finances really so bad? Yes. Find out why.
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:10 AM :: 1617 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii’s finances are in worse shape than our state and county officials would have us believe ....

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Monday, August 2, 2021
Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:38 PM :: 1745 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... many Hawaii residents were disappointed by the failure of the Legislature to approve HB103, which would have placed limits on the governor’s emergency powers ....

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Saturday, July 31, 2021
Hey, people are still leaving Hawaii because of taxes and overregulation
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:26 PM :: 1281 Views :: Cost of Living

... We hear almost every day from Hawaii residents who are thinking of leaving, or from former Hawaii residents who already have left ....

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Thursday, July 29, 2021
New policy report slices through common defenses of Jones Act 
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:54 PM :: 889 Views :: Jones Act

... The Grassroot Institute has produced a handy guide addressing five key arguments that Jones Act defenders just won't let die ....

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Thursday, July 22, 2021
Lockdowns lower the bar for rule of law
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:33 PM :: 1173 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Bill Comerford tells how Hawaii’s arbitrary lockdowns turned his world upside down ....

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Guam shows value of competition in U.S. shipping
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1214 Views :: Jones Act

... The territory’s exemption from the U.S.-build mandate of the Jones Act should apply to all U.S. ports to boost competition and lower costs ....

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Thursday, July 15, 2021
It's not a mystery why so many people have been leaving the Aloha State
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:28 PM :: 3474 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Over the past four years, Hawaii’s population has declined by more than 22,000 people, equaling the third-fastest population decline per capita in the entire nation ....

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Thursday, July 15, 2021
​How an 1886 maritime law is holding back U.S. tourism
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1326 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... Some old laws have withstood the test of time. Some haven’t ....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
VIDEO: How Jones Act complicates life in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Guam
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:57 PM :: 1286 Views :: Jones Act

... how the protectionist federal maritime law known as the Jones Act complicates life in the these outlying states and territories ....

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Sunday, July 4, 2021
The 1840 Hawaiian Constitution and the Fourth of July
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:02 AM :: 14046 Views :: Hawaii History

In 1840 the Kingdom of Hawaii adopted a constitution with strong parallels to the Constitution of the United States....

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Thursday, July 1, 2021
How Jones Act complicates life in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Guam
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:17 AM :: 2223 Views :: Jones Act

... free webinar on July 12, how the 1920 law suppresses prosperity in communities dependent on waterborne imports ....

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Ige's intent-to-veto list praised for being 'fiscally responsible'
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:09 PM :: 1034 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii CEO Keli'i Akina says the list reflects a commendable effort to avoid increasing Hawaii's taxpayer burden ....

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Monday, May 31, 2021
Let’s talk about the Jones Act — all eight of them
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:45 AM :: 1330 Views :: Hawaii History, Jones Act

... there are at least eight separate federal Jones Acts ....

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021
President Biden signs bill exempting Alaska Cruise Ships from PVSA
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:55 PM :: 1169 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... The Alaska Tourism Restoration Act provides the Last Frontier temporary relief from the 135-year-old PVSA, which requires foreign-flagged vessels carrying passengers between U.S. ports to stop in a foreign port as part of the itinerary .... 

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Why we need to press ‘pause’ on the Honolulu rail project
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:58 PM :: 1416 Views :: Rail

... the most expensive megaproject per capita in the world ....

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Friday, May 14, 2021
Honolulu Rail: 27 Alternatives to Plan A?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:49 PM :: 873 Views :: Rail

“...People need to know what the options are and what the costs are, and what the real future of rail looks like....”

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Friday, May 14, 2021
Now is the time to ‘get real’ about Hawaii’s future
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:41 PM :: 1258 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... losing the state’s best and brightest to opportunities elsewhere ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
What happens after Pride of America says ‘aloha’ to Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:14 AM :: 1950 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... If the 2,186-passenger cruise liner were redeployed or retired today, there would be no comparable ship to replace it under federal law ....

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
China a threat to Jones Act lobby, except when it’s not
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:38 PM :: 1382 Views :: Jones Act

... Jones Act carriers claim China is a threat to America’s maritime industry, but when they need cheap repairs, they know where to go ....

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Saturday, May 1, 2021
Secret Document Shows HART looking at 27 possible rail changes 
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:40 PM :: 3379 Views :: Rail

... The document, marked “CONFIDENTIAL (NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION),” says that stopping the rail at Middle Street could lower costs, provide long-term flexibility for route changes and fleet expansion, and benefit from future driverless technologies .... 

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
Legislature allows governor to act without restraint for another year
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:26 PM :: 1612 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... This bill was so close to the finish line that the only question seemed to be whether Gov. Ige would agree to limit his power ....

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Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time to get state out of tourism promotion?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:06 PM :: 1528 Views :: Tourism

... Since the launch of the Safe Travels program in October 2020, Hawaii’s tourism industry has been making a comeback ....

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
VIDEO: Should Government Account for Long-Term Liabilities?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:36 PM :: 1116 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the private Government Accounting Standards Board is considering rule changes that would make it easier for governments to ignore long-term liabilities when crafting short-term budgets .... 

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Friday, April 9, 2021
2021 Legislature almost pau, and thank goodness for that
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:38 AM :: 1425 Views :: Taxes

... Nobody's life, liberty or property are ever safe when our lawmakers get together, but there could actually be some bright spots this year ....

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Monday, April 5, 2021
Fiscal notes could help Hawaii avoid fiscal calamity
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:50 PM :: 1256 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... for the most part, Hawaii lawmakers are just guessing about how their proposed bills will affect Hawaii’s economy ....

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Is Bitcoin illegal in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:27 PM :: 1883 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... options to buy crypto are very limited at the moment. That’s because of a little-known rule from a little-known government organization ....

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Monday, March 29, 2021
Frankenbill: SB56 Tax Hikes Grafted on to HB58
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:12 PM :: 1254 Views :: Taxes

... three guests invited by Hawaii Public Radio to talk about tax bills at the Legislature this year, including the notorious SB56, many parts of which have now been attached to HB58, creating a “Frankenbill” ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Hawaii per-capita state tax revenues highest in nation, research shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:33 AM :: 1713 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... A Grassroot Institute of Hawaii analysis finds Hawaii residents paid more than double the national average in state taxes during 2020 ....

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