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Saturday, December 3, 2022
Licensing laws a license to hold back workers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:12 PM :: 435 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... “License to Work” study looks at state regulations nationwide ....

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Thursday, December 1, 2022
Hawaii Licensing Regs Burden Low-Income Occupations
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 426 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii has the highest average burdens across the occupations it licenses ....

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Friday, November 25, 2022
Hawaii Unemployment 3.4%
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 600 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... total nonagricultural jobs increased by 4,900 in October over September ....

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Sunday, November 13, 2022
Getting Permitting Out of Home Maintenance
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 949 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

... a typical residential building permit application took 108 days to process, while one for a commercial project took 432 days ....

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Thursday, November 10, 2022
Why is there a doctor shortage in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:55 PM :: 1159 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... The state is short more than 1,000 doctors, which means some patients cannot get care, and the ones who do have to wait a long time. ...

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Thursday, November 10, 2022
Oahu’s short-term rental ban walking on thin ice
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:32 AM :: 862 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... A preliminary injunction against Oahu’s ban on short-term rentals of fewer than 90 days is a bad sign for the City & County of Honolulu ....

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Thursday, November 10, 2022
How Sandboxes Could Help Hawaii Prosper
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:20 AM :: 619 Views :: Small Business

... Hawaii is one of the most difficult states in which to start a business ....

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Saturday, November 5, 2022
Unemployment Trust Fund Grows to $205M
By News Release @ 3:58 AM :: 587 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii’s unemployment insurance (UI) program is funded exclusively by employers via state and federal payroll taxes on wages ....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Community health workers don’t need licensing, auditor says; is Legislature listening?
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:17 PM :: 666 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... A proposed certification scheme for community health workers would burden the workers and raise prices for everyone, according to a new report by Hawaii Office of the State Auditor ....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Aiona: DLNR Holomua Marine Initiative 'Copying California'
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 9:15 PM :: 830 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... more transparency is required to ensure plans account for our local culture, and not simply copying a California plan for Hawaiʻi use ....

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Monday, October 31, 2022
Short-term rental ban deserves short life
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:57 PM :: 787 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Formerly known as Bill 41, the new law was supposed to go into effect this week, but a federal judge temporarily blocked it until its provisions can be hashed out in court ....

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Thursday, October 27, 2022
BLNR Repeals Waikiki blue card requirement
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 672 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Certification permits have long been required for surf and sailboard instructors, catamaran and canoe captains and second captains, and commercial motorboat operators, operating in Waikiki ....

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Short-term Rental Ban: City Warned About Enforcement
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:18 PM :: 1216 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... a warning letter Kugle sent Oct. 21 to Honolulu officials about how they should be cautious that their publicized intent to 'aggressively' enforce the law doesn’t violate the judge’s order ....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022
CEO and President of Hawaii Shipbuilding Company Charged with Securities Fraud
By Selected News Articles @ 5:06 PM :: 1078 Views :: Jones Act, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... a decade-long scheme to defraud investors of millions of dollars in connection with Semisub Inc ....

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Friday, October 21, 2022
EPA ordering closure of three illegal cesspools
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 654 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Small Business

... two illegal large capacity cesspools at the Wailuku Professional Plaza in Hilo and one cesspool at the SKS Management LLC self-storage business in Kailua-Kona .... 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Federal Court: Honolulu's 3-Month Minimum Rental Term Preempted By State Law
By Robert Thomas @ 9:28 PM :: 1312 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Violating the ordinance meant massive daily fines ($10k), plus disgorgement of the rent. Thus, not surprisingly, the ordinance drew a federal court challenge from property owners ....

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Friday, October 14, 2022
Hawaii judge halts ban on short-term rentals
By Court House News @ 4:14 PM :: 1396 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

... Airbnbs and similar rentals on Oahu can continue operations as usual for now ....

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Biden Admin: Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will not be expanded
By News Release @ 5:14 AM :: 757 Views :: Environment, National News, Small Business

... the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Martha Williams said the administration is not considering an expansion to PRIMNM ....

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Confirmation bias in the pros and cons of minimum-wage studies
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:34 AM :: 892 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Video of presentation at Hawaii Pacific University ....

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Monday, September 26, 2022
WESPAC Rebukes Proposal to Expand Marine National Monument in Pacific
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 797 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... Scientists Concerned with Lack of Data to Support Marine Monument Expansion ....

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Friday, September 9, 2022
​Hawaii short-term rental property owners urge judge to stop new ordinance from disrupting business
By Court House News @ 4:04 AM :: 1699 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... the Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance alleges the ordinance will cause irreparable economic damages to owners that have been renting out properties for less than 90 days....

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Will Hawaii's Minimum Wage Backfire?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:45 AM :: 1070 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... might the wage increase backfire and actually end up harming the very people it was supposed to help ....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022
The cost of employment in each state--Hawaii 7th Highest
By Selected News Articles @ 10:52 PM :: 1308 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... How much does it cost to hire an employee in Hawaii? ....

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
​How to reduce permit delays for Hawaii homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:55 AM :: 2070 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Small Business

... in Hawaii County, residential permits take about 143 days to issue. In Honolulu, it’s 108 days for residential projects and 432 days for commercial projects over $1 million ....

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Thursday, August 11, 2022
Act 183: C-PACE in Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:56 AM :: 803 Views :: Energy, Small Business

... The legislation authorizes the Hawai‘i Green Infrastructure Authority to administer C-PACE for the soon-to-be available financing program ....

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Monday, August 8, 2022
It's too late for now for Hawaii, but evidence against minimum-wage hikes keeps piling up
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:57 PM :: 1075 Views :: Labor, Small Business

"...as firms reorganize their production in response to the higher minimum, they start substituting away from these workers on whom the minimum wage binds and towards those on whom it does not....”

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Friday, July 22, 2022
Hawaii Unemployment Rate Increases to 4.3%
By News Release @ 6:09 AM :: 1005 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 4.3 percent, compared to the revised rate of 4.1 percent in May ....

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Thursday, July 21, 2022
While Patients Wait, Hawaii Plays Favorites in Health Care
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 PM :: 1358 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... Launching any type of business involves risk, but health care providers face an extra hurdle in Hawaii ....

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Monday, July 18, 2022
CNBC: America’s Top States for Business--Hawaii 46th
By Selected News Articles @ 5:03 PM :: 939 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... To rank America’s Top States for Business in 2022, CNBC scored all 50 states on 88 metrics in 10 broad categories of competitiveness ....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022
DLNR Releases Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor Vision Report
By News Release @ 8:56 PM :: 900 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

... no mention of a fuel dock ....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022
DBEDT: More Taxpayer Money Going to High Tech Schemers
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 816 Views :: Ethics, Small Business

... Hawai‘i Small Business Capital Program (HI-CAP) Collateral Support Program, designed to assist borrowers in obtaining financing that might otherwise be unavailable due to a collateral shortfall ....

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Monday, July 11, 2022
Whipsaw: Four Crypto Firms Quit Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:17 PM :: 929 Views :: Small Business

.... eleven companies (down from 15) will be continuing to participate in the Digital Currency Innovation Lab (DCIL) program ....

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Ige Signs Minimum Wage Hike, makes Earned Income Tax Credit Refundable
By News Release @ 11:22 PM :: 1170 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits

... Act 114 increases the minimum wage to $12.00 per hour starting Oct. 1, 2022 ....

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Sunday, June 19, 2022
Hawaii's labor force participation rate increasing, jobs report shows
By Selected News Articles @ 5:08 PM :: 984 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii's labor force increased by 7,400 people from May 2021 to May 2022 ....

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Saturday, June 18, 2022
Evidence keeps rolling in against proposed minimum-wage increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:42 PM :: 1050 Views :: Labor, Small Business

“...Evidence of the Unintended Labor Scheduling Implications of the Minimum Wage....”

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 9:49 PM :: 1102 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

... Stacker compiled a list of the counties with the highest unemployment rate in Hawaii using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ....

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Good news/bad news about cryptocurrency in Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:15 PM :: 1163 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii’s policymakers haven’t given up the dream of regulating it into oblivion ....

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Short-term rental property owners contest new bill regulating rentals on Hawaii
By Court House News @ 6:10 PM :: 1138 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Property owners maintain that pre-existing rental properties shouldn't be subject to a new ordinance changing minimum lease length ....

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Friday, June 3, 2022
Hawaii's $800M Crypto Marketplace Last Minute Reprieve
By News Release @ 6:37 AM :: 936 Views :: Small Business

... As of December 31, 2021, there were approximately 134,000 Hawai‘i consumers who transacted over $800 million in digital currencies through participating companies in the DCIL .....

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Thursday, June 2, 2022
Enviros Launch Push for Largest Marine 'Monument' Ever
By News Release @ 5:46 AM :: 884 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... It would well surpass the size of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which was the world’s largest protected area when President Barack Obama expanded it in 2016 ...

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Sunday, May 29, 2022
​Oahu’s problematic short-term rental ban
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:55 AM :: 1630 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Have you been renting out a room to help pay your mortgage? ....

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Friday, May 27, 2022
Fishing Industry Adopts Shark-Protection Strategy Before Enviros Can Impose One
By News Release @ 1:36 AM :: 804 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... the latest example in a long history of bottom-up federal fishery management through the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council ....

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022
FAA Proposes to Revoke Transair's Certificate
By News Release @ 2:01 PM :: 833 Views :: Small Business

... Operated a Boeing 737 airplane on 33 flights when it was not airworthy ....

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Policy experts: Hawaii does not need to be in the retirement fund business
By Selected News Articles @ 4:14 AM :: 1246 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

"The state can't even fully fund its own public pension system."

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Friday, May 20, 2022
Legislative Session: 50-50 for Small Business
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 810 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... relief, disappointment on four bills ....

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Friday, May 20, 2022
Gov. Ige urged to review new research before deciding on minimum-wage hike
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:56 PM :: 986 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... A popular 2010 study claiming minimum-wage hikes do not cause ‘economic shocks’ has just been reanalyzed and overturned ....

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Sunday, May 15, 2022
UHERO: Effects of COVID-19 vaccine mandates on Hawaii Businesses
By UHERO @ 8:02 PM :: 1001 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... on September 13, 2021, the counties of Honolulu and Maui mandated that customers and employees provide proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test ....

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Thursday, May 5, 2022
Hawaii: Highest 1-year Business Failure Rate in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:54 PM :: 897 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... In the Aloha State, 25.4% of businesses fail in that first year ....

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022
​Honolulu's new restrictions on short-term rentals take effect in October
By Selected News Articles @ 6:00 PM :: 1132 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Oahu's available vacation rentals have already fallen over 37% since 2019, more than any other island ....

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Helping Native Hawaiians Obtain Financial Capital
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:34 AM :: 1174 Views :: DHHL, OHA, Small Business

... There are many success stories of Native Hawaiians benefiting from financial capital through the NHRLF ....

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