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Saturday, May 23, 2020
Grassroot: Hawaii's Roadmap to Prosperity
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:40 AM :: 234 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...proposals regarding how Hawaii can recover and even excel after the state's economically devastating coronavirus lockdown....

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Roll back government to revive Hawaii’s economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:30 AM :: 299 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... like the business closures, curfews, checkpoints and drones ....

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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Could Hawaii go bankrupt?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:39 PM :: 2289 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s economy has tanked and local tax revenues are plummeting, leaving the state and counties in danger of going bankrupt — starting with the state's public pension and health-benefits systems....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
​The Legislature’s Dangerous Illusion
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:12 PM :: 591 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...state policymakers seem to believe that the answer to the worst economic crisis in decades is to borrow and spend — and very likely raise taxes....

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Friday, May 15, 2020
Powerful stories highlight need to lift lockdown
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:22 AM :: 601 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...It's not too late to sign 'Let Hawaii Work' petition....

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020
We can’t turn back the clock, and for some policies we don’t want to
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:01 PM :: 431 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...the state deficit for fiscal year 2021 could grow to between $710 million and $1.8 billion....

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Monday, May 11, 2020
VIDEO: Keli'i Akina Urges Gov. Ige to Continue to Reopen Economy in Balanced Way  
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:39 PM :: 635 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

"...Thousands of people in Hawaii are calling upon the governor to 'Let Hawaii Work' again...."

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Monday, May 11, 2020
Legislature must rein in state budget
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:25 PM :: 416 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...Grassroot testimony outlines the problem and suggests some reforms....

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Sunday, May 10, 2020
‘Multiplier effect’ is poor justification for increased government spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:56 AM :: 793 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...if Hawaii’s lawmakers wish to save our state economy from its current freefall, they must not be afraid to reduce state spending....

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Saturday, May 09, 2020
Not done yet with 'Let Hawaii Work' petition
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:09 AM :: 489 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...In just a week, we’ve gathered more than 5,000 signatures from people who are eager to restart the local economy....

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Monday, May 04, 2020
How FDA and CDC aided coronavirus meltdown
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:47 PM :: 594 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s economy is suffering enormously because of the coronavirus lockdown, and much of the blame can be traced to the federal Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....

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Sunday, May 03, 2020
VIDEO: Is Hawaii taxing healthcare to death?
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:00 PM :: 963 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...Hawaii doesn't have enough doctors and other medical providers. Could Hawaii's tax system be a reason for the shortage?....

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Friday, May 01, 2020
Petition: 'Let Hawaii Work!'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:45 AM :: 1025 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...New petition urges lifting of lockdown so Hawaii residents can get back to work....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Hawaii ERS headed for disaster if economy keeps heading south
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:57 PM :: 2080 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

... Major reforms could help the pension system honor its promises ....

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Saturday, April 25, 2020
How to kill civic trust
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:20 PM :: 559 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... Sunlight and openness are essential to keeping our lawmakers and administrative officials honest and accountable to citizens .... 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Planes, trains and automobiles — but not ships
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 563 Views :: Jones Act

...Even with all the regulations for shipbuilding in the United States, shipyards silently outsource many critical components....

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Friday, April 17, 2020
The Lowdown on Lockdowns
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:14 PM :: 771 Views :: COVID-19

...Feeling cooped up by the curfews and quarantines?....

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Friday, April 10, 2020
No Limits on Lockdowns?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:53 PM :: 882 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

...if you’ve been wondering when the restrictions will end, you’re not alone....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2020
​Airports Corporation takes on new sense of urgency
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:16 PM :: 533 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...The Hawaii Legislature suspended its 2020 session in early March because of the coronavirus situation, but eventually it will get back to business....

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Saturday, April 04, 2020
​Celebrating the Human Spirit
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:34 PM :: 501 Views :: COVID-19

...individuals and the private sector rise to the challenge....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Restore Open Government in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:21 PM :: 780 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...Common Cause Hawaii sent a letter today to Gov. David Ige and the state's four county mayors, signed by more than 40 groups and individuals, imploring them to restore open government in Hawaii....

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Friday, March 27, 2020
Is Seattle a warning against Hawaii raising its minimum wage?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:08 PM :: 730 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...with the coronavirus recession underway, raising the minimum wage is a bad idea....

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Friday, March 27, 2020
Let the Sun Shine In!
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:45 PM :: 650 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

...As part of his supplemental emergency proclamation, Ige suspended the state’s Sunshine Law, which allows public access to the meetings of government bodies. He also suspended the state’s open records law — the Uniform Information Practices Act — which governs access to public records....

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Friday, March 20, 2020
Working to protect our freedoms
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:11 PM :: 761 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...In this uncertain and anxious time, we already are seeing many questionable proposals being put forth....

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Friday, March 13, 2020
Corona Virus Reality Check
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:03 PM :: 678 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Taxes

...It’s time to discard its big-spending plans and focus on ways to help the economy recover quickly....

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Thursday, March 12, 2020
Minimum Wage Hike will Worsen Corona Virus Recession
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 846 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business, Tourism

...Testimony on proposed minimum-wage increase....

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Is Hawaii Prepared for a Recession?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:56 PM :: 986 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Taxes

... the "coronavirus recession" and what Hawaii can do financially to cope with it ....  

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Friday, March 06, 2020
The green case for Jones Act reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:31 PM :: 797 Views :: Environment, Jones Act

...the pros and cons of ships, trucks and trains....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020
'Coronavirus recession' could put Hawaii in $3.8 billion hole by 2025
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:05 PM :: 1049 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...Reckless state spending is exhausting our emergency reserves....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Raise Minimum Wage? What Hawaii Can Learn from Seattle
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:00 AM :: 1421 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...An expert on Seattle's experience will address 2 Hawaii events....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Tailspin! How to defuse Hawaii's $88 billion debt bomb
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:23 PM :: 1312 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...the state is staring at a looming major debt crisis, projected at the moment to total $88 billion over the next 30 years....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
HB2069: Hawaii Asset Forfeiture Abuse
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:07 AM :: 627 Views :: Law Enforcement

...the current system preys on innocent property owners....

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
Video: Why we need an airport corporation, in 61 Seconds
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:51 PM :: 824 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Will 2020 be the year of an Hawaii Airport Corporation?....

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Thursday, February 13, 2020
No GE Tax on Medical Bills -- help lift MD shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:32 PM :: 863 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... Hawaii is currently “short” by approximately 820 physicians ....

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Saturday, February 08, 2020
Wacky Season at Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:43 PM :: 957 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...nanny-state proposals, unconstitutional overreach bills and social engineering schemes....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
Hawaii’s housing crisis, in 63 seconds
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:35 PM :: 874 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...no land shortage....

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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Hawaii GE Tax adds $222M to healthcare costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:17 AM :: 1128 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Exempting medical services would help patients and stem the doctor shortage....

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Friday, January 24, 2020
State of the State: Right diagnosis, wrong prescription
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:56 PM :: 1071 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...What ails Hawaii is too much government and too much spending. The last thing we need is more of the same....

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Friday, January 17, 2020
Ige's philosophy: Spend, spend, spend
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:12 PM :: 875 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

...Ige plans to “boost” the construction industry by increasing the number of public works projects....

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Friday, January 10, 2020
State spending cap is useless
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:19 PM :: 799 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...When you’ve dug an $88 billion hole, you need to stop digging....

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Thursday, January 09, 2020
Governor's budget exceeds spending cap — again
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:34 PM :: 903 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges the Legislature to rein in spending and taxes....

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Thursday, January 02, 2020
Akina article in Wall Street Journal strikes a nerve
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:25 PM :: 2280 Views :: Cost of Living

...a commentary by Keli'i Akina published this past weekend by The Wall Street Journal generated hundreds of comments and was even picked up by the Drudge Report....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Exodus from Hawaii continued in fiscal 2019 
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:48 AM :: 1148 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii cites Hawaii's cost of living and lack of opportunities....

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Friday, December 27, 2019
Will 2020 be the year of an Hawaii Airport Corporation?
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:43 PM :: 1663 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...After failing in the Legislature four times, maybe the fifth time will be the charm....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Grassroot: Ige’s fiscal 2021 budget ‘unsustainable’ 
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:45 PM :: 913 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...Ige’s proposed $15 billion budget for fiscal 2021 is headed toward a fiscal cliff because it would draw on the state’s financial reserves, leaving the state unprepared to deal with a recession....

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Thursday, November 28, 2019
Thankful for you
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:30 PM :: 867 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...It is a tribute to the people of Hawaii that our state is consistently rated as the happiest in the country....

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Friday, November 22, 2019
Road Map to Prosperity
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:17 PM :: 1069 Views :: Economy

... Why is Hawaii falling behind? ....

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Friday, November 08, 2019
An EIS We’d Like to See
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:13 PM :: 1626 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Small Business

...Some states require an analysis of the potential economic impact of certain legislative proposals — an “economic impact statement,” if you will. Hawaii does not....

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Thursday, November 07, 2019
Economic freedom in Hawaii takes a fall
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:31 PM :: 1361 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... Economic freedom in Hawaii dropped three notches to 40th place among all 50 U.S. states ....

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Saturday, November 02, 2019
Braving the cold to help Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:11 PM :: 1029 Views :: Cost of Living

...energy, housing and occupational licensing. The “best practice” policies we have been learning about here will help us address the economic and social challenges we all face in Hawaii....

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