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Monday, April 18, 2022
Hawaii's Best & Worst Small Cities to Start a Business
By Selected News Articles @ 5:30 PM :: 1831 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... six Hawaii towns compared ....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Minimum Wage Hike a good way to put more people out of work
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:16 PM :: 1348 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... HB2510 HD2 SD1 that proposes increasing Hawaii’s mandatory minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2026 while reducing the tip credit to zero over the same period ....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
SB2695 SD2 HD1 a needless delay tactic for cryptocurrency
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:49 PM :: 1420 Views :: Small Business

... This requirement has made it nearly impossible for cryptocurrency companies to do business in Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Minimum wage mostly hurts the people it is intended to help
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:20 AM :: 1926 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... evidence on the effect of minimum wages on employment, skills, wage and income distributions, and longer-term labor market outcomes ....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
We can breathe freely again; what have we learned?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:09 PM :: 1628 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... it is not possible to turn an economy on and off like a light switch ....

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Former OHA Aide Pleads Guilty to $1.2 Million Fraud and Money Laundering
By News Release @ 4:53 PM :: 2352 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

... Harleman faces up to 20 years imprisonment on each of the wire fraud counts and up to 10 years imprisonment on each of the money laundering counts, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 on each count, plus a term of supervised release up to three years ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
Discouraging short-term rentals won’t ease housing shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 AM :: 1901 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Honolulu rents since 2018 have continued to increase, despite a downturn in short-term rental stays during that time frame ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
‘Empty homes’ tax will not achieve goal
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:42 AM :: 1831 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... an empty homes tax would have the effect of penalizing homeowners, driving up already sky-high taxes, implementing privacy-invasive and severe enforcement measures and providing little to benefit to residents in need of affordable housing ....

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Friday, March 25, 2022
Lawsuit challenges rule banning swimming with spinner dolphins in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 6:05 PM :: 2086 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

... The Pacific Legal Foundation said the ban was an unlawful move by a low-level federal bureaucrat who destroyed a business avenue central to the livelihoods of many in Hawaii ....

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Saturday, March 19, 2022
Five myths that pervade the minimum-wage debate
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:54 PM :: 1678 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... increasing the state’s legal minimum wage can result in unemployment ....

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Saturday, March 12, 2022
Hawaii Workforce Shrinks--Unemployment 4.4% for January
By News Release @ 10:56 AM :: 2834 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

...  the size of the labor force, which remains down by 12,000 workers compared with January 2019 in part because some people have moved out of the state, while others have given up looking ....

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Saturday, March 12, 2022
VIDEO: Grassroot Institute Celebrates 20 Years
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:16 AM :: 3007 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Republican Party, Small Business, Taxes

... several hundred attendees were treated to good food, inspirational speakers, terrific entertainment and great camaraderie ....

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022
OSHA Raids: Hawaii 4th Most Likely Target
By Selected News Articles @ 10:00 PM :: 2562 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... nine out of the top 10 states are State Plan states ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
​Revised minimum wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:26 PM :: 1820 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... HB2510 HD1 proposes increasing Hawaii’s mandatory minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2030, followed by a variable annual increase in the minimum wage thereafter ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
DoH Revises Admin Rules for Marijuana and Hemp
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 2333 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Drugs

... As of January 31, 2022, a statewide total of 33,951 in-state patients and 2,748 caregivers were registered statewide. The primary reported condition for registered adult patients is 'severe pain'. The primary reported conditions for children under 18 years of age are 'seizures' and 'severe pain' ....

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Maui County Plastic Ban Now in Effect
By News Release @ 2:37 AM :: 1978 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Small Business

... The ban affects businesses that package food or beverages to order (take-out, deli counter, and drinks), as well as businesses that sell these items for use ....

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Friday, February 25, 2022
SB2967 SD1 frees cryptocurrency from having to hold actual money
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:06 PM :: 1868 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii has been largely left out of the cryptocurrency revolution .... 

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
Small businesses would be paying for wage hike in more ways than one
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:47 AM :: 2089 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... minimum wage hikes kill jobs for teens, young adults, and the less educated ....

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
SB3250, SB3182 ‘wealth asset tax’ dangerous
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:13 AM :: 2151 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... ‘wealth tax’ great way to encourage capital flight ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
Audio: Grassroot Debates Living Wage Hawaii
By Audio @ 4:28 AM :: 2084 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Hawaii Public Radio considered the question, with Jensen Ahokovi of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii contending such an increase would likely cause more harm than good.  Also on the program was Nate Hix, director of Living Wage Hawaii; HPR’s Catherine Cruz was host and moderator ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
The Legislature is still in session, and your property still is not safe
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:22 AM :: 2251 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

... How many ways can our state legislators make life more miserable for us? ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
SB2441: $58M Liquor Tax Hike
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 AM :: 1796 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... A tax hike on alcoholic drinks would be another burden on an industry that has suffered greatly over the past two years ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
SB2697 provides best pathway for cryptocurrency in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:50 AM :: 1699 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... SB3076 would encumber cryptocurrency, not liberate it ... Digital currency bill SB3025 better than SB3076, but still a rat’s nest ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
HB2028 Would Legalize Limited Raw Milk Sales
By Selected News Articles @ 4:21 AM :: 5276 Views :: Agriculture, Health Care, Small Business

... Sales would be limited to farms or facilities with no more than 2 milk-bearing cows ....

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Bills would force landlords to accept Section 8 Tenants
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 PM :: 2498 Views :: Homelessness, Small Business

... The Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness (HICH) is calling on the Legislature to make it illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants who receive rental assistance ....

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Saturday, February 5, 2022
VIDEO: Economic freedom key to reviving Hawaii small businesses
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:52 AM :: 3949 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

... Road map to prosperity ....

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Thursday, February 3, 2022
SB2242 Hikes both income and capital gains taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:46 AM :: 3837 Views :: Development, Small Business, Taxes

... thus raising the state’s top income tax rate from 11% to 13% ....

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Tunnel Vision
By Joni Kamiya @ 5:55 PM :: 4736 Views :: Agriculture, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living, GMOs

... The legislature appears to be dead set on ignoring the entire impact of short term solutions and catchy soundbites ....

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Saturday, January 29, 2022
Minimum debate over minimum wage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:44 PM :: 3481 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... the Senate has tried to avoid any real debate on the issue ....

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Friday, January 28, 2022
2022 State Business Tax Climate Index--Hawaii Ranks 41st
By Tax Foundation @ 2:37 AM :: 3621 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... The states in the bottom 10 tend to have a number of afflictions in common: complex, nonneutral taxes with comparatively high rates ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
​Hawaii businesses say proposed minimum wage hike would hurt
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 AM :: 3715 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... 21% of the chamber’s businesses said the proposed minimum wage increase would put them out of business ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Maui County to implement COVID-19 booster requirement
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 2725 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, COVID-19

... The revised rules require proof of a booster shot to confirm patrons are “up to date” with their COVID-19 vaccinations if they want to dine indoors at a restaurant or bar, or exercise inside of a gym ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Minimum Wage Hike? You can be replaced by a Robot
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:16 AM :: 3998 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... businesses cut hours, turn to technology or even cut jobs in order to mitigate the higher costs ....

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
Short-term rentals a convenient scapegoat?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:07 PM :: 2847 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Based on how short-term vacation rentals are so often portrayed, I wouldn’t blame you if you thought their owners were all terrible people ....

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
DBEDT: Hawaii Family of Four Must Earn $85,372 to Stay off Welfare
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 4371 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits

... the amount of money that individuals and families require to meet their basic needs without government and/or other subsidies ....

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Minimum Wage: Legislature Finishes what COVID Started?
By Heartland Foundation @ 5:24 PM :: 3906 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... 60 percent of businesses have been devastated by the pandemic ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Legislature to Consider Auto-IRA Saving for Private Sector Workers
By Selected News Articles @ 7:48 PM :: 4241 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

... workers at employers of a minimum size would be enrolled automatically in the program with the ability to opt out ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Bill 41 Could Squash Short-term Rentals
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:47 AM :: 3387 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Honolulu Council Bill 41, that would limit "short-term” rentals on Oahu to no less than 180 days at a time ....

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Sunday, January 16, 2022
Unemployment insurance mess back to haunt us
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:37 AM :: 1861 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...Just like they were a year ago at this time, the businesses that provide jobs to the state’s civilian workforce are in danger of having their annual unemployment taxes skyrocket....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
Which County has the Most Small Businesses?
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 1489 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... According to the study, Maui County ranked as the top place in Hawaii for small business owners ....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
Feds: Ali'i Security Rips off 171 Guards for $1.54M Overtime
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 2423 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... A Hawaii company that provides security officers to the state’s National Guard, the Hawaii State Arts Museum, Foster Botanical Gardens and other public and private facilities ....

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Monday, January 10, 2022
Cryptocurrency in Hawaii at a crossroads
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:38 PM :: 2028 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Will Hawaii be able to benefit from the cryptocurrency boom? ....

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Friday, January 7, 2022
UHERO: ​Effects of COVID-19 vaccine mandates in Hawai‘i
By UHERO @ 9:20 PM :: 3190 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... the trade-off in temporary losses during the adjustment period is met with significant gains in public health ....

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Thursday, January 6, 2022
COVID: Hawaii Shutdowns Among Harshest in USA
By News Release @ 8:44 PM :: 3096 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... The study showed a statistically significant correlation between how severe state governmental actions were in shutting down their economies and negative impacts on employment more than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic began ....

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Thursday, January 6, 2022
Capacity at larger indoor gatherings temporarily restricted through January in response to Omicron
By News Release @ 3:09 AM :: 1898 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... caps large indoor gatherings of more than 1,000 people at 50% capacity ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
7-Eleven Hawaii to Accept SNAP for Online Orders With Vroom Delivery
By News Release @ 1:24 AM :: 1697 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... The island retailer will be the first convenience store chain in the U.S. to launch online SNAP payment capabilities ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Removing Hawaii’s Barriers to Bitcoin
By Video @ 1:10 AM :: 1908 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Hawaii has higher legal barriers to virtual-currency companies than any other state ....

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Thursday, December 30, 2021
Maui County Delays Plastic Disposable Foodware Ban
By News Release @ 10:14 AM :: 4055 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Small Business

... Banned items include plastic disposable food service containers and utensils such forks, spoons and knives, and plates, trays, bowls, cups, hinged (plate lunch) containers and straws ....

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Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Feds Bust Two Restaurants for Failure to Pay Overtime
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 2357 Views :: Labor, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... The division’s investigation led to the recovery of $40,000 in back wages plus another $40,000 in liquidated damages for five workers ....

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Sunday, December 12, 2021
Foreign Trade Zone Kerfuffle
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1866 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... DoTax wants years of back GE Taxes ....

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