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Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Good news/bad news about cryptocurrency in Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:15 PM :: 1880 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 :: 2075 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 :: 1450 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 :: 1607 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 :: 2486 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 :: 1492 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 :: 1562 Views :: Small Business

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

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Friday, May 20, 2022
Legislative Session: 50-50 for Small Business
By News Release @ 7:29 PM :: 1468 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 :: 1801 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 :: 1748 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 :: 1625 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 :: 1910 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 :: 2163 Views :: DHHL, OHA, Small Business

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

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Sunday, May 1, 2022
Short-term rental ban will disrupt Honolulu economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:56 PM :: 2437 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... a new city enforcement division consisting of seven new employees whose sole duty will be to ferret out Honolulu homeowners who dare to rent out their homes or parts of their homes for less than 90 days ....

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Sunday, May 1, 2022
To GET or Not to GET – SVOG and RRF Are the Questions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2041 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

“The general rule is that amounts received by a business that replace income are subject to GET."

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Thursday, April 28, 2022
Feds move to protect deadliest shark
By Court House News @ 8:09 PM :: 1992 Views :: Environment, Small Business

... One of the most famous incidents occurred after the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed during World War II ... hundreds of sailors were killed by sharks before rescue ....

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Blangiardi signs Bill 41 outlawing some Short Term Rentals
By News Release @ 5:27 AM :: 1979 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... The measure was passed by the Honolulu City Council on April 13, 2022 by a vote of 8-to-1 .... 

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Monday, April 25, 2022
Vacation rental ban won’t solve Hawaii housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:25 PM :: 2409 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Oahu tightened the screws in 2019. Yet, housing prices still went up. Even when vacation rental usage declined during the lockdowns, it didn’t result in a significant drop in housing costs....

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Monday, April 25, 2022
Honolulu 5th Lowest Small Business Growth
By Wallet Hub @ 3:30 PM :: 2053 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... Honolulu business environment ranks 84th of 100 large cities in USA ....

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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 :: 1914 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 :: 1418 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 :: 1472 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 :: 2007 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 :: 1702 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 :: 2456 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 :: 1988 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 :: 1917 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 :: 2177 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 :: 1746 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 :: 2935 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 :: 3121 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 :: 2689 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 :: 1900 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 :: 2446 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 :: 2071 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 :: 1943 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 :: 2181 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 :: 2235 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 :: 2173 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 :: 2339 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 :: 1865 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 :: 1772 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 :: 5420 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 :: 2585 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 :: 4036 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 :: 3939 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 :: 4914 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 :: 3572 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 :: 3728 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 :: 3831 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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