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Want higher wages? Try economic freedom

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#AuditTheRail finally on track!

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Akina decries Hawaii Legislature s backward budgeting

grassrootinstitute.org     2+ week ago

The Hawaii Legislature has been considering a $16 billion budget for fiscal year 2020 that would spend more money than it's projected to take in. As a result, it is scrambling to find new ways to rais...

#AuditTheRail finds champion in Heidi Tsuyenoshi

grassrootinstitute.org     2+ week ago

It's been a long time coming, but thanks to new Honolulu City Council member Heidi Tsuneyoshi, representing District 2, it's finally going to get done: a forensic audit of the city's wildly over-budge...

Testimony on civil asset forfeiture bill HB 748

grassrootinstitute.org     2+ week ago

By introducing a higher standard for forfeiture, this bill takes an important step in addressing many of the concerns raised in the audit. However, we suggest the committee also consider an amendment ...

Testimony against SB 1 Relating to Housing

grassrootinstitute.org     2+ week ago

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on SB1, which would establish the ALOHA Homes program to facilitate the development and sale of low-cost homes for Hawaii residents. ...

Testimony against GE tax increase (SB 1747)

grassrootinstitute.org     2+ week ago

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on SB 1474, which would increase the base general excise and use tax to 4.5 percent in order to provide dedicated funding for the sta...

Backward budgeting wrong way to move forward

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State budget needs bigger cushion to weather crisis

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Relax Maui zoning to allow more urban dwellings

grassrootinstitute.org     3+ week ago

By removing regulations that discourage or prevent homebuilding, lawmakers could incentivize housing development without spending taxpayer dollars. Subsidizing affordable housing projects, or even pu...

Restore flexibility for delivery of public services

grassrootinstitute.org     4+ week ago

Imagine that you've just been appointed to a managerial position in county government. You're looking for ways to make your department run more efficiently and you notice that janitorial services have...

New report tells how to revive contracting as policy option

New report tells how to revive contracting as policy option

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

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Take longer view on Hawaii infrastructure

Take longer view on Hawaii infrastructure

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Why Jan Farmer left Hawaii

Why Jan Farmer left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"I moved to Oahu in 1986, and moved to Maui a couple months later because I found a job at a new Longs Drugs in Lahaina. My husband I were able to purchase a home and live nicely f...

Why Warren Rodrigues left Hawaii

Why Warren Rodrigues left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"I was born in Wailuku, Maui, not long after the original Maui Memorial Hospital was built. I had a great childhood being raised in Upcountry Maui. My move away from Hawaii was 100...

Why Aya Robinson left Hawaii

Why Aya Robinson left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"I was born and raised on Oahu's North Shore. I am third-generation born; my great grandparents were Japanese immigrants. I lived in Hawaii until I graduated from high school, then...

Why Robert Dunn left Hawaii

Why Robert Dunn left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"I lived and worked in Hawaii from 1980 to 2016. I'm originally from Texas, but joined the Navy in 1978 and was assigned to a submarine at Pearl Harbor. I spent 13 years in the Nav...

Why Josi-Kona Hahn left Hawaii

Why Josi-Kona Hahn left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"After graduating, I spent a year living in San Francisco with my dad. In 1975, I met and married my current husband. We lived in Vancouver, Corvallis, and Salem, Oregon. In 2003, ...

Why Michael Hernandez left Hawaii

Why Michael Hernandez left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"Born in 1979, I lived on Oahu for 28 years before I decided to move to the mainland in 2007. "I decided to move to Texas for a couple of reasons, one being that my future wife wa...

Why Chelsea Wright left Hawaii

Why Chelsea Wright left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"I am Native Hawaiian, born and raised on Oahu. Being stuck at an 8-to-5 desk job for two years with no room to move up the corporate ladder, high-cost living expenses, living payc...

Why Reg Baker left Hawaii

Why Reg Baker left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"I moved to Hawaii from Florida in 1973 when I was 18. I left for Vietnam in December 1973 to serve in the Navy, for a little over 18 months. I was in Vietnam during the summer of ...

Why Natasha Luciano left Hawaii

Why Natasha Luciano left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"I was born and raised in Wai`anae on the island of O`ahu. I knew that Hawai`i was expensive all my life -- it's hard to forget when you see your family struggle. I moved to Honolu...

Why Cynthia Wafer left Hawaii

Why Cynthia Wafer left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"Born in Queen's Hospital, lived with my family lived in Palolo Valley. Our family had land but my mother sold it when dad left. We then moved to Waianae, where my mom worked seven...

Why Kimberlyn Racoma left Hawaii

Why Kimberlyn Racoma left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"I was born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii. In high school I met my husband, and we have been together ever since. We were engaged in 2006, but didn't marry until 2012 because we wan...

Why Natalie Uehara left Hawaii

Why Natalie Uehara left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"I originally came to Hawaii from Florida as a dancer on the Norwegian Cruise Line America fleet in 2006. Through that job, I met my future husband, and we got married at Kualoa Ra...

Why Jena Orozco Dickson left Hawaii

Why Jena Orozco Dickson left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"When I was 21 years old, I could no longer afford to live in my own hometown -- not unless I wanted to never travel or enjoy the beauty of Hawaii while I worked several jobs to ma...

Why Barbara Hornbeck left Hawaii

Why Barbara Hornbeck left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"My husband and I were born on the mainland, but we fell in love with Hawaii during our first visit there as a married couple. When we relocated to Hawaii, it was our intent to ret...

Why Jen Snow left Hawaii

Why Jen Snow left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"I wasn't born or raised in Hawaii, but when I visited for my best friend's wedding and felt the aloha spirit, I knew it was where I belonged. I packed and sold my belongings, quit...

Why Bob Haber left Hawaii

Why Bob Haber left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"We moved to Hawaii in 1966 when I had finished sixth-grade. I lived there until my second year of college, then went to the mainland for school. After I graduated, I realized the ...

Why Dawn Lehuanani Hutchinson left Hawaii

Why Dawn Lehuanani Hutchinson left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"I was born in Wahiawa and raised on Oahu. I left in May 1993 after I got married, then returned Sept. 21, 1994 after a divorce. "In 2015, I was offered a position in Clearfield, ...

Why Lynn Fanene, Sr. left Hawaii

Why Lynn Fanene, Sr. left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"I come from the Fanene/Keawemauhili family. I was born and raised in Kahuku and Laie until I graduated from Kahuku High in 1968. The draft was on so I volunteered and joined the N...

Why Brandie Henderson left Hawaii

Why Brandie Henderson left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"We are originally from Texas but we lived in Lahaina for eight wonderful years. We had all three of our children on Maui and still run a business there. "With the birth of our tw...

Why Amanda Bjornen left Hawaii

Why Amanda Bjornen left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"My family and I moved to Hilo from Texas when I was a young teenager. I spent my teen and young adult years in Hawaii. I was a Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion on th...

Why Kayla-Anne Goo left Hawaii

Why Kayla-Anne Goo left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"I was born and raised on the island of Kauai before moving to Arizona in 2007. At the time, my dad was offered a job to teach jujitsu at a martial arts school for better pay and o...

Why Chad Blanton left Hawaii

Why Chad Blanton left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"While stationed on Oahu while in the Marine Corps, I met my wife, who was born and raised on Oahu. Our first son was born at Queen's Hospital, and my wife was pregnant with our se...

Why Nate Hara left Hawaii

Why Nate Hara left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"Born in Waimea, Kauai. Raised in Hilo. Lived in Hawaii until I was 26. Cost of living, continuous raising of taxes and fees raised due to taxes, state's need to control everything...

Why Rachael Rich left Hawaii

Why Rachael Rich left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"After a nasty split from my son's father, some friends on the island offered to have us come live with them until we could get back on our feet. Unfortunately, being a single mom ...

Why Toby Clairmont left Hawaii

Why Toby Clairmont left Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

"My wife and I left Hawaii in September 2018. Hawaii was my home for over 60 years. We left because we wanted to retire in a place that was less costly (cost of living, taxes, anti...

GET tax hike a lose-lose proposition

GET tax hike a lose-lose proposition

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was among those who objected to the proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would have allowed the Legislature to impose a tax on "inves...

State s use of contractors just a hint of what could be

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

At least 11 of Hawaii's state agencies have each saved thousands of dollars a year by privatizing some of their janitor positions, giving a rare glimpse of the savings that could be possible if more s...

Building more suburbs could help millennials stay in Hawaii

Building more suburbs could help millennials stay in Hawaii

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

Building more suburbs could help millennials stay in Hawaii by Jackson Grubbe...

Akina talks rent control on    Lars Larson Show

Akina talks rent control on Lars Larson Show

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

Oregon last month became the first state to adopt statewide mandatory rent control, which bars landlords from raising their rents more than 7 percent a year, plus inflation. On Mo...

GET increase will add to Hawaii   s high cost of living

GET increase will add to Hawaii s high cost of living

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

The Hawaii Legislature is considering a bill to add 0.5 percent to the 4 percent state general excise tax in order to fund public education, but Joe Kent, executive vice president ...

Help people save by cutting their taxes

Help people save by cutting their taxes

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

The Hawaii Legislature appears to be dropping hints about the way people save their money -- or don't save it, as the case may be. While much of the news coming from this year's l...

Indirect taxes make perfect sense     to politicians

Indirect taxes make perfect sense to politicians

grassrootinstitute.org     1+ mon ago

by Robert W. "Bill" Hastings II...

Everyone cannot afford another GET surcharge

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New report urges    building out    to ease housing crisis

New report urges building out to ease housing crisis

grassrootinstitute.org     2+ mon ago

New report urges `building out' to ease housing crisis by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii...

Other states show we can hold rail accountable

Other states show we can hold rail accountable

grassrootinstitute.org     2+ mon ago

In January, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo canceled a plan years in the making that would have shut down New York City's L Train for tunnel repairs. Instead, he opted for a substantial...


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