The Problem with the “Emergency” Approach to Homelessness The Problem with the “Emergency” Approach to Homelessness

The Problem with the "Emergency" Approach to Homelessness

Are the Governor's emergency proclamations really the solution to homelessness? ...See More
Honolulu adds hurdles for military families driving for Uber, Lyft Honolulu adds hurdles for military families driving for Uber, Lyft

Honolulu adds hurdles for military families driving for Uber, Lyft

Honolulu now requires Uber and Lyft drivers to have a Hawaii driver's license, a ...See More
Political Words That I Love to Hate Political Words That I Love to Hate

Political Words That I Love to Hate

There are a few words that some people use in our political discourse that I hav ...See More
Thai Military Junta Rigs Constitutional Referendum, Preserves Dictatorship Thai Military Junta Rigs Constitutional Referendum, Preserves Dictatorship

Thai Military Junta Rigs Constitutional Referendum, Preserves Dictatorship

The Thai people voted on the latest constitution pushed by the reigning military ...See More
Politics and emotionalism are stoking division over the marine monument. Politics and emotionalism are stoking division over the marine monument.

Politics and emotionalism are stoking division over the marine monument.

In many ways, the debate over the expansion of the national marine monument know ...See More
Watchout for rising taxes in Hawaii Watchout for rising taxes in Hawaii

Watchout for rising taxes in Hawaii

Brace yourselves for the coming tax hikes ...See More
No Regulation Without Representation No Regulation Without Representation

No Regulation Without Representation

In mid-July, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner unexpectedly introduced the “No Regul ...See More
How to increase school funding without raising taxes How to increase school funding without raising taxes

How to increase school funding without raising taxes

A new program could offer more money for public and private schools without rais ...See More

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The Little Engine that Could?

The Little Engine that Could?

When we think about everything that is happening with government and public finance, it’s daunting to add up the numbers that are being bandied about – a hundred million to cool the schools, billions in unfunded liabilities for our state retirement plans, and the...

No Surprise in Return of Ballooning Federal Deficits

No Surprise in Return of Ballooning Federal Deficits

The big fiscal news yesterday was that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has officially acknowledged that, after several years of declines, federal budget deficits are again climbing. Last year’s budget deficit was $438 billion, the lowest since 2007. But this...

Political Words That I Love to Hate

Political Words That I Love to Hate

There are a few words that some people use in our political discourse that I have come to hate.  I’m not exactly sure why, it is more of a visceral, emotional thing than logic.  Let me try to explain each case in turn. Proactive.  People often say, “you have to be...

No Regulation Without Representation

No Regulation Without Representation

In mid-July, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner unexpectedly introduced the “No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2016,” a proposal that would codify the physical presence, or “nexus,” requirement established by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Quill decision. The Supreme...

Drill Baby, Drill (Policy Ideas, Not Oil)!

Drill Baby, Drill (Policy Ideas, Not Oil)!

During the campaign to retake the White House in 2008, Governor Sarah Palin famously said “Drill, baby, drill.”  This seemed to establish her credentials as both a conservative and a member in good standing of the boy’s club.  Her thoughts are also on target with...