Hawaii’s Budget: Taxes on the Horizon Hawaii’s Budget: Taxes on the Horizon

Hawaii’s Budget: Taxes on the Horizon

Hawaii's government is spending more, which means taxes will probably rise. ...See More
U.S. establishes new Jones Act enforcement arm U.S. establishes new Jones Act enforcement arm

U.S. establishes new Jones Act enforcement arm

Platts reported on July 20, 2016, in their news article “US agency creates Jones ...See More
Maui County set to strangle Airbnb, other short-term housing Maui County set to strangle Airbnb, other short-term housing

Maui County set to strangle Airbnb, other short-term housing

Officials in Maui County are set to impose stringent standards upon short-term h ...See More
Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Illegal and Unfunded Bill Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Illegal and Unfunded Bill

Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Illegal and Unfunded Bill

During a special session this summer, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill that is bot ...See More
Hawaii’s Pension System is $8 Billion in Trouble Hawaii’s Pension System is $8 Billion in Trouble

Hawaii’s Pension System is $8 Billion in Trouble

Hawaii’s public pension system is in grave danger. ...See More
Police Spending on Maui Police Spending on Maui

Police Spending on Maui

Crime in Hawaii has decreased since the 1990’s and some may say this is due to t ...See More
How Much Money Does Hawaii Spend Per Student? How Much Money Does Hawaii Spend Per Student?

How Much Money Does Hawaii Spend Per Student?

When Aaron Leif was younger, his parents tried for years to get him into a bette ...See More
State lawmakers to return Monday to discuss wasteful $25 million union deal State lawmakers to return Monday to discuss wasteful $25 million union deal

State lawmakers to return Monday to discuss wasteful $25 million union deal

DATELINE: July 15, 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193 ...See More

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U.S. establishes new Jones Act enforcement arm

U.S. establishes new Jones Act enforcement arm

Platts reported on July 20, 2016, in their news article “US agency creates Jones Act enforcement division,” that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has established a new office in New Orleans to better enforce Jones Act cabotage especially on the Outer...
Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Illegal and Unfunded Bill

Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Illegal and Unfunded Bill

During a special session this summer, Hawaii lawmakers passed a bill that is both illegal and unfunded. The bill offers a $60 million severance package to union workers at the Maui public hospital system who will lose their jobs due to privatization, even though all...
Hawaii’s Pension System is $8 Billion in Trouble

Hawaii’s Pension System is $8 Billion in Trouble

Hawaii’s public pension system is in grave danger. Systemic weaknesses plague the Employee Retirement System (ERS), and the retirement savings of current and future generations of state employees could be at risk unless real reforms are implemented. According to Fitch...
Police Spending on Maui

Police Spending on Maui

Crime in Hawaii has decreased since the 1990’s and some may say this is due to the growing police presence on the islands. However, police departments have actually been decreasing in size, relative to population. There are less police officers on the streets today...
How Much Money Does Hawaii Spend Per Student?

How Much Money Does Hawaii Spend Per Student?

When Aaron Leif was younger, his parents tried for years to get him into a better school. However, in Hawaii, parents aren’t allowed to send their children to a different school unless they get a rare district exemption. Finally, when Aaron was a senior in high...
The Issue With Government is Praxis, not Theoria!

The Issue With Government is Praxis, not Theoria!

The ancient Greeks made a distinction between “theoria” and “praxis.”  Today we would call that “theory” versus “practice.”  Too often we waste most of our time on a largely circular debate about government intervention.  Doesn’t it depend who is doing the...
Legislators Confuse Definition of Healthcare Measure

Legislators Confuse Definition of Healthcare Measure

Grassroot analyst Andy Slaven interviewed Dr. Phil Eskew to discuss the confusing health care related legislation Hawaii is currently pursuing. Dr. Phil Eskew has dedicated much of his career to spreading knowledge of direct primary care, an alternative to traditional...
Rail: From Expensive to Really Expensive

Rail: From Expensive to Really Expensive

New estimates from the Federal Transit Administration peg the potential cost of the Hawaii rail project at nearly $11 billion, more than double the $4.6 billion cost which voters approved in the 2008 rail referendum. To get the full story behind these cost overruns,...

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