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The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii blog offers news and commentary on a wide variety of topics related to economic freedom and individual liberty. Come back frequently to see the latest from our staff, contributors and Grassroot scholars.
‘Let’s not be greedy’

‘Let’s not be greedy’

Watch out for your wallet! In a classic case of imposing on the many to benefit a few, Jones Act supporters in Congress are angling to require petroleum and liquid natural gas produced in the United States be shipped on only so-called Jones Act ships. At the Jan. 17,...

Red tape tally long overdue

Red tape tally long overdue

It is commonly said that Hawaii has too many government regulations, but how many regulations are there exactly? The answer: Nobody knows. However, researchers from the Mercatus Center have embarked on a project to count by the end of this year the number of...

Tax plan a reason to cheer

Tax plan a reason to cheer

This week, an actress did something almost unheard of. She apologized for spreading misinformation about the new tax law. Jenna Fisher, who was on NBC's “The Office,” was one of many who claimed the new tax law eliminated a deduction for teachers buying classroom...

Empty retail an opportunity

Empty retail an opportunity

It’s clearly not the end of brick-and-mortar retail, but retail vacancies on Maui are on the rise, and mall owners may need to find new uses for their properties. Given Maui’s housing shortage, could empty retail space be transitioned into housing? Aaron Lief of the...