Hawaii Improves its Economic Competitiveness Ranking

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Better Economy, Featured |

New report ranks Hawaii 36th in economic outlook and 17th in economic performance HONOLULU, Hawaii—April 15, 2014—Hawaii’s economic upswing has paid off in improved competitiveness and performance according to the annual Rich States, Poor States report from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The state ranked 17th in economic performance and moved up four places to rank 36th in economic outlook. The annual...

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Extend, Then Reform

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Better Economy |

By Bartlett D. Cleland Sooner or later the time comes when you just have to get the job done. Wrapping up the first quarter of the year and still Congress has not moved on the “tax extenders package.” It is well past time to do so and end another government stumbling block for taxpayers. “Tax extenders” refer to the now 55 tax breaks that will expire at the end of the year, which are usually packaged together into one piece of...

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Grassroot Event on Unfunded Liabilities Featured on KITV Channel 4

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Better Economy, Better Government, Featured |

There’s no escaping the seriousness of the state’s unfunded liabilities. This week, Grassroot Institute’s monthly Calabash featured Hawaii State Finance Director Kalbert Young, speaking on the issue of the unfunded liabilities and the state’s legal obligation to pay them. The presentation was featured by local ABC news station KITV Channel 4, which reported on the story. Highlights from the KITV coverage are below, or...

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Grassroot Testimony on the Minimum Wage Bill

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Better Economy |

March 18, 2014 To: House Committee on Labor & Public Employment Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SB2609 RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE   Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on SB 2609, which would provide for a gradual increase in the minimum wage with a provision...

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Video: Grassroot Institute & State Finance Director Kalbert Young Talk About the Budget

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Better Economy, Featured |

In a conversation that covered topics as varied as the illusory nature of the state budget surplus and the demands of rail and similar projects on the state purse, Grassroot Institute President Keli’i Akina, State Finance Director Kalbert Young, and Think Tech’s Jay Fidell even touched on areas of optimism in how the state has begun to address Hawaii’s unfunded liabilities. The interview took place as part of Think...

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