What It Takes to Spend $600M on Housing in Three Years

As we have written about before, last year’s Legislature approved $600 million to our Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) to reduce the monstrous waiting list of Hawaiians waiting for homestead lands.  The catch, however, is that DHHL needs to … Read More

ThinkTech Hawaii: Fiscal Truth Goes Through Three Stages (Talking Tax)

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Ridicule, Violent Opposition, Acceptance. The hosts for this show are Jay Fidell and Tom Yamachika. The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote that all truth goes through three stages: 1st it is ridiculed; 2nd it is violently opposed; 3rd it is … Read More

“Dedicated Funding Source”? Nah

I’m sometimes asked how we can achieve true fiscal reform here in the Aloha State. It’s easy to imagine an end goal, with government spending within its means and with no gargantuan liabilities (the big two are the State’s defined … Read More

Love-Hate Relationship with P3

Our state has a love-hate relationship with public-private partnerships (P3).  P3s are where public (government) interests and funds partner with private companies to cooperate and share risks and benefits. The most recent and visible example is our iconic Aloha Stadium. … Read More

Our Kids Are Going Away

We at the Foundation have been warning lawmakers for several years now that our state has been losing people.  News media and some local nonprofits have been trying to find out why.  The people leaving have said that they are … Read More

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