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Nanny State of the Week: Land regulation trampling on cultural history

By   /  October 17, 2016  /  Hawaii, Nanny State of the Week, News  /  No Comments

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The dormant volcano Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii has been at the center of controversy for decades now, and new proposals are creating tension between local religious groups and authorities in control of regulating the land.

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Nanny State of the Week: Swimming with dolphins? Not if NOAA gets its way

By   /  September 6, 2016  /  Hawaii, Nanny State of the Week, News  /  No Comments

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries is proposing a ban on humans coming within 50 yards of a Hawaiian spinner dolphin. This would effectively end a segment of Hawaii’s popular tourist industry: tours that involve swimming with dolphins are prevalent in the island chain, and small business owners rely on these tours to survive.

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After Puerto Rico’s collapse, is your city or state next?

By   /  June 6, 2016  /  Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

TREASURELESS ISLAND: Puerto Rico faces empty coffers, heavy debts, and a dwindling ability to pay.

With short-term budget troubles and colossal long-term debt, Kentucky, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, in particular, are much closer to the basket case economic condition of the Caribbean territory on the Mercatus fiscal health index than they are to states such as Texas, Missouri, Florida, or Nebraska, where budgets are balanced and public pension systems may yet be salvaged.

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Internet tax ban could offer relief for Hawaii businesses

By   /  December 14, 2015  /  Hawaii, News, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

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Favored by telcos and free market groups as a pro-consumer move, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), would solidify a temporary moratorium already in place in many states across the nation since 1998.

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Hawaii’s health care collapse a bad omen for state Obamacare exchanges

By   /  May 19, 2015  /  Hawaii, National, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

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The collapse of Hawaii’s state-run health exchange has observers wondering which other beleaguered exchanges could be next to fail.

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Hawaii Obamacare exchange projected to be financially viable — in 2022

By   /  January 16, 2015  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

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Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange, Hawaii Health Connector, has been under fire for being the most costly in the nation, and a new report from the Hawaii Commerce and Consumer Affairs Department shows the Connector won’t be fiscally sustainable until 2022.

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