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Lawrence Boyd

Lawrence W. Boyd has Ph.D in economics with an area of specialization in labor economics, public finance and monetary economics. He is a tenured faculty member at the University of Hawaii at West Oahu Center for Labor Education and Research.
How About A Raise For Hawaii Workers? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How About A Raise For Hawaii Workers?

Hawaii state government has adopted a legalistic strategy whose main aim is to minimize public employee wages.

Stop Playing Politics And Let The HECO-NextEra Deal Go Through Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Stop Playing Politics And Let The HECO-NextEra Deal Go Through

Merging, not merging, or even community ownership, won’t change the basic political power relationships that exist — and need to change.
Politics Are Why Our Electricity Bills Will Remain High ProVision Solar

Politics Are Why Our Electricity Bills Will Remain High

Unless we make bringing down electricity costs the top priority in energy policy, most of us will continue to pay far too much.
Save the Dairy: We Need Producer Cooperatives Flickr: Steven Zolneczko

Save the Dairy: We Need Producer Cooperatives

In Hawaii we have high prices, for milk and a lot of things, while producers are driven out of the market.
Read My Lips: Raising Taxes Is Old News Fotali

Read My Lips: Raising Taxes Is Old News

History shows us that small, temporary tax hikes have done a lot of good in Hawaii.
The Cost of Paradise, Lazy Cows and Pricey Land

The Cost of Paradise, Lazy Cows and Pricey Land

We pay a lot for milk and so much else because there is too little paradise and too much demand for it.

Why the Prices of Homes and Everything Else Are High in Honolulu

If so few locals can afford to buy homes on Oahu, how come real estate keeps getting more expensive?

Why Are Prices in Hawaii Really So High?

If the Jones Act and other factors in the islands are to blame, why do things play out so differently in Puerto Rico?

Raise the Minimum Wage

A higher wage does not lead to employment losses but on the contrary keeps turnover down.