Joe Kent

Joe Kent is the Vice President of Research and Development for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a non-partisan public-policy think tank which focuses on limited and accountable government in Hawaii. He grew up in Hilo, Hawaii, and spent seven years as a public school teacher in the Department of Education, teaching in both Minnesota, and in Lahaina, Maui.
Ige’s EUTF Funding Dodge Will Come Back To Haunt Us Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Ige’s EUTF Funding Dodge Will Come Back To Haunt Us

It was a desperate move that could harm Hawaii’s finances for years to come.

The Best Reason To ‘Let Hawaii Work’ Is To Save Lives Cory Lum/Civil Beat

The Best Reason To ‘Let Hawaii Work’ Is To Save Lives

Our leaders need to move quickly to completely lift the state and county COVID-19 lockdowns.

18 Ways To Get Hawaii Back On Its Feet Again Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

18 Ways To Get Hawaii Back On Its Feet Again

They include delaying salary increases for public workers and legislators, and instituting furloughs.

HART’s P3 Plan Another Bad Sign For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

HART’s P3 Plan Another Bad Sign For Rail

Hoping to save money by forming a public-private partnership is foolhardy.

Hurricane Lane Price Caps Will Worsen Shortages Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hurricane Lane Price Caps Will Worsen Shortages

Suppliers have no incentive to incur the additional expenses to rush goods to affected areas.

Hawaii Has Poor Record With ‘Low’ Tax Proposals

Hawaii Has Poor Record With ‘Low’ Tax Proposals

Voters should reject a ballot question this fall calling for a constitutional amendment to tax property to help education.

State’s Unfunded Liabilities Like A Runaway Train Cory Lum/Civil Beat

State’s Unfunded Liabilities Like A Runaway Train

Hawaii’s public employee and retiree health care benefits needs better financial management.

Uber and Lyft: The End of Ride Sharing in Hawaii? Flickr.com/Adam Fagen

Uber and Lyft: The End of Ride Sharing in Hawaii?

Hawaii lawmakers are considering insurance requirements that may put the companies out of business.