James Mak

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How Can the State Government Restore Fiscal Balance?

The impact of COVID-19 and the efforts taken to contain it have led to a …

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Saving the Class of 2020 From the COVID-19 Economic Crisis

By Sumner La Croix and James Mak At Hawai‘i’s high schools, 11,000+ students at public …

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Can Hawai‘i Rise from the Ashes of COVID-19 as a Smart Destination?

By Frank Haas and James Mak A recent headline in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser said it …

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Tap Fed Lending Facilities to Support Local Economy

By Carl Bonham, Byron Gangnes, Sumner LaCroix, and James Mak The State and counties are …

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Hawaii Tourism Authority and Sustainable Destination Management In Hawaii

The first rule in tourism development is that the wellbeing of destination residents must come …

To Tax or Not to Tax: Making a High-Quality State Revenue/Tax System

By James Mak When Hawaii’s state lawmakers gather each year at the State Capitol to …

Charting a New Fiscal Course for Hawaii: A Fiscal Architecture Approach

The Hawai’i Executive Conference (HEC)’s recent report, Troubled Waters: Charting a New Fiscal Course For …

Is Leasehold Housing Built on Government Land a Solution to Unaffordable Housing in Honolulu?

Housing is expensive on Oahu. For most middle-class Honolulu households, even buying a median-priced condominium …

Charting a New Course For Hawai‘i Tourism

Despite a string of record visitor arrivals now totaling almost ten million annually, Hawai‘i tourism …