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Hawaii Grassroot Institute Scorecard

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The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a nonprofit public policy organization based in Honolulu, issued its 2010 Legislative Score Card that tallied the votes of Hawaii legislators and graded their votes based on the Institute's values of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government.[1]

2010 report

Legislators were scored based on the votes that took place in the 2010 legislative session. The scores mark the percentage of votes in which legislators voted for limited government and greater individual liberty. The state of Hawaii also had a budget shortfall during the 2010 legislative session. From the view of the Institute, most legislators effectively voted in favor of excessive spending and higher taxes, and not in favor of the Institute's goals.

The top-5 members of the state house were:

The bottom-5 members of the state house were:

The top-5 members of the state senate were:

The bottom-5 members of the state senate were:


The Institute evaluated multiple bills and gave scores based on the following six categories:

  • Spending—bills that reduce (+) or increase (-) spending.
  • Taxes—bills that reduce (+) or increase (-) the amount of taxes and fees paid to the State of Hawaii.
  • Scope of government—bills that reduce (+) or increase (-) the size of government beyond its necessary function.
  • Business Climate—bills that improve (+) or harm (-) Hawaii’s business climate through regulatory changes.
  • Individual Liberty—bills that protect (+) or limit (-) individual liberties.
  • Raids—bills that raid special funds in order to balance the general fund (-), or bills that creates new special funds in order to mask new or increased taxes or fees (-).

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