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What The Media Tell Americans About Free Enterprise

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October 1997



A few years ago, many in the national media were promoting Hawaiiís system of mandated health benefits as an example to the rest of the country for reform. Today, at least one magazine is willing to report that such mandates come at a steep price.

In the October 13 U.S. News & World Report, Timothy M. Ito writes that while "most of the nation booms, Hawaii is mired in a protracted slump that shows no sign of easing. The stateís economy has been stagnant for the past six years." The reason: "Its taxes, regulation, and worker mandates are among the most onerous in the country. Its judiciary often stifles development." He ran a quote from a small business owner burdened by health care mandates, and another business owner who said: "this isnít rocket science. Other communities have dealt with [economic development] and become much more friendly to business."

Ito concluded: "Thatís a skill Hawaiians may have to learn soon if they hope to get their economy back on track."


ó Rich Noyes





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