Hawaii’s high court strikes down tax proposal

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii agrees the ballot measure was vague and misleading 

HONOLULU, Oct. 19, 2018 >> The Hawaii Supreme Court today struck down the proposed constitutional ballot question on whether the state should be allowed to tax real property to help fund public education.

Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said, “The fact that the Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the proposed amendment is good news for all Hawaii citizens who value clarity in law and responsibility in government.”

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was a party to an amicus brief filed in support of Hawaii’s four counties, who were the plaintiffs in the legal challenge.

“We joined the amicus brief because we felt the language of the proposed amendment was vague and deceptive,” Akina said. “We hope the Legislature will take this opportunity to look at other, more sustainable ways to fund education without raising taxes.”

To read a copy of the decision, go here.


For more information or to arrange an interview with Keli‘i Akina, Ph.D., contact Josh Mason, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii communications director, at (918) 261-8444 or jmason@grassrootinstitute.org.

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and educational institution devoted to the ideals of individual liberty, economic freedom and accountable government.

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