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Testimony — SB1087, SD1 on suspending payments to the EUTF

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on on March 3, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair Sen. Jarrett Keohokalole., Vice Chair Senate Committee on Ways and Means Sen

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Testimony — SB1, relating to ALOHA homes

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on on Feb. 26, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair

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Testimony X 7 – Relating to taxes

This is a combination of seven separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 24 and 25, 2021 for consideration by two separate Hawaii legislative committees considering tax proposals. ___________ RE: SB666 SD1 — RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Sen. Donovan M.

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Testimony — SB348, relating to bottled water

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection on Feb. 24, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Sen. Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair Sen. Stanley Chang, Vice Chair From: Joe Kent Executive Vice

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Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal, Part 2

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Feb. 19, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Alice Lee, Chair Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive vice president Grassroot Institute of Hawaii RE: A proposed

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Testimony — SB134 SD1, relating to emergency powers, Part 2

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary on Feb. 24, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary Senator Karl Rhoads, Chair Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: SB134

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Kent to Maui Council: ‘This is increasing hurdles to housing’

The video below features Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, presenting testimony on Feb. 19, 2021, to the Maui County Council regarding a proposal to increase the county’s affordable housing requirement from 50% to 75%. His message, basically, was that “the policy intended to generate

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Akina, Weinberg tackle Hawaii’s flawed accounting practices

Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of the one of the nation’s most important government watchdog groups, Truth in Accounting, was the special guest Feb. 15, 2021, on Keli’i Akina’ “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. The show took place on the heels of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii submitting a

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Webinar: How to prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law

The following is a webinar presented Feb. 12, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on the topic, “How we can prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law.” The one-hour program featured: >> Robert Thomas, Grassroot Scholar and constitutional attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, who has joined us previously to

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Testimony — SB1087, SD1 on suspending payments to the EUTF

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on on March 3, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair Sen. Jarrett Keohokalole., Vice Chair Senate Committee on Ways and Means Sen

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Testimony — SB1, relating to ALOHA homes

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on on Feb. 26, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair

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Testimony X 7 – Relating to taxes

This is a combination of seven separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 24 and 25, 2021 for consideration by two separate Hawaii legislative committees considering tax proposals. ___________ RE: SB666 SD1 — RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Sen. Donovan M.

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Testimony — SB348, relating to bottled water

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection on Feb. 24, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Sen. Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair Sen. Stanley Chang, Vice Chair From: Joe Kent Executive Vice

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Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal, Part 2

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Feb. 19, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Alice Lee, Chair Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive vice president Grassroot Institute of Hawaii RE: A proposed

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Testimony — SB134 SD1, relating to emergency powers, Part 2

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary on Feb. 24, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary Senator Karl Rhoads, Chair Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: SB134

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Kent to Maui Council: ‘This is increasing hurdles to housing’

The video below features Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, presenting testimony on Feb. 19, 2021, to the Maui County Council regarding a proposal to increase the county’s affordable housing requirement from 50% to 75%. His message, basically, was that “the policy intended to generate

Read More →

Akina, Weinberg tackle Hawaii’s flawed accounting practices

Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of the one of the nation’s most important government watchdog groups, Truth in Accounting, was the special guest Feb. 15, 2021, on Keli’i Akina’ “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. The show took place on the heels of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii submitting a

Read More →

Webinar: How to prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law

The following is a webinar presented Feb. 12, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on the topic, “How we can prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law.” The one-hour program featured: >> Robert Thomas, Grassroot Scholar and constitutional attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, who has joined us previously to

Read More →