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Hill talks about highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature

Exhaustion, worry and a bit of hope is how Malia Blom Hill, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy director, described her emotions regarding the final month of the 2024 legislative session to radio host Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830.  During the interview on April 4, Hill expressed disappointment over

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‘Surprise’ state tax last straw for veteran Hawaii bar owner?

Government is supposed to represent the people — not itself — Hawaii entrepreneur Bill Comerford said on the March 25 episode of “Hawaii Together,” titled “Surprise tax last straw for bar owner.”  Speaking on the ThinkTech Hawaii program with host Keliʻi Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Comerford

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Pass Bill 123 to speed up permitting of ADUs on Big Isle

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission on April 18, 2024. ___________ April 18, 2024, 9:30 a.m. West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers  To: Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission        Barbara DeFranco, Chair From: Joe

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Study STR economic impact before advancing Bill 121

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission on April 18, 2024. ___________ April 18, 2024, 9:30 a.m. West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers To: Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission       Barbara DeFranco, Chair      From: Joe

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Estate tax reform would help local family businesses

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on April 5, 2024. ______________ April 5, 2024  10:20 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen.

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HB2581 HD1: Uphold freedom of speech during emergencies

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on April 4, 2024. ______________ April 4, 2024, 10 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary       Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair  

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Proposed tax hike could further destabilize insurance market

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on April 5, 2024, by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and Senate Committee on Judiciary. ____________________________ April 5, 2024, 10:15 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Ways and

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Will Hawaii ever have a ‘Taxpayer Bill of Rights’?

Colorado’s “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” could provide a model for Hawaii to better constrain government taxing and spending, according to Rhonda Sparlin, a partner in the State and Local Tax Services Group of the accounting firm Rubin Brown, based in Denver. Sparlin was the featured guest on the March 21

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Hill talks about highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature

Exhaustion, worry and a bit of hope is how Malia Blom Hill, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy director, described her emotions regarding the final month of the 2024 legislative session to radio host Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830.  During the interview on April 4, Hill expressed disappointment over

Read More →

‘Surprise’ state tax last straw for veteran Hawaii bar owner?

Government is supposed to represent the people — not itself — Hawaii entrepreneur Bill Comerford said on the March 25 episode of “Hawaii Together,” titled “Surprise tax last straw for bar owner.”  Speaking on the ThinkTech Hawaii program with host Keliʻi Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Comerford

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Pass Bill 123 to speed up permitting of ADUs on Big Isle

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission on April 18, 2024. ___________ April 18, 2024, 9:30 a.m. West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers  To: Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission        Barbara DeFranco, Chair From: Joe

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Study STR economic impact before advancing Bill 121

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission on April 18, 2024. ___________ April 18, 2024, 9:30 a.m. West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers To: Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission       Barbara DeFranco, Chair      From: Joe

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Estate tax reform would help local family businesses

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on April 5, 2024. ______________ April 5, 2024  10:20 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen.

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HB2581 HD1: Uphold freedom of speech during emergencies

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on April 4, 2024. ______________ April 4, 2024, 10 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary       Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair  

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Proposed tax hike could further destabilize insurance market

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on April 5, 2024, by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and Senate Committee on Judiciary. ____________________________ April 5, 2024, 10:15 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Ways and

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Will Hawaii ever have a ‘Taxpayer Bill of Rights’?

Colorado’s “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” could provide a model for Hawaii to better constrain government taxing and spending, according to Rhonda Sparlin, a partner in the State and Local Tax Services Group of the accounting firm Rubin Brown, based in Denver. Sparlin was the featured guest on the March 21

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