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Can Hawaii afford its new income tax cuts?

A lot of people have expressed concern to me that today’s historic tax cut will be next year’s excuse to impose tax increases. Or that letting Hawaii taxpayers save $5 billion through 2031 will result in some sort of a budget crisis for the state. My take is that Hawaii

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Hawaii has a lot of room for new ideas

Some people might have been surprised to see staffers from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in attendance at Gov. Josh Green’s recent bill-signing ceremonies for historic tax cuts and housing reform. But they shouldn’t have been. These events — and Grassroot’s presence at them — were proof of something I’ve

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Blue Hawaii takes the plunge on tax cuts

The following commentary was first published June 3, 2024, by National Review. _____________ The Aloha State is poised to enact desperately needed reforms that will ease the tax burden on working families In a deep-blue bastion where seldom is heard a peep of pushback against tax hikes, Hawaii legislators surprised everybody

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Keeping more of your own money is a good thing

Hawaii residents have long been asking lawmakers to help lower the state’s high cost of living. This year, Gov. Josh Green and the Legislature showed they were listening by passing the biggest income tax cut in state history and literally reducing the cost of living for every Hawaii resident. In

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Targeting scapegoats affects us all

One of the most persistent myths in Hawaii politics is that you can target a single group with a tax hike and not affect anyone else. But that’s not how an economy works. Increasing taxes on one group has a way of rebounding on the rest of us. Lately, a

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Huge tax cut leads way of Legislature’s achievements

The following commentary was first published on May 20, 2024, by the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. _____________ By Keli‘i Akina I don’t often get the opportunity to mark the end of Hawaii’s annual legislative sessions with applause. Usually, I simply celebrate that the session has finally ended and offer a bit

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I hope Gov. Green signs this bill

For years, doctors have been practically begging legislators for an exemption to the state general excise tax for medical services. And for just as long, some people have responded by asking why we are so concerned with the profitability of doctors. To this, I have two responses. First, and most

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Defeating bad bills also a form of winning

With so many great bills having been approved by the 2024 Legislature, it’s easy to forget that success also can be measured by the types of bills that were defeated. Yes, I am thrilled that my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were able to help pass

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Legislature comes through big time

Yesterday was the last day of Hawaii’s 2024 state legislative session, and what a session it was. The best news to come out of it was that our lawmakers passed a major income tax-relief bill, HB2404, which Gov. Josh Green is almost certain to sign because it was part of his

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Legislature on brink of advancing brighter future

Every once in a while, something happens that makes you proud to have worked so hard for so many years. For me, that something happened yesterday at the Legislature, where at least five bills strongly supported by my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were passed out

Read More →

Can Hawaii afford its new income tax cuts?

A lot of people have expressed concern to me that today’s historic tax cut will be next year’s excuse to impose tax increases. Or that letting Hawaii taxpayers save $5 billion through 2031 will result in some sort of a budget crisis for the state. My take is that Hawaii

Read More →

Hawaii has a lot of room for new ideas

Some people might have been surprised to see staffers from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in attendance at Gov. Josh Green’s recent bill-signing ceremonies for historic tax cuts and housing reform. But they shouldn’t have been. These events — and Grassroot’s presence at them — were proof of something I’ve

Read More →

Blue Hawaii takes the plunge on tax cuts

The following commentary was first published June 3, 2024, by National Review. _____________ The Aloha State is poised to enact desperately needed reforms that will ease the tax burden on working families In a deep-blue bastion where seldom is heard a peep of pushback against tax hikes, Hawaii legislators surprised everybody

Read More →

Keeping more of your own money is a good thing

Hawaii residents have long been asking lawmakers to help lower the state’s high cost of living. This year, Gov. Josh Green and the Legislature showed they were listening by passing the biggest income tax cut in state history and literally reducing the cost of living for every Hawaii resident. In

Read More →

Targeting scapegoats affects us all

One of the most persistent myths in Hawaii politics is that you can target a single group with a tax hike and not affect anyone else. But that’s not how an economy works. Increasing taxes on one group has a way of rebounding on the rest of us. Lately, a

Read More →

Huge tax cut leads way of Legislature’s achievements

The following commentary was first published on May 20, 2024, by the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. _____________ By Keli‘i Akina I don’t often get the opportunity to mark the end of Hawaii’s annual legislative sessions with applause. Usually, I simply celebrate that the session has finally ended and offer a bit

Read More →

I hope Gov. Green signs this bill

For years, doctors have been practically begging legislators for an exemption to the state general excise tax for medical services. And for just as long, some people have responded by asking why we are so concerned with the profitability of doctors. To this, I have two responses. First, and most

Read More →

Defeating bad bills also a form of winning

With so many great bills having been approved by the 2024 Legislature, it’s easy to forget that success also can be measured by the types of bills that were defeated. Yes, I am thrilled that my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were able to help pass

Read More →

Legislature comes through big time

Yesterday was the last day of Hawaii’s 2024 state legislative session, and what a session it was. The best news to come out of it was that our lawmakers passed a major income tax-relief bill, HB2404, which Gov. Josh Green is almost certain to sign because it was part of his

Read More →

Legislature on brink of advancing brighter future

Every once in a while, something happens that makes you proud to have worked so hard for so many years. For me, that something happened yesterday at the Legislature, where at least five bills strongly supported by my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were passed out

Read More →