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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

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Let’s end embarrassing tax on medical services

Testimony at this year’s Hawaii State Legislature has made it pretty clear why medical services in Hawaii should be exempted from the state general excise tax. At a recent legislative hearing on a bill that would do just that, dozens of doctors and healthcare advocates explained how the GET makes

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A tax proposal I actually like

Most people in Hawaii like the idea of dealing with local, family-owned companies that help make our state unique. Such companies include Zippy’s, Foodland, Tamura’s, KTA Super Stores, Servco, L&L Hawaiian Barbeque, Tori Richard, ABC Stores, City Mill and many more. Unfortunately, Hawaii has a tax law that can make

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How to nurse Hawaii back to good health

We must give credit where it’s due: Hawaii lawmakers seem to be getting serious about solving our healthcare shortages. Problems such as Hawaii’s doctor and nursing shortages existed before the COVID-19 crisis, but facing such a healthcare emergency without enough healthcare workers made it clear that the issue couldn’t be

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 →

Let’s end embarrassing tax on medical services

Testimony at this year’s Hawaii State Legislature has made it pretty clear why medical services in Hawaii should be exempted from the state general excise tax. At a recent legislative hearing on a bill that would do just that, dozens of doctors and healthcare advocates explained how the GET makes

Read More →

A tax proposal I actually like

Most people in Hawaii like the idea of dealing with local, family-owned companies that help make our state unique. Such companies include Zippy’s, Foodland, Tamura’s, KTA Super Stores, Servco, L&L Hawaiian Barbeque, Tori Richard, ABC Stores, City Mill and many more. Unfortunately, Hawaii has a tax law that can make

Read More →

How to nurse Hawaii back to good health

We must give credit where it’s due: Hawaii lawmakers seem to be getting serious about solving our healthcare shortages. Problems such as Hawaii’s doctor and nursing shortages existed before the COVID-19 crisis, but facing such a healthcare emergency without enough healthcare workers made it clear that the issue couldn’t be

Read More →