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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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Testimony — HB224 HD1, on exemptions to Hawaii’s medical CON laws, 2

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance on Feb. 23, 2021. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice

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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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Misleading budgeting undermines accountable government

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ If you had $1,000 in the bank and $10,000 in credit card debt, would you

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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 X 4 — Relating to taxes

This is a combination of four separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 10, 11, 12 to four separate committees considering tax proposals. ___________ RE: HB771 — RELATING TO LIQUOR House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Chair Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Vice

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Testimony — HB103 HD1, relating to emergency powers

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs on Feb. 11, 2021. ______________ To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Scott Z. Matayoshi, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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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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Testimony — HB224 HD1, on exemptions to Hawaii’s medical CON laws, 2

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance on Feb. 23, 2021. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice

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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 →

Misleading budgeting undermines accountable government

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ If you had $1,000 in the bank and $10,000 in credit card debt, would you

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

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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

Read More →

Testimony X 4 — Relating to taxes

This is a combination of four separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 10, 11, 12 to four separate committees considering tax proposals. ___________ RE: HB771 — RELATING TO LIQUOR House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Chair Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Vice

Read More →

Testimony — HB103 HD1, relating to emergency powers

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs on Feb. 11, 2021. ______________ To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Scott Z. Matayoshi, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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